THE COLUMBIA COUNTY MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY
COLUMBIA COUNTY, NEW YORK
By Captain Franklin Ellis131
The Columbia County Mutual Insurance company was organized at Hudson in 1836. The first board of directors was composed as follows: Joseph D. Monell, Laban Paddock, Oliver Wiswall, James Mellen, Rufus Reed, Samuel White, Samuel Anable, Robert A. Barnard, Josiah W. Fairfield, Frederick Mesick, Charles McArthur, Elihu Gifford, William R. Macy.
The officers of the board were Laban Paddock, president; Rufus Reed, vice-president; J. W. Fairfield, secretary and treasurer; Joseph D. Monell, attorney; and Oliver Wiswall, R. A. Barnard, Elihu Gifford, executive committee.
This institution was not long-lived, its suspension being compelled by one of the great fires which were so frequent in Hudson during the ten years succeeding the organization of the company.