The business was started by Leonard Eriksen March 1938. He was representing Lincoln Liberty Life Insurance Co., and also sold Automobile Insurance. The office was started in the building that is now an apartment behind the Hooker Co. Tribune building.
Jim Simonson became a partner in 1957, and the name was called Eriksen and Simonson Agency. They sold Real Estate and Insurance.
On August 20, 1959, Donna Kennedy started working for Eriksen. Their office was located where the Senior Citizen is now. John A. “Bud” Gibson worked for Eriksen and Simonson, becoming a partner in 1963.
Leonard Eriksen passed away March 25, 1964, and his wife Virginia worked along with Jim Simonson and Bud Gibson. Jim sold out to Virginia and Bud in 1968. Betty Hampton went to work for Virginia and Bud in April, 1968.
On Jan. 1, 1974 Leonard E. Eriksen Co., sold out the business to Bud A. Gibson. In Febr. 1974, Bud remodeled the former Gibson Cafe in Gibson Agency. His son Dan and Betty Hampton worked for him till Bud passed away Jan. 1976.
Wayne and Betty Hampton took over the business Dec. 1, 1976, and is now the Hampton Agency. As of 1987, they sell all types of Insurance and also do tax accounting. Son Don and wife Teresa are employed at the Hampton Agency.
Entry B36 from the History of Hooker County Nebraska
Entry T66 from the History of Hooker County Nebraska
Marilyn Mae Goedert was born Oct. 7, 1948, in Alliance to Russell and Ruby (Reeves) Sommers. She attended grade school in Hyannis and later attended school in Wallace, graduating with the class of 1966. Following high school, Marilyn enrolled in the School of Practical Nursing at Kearney State College.
Following her education, Marilyn moved to Denver and worked in the surgical operating room at Colorado General Hospital and later was a private scrub nurse for three neurosurgeons in Denver. She moved to Omaha where she worked at Nebraska Medical Center as an operating room nurse for 17 years. She was the director of Recovery Services at Nebraska Organ Recovery System for 15 years. For the last nine years, she worked as a video monitor at Nebraska Medicine.
Marilyn was united in marriage to her high school friend, Jim Goedert, on March 1, 2018. Jim nicknamed her “Red” because of her auburn hair.
Marilyn loved good food and traveling. She also enjoyed “Find a Grave,” power shopping and entertaining friends and family. She will be remembered for her sense of humor, which could make anyone smile.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jim Goedert; children, Andrew Neal and Andrea Neal; stepchildren, Jimmy Goedert, Jeffrey Goedert and his wife, Joleen, and Jonathan Goedert; grandchildren, Titus and Shepard Neal, Caitlyn and Taylor Goedert and Kelli Kuecker; great-grandchild, Theodore Kuecker; mother, Ruby Sommers; brother, Wally Sommers and his wife, Janey; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her father, Russell.
Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.