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ERIE Cofounder‘s Legacy Honored in Hometown

On June 6, ERIE Co-founder O.G. Crawford was remembered during a special dedication ceremony in his hometown of Kane, Pennsylvania. A new amphitheater was built in his honor as a part of the Kane Area Revitalization Enterprise (K.A.R.E.). Erie Insurance was one of the many businesses to provide funding for the project in this town of 5,400, located 90 miles southeast of Erie.

Erie Insurance Agent Mike Merry of the W.E. Swanson Agency and a member of K.A.R.E., advocated for the amphitheater to be dedicated to Crawford. Merry and K.A.R.E. celebrated the project’s completion with a reception on June 6 that was attended by Erie Insurance Board Chairman Tom Hagen and other senior leaders. The amphitheater will be used for events such as music performances, local contests, plays, classes, and many other unique events and festivities. 

Oliver Grover Cleveland Crawford was born in 1884 and died in 1961. A historic plaque dedicated by Erie Insurance in his honor includes details about his time growing up in Kane and later serving in the U.S. Navy, as well as building Erie Insurance with Cofounder H.O. Hirt. The plaque includes a quote from Hirt about his business partner and friend:

“There never would have been an ERIE without Ollie. For Ollie was more of a promoter than I ever could be…Ollie’s chief contribution to The ERIE was NERVE. He was the promoter. I was the balance wheel. He was the Father. I was the Mother.” 

ERIE Co-founder O.G. Crawford was remembered during a special dedication ceremony in his hometown of Kane, Pennsylvania. A new amphitheater was built in his honor as a part of the Kane Area Revitalization Enterprise (K.A.R.E.). Erie Insurance was one of the many businesses to provide funding for the project. /blog/og-crawford-amphitheater Erie Insurance https://www.erieinsurance.com/-/media/images/erieinsurance/erieinsurancelogo.png

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