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The Wagner's beloved family truck has 75 years of memories.
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by Valerie Hawkins

More than just a car

The connection you have with your first car is irreplaceable. My first car was a 1990 Mercury Grand Marquis. It was brown. It was rusty. It was the best.

Affectionately nicknamed “The Boat,” that car taught me how to drive, gave me independence, and helped me grow many friendships.

A part of the family

After speaking to friends and colleagues, it’s safe to say I’m not the only one with such an emotional attachment to a vehicle. Many of us nickname our car, assign it a gender, or even talk to it like it’s a part of the family. Picturing “The Boat” brings me back to my younger, carefree days, and those memories are simply immeasurable.

For my COUNTRY Financial® colleague, Aaron Wagner, one special truck in his life means so much more.

75 years and counting

Aaron was recently helping his family clean out his parent’s house when he came across his dad’s beloved 1949 Chevrolet 3100 pickup truck that’s been in his family for more than 75 years.

The truck was an integral part of the family farm – used to haul livestock. Over the years, Aaron’s dad received many offers for the truck, but his dreams of restoring it in his retirement years surpassed any dollar amount from a stranger.

A generational thing

While helping his mother sift through family records, Aaron found the COUNTRY insurance policy documents for the 1949 Chevrolet 3100 pickup truck. Seeing how his father kept the insurance documents for the beloved truck, made him laugh as a small reminder of its importance.

Aaron has been a COUNTRY employee for 16 years and a COUNTRY customer for 35 years. He felt proud that COUNTRY was the company his grandfather chose to protect the cherished family truck decades ago – something, like the truck, that has been passed down generation to generation.

Honoring a legacy

Sadly, Aaron’s father lost his battle with cancer in 2016, and his family has been discussing how to best honor him and their 93-year family farming legacy. The truck is a big part of the plan.

Aaron can’t wait to cruise down the road in the restored truck, with the original, historic proof of  insurance in the glove box.

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