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Since 1905, Tolson Agency, Inc. has had a reputation for honesty, integrity, knowledge, and professionalism.  We are here to serve you!

Company History:

Serving Pawhuska and Osage County, Oklahoma
Since 1905

Tolson Agency, Inc. , located at 511 Kihekah Avenue is the oldest established business in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

The Agency was established by Joseph B. Tolson, who came to Oklahoma from Alabama in July of 1905, having sold out his mercantile business and plantation in Gadsen, Alabama to move westward. Landing in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma early in July, Joseph Tolson heard, from a traveling man, of the Osage Reservation and of Pawhuska. In late July he arrived in Pawhuska in time for the sale of lots.

After buying several lots, renting some space in the old Citizens National Bank Building, and opening
the Tolson Agency, Joseph Tolson then sent to Alabama for his wife, Ruth and two sons, Joseph and
Ralph S.
In 1914, Tolson Agency moved into their new office on the 3rd Floor of the Triangle Building while workmen were still completing the building and remained in the Triangle building for 49 years.

In 1935, Ralph S. Tolson took over the family business following the death of his father and in 1951 his
first son, Stratford joined the Agency after graduating from the University of Oklahoma. It was at this time that Tolson Agency moved to the 1st floor of the Triangle building.

Melvin Tolson and Ralph M. Tolson joined the Agency in 1958 and 1961 respectively.  Ralph M. Tolson retired October of 1999.  All three sons, Strat, Ralph, and Melvin have served our country and are veterans of World War II.

In 1963, due to the need for more space Tolson Agency again moved their offices, but now across the street to their present location, 511 Kihekah Avenue, Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

In 1987, Steve Tolson, Ralph’s 3rd son, moved back to Pawhuska to raise a family and join the Agency.

In addition to Strat, Melvin, and Steve Tolson, the office staff now includes Tamie Hollister, Lori Highfill, Jeff Phillippi, Nancy Dawson, Ben West, Aubrey Gardner, Tim Hamilton, Joe Barnard (of Fairfax, Oklahoma), and Gary Woods (of Tulsa, Oklahoma).

Tolson Agency, Inc. is an Independent Insurance Agency and writes Personal and Commercial Insurance and Bonds through several highly rated insurance companies. Tolson Agency, Inc. also list and sells Real Estate consisting of Residential, Commercial, and Rural Properties.

The office staff is active in Rotary, American Legion, City of Pawhuska Boards, Kiwanis, Cattleman's Association, local economic development committees, local community and educational foundations, churches, and many other civic and community organizations too numerous to mention.

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