Established by John Schmale and Herman Hartmann as Hartmann & Schmale in 1919, this Belleville-based general insurance company offered coverage for life, health, accident, fire and tornado, automobile, theft, liability, property, damage and collision, tractor, livestock, plate glass, boiler, and compensation loss through reputable companies, with “Farm insurance a speciality.” In addition, the company bought and sold farms, and loaned on farm and city property. John Schmale ended his partnership with Herman Hartmann in 1923 and ran the business with his son, William Schmale, until the former’s death in 1963. Donald Wilke became a partner in 1968, and William Schmale sold his interest in the company to American Savings Corporation in 1977. Wilke purchased all the shares back in 1987, and became partner with Richard Sedlak, creating a partnership that lasted until Mr. Wilkes death in 1995. Mr. Sedlak was sole owner of the company until 2019, when his son, Stephen Sedlak became a partner. Accepting the award for Schmale Insurance Company was Lisa and Richard Sedlak.