Milton A. Hartman was born in Saline in 1920 and was a 1938 graduate of Saline High School. Fresh from overseas duty in the Coast Guard during World War II, he started Hartman Insurance Agency in October 1946 when he answered an ad for a Mutual of Omaha insurance representative.
Building a clientele in small town Saline meant long hours, intermittent pay and uncertainty galore. He was quoted in the Saline Reporter upon the 50th anniversary of the agency as saying, “I remember those early days working out of a little cubbyhole alongside a shoe cobbler. It wasn’t exactly glamorous, but I just kept working until I was able to build enough of a base to move up in the insurance world.” Which meant buying out other agents, expanding his product line and abiding by his business Golden Rule: “Treat people right, give people quality and service and they’ll be clients for keeps.”