Health Insurance Paperwork
Between mailings for new business and the receipt of monthly premiums from policy holders of 35 insurance companies, the health insurance business generated a lot of paper and mail. Sammons insurance companies have made great strides toward becoming a paperless environment with the advent of the computer and online processing.
Keeping Track of Medical Policy Holders
Reserve Life was one of the first companies to offer hospitalization coverage. The company grew by leaps and bounds during the 1940s. For a while, the company was open 24 hours a day. Office machines were scarce during the postwar era. Mr. Sammons was very active in operations. He is reported to have typed his own letters to policy holders, influenced how the accounting department was organized, filed premium cards and even operated an Addressograph machine when needed.
Office Equipment of the 1960s
This high-tech collating machine helped with the volumes of mailings and paperwork.
Radio Stations, Antenna Systems and Cable Television Companies
Mr. Sammons' initial acquisitions in the communications industry were the purchases of three radio stations. During the 50s and 60s, he invested in antenna systems which boosted TV reception in rural areas. He purchased his first cable company in the late 1950s. Television programming went from three networks to unlimited programming.
TV Digest ranked Sammons Communications the 7th largest cable company in the United States in 1974.
Reserve Hospital Plan
This 1953 Reserve Life Insurance hospitalization flyer offered coverage for polio, diphtheria and other dreaded diseases. Mr. Sammons was pleased that some of these diseases were cured during his lifetime.
The Bottled Water Industry
Sammons diversified into the spring-fed bottled water business in the 1980s. It purchased Carolina Water Company and Diamond Water Company in 1986, and Mountain Valley Spring Company in 1987.
Oil Field Supply Companies
Sammons added to its oil and gas supply business with the acquisition of the Vinson Supply Company of Tulsa in 1968.
Travel and Hospitality
Sammons entered the travel and hospitality industry in 1951, with the acquisition of the Jack Tar Hotel in Galveston, Texas. At one point, the company owned more than 15 hotels and owned and managed resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean. The sector grew to include retail travel agencies and wholesale tour operations in the United States and Canada.
Reserve Life Insurance Company
Located at the corner of Wood and Akard Streets in downtown Dallas, the Reserve Life building’s address was 403 S. Akard. Reserve Life was located there until it sold the last of its medical policies and merged the remaining life insurance policies with Midland National, another Sammons company, in 1990. 403 S. Akard was the address of the first corporate headquarters of Sammons Enterprises, Inc.