I always thought Savage Arms made all the J.C. Higgins guns for Sears, but a quick search revealed they were also made by High Standard, Marlin, Husqvarna, and even Sako made a .22 Hornet bolt gun for them. The Sako would be a nice little gun to have, I've never seen one.
J.C. Higgins was a long time employee of Sears, an accountant that eventually became a vice president of the company. It is unknown if he had much interest in guns or hunting.
I learned some interesting facts today, I guess the day wasn't a total loss.