1903 - 1969
The Early Years
Lynn R. Parker established the Logan County Title Company on July 1, 1903 to provide abstracts and land titles to residential, commercial, and agricultural clients throughout Logan County and surrounding areas. The family-owned company continues to thrive today in its second century of operation.
Parker began his abstract business after stints with Lincoln Casket and Modern Electric Light companies. In 1910 he bought Logan County Abstract Co. from James T. Hoblit and in 1919 moved its operation to 507 Pulaski Street,which continues as the current office for the company. A detailed plat map of Lincoln completed by Parker and country surveyor D. L. Baucher in 1914 is still on view in the front section of the Pulaski Street office.
Lynn R. Parker was elected Logan County Circuit Clerk in 1912 and 1916; his son John R. Parker was also elected circuit clerk in 1936. John Parker, an officer in the title company, occupied part of the Pulaski St. office to house his real estate and property/casualty insurance business. Officially “retired” in 1954, Lynn Parker continued to serve as president and work at the title company until his death in 1969.
1969 – 2007
Growth and Expansion
Lynn Parker was succeeded by his grandson, D. Brewster Parker, who returned to Lincoln after having worked for Chicago Title and Trust Company in Chicago.
In 1971, Logan County Title Company became an issuing agent for Chicago Title and Trust Co. Brewster Parker’s initiative to write land title policies in the Lincoln office gradually transformed the company from a traditional abstract company to today’s practice of issuing all title policies. He also established the office as one of the first title companies of its size to computerize operations and to employ contemporary technology, a model that the current staff still follows in its innovative approach. The company’s dedication to community service, begun under Lynn, and continued under John, was solidified under Brewster. One such initiative in 1989 was the title company’s sponsorship of Lincoln’s annual hot air balloon festival, a tradition the company continued for 25 years.
Upon Brewster Parker’s death in 1994, his spouse Joan A. Parker succeeded him as president of the company. Their sons, Jonathan and Christopher, became officers of the company, along with Bonnie K. Young, the long-time operations manager.
In 2003 the company celebrated 100 years of being in business with an ice cream social in Scully Park open to all Lincoln residents. The town of Lincoln awarded the company with a key to the city and the Illinois State Historical Society honored the company as a Centennial business.
As the title company moved into its second century, Joan Parker led a major renovation and expansion of the office in 2002 with the purchase of the adjoining building at 505 Pulaski. Extensive remodeling of the office “vault,” which transformed it into a modern filing system for land title records, was completed in 2007.
2007 to the Present Day
The Tradition Continues
In recent years, in partnership with its underwriter Chicago Title and Trust, Logan County Title Company has enhanced its procedures for title searches and examinations and escrow closing services and invested in major upgrades of its computer system and electronic technology. A fire in June 2013 severely damaged the company and took many months of remediation and restoration to bring the physical plant back to its former condition. It did not dampen the spirits or commitment of the company’s employees who did not miss a day of serving our customers. After many 38 years of dedicated service, Bonnie Young retired in 2014. Jennifer Awe became manager of operations and secretary-treasurer of the company.
Throughout the years, Logan County Title Company has been an active member of the Illinois Land Title Association (ILTA), the statewide organization focused on providing professional level education and government advocacy to companies in the land title insurance industry. Lynn Parker served as its president in 1926-27; Brewster Parker in 1990-91. John Parker was the association’s executive secretary for many years in the 1940’s and 1950’s. He was recognized for his distinguished service and significant contributions to the association and designated an honorary lifetime member in June 1989 (sadly one-month before his death in July of that year). As the State of Illinois has more heavily regulated the land title industry in recent years, Illinois Title Professional / Illinois Escrow Professional designations have quickly become the standard of industry knowledge for either an escrow or title professional in Illinois. The ILTA has provided the Logan County title staff with the necessary courses and resources to achieve various levels of professional designation.
Logan County Title Company staff faced a unique challenge in 2020 as the land title industry was considered an essential service and the office remained open during the corona virus pandemic. Our employees adjusted to constantly changing protocols and procedures to conduct closings and title searches, while ensuring that our staff and customers remained safe and healthy.
The Parker family and our loyal staff are proud to have kept Logan County Title Company in continuous operation as a robust business in Lincoln, Illinois for 118 years!