The first record we have is from 1891. Joe Brown bought eight city lots (which includes the land where Hale County Abstract and Title Co. is still located) for $22.94. It was then sold to W.B. Martine in 1906 and was incorporated at that time. In 1908 it was sold to a firm called Martine and Sanders.
The business and property remained in the Martine family for many years and was later purchased by Mrs. Tommie Johnson. Mrs. Johnson then sold to American Land Title out of Amarillo in 1993. In 1998 Hale County Abstract purchased Swisher County Abstract and then Cowsert Abstract in Dimmit in 2000. American Land Title remained the owners of Hale County Abstract until May of 2005. The business was then sold to First American Title Insurance Company and they were the owners until 2008 when they sold to Deliece Harrison, who had been an employee of Hale County Abstract since 1988.
In April 2018, Deliece sold the company to Hale County Abstract and Title Co., L.P. Luke Martin, who is from El Paso, Texas, moved to Plainview to run the day-to-day operations. His father John, who has over 35 years experience in the title industry and will be the TLTA President for the 2018-2019 term, has been the President of Lone Star Title Co. of El Paso since its inception in 1999.
The company has remained in the same location at 512 Ash Street, across from the Hale County Courthouse, since it originated. The original building was expanded to cover double the office space in 1987.
We are licensed to issue title insurance in Hale, Swisher and Castro Counties. Closings may be arranged at either of our locations (Plainview or Tulia). We also still produce abstracts and offer escrow services as well as 1031 exchanges, new construction, or REO properties on commercial land and residential properties. The Company works with all local attorneys and has additional attorneys available on request. Hale County Abstract is locally owned and operated. Our employees have years of experience and are active in the community - read more about our team below to get a better idea of who we are and what we're all about.
Luke M. Martin
Luke was born and raised in El Paso, TX. He attended Coronado High School, where he played baseball and was the President of his FFA Chapter, as well as an Eagle Scout in the BSA. Luke also played club baseball at Baylor University, where he graduated in 2014 with a BBA in Real Estate. He received a Masters in Real Estate Finance in 2015 from Texas A&M University. Luke grew up working in the title plant at his father's company, Lone Star Title Co. of El Paso, and spent the last 2 years working in the commercial escrow side of the title industry at Rattikin Title Co. in Fort Worth, TX. He recently became a first time home-buyer and is excited for the opportunities ahead in Plainview, TX.
Carley was born and raised in Swisher County as the youngest of 6 daughters. She graduated from Tulia High School with honors and completed 2 years of college with a focus in business accounting and software, while raising her newborn child. She started in the title business in 2015 as a part-time plant assistant at Hale County Abstract and soon became the company's Funding Escrow Officer. Carley has taken the initiative to learn as much as she can about escrow, as quickly as possible. Carley is now the proud mom of 2 beautiful children and a current bride-to-be. She is very family oriented and loves taking her family on new adventures. Carley is excited to continue to grow and awaits all of the new and exciting opportunities as part of the team at Hale County Abstract & Title Company, L.P.
Mark is originally from the Ohio River Valley. He attended Ohio University where he earned a BA in History in 2007. In 2009, he moved to Cairo, Egypt to attend The American University of Cairo where he and his wife, Jackie, earned a Master's of Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Upon his return from Egypt, Mark worked as an instructor at The Ohio State University and spent summers teaching English in China and Indonesia. Mark began his career in the title industry at Allodial Title in Columbus, Ohio in 2015. He moved to Lubbock, Texas in 2016 where he worked for the Lubbock County Clerk and, later, Hugo Reed and Associates. Mark accepted a position at Hale County Abstract and Title Co., LP in 2019. He's currently spearheading efforts to digitize and index its records while concurrently serving as Lead Title Examiner.