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.
Escrow Officer/ Abstractor
Jami is a Swisher County native, born and raised in Tulia, TX. She is the oldest of six daughters and has a large family of her own - never a dull moment in her life! She began working at a local real estate office at 20 years old, and a year later in 2002, found herself at Hale County Abstract. She has 17 years of experience in the title industry, including plant, title, and escrow procedures. She is looking forward to the new journey with Hale County Abstract & Title Co, LP. She is ready to help you with all your Title and Escrow needs, and looks forward to your business!
Funding Escrow Officer
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.
Trish was raised in Portales, New Mexico. She graduated from Portales High School and studied Business Administration, Radio & Television Communications and Dance at Eastern New Mexico University. She worked at a law firm for 10 years before working at Hale County Abstract Company for the past 18 years as a Receptionist and Assistant Abstractor. She is currently employed as an Abstractor at Hale County Abstract and Title Co., LP. Trish and her husband, Chet, have volunteered in Prison Ministry for 13 years and currently travel throughout the State of Texas singing and ministering at various churches.