Title business continues local ownership

  Prairie Abstract and Title has a new owner. Sheryl Morast purchased the business from Dale Hubber, who moved to Portland, Ore. with his wife Joan to be closer to their two adult sons. Hubber, who had also served as the Town of Terry’s attorney and previously served as longtime Prairie County Attorney, owned Prairie Abstract and Title since 1993. 

The ownership change was effective August 1, 2011.
“It was just a natural transition,” said Morast, who has worked in the Prairie Abstract and Title office since April 2004.
“I like looking at the history of property,” Morast explained. “I really enjoy the process of the real estate closing.”
Prairie Abstract and Title has been locally owned since its 1915 inception. Founded by Ira Jackson and D.C. Bradley, the business switched hands around 1921 when Joe Tope took over. After Tope moved to Calif., Bradley operated the business until his death in 1953. Aleta Jones owned the business from 1953 to 1979, when Don and Gladys Helen Young purchased the business. Hubber bought the business from Gladys Helen Young January 15, 1993.
Keeping the title and abstract business locally owned has been important to recent owners, Morast shared. 
“It was something that in passing Dale and I had conversations about,” Morast said referring to the idea that she may one day own the business. 
The title company maintains complete land records of Prairie County. Through researching the title background of property, Prairie Abstract and Title ensures who the actual owners are and addresses any issues relating to mortgages, liens, back taxes and lack of access of the property. 
Morast received her title license in January, 2011 and is an agent for Old Republic National Title Insurance Company.
After graduating from Terry High School in 1987, she attended Rocky Mountain College where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. She and husband Brian lived in Seattle, Wash., before returning to Prairie County in April 1994. The couple farm in the Cabin Creek area and have three children, Aaron, 12, Alyssa, 15, and Ashley 18.

Published Sept. 21, 2011
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