Company Resume

Our Indiana roots run deep. 150 years deep. Our roots tell a story that of three Hoosier real estate professionals joining forces to create a company dedicated to serving the people of Indiana. It’s a story of Indiana communities and the citizens that helped build them. A story of the people that call Indiana “home”, just like we do. This is the thread that runs back from our past, through the present and forward into the future. A thread that influences and guides everything we do. It’s a legacy we’re glad to inherit, and it’s what makes us Indiana’s Title Company.

1857 Andre Anderson moves to South Bend and establishes Anderson Abstract & Title
1867 Willis Bugbee joins Anderson Abstract and Title
1877 Johnson Abstract Company founded in Kokomo, IN by James D. Johnson
1879 Markley Title Company is founded in Logansport, IN by John W. Markley
1888 Anderson Abstract and Title becomes Bugbee Title Company
1909 Upon his death, James D. Johnson’s brother-in-law, Dr. JE Morgan assumes ownership of Johnson Abstract Company
1929 Bugbee Title Company, Indiana Title and Loan Company, St. Joseph Abstract Company, and the Northern Indiana Abstract Company consolidate under the name Abstract and Title Corporation
1937 Mina Tharp, a 35 year employee of Johnson Abstract Company, purchases the company from the Morgan estate
1942 Markley Abstract Company employee Mary Jane Laird purchases the firm upon John Markley’s death
1949 Mina’s daughter, Miriam Blake, assumes ownership of Johnson Abstract Company
1969 Phillip B. Wert becomes manager of Johnson Abstract Company
1978 William G. York purchases Abstract and Title Corporation
1985 Phillip B. Wert acquires Johnson Abstract Company and changes the name to Johnson-Wert Title Company
1988 Columbia Land Title founded in Ft. Wayne, IN by Margaret Sklenar
1990 Columbia Land Title opens offices in Steuben County and Columbia City
1992 Abstract and Title Corporation is renamed York Title and Escrow
1993 Phillip B. Wert’s son, Andrew, joins the firm of Johnson-Wert Title Company
1995 Phillip and Andrew Wert purchase Markley Abstract and change the name to Markley Title Company
2002 Metropolitan Title acquires Columbia Land Title
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