THE ABSTRACT OF TITLE
Making abstracts is a dry, prosaic calling, well we know,
Delving daily into records made a Century ago,
Tracing wearily the title from the Patent down to date
Through the maze of suits and transfers that obscure and complicate,
Yet for me there’s fascination in thus working in the past,
And on all the seeming drudgery there’s a kind of glamour cast,
For there’s poetry and romance running through the tangled chain,
And there’s written in the record much of human joy and pain.
For like Gibbon and McCauley, we’re historians in our way.
And in running through partition suits there plainly will be seen
In the squabbles of the children much that’s grasping, low and mean,
For in fighting for a dead men’s wealth the baser feelings breed-
Running through the chain of title there’s a deal of human greed.
And we bring to light transactions of a gone, forgotten day;
True, we only sketch the outline, but behind it all there lies
Quite a bit of human interest that our fancy well supplies.
And I love to let that fancy freely roam and weave a tale.
About every deed and mortgage, into each judicial sale;
For the records deal with pioneers and homestead farms and homes
And we garner many heart throbs from these dry and dusty tomes.
For in every grim foreclosure lurks a heartache, and we sense
In the bankruptcy assignment human misery intense;
There is a grief in every tax sale, and we seem to hear the wail
Of the widow and the children robbed of home by the sheriff’s sale.
Delving through the court proceedings we find interwoven there,
Couched in formal, legal lingo, much of sorrow, and despair,
And we live again through all the trials of folks of long ago-
Running through the chain of title there’s a deal of human woe.
The Estate files, torn and tattered-there’s a certain something there
That is sacred, and we handle them with reverence and care.
And they help us to determine how the owner’s life was spent.
For he often bares his soul in his last Will and Testament.
And in pouring o’er the records that pertain to real estate,
Setting forth the imperfections that impair and complicate,
Comes the thought of my soul’s record and the mess I’ve made of it,
And I long to change some things that the Recording Angel’s writ;
And I wonder, when the tangled chain is done, and I have died,
And the Abstract of my life is duly closed and certified,
And the Great Examiner scans each flaw and grave defect,
Will He waive those imperfections in my record – or reject.
Hubbard County Abstract Co., Inc. has served the needs of the Hubbard County area for more than 40 years. We are known for our honesty, integrity, and our years of experience in the title industry. We are privately owned and operated.
Hubbard County Abstract Co., Inc. is an agent for Old Republic National Title Insurance Company.
We serve Hubbard, Wadena, Becker and Ottertail Counties.
Our rates are competitive, our employees are helpful, courteous and experienced, and our product is one that we stand behind. We are committed to excellence. Our customer is our greatest asset.
In 1969 at the age of 16, I started working for Ardis, and we worked together, with one other employee, Betty Henry, until 1975 when I purchased the business from her. I incorporated the business into Hubbard County Abstract Co., Inc. At that time, I rented space in the old courthouse (now a museum located adjacent to the new courthouse). When the new courthouse was completed in 1976, I was allowed to rent an office space there. But an opportunity arose in 1981 when a little house across the street came up for sale. I bought the house and it became the home of the Hubbard County Abstract Co., Inc.
We are still there, but it certainly doesn’t look the same. After purchasing two adjacent lots, and many renovations and additions, it is now able to house the many employees that are needed to run this growing business.
We are now a team of seven, including Leslie Pickett, who has been with me since 1976.”
– Marilyn Wolff