Newton County Abstract & Title Company Celebrates 120 Years
The Newton County Abstract & Title Company is the oldest family-owned business in Neosho. Founded in 1896 by Wiley E. Sims, A.C. Beach and Horace Ruark as the Neosho Abstract Co., it has continued to provide title services for the people of Newton County for 120 years.
Soon after organizing, Mr. Beach and Mr. Ruark sold their interests to Mr. Sims and H. T. Osbourn. This partnership continued until 1906 when L. D. Rice purchased the interest of Mr. Osbourn. This began a family relationship between the Rice's and Sims' which continued through three generations.
In the early 1920's the business purchased the Geyer Abstract Company, operated by W. I. Peck, along with the Newton County Abstract Company, which was owned and operated by M. J. Kelly. When these purchases were made, the current Newton County Abstract & Title Company was formed
The business was managed by Mr. Sims with his son, Wiley Emsley Sims, Jr., joining the company after graduation from college in 1934. The elder Mr. Sims continued in the management of the company until ill health forced his retirement in the late 1940's. Thereafter, W. E. Sims, Jr. took over the management of the company.
W. E. Sims, Jr. continued in the management of the Company until his retirement in 1977. At that time, his son Bill joined the Company as manager, becoming the third generation of the Sims' family to be associated with the Company.
In 1998 the office building was extensively remodeled and some 3000 square feet of office space was added along with the most modern indexing and imaging equipment in the industry. The Company has continued to update and modernize its equipment and facilities to keep up with the rapidly changing technology in the title industry. The Company’s seven employees have over 170 years of experience in the title industry.
Newton County Abstract & Title Company has a long history of providing title services to Newton County and continues to maintain the same high standards of courtesy, professionalism and accuracy that has been a trademark of the Company for 120 years.