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Logan County Title Company honored
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[OCT. 10, 2003]  SPRINGFIELD -- Logan County Title Company of Lincoln is being honored by the Illinois State Historical Society as a centennial business. The local company is one of 60 businesses and other organizations that turned at least 100 this year. The Centennial awards will be presented at a banquet Oct. 10 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. In addition, Studs Terkel will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will receive an Artistic Achievement Award.

Joan Parker, president of Logan County Title Company, along with Logan County historian Nancy Gehlbach and her husband, Gerald, will attend the banquet to accept the honor.

Each year the society honors those companies that have operated continuously for a century or more in Illinois, enriching the state's economic heritage. Since the Centennial Award program began in 1984, it has honored more than 1,100 businesses.

Logan County Title Company was founded in 1903 by Lynn R. Parker to provide abstract and title work to residential, commercial and agricultural clients throughout Logan County.

Lynn R. Parker's grandson, D. Brewster, took over leadership of the title company in 1969 and served until his death in 1994, when his wife, Joan, became president. Joan's sons continue the family tradition, with Jonathan serving as vice president and Christopher as a director.

"Lynn and Brewster would be so humbled by this accolade, as are all of us," said Joan Parker. "It's a tremendous source of pride that we've been able to keep our business viable and growing for 100 years. And, in '04, we'll be on our way towards our bicentennial."

In addition to the Parkers, the staff of Logan County Title Company consists of Bonnie K. Young, secretary and treasurer; Karen Sampson, commitment and policy production; Jennifer Awe, title searcher and construction escrow; Beth Farmer, escrow closing; and Barb Peddicord, receptionist. Former Lincoln businessman Jim Orr also conducts marketing and customer service activities on a consulting basis with Logan County Title customers.

"Through books such as "Division Street" and "Working," Studs Terkel has established himself as a premier oral historian of the 20th century," said Tom Teague, executive director of the society. "And through tens of thousands of performances, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has established itself as a premier cultural institution." An ensemble from the CSO will play at the Oct. 10 banquet.

2003 Centennial Award winners

Aurora: Henry Pratt Company, 1902; Turnverein-Frisch-Auf (Aurora Turners), 1858

Barry: First National Bank of Barry, 1901

Bloomington: Bloomington Columbia Home Association, 1901

Brookfield: Dobrovsky Club (Bohemia Masons), 1903

Cairo: Barkett Funeral Home, 1858

Chatsworth: Citizens Bank of Chatsworth, 1903

Chicago: Alliance de Francaise de Chicago, 1897; Alphonsus Academy and Center for the Arts, 1882; Building Owners and Management Association, 1902; Chicago Cemetery Corporation, 1902; D'Ancona Pflaum Attorneys, 1903; Mid-Day Club, 1903; Ridge Country Club, 1902; SBC, 1878; Wagner Companies/InfoComm Print, 1853; Women's Athletic Club, 1903

Chillicothe: Weber Funeral Home, 1903


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Decatur: Macon County Medical Society, 1903

East Dubuque: Frentress Lake Properties, 1903

Fairfield: Fairfield National Bank, 1903

Geneva: State Bank of Geneva, 1903

Glenwood: Glenwood School, 1887

Grayslake: Strang Funeral Home and Crematorium, 1898; Churchill, Baumgartner and Quinn, 1903

Green Valley: Farmers Grain and Coal Company, 1903

Hartsburg: Hartsburg Grain Company, 1903

Galesburg: Lucretia Leffingwell DAR, 1903

Highland: Spengel-Burlanger Funeral Home, 1902

Homewood: Homewood Memorial Gardens, 1892

Kenilworth: Chicago Gravel Company, 1888

Kewanee: Kewanee Chamber of Commerce, 1902

Lake Forest: John Griffith Incorporated, 1903

Lawrenceville: Piper Brothers Farm, 1902

Liberty: Farmer's Bank of Liberty, 1903

Libertyville: Libertyville Woman's Club, 1903

Lincoln: Logan County Title Company, 1903

Lincolnwood: Weidenmiller Company, 1903

Matteson: Village Barber Shop, 1896

McHenry: S.H. Freund and Son, 1903

Midlothian: Midlothian Country Club, 1898

Moline: Esterdahl Mortuary Ltd., 1891

Morton: Morton Buildings Incorporated, 1898

Oregon: Fearer, Nye, Ahlberg and Chadwick, 1878

Raymond: First National Bank of Raymond, 1903

Rochester: Oak Hill Cemetery of Clear Lake, 1871

Rock Island: Visiting Nurse and Homemaker Association of Western Illinois, 1903

Rockford: Ingersoll Milling Machine Company; Williams-Manny Incorporated, 1898

Somonauk: Farmers State Bank of Somonauk, 1900

Springfield: St. Joseph's Home of Springfield, 1903

Sycamore: Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge 105, 1872

Toulon: State Bank of Toulon, 1903

Vienna: Illinois Rural Letter Carriers Association, 1903

Virginia: Petefish, Skiles & Company Bank, 1870

Waukegan: Shimer College, 1853

Wheaton: Wheaton College, 1860

White Heath: Blacker Farm Company, 1902

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