History of Burleson County Title
Burleson County Title Company is the oldest title company in Burleson County. It originated in the 1940’s as Caldwell Abstract Company and was owned by Richard A. Bowers. In the 1960’s, Bowers got to know the attorney and landman Marshall Harrell II, who was living and working in the area and seeing after his mother, who became a relatively young widow in the summer of 1959. When the federal government began to purchase the land to build what is now Lake Somerville, they agreed to a contract with Caldwell Abstract Company for them to do all of the title work for the portion of the lake that would be in Burleson County. The lake also includes land in Lee County and Washington County. Mr. Bowers was faced with a major eye surgery at the time and would be unable to see for some nine months so he hired Harrell to do all of the title work for the government. In the early 1970’s Harrell began a partnership with Bowers and eventually bought the entire company from the Bowers family after Mr. Bowers passed away in the early 1980’s and changed the name of the company. Marshall Harrell III graduated from college in 1995 and the family decided that someone needed to learn the business so it was agreed that Marshall III would work at the title company for two years then go back into the sports management/marketing field he had been involved with during his college years. 25 years later, Marshall III is the owner. The company has grown both in the volume of business and number of employees. The office building was completely remodeled in 2000 and expanded into the building next door in 2005. Harrell attributes the success of the business to the teachings of his father along with the three ladies he began working with in 1995, Patsy Bryant, Betty Telg and Linda Prieve. Today, the operation is managed by Elizabeth Junek. Without dedicated, kind, honest and hard-working employees the business would not be what is today. “Tradition meets today,” is a phrase Marshall III likes to use to describe the company. “Our records have been built by those before us. Those same people taught the business to their colleagues who continue to teach new employees. Without the effort and care of the employees through the years, none of the successes that take place today would be possible,” says Marshall III.