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Our History


The Illinois Land Title Association is over 90 years old. In anticipation of its 100th year, a historical committee has been formed, chaired by Ron Otto.

Anyone who is interested in writing with Ron may; you can contact Ron at (815) 942-3678. The following is Ron`s first "historical" look back at ILTA`s past: 30 Years Ago. . . look at ILTA`s Past by Ron Otto The following constitutes gleanings from issues of The Illinois Title Record of thirty years ago.

This effort is the initial one in what could become an annual feature in the current "Record" and the compiler has arbitrarily included detail from the fiscal years of 1966-67, 1967-68, and 1968-69. During this time, your compiler was working for Chicago Title and stationed in their Springfield regional office so this effort is a personal walk through a segment of my life. Carol and I had the pleasure of attending the 1967 and 1968 Annual Conventions. During 1966-67, the President of our Association was J. Raymond Donlau of Belleville and the immediate Past President was Frank E. Condon of Morris. Marjorie Bennett of Petersburg served as Secretary during a service that spanned from 1963 to 1981. L. D. Smith of Decatur, a future President, was the Treasurer and Herbert Kaiser of Monticello was the Vice President. The Board of Directors included Richard February (Shawneetown), Charles McCarthy (Champaign), Robert Moehle (Oregon), Francis O’Conner (Chicago), and Charles B. Roe (Pickneyville). On the Finance Committee served A. L. Pezman (Quincy), Thomas F. Taylor (Effingham), a

nd John D. Byers (Woodstock). In 1967 the calendar included an April Spring Regional meeting at the Drake Oakbrook Hotel and the 60th Annual Convention at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. The Fall Regional meeting of October 1966 was held at the Pere Marquette State Park Lodge. One of the speakers at the Fall Regional was Carroll Wintersteen from the right of way department of Illinois Power Company. At the Spring 1967 regional meeting one of the speakers was Roger Ladd, President of the Home Builders Association of Illinois. During 1967, the following deaths were reported: William A. McPhail, Chairman of the Board of Holland Ferguson & Co (Rockford); George Hunter Riley, President of the Woodford County Abstract and Title Company; and Mrs. Harriet Garber, wife of George Garber, then President of the American Land Title Association. At the July 1967 convention, Herbert E. Kaiser of Monticello became President and G. Allan Julin, Jr. (CTT, Chicago) became Vice President. Leroi Smith and Marge Bennett continued as Treasurer and Secretary. The Board of Directors consisted of Georgina Johnson (Lawrenceville), Ben F. Hiltabrand (Bloomington), Charles B. Roe (Picnkneyville), Charles Seda (Morrison), and Russell Sedgwick (CTT, Chicago). Jack Byers (Woodstock) and Charles Schleevogt (Ottawa) joined Tom Taylor on the Finance Committee. In 1967 ILTA scheduled district meetings in eight places between July 13 and September 16: District 1, Rochelle (Bob Moehle, Ch.); 2, El Paso (Ed Riley); 3, Galesburg (Ken Telleen); 4, Sullivan (Juan Wood); 5, Carlinville (Lela Lange Wiese); 6, Salem (Bill Larimer); 7, Fairfield (Wanda Lee Dickey); and 8, Harrisburg (Don Scott). One of the presentations at the 1967 Annual Convention was "Storage and Destruction of Files and Records, Microfilm, its Advantages and Problems" presented by L. Raymond Berger of Rock Island. Ray’s text appears as a four-page article in the July 1967 issue of the Illinois Title Record. In the October 1967 issue appeared an article on the Peoria County geographic tract index system maintained by Chicago Title. The author was John D. Mennenoh whose son, Dan, is our immediate Past President. In 1968, Harvard W. Keefe of Paxton succeeded Leroi Smith as Treasurer. The 1968 Spring Regional was again held at the Drake Oakbrook and the Annual Convention was scheduled for the Bel Air East Motel in St. Louis. At the June Convention, G. Allan Julier assumed the Presidency and Leroi D. Smith became the Vice President. New board members were Richard February (Shawneetown), Robert Maloney (Murphysboro) and Helen Nave (Vandalia) who joined continuing members Charles Seda and Russ Sedgwick. W. S. Everhart (Toledo) replaced Tom Taylor on the Finance Committee. The Fall regional meeting occurred October 11-13 at the Ramada Inn in Effingham. The district meetings were consolidated into five held in Belvidere, Paxton, Springfield (chaired by Ted Bennett) and Mt. Vernon (chaired by John Echols). During 1968, the Association last Past President Richard (Dick) Duff who died in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Dick was the former President of the McHenry County Title Company. The 1968-69 ILTA Committees were: (1) Uniform Commercial Code Certificate (2) By-Laws (3) Education (4) Historical (5) Legislative and (6) Insurance and Pension. In January, Tom Taylor became the Association Treasurer. The Spring Regional meeting in April 1969 was held at the Drake Oakbrook and considerable discussion was had concerning the Truth in Lending legislation that became effective July 1, 1969. In the spring of 1969, the Illinois legislature was wrestling with interest rates issues. President Julin encouraged support for the passage of the bill which raised the ceiling on interest, provided the business exclusion, and exempted FHA/VA loans. During 1968 and 1969, the Association considered by-laws revisions relative to ber 11-13 at the Ramada Inn in Effingham. The district meetings were consolidated into five held in Belvidere, Paxton, Springfield (chaired by Ted Bennett) and Mt. Vernon (chaired by John Echols). During 1968, the Association last Past President Richard (Dick) Duff who died in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Dick was the former President of the McHenry County Title Company. The 1968-69 ILTA Committees were: (1) Uniform Commercial Code Certificate (2) By-Laws (3) Education (4) Historical (5) Legislative and (6) Insurance and Pension. In January, Tom Taylor became the Association Treasurer. The Spring Regional meeting in April 1969 was held at the Drake Oakbrook and considerable discussion was had concerning the Truth in Lending legislation that became effective July 1, 1969. In the spring of 1969, the Illinois legislature was wrestling with interest rates issues. President Julin encouraged support for the passage of the bill which raised the ceiling on interest, provided the business exclusion, and exempted FHA/VA loans. During 1968 and 1969, the Association considered by-laws revisions relative to membership and the length of title plants for membership qualification. Thirty years later, our current committee structure reflects that though newer members serve, the basic concerns of our industry have not changed. We continue to monitor legislation. Our members must plan for insurance and pensions for themselves and their employees, And during the recent by-laws revisions, we again considered the qualifications for membership. The details vary considerably but the basic issues of our industry continue..


 
 
 
     
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