Oldest title biz welcomes two new co-owners Sutters join company that started in 1873

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By Fines Massey The Daily Record fmassey@lebanondailyrecord.com

Laclede County's longest running business is still in the real estate title business after more than 130 years — it's just getting a few new faces around the office.

Downtown Lebanon's Jeffries Abstract and Title Insurance Company hasn't always gone under that name, but the building at 120 W. Commercial St. has housed a title business since 1873, making it the longest continuous business in Laclede County, according to the owners.

For nearly 60 years, long-time employee-turned-owner Helen Siperko, has been in the abstract and title business. Finally taking some time to herself, Siperko has decided to step down, but the company, which was purchased by Siperko more than 30 years ago, will remain in her family. Siperko's daughters and their husbands, Theresa and David Walker and Becky and Tim Goslin, have been running the business for the past two years. Last week, Jeffries Abstract brought two more people into the title business when Randy and Debby Sutter purchased half of the historical company.

"I really feel privileged to be part of this history," Randy Sutter said. "They have an excellent staff, and that was one of the things that attracted me to the business. I have a lot of confidence in their ability and a lot of faith in their knowledge."

Jeffries Abstract plans to keep performing the same services it has for its customers for more than 130 years, including title insurance, escrow, closings and title reports, but with the Sutters, the company will be able to offer a few more services. Just like the company's namesake, T. Victor Jeffries, Randy Sutter practices real estate law. Randy Sutter said that real estate has long been a part of his life.

"My dad was in real estate when I was born, so this is kind of a natural fit in that regard," Randy Sutter said. "That is one of the reasons I was so excited about this."

Debby Sutter added that Randy Sutter's mom and dad would be "really proud" of the Sutters becoming partners in the business.

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