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Family owned business returns to its roots

Schreiner Title Co., a business with long ties to the Sunnyside community, has relocated to the offices located at 308 Yakima Valley Highway. The company was until recently located at 2695 E. Lincoln Ave. But that was not the first home for the title, insurance and escrow business, according to J.P. Kissling, great-grandson of the company founder. He said his great-grandfather, Steve Schreiner, a resident of Sunnyside, originally opened Schreiner Title Co. as Fidelity Title and Abstract Co. in downtown Sunnyside in 1909. The family history of the company shows that originally the business dealt primarily in providing abstract services to local attorneys. Schreiner began providing title insurance as that product gained popularity. In those years, an employee transcribed abstract copies of recorded documents at the courthouse daily. The abstract copies affecting lands south of Union Gap were sent to the county courthouse via the daily commuter train, which traveled between Yakima and Sunnyside. The depression of 1929 slowed commerce so dramatically that in 1932 the company was moved to Yakima. The Fidelity Title and Abstract Co. opened its offices at 30 North Second Street under the name of Schreiner Title Co. In 1960 the company formally changed its name to Schreiner Title Co. Schreiner died in 1967 but his children and grandchildren continue the family owned business today, Kissling explained. Today, the Sunnyside office is staffed by two employees, Angela Key and Laurie Lindy. Modern technology makes the handling of insurance and escrow accounts much easier and faster. "We are still a family-owned business, said Kissling, who is the manager of the Sunnyside office. "We moved back to the Lower Valley in 2001," he said. "It's like coming home," he added.

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