This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
Louis S. Cardon was a successful realtor in Logan in 1904, and he thought the title business would be a natural extension of his company. Now, 100 years later, Louis's grandson, Lou Hickman, and great-grandson, James Hickman, operate Hickman Land Title Company.
I enjoyed my visit with Lou, who has been an employee of the company since 1934. That's about 70 years! "How old were you when you started?" I asked Lou, and he told me he was 12. He was just starting junior high school and his mother, Margaret C. Hickman, quickly put him to work. She ran the company for many, many years.
I was fascinated by Lou's office. There is Coca-Cola memorabilia in every nook and cranny of his office. "How did that start?" I asked. Supposedly, it was really just a little joke started by some his friends. He has received Coca-Cola items from all over the world, and he marvels how big it has grown and how it started so innocently.
I saw an old sign on the wall in the office. It was from the business when it first opened 100 years ago. The weathered sign proudly proclaims, "THE CARDON COMPANY... LOGAN...REAL ESTATE...INSURANCE...LOANS...ABSTRACTERS."
For many years, Hickman was the only title company in Logan. Things have changed, and Lou says there are now nine competitors in Cache County. But Logan is growing, and its economy is strong, so the prospect for future business looks very promising. The company has offices in Randolph, Layton, and Jackson, Wyom.
Great-grandson James Hickman has now taken on the mantle of management. He represents the fourth generation of this great Cache County family to take the reigns of the company, and he is optimistic that the 16 employees of Hickman Land Title Company are ready for the future.
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.