Goetzinger Abstract & Title Company History
George John Goetzinger and Eleanor Goetzinger opened their doors for business in 1933. The first abstract was produced in May of that year. George was from Beaver, Oklahoma, and Eleanor was from Stillwater, Oklahoma. They settled in Woodward, Oklahoma, because it was halfway in between both of their hometowns.
George began his career in abstracting working for Woodward Abstract Company. When he decided to open his own abstract company there were seven abstract companies in Woodward. Their first office was located in an office on the second floor of the Figley-Salz building.
In the 1960s they moved to the old Gerlach Bank building located on Ninth and Main. Over time the Goetzingers took ownership of the entire building.
They had two sons, George E. Goetzinger and John H. Goetzinger. They both returned to Woodward in the mid 1950s after their tours of duty were complete. George John Goetzinger passed away in 1956, leaving George, John and Eleanor to continue the business. Eleanor passed away in 1986. Gary, George’s son, moved back to Woodward to be part of the business in 1985.
We have always been active in the community of Woodward by serving on various chamber committees and the City Commission. John served on the City Commission in the late 1960s and early 1970s when it changed from a three-person commission to a five-person commission. He served as mayor during his tenure on the commission. George served on the City Commission from 1986 to 1999, serving as mayor the majority of the time. Gary served on the City Commission from 2004 to 2016, serving as mayor for two years during that time.
We also believe in being active in the Oklahoma Land Title Association. George, John and Gary have all served as president of the association.
George and John sold their interest in the business in 1998 to John’s son, Steve, and Gary.
Gary and Steve have gone on and purchased Cimarron County Abstract Company and Ellis County Abstract Company. We started our closing office, First Republic Title Company, in 1998. Since then we have opened offices in Elk City and Stillwater.