Finding aid for the Hosea Paul Papers

Hosea Paul Papers
Western Reserve Historical Society
Phone: 216-721-5722
Paul, Hosea
2.11 linear feet (5 containers, 1 oversize volume, and 1 oversize folder)
Hosea Paul, Jr., was a surveyor and Cuyahoga County (Ohio) recorder, 1912-1921, who introduced the use of the Torrens system of land registration and title transfer into Cuyahoga County, as well as an improved indexing system for recording land titles and transactions. A civil and consulting engineer, Paul was auditor of Summit County, Ohio in 1874 and deputy surveyor at Akron and Cleveland. He prepared maps for publication and tax purposes for cities and counties in Ohio, Indiana and elsewhere. Paul resurveyed the Lake Erie & Western Railroad and was chief engineer for the Toledo & Western Railway County in 1891. In Akron, he directed the affairs of the survey firm Paul Brothers (also known as H. Paul & Co.) in 1875-1876, and came to Cleveland in 1878. He was one of seven children of Hosea Paul (1809-1870), long-time surveyor of Summit County, and, in 1875 married Emma Plum. Paul was one of the organizers of the Cleveland Engineering Society in 1880. A protege of mayors Tom L. Johnson and Newton D. Baker, he exemplified the Progressive ideal of bringing professionalism and sound business practices to the operation of government. The collection consists of correspondence; material pertaining to the administration and operation of the county recorder's office; campaign and election material; pocket journals; bank books; diaries (1872-1918), including diaries of Emma Paul (1876-1904); biographical information and resumes; miscellaneous memoranda and account books re: the Toledo & Western Railway; certificates; research notes and histories, addresses, speeches and essays re: Akron and Summit County, the Civil War, the discovery of oil in Pennsylvania, and Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; newspaper clippings and printed material re: the Torrens system of land title and registration; survey blueprints and blueprints re: railroad improvements, gradings and slopes; railroad maps and blueprint maps of townships in Ohio and Indiana; Ohio and Indiana railroad profile scale drawings and an analysis of the Akron & Newcastle Railroad; an 1875 atlas of Wabash County, Indiana; newspaper clippings on the benefits of road improvements; and, a scrapbook pertaining to World War I. Included is a run of the periodical, Land Registration, journal of the Torrens Land Title Registration League.
MS 3312
closed stacks
The records are in English