Biography of Louis A. Moses
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

LOUIS A. MOSES is president of the Land Title Abstract & Trust Company, and president of the Superior Bond & Mortgage Company, and under his individual name carries on a real estate business established more than half a century, ago as N. Moses & Brothers.

Mr. Moses is a native of Cleveland, and for many years has been prominent not only in its business, but in its social and civic affairs. He was born October 3, 1876, only son of Augustus L. and Mary E. (Dille) Moses. The Moses family is of Welsh descent, and there is record of the establishment of the family in Northumberland, England, in the year 1342. Mr. Moses ancestors came to America before the Revolutionary war and bought land from the Indians among the foothills of Massachusetts.

The grandfather of Louis Moses was Charles Moses, who came to Euclid, Cuyahoga County, in 1814. He was a well known citizen pf his time, a farmer, carpenter, shipbuilder and merchant. The late Augustus L. Moses was born at Euclid in 1844. With his brothers, Nelson and Charles W. Moses, he was associated in the founding of the firm of N. Moses & Brothers, real estate, in 1871. Besides its real estate activities, this firm for some years was in the hardwood lumber and railroad contracting business. Augustus L. Moses, who died in 1914, was a lifelong republican, a member of several hunting and fishing dubs, his membership representing his enthusiasm for outdoor life and sportsmanship. Among others he was a member of the Ottawa Shooting Club and the Castalia Trout Club.

Mary E. Dille, wife of Augustus L. Moses, was born at Nottingham, Ohio, of Scotch and French Huguenot ancestry. Her people settled at Euclid in Cuyahoga County as early as 1798. She was one of three children, was educated in local schools and the Willoughby Academy, and has been a lifelong member of the Christian Church.

Louis A. Moses was liberally educated for the business responsibilities awaiting at his majority. He attended public schools at Cleveland, private schools, Adelbert College and the Franklin T. Backus School of Law of Western Reserve University. He left college in 1899, and at once became associated with his father and two uncles in the real estate business, and after the death of the senior members of this firm he succeeded to its ownership, and continues it under his individual name, Louis A. Moses. After becoming active in the real estate business Mr. Moses did much in allotting and building up that section of the city formerly known as Collinwood and Nottingham.

Mr. Moses is president of the Creswell Realty Company, the Del Prado Company and the Prospect-Wilson Company, in addition to others previously named, and is a director in the Lakewood Savings & Loan Company, the Cleveland Housing Company, the Realtors of Cleveland Company, the Ulmer Mortgage Company and the Ohio Associates Company.

The Land Title Abstract & Trust Company, of which he has been president since 1919, was organized in 1902. For many years it had its offices in the Ulmer Building, formerly the American Trust Building, but in December, 1921, removed to greatly enlarged and spacious quarters in the Plain Dealers Building. The business offices are on the first floor, the executive offices are on the second floor, and the abstract plant, escrow and title offices are on the third floor. The business of this company is specialized in three general lines: Tide insurance and general abstracting, escrows and mortgage loans. The company possesses a most complete title plant, and authorities have stated that if the records of the county courthouse were destroyed they could easily be duplicated by the records in the title plant of the company of which Mr. Moses is president. The Superior Bond & Mortgage Company, of which he became president in 1922, specializes in mortgage loans and bond issues.

Mr. Moses is a member of the Union Club, Cleveland Athletic Club, Mayfield Country Club, Canterbury Golf Club, City Club, Tippecanoe Club, of which he is a former president, Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Industry, Cleveland Real Estate Board and D. K. E. Club of New York City. While in college he was a Delta Kappa Epsilon, and is now president of the D. K. E. Chapter House Company, holding title to the property occupied by the local chapter of that fraternity. Mr. Moses is trustee and past president of the Cleveland Real Estate Board, a past president of the Ohio Association of Read Estate Boards, and past treasurer and for a long time member of the executive committee of the National Association of Real Estate Boards. During the World war he was associated with the local housing work of the Government. He has been a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Park Board since its inception in 1912, and is now vice president of the board. He is a trustee of the A. M. McGregor Home for the Aged, and vice president of the board of trustees of the Huron Road HospitaL

Mr. Moses married on October 3, 1899, Olive T. Crane, of Springfield, Missouri. They have two daughters, both being educated in an Eastern preparatory school: Marian Crane Moses, born November 30, 1903, and Marjorie Dille Moses, born August 24, 1905.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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