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Safe as houses

I am pleased to announce that lonebear and I are housebuying twins. He astutely managed to sell one as well. Perhaps less cleverly, I am now responsible for three domiciles for the next thirty days.

The people who sold us the house are a very kind and generous couple. Not only did they fix more than we'd requested before the sale, but they are leaving us a whole bunch of useful stuff (storage shelves, garden hoses, bird feeders, a desk and chair, a treadmill) and they have the original plans for the house. They'll give us the plans when we meet on Saturday to take possession. In the meantime, I have the Abstract of Title to peruse.

This is a file folder full of fun! It traces the property ownership beginning with the 4000 acres granted Philemon Thomas by John Adams. There's a little jog immediately following, since the land containing our parcel somehow ended up belonging to Lucas Sullivant by the time of his death 23 years later, but then each transaction is spelled out. The property hit a rough patch in the 1930s when it was purchased in a Sheriff's sale and resold to The Commercial Paste Company. The abstract includes the articles of incorporation for The Commercial Paste Company in 1902 as well as the article amended in 1929 (new text italicized):
Third, Said Corporation is formed for the purpose of manufacturing, purchasing, selling and dealing in paste, gum and glue and the constituents thereof, and also for the purpose of buying, or otherwise acquiring, owning, leasing, improving, selling, and dealing in real estate, and the doing of all things incident thereto.

I know there was a real estate reality show called Flip That House not too long ago, but I think I'd be into something with a different focus. My show would be more like Bleak House: Columbus.

Anyway, that was the morning. Then Brian had to leave and Victoria helped me get through my to-do list. We didn't get to finish everything, but it was a valiant attempt.


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Apr. 24th, 2007 11:28 am (UTC)
Yay! House!
Apr. 24th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
I think the fact that you have the land records is so cool!

Sorry I missed seeing you on Earth Day. How did the tie dying project go?
Apr. 24th, 2007 01:06 pm (UTC)
Victoria made one of the t-shirts. It was a "small" but for adults so now she has a tie-dye dress that says "I [globe] College Park". No one understands exactly what that means, but when does that stop people from taking free t-shirts? I once had one with a slogan so suggestive that I wouldn't wear it in public--at home, I turned it inside out to wear it. Finally I turned it into a rag for a painting project.
Apr. 24th, 2007 03:17 pm (UTC)
Now I want to know what that shirt said.

Paste House! Kinda like the kindergarten version of Hansel and Gretel. Ew.
Lets ALL go to the House of Paste! No, not pasta, Paste!
Apr. 24th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
I wonder whether Philemon Thomas was a revwar vet. Alot of Ohio territory was granted to vets. Giving them tracts in trackless wilderness was a cheap veteran's benefit. It was the GI bill of the period, although most of 'em sold their land to speculators. Ohio has some of the most screwed up and inconsistant surveys in the country.
Apr. 25th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
Wonder no more; he was. I'm not sure he ever set eyes on the tract itself. The other possibility was that he was a proselytizer. The land was granted under an act of congress entitled "an act regulating the grants of lands appropriated for military services and for the Society of the United Brethren for propagating the Gospel among the Heathen".
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