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POST, CHARLES ASA

POST, CHARLES ASA (28 Oct. 1848-2 May 1943) spent most of his life in business but earned the honorific of "Dean of Doan's Corners" for local historical recollections written after his retirement. He was born at EUCLID AVENUE and what later became E. 101st St., just a few blocks from DOAN'S CORNERS. He left Doan School at 16 to enter business, becoming a bookkeeper for the Everett Weddell Co. in the WEDELL HOUSE. In 1883 Post briefly left Cleveland to enter the electrical supply business in New York, returning 4 years later to head the East End Bank, followed in 1905 by the presidency of the Dime Savings Bank. He was an organizer and director of the Cleveland Stock Exchange and the first secretary and treasurer of the Dow Chemical Co. (see HERBERT H. DOW), which was organized in his office. He was a member of the ROWFANT CLUB and the EARLY SETTLERS ASSOC. From 1910-25 Post conducted banking and brokerage activities on the Pacific Coast and in New York. When he returned, he took a room in the Hotel Haddam at E. 105th and Euclid and published his first book, Doan's Corners and the City Four Miles West, in 1930. It was followed by Those Were the Days (1935), an account of Euclid Avenue's "Millionaires" Row" days, and The Cuyahoga: The Crooked River That Made a City Great (completed 1942 but unpublished). Distinguished by a white, spadelike beard, the octogenarian bachelor was often mistaken for Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes of the Supreme Court. He died in a convalescent home on Crawford Rd.