South Euclid - Lyndhurst Historical Society - est. 1966

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[QUESTION] Why “Euclid”? Where does a Greek mathematician figure in?
[ANSWER]The original surveyors of this area were on a 2-year contract but having served the first year under unexpectedly harsh conditions (swamps, malaria, dysentery, etc.) they threatened to renege on returning for the second year. Moses Cleaveland, who was in charge of the men, then offered them a bargain price to purchase land in a township  The chosen township bordered Lake Erie where the lake shoreline ran directly northeast, adding a “gore” of nearly 11 square miles to the normal 25 square mile township size chosen hereabouts.[Elsewhere 36 sq. mi. townships were the norm]. The surveyors named it after the founder of geometry: Euclid.

[QUESTION] What’s this “Western Reserve”?
[ANSWER] All the original colonies had western reserves granted by King Charles II and ceded these to the federal government after the Revolutionary War; however Connecticut was allowed to retain a section of these in NE Ohio. Cf.