Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Harry E. Tope, Sr., Abstracts of Title

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Harry E. Tope, Sr., Abstracts of Title,
Creator: Tope, Harry E., Sr.
Inclusive dates: 1902, 1990
Extent: .5 cubic feet (in 1 box)
This collection includes Abstracts of Title and related papers for the Michigan counties of Antrim, Arenac, Clare, Iosco, Kalamazoo, Lake, Manistee, Missaukee, Newaygo, and Osceola, some Title Opinions for property in Michigan counties re: oil and gas leases, and an obituary for Tope.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 69261

Access Restrictions:

Harry E. Tope, Sr., Abstracts of Title are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Harry E. Tope, Sr., Abstracts of Title, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


The collection is organized alphabetically and chronologically.



Harry Earle Tope, Sr. lived in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, from at least 1941 through 1962. He was married to Ruth Wright. Together they had two children: Harry Earle Tope, Jr. and Michael F. Tope. Harry E. Tope, Sr. was an oil producer and leaser. He purchased lots of Michigan real estate and oil and gas leases, particularly during the late 1930s and early 1940s. In approximately 1962, Harry E. Tope, Sr. died. (This information is from the Mount Pleasant / Isabella County directories, as there is no obituary or census listing for Harry E. Tope, Sr.)

Harry’s son, Harry E. Tope, Jr. was born on June 11, 1942 in Mount Pleasant. He married E. Diane Brewster on August 30, 1963 in Mount Pleasant. Together they had three daughters: Elizabeth Ann, Hilary, and Miriam Ruth Tope.

Harry, Jr. owned H. E. Tope, Inc., an oil production company in Mount Pleasant He was a member of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association, the Board of Directors of the Oil and Gas Association since the early 1970s and the Board of Directors of the Bank of Alma. He was also active in a number of aviation associations and owned several airplanes.

On July 1, 1990, Harry E. Tope, Jr. crashed in his historic plane while performing during an air show. He was survived by his wife, daughters, mother, step-father, brother, grandmother, and a step-sister. He was preceded in death by a half-sister, his father and grandfather. (This information is from Harry, Jr.’s obituary, 1990, a copy of which is in the collection.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists mostly of Harry E. Tope, Sr.’s Abstracts of Title, 1902, 1986 [bulk late 1930s and early 1940s] for ten Michigan counties (10 folders) and Title Opinions, 1935, 1969, regarding oil and gas leases for several Michigan counties (1 folder). Also included is an obituary of Harry E. Tope, Jr. and related newspaper article, July 3, 1990 (copies).

Subject Terms

    • Tope, Harry E., Sr.
    • Tope, Harry E., Jr.
    • Tope family.
    • Sun Oil Company.
    • Oil and gas leases--Michigan--History.
    • Abstracts of title--Michigan.
    • Mount Pleasant (Mich.)--Biography.
    • Mount Pleasant (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Harry E. Tope, Sr., Abstracts of Title. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Tope, Harry E., Jr., Obituary [and Related Newspaper Article] (copies), July 3, 1990
    Box   1 F   2
    Tope, Harry E., Sr., Abstracts of Title, 1902, 1986
    Box   1 F   3
    Tope, Harry E., Sr., Antrim County (Michigan), 1929
    Box   1 F   4
    Tope, Harry E., Sr., Arenac County (Michigan), 1930, 1986
    Box   1 F   5
    Tope, Harry E., Sr., Clare County (Michigan), 1938
    Box   1 F   6
    Tope, Harry E., Sr., Iosco County (Michigan), 1943-1944, 1986
    Box   1 F   7
    Tope, Harry E., Sr., Kalkaska County (Michigan), and Related Papers, 1902-1971 (Scattered)
    Box   1 F   8
    Tope, Harry E., Sr., Lake County (Michigan), 1949, 1986
    Box   1 F   9
    Tope, Harry E., Sr., Manistee County (Michigan), 1929
    Box   1 F   10
    Tope, Harry E., Sr., Missaukee County (Michigan), 1929, 1940, 1942, 1947, 1967
    Box   1 F   11
    Tope, Harry E., Sr., Newaygo County (Michigan), 1927
    Box   1 F   12
    Tope, Harry E., Sr., Osceola County (Michigan), and Related Papers, 1908, 1941
    Box   1 F   13
    Title Opinions, A-Z (County Names), re: Oil and Gas Leases, 1935, 1939, 1942, 1947, 1968-1969