Joseph Irving Paul Isaak- Name Change Denile- St. Louis Post Dispatch 5 Dec 1909 page 4S
ISAAK WOULD CHANGE HIS NAME, BUT CAN'T; COURT WON'T LET HIM Judge Says Petitioner Is Troubled With False Pride in Refusing Refusing Order. Joseph Paul Isaak, 25 years old, a son of Swedish parents, applied In the Circuit Court for permission to drop the name Isaak and to be known legally legally as Joseph Irving Paul. The petition petition was referred to Judge Williams. Williams. "Why do you want to change your name?" the Court asked. "Because," answered Isaak. "I am embarrassed by It In a business way. particularly in signing contracts. I am known among my friends as Paul, yet any legal document I must sign as Isaak." "What contracts have you had to sign?" "Well, In the last year I signed a Klnloch telephone contract and a magazine subscription contract." Isaak further expalined that he didn't like his name, although his pa rents are still alive and are using it. Judge Williams refused to enter an order allowing the change. "All that's the matter with you Is false pride," said the Court to the petitioner. "You should be proud of your name."