CLARENCE M STREEPER
Clarence M. Streeper, one of the retired farmers of Atchison, Kansas, has been a resident of this state since 1871, and for the past six years has been living quietly at his present home. Mr. Streeper is a native of New Jersey, born in Cumberland county, June 3, 1824, a son of Christopher and Catherine (Brooks) Streeper. The Brooks family were among the early settlers of New Jersey, and Almeron Brooks, the father of Mrs. Streeper, was a Revolutionary soldier. Her mother was before marriage Sally Champness.
Clarence M. Streeper passed his youthful days in Bridgeton, New Jersey, and there received a common-school education. His mother having died when he was ten years old, he went to live with a cousin of his mother, Joseph Nelson, with whom he remained until grown. At the age of sixteen young Streeper commenced learning the trade of carpenter, at which he served a three-years apprenticeship, and after completing his trade he went to Salem county, New Jersey, where he worked as a journeyman carpenter. Later he purchased a farm, and for some time was engaged in farming there. In 1871 circumstances favored his removal west and he took up his abode on one hundred and twenty acres of land in Shannon township, Atchison county, Kansas, where he carried on agricultural pursuits until 1893. That year he retired from farm life and has since maintained his residence in Atchison, devoting his time and attention to looking after his property. Besides his comfortable home, he owns other city property.
Mr. Streeper was married, in 1847, to Miss Rebecca Du Bois, of Salem county, New Jersey, a daughter of Samuel and Mary (Johnson) Du Bois, and the fruits of their union are the following named children: Rallin F.; Howard M.; Alice, now Mrs. Woody; Catherine, the wife of Charles L. Duffield; Everett; and Emma the wife of a Mr. Van Leer. At this writing there are eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild in the family. Mr. Streeper and his wife are members of the Baptist church and fraternally he is identified with the I. O. O. F. He is a Republican in politics and has given his support to this party ever since he cast his first vote, for John C. Fremont. One term he served as a member of the city council.