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 John Clarke Streeter

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John Clarke Streeter

Birth
Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, USA
Death
29 Jan 1912 (aged 82)
Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, USA
Burial
Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, USA
Memorial ID
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Died January 29, 1912

John C. Streeter, former mayor and former postmaster of Watertown, died Sunday at the home of his son, Fred W. Streeter at the age of 82 years. He was one of the best known men in Northern New York. Although Mr. Streeter had been ailing for the last three weeks his death came suddenly.

THE OGDENSBURG NEWS, TUESDAY, JANAURY 30, 1912
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JOHN CLARKE STREETER
No one citizen of Watertown has been more strongly identified with its commercial, political and social life, during the last half-century, than John C. Streeter. Nelson White Streeter, father of the subject of this sketch, was an early resident of the country and was long distinguished as a leading citizen of Watertown. Nelson W. Streeter was born January 10, 1804,in Goshen, Hampshire county, Massachusetts, a son of Elijah and Abigail Streeter, the former a native of Vermont, and the latter of Massachusetts. In the year 1819 Elijah Streeter settled, with his son, in Champion, this county. His wife died May 20, 1806, at the age of twenty-three years in Massachusetts. He followed shoemaking until a short time before his death, when he moved to Watertown, and passed away at the home of his son August 21, 1830, at the early age of forty-nine years. In the year 1821 Nelson W. Street was apprenticed to Thomas Peck, of Watertown, to learn the tailor's trade, which he completed in three years. He at once established himself as a tailor, and was immediately successful, as he was industrious, and soon accumulated means to engage quite extensively as a merchant tailor, beginning in 1830. After fourteen years he extended his business to include ready-made apparel, much of which he manufactured. After twenty years this was turned over to his son, John C. Streeter, who continued it successfully, along the lines early acquired by association in the business. One of the monuments to the business sagacity and energy of Nelson W. Streeter is found in the Streeter building, on the Public Square, which teems with the business life of the city. Being associated with the Whig' party in early life, he identified himself with the Democratic party in 1856, and continued this allegiance until his life closed. Consistency was one of his most prominent traits, and he held tenaciously to a course once mapped out for himself. The esteem in which he was held is indicated by the fact that he served the city as trustee and the county as sheriff. Out of the kindness of his heart, Mr. Streeter became responsible, by endorsement, for much of the paper of his friends, and his son, John C. Streeter, was called upon to meet these obligations to the amount of over sixty thousand dollars, which he did, without a dollar of discount, and with no compensation from those responsible for the loss. In 1828 Mr. Streeter married Miss Aurelia A. Parsons, of Lewis county. She died January 19, 1837, leaving four children--John C., Cornelia, Aurelia and Augusta A. On October 22, 1837, Mr. Streeter married Eunice H. Burpee, of Lorraine, this county, who bore him one son. Henry W., for some years a practicing physician of Watertown, and who died in 1903, at Rochester, where he had been ten years engaged in successful practice.
John Clarke Streeter, son of Nelson W. Streeter, was born November 22, 1829, in Watertown. He is the eldest of a family of four children and at a very early age was engaged in trade. For a long period he was one of the leading business men of Watertown, being distinguished not only for financial success, but also for honorable dealing and strict integrity of character. He was one of the first board of directors of the Watertown Manufacturers' Aid Association and served in the same capacity on the organization of the Watertown board of trade. He was one of the incorporators of the Watertown Spring Wagon Company and one of the first trustees of the Watertown Savings Bank. In 1887 Mr. Streeter retired from business, but continued his interest in the many activities by means of which he sought to advance in various ways the welfare and prosperity of the community. In the sphere of politics Mr. Streeter has always borne a prominent part, his personal popularity no less than his ability and worth being attested by the number of offices of honor and responsibility which he has been called upon to fill. In 1872 he was appointed a member of the state board of charities, and served several years in that capacity. In 1877 he was supervisor and in 1878 was elected to the mayoralty. In discharging the duties of both these offices a strict regard to the best interests of the town and city was the object to which all other considerations were subordinate. In 1885 he was appointed by President Cleveland postmaster of Watertown, a position which he filled with credit to himself and satisfaction to the government until 1889. Since 1861 he has been a member of the Masonic fraternity and has been identified with the Union Club since its organization. Mr. Streeter has been twice married and is the father of one son: Frederick W. Streeter, the present city clerk. The latter's mother, Mary was a daughter of Stephen White, long and favorably known as a business man of Watertown. In December 1900, Mr. Streeter married Mrs. Ella A. Phelps, daughter of the late Merritt Andrus of Watertown.

Died January 29, 1912

John C. Streeter, former mayor and former postmaster of Watertown, died Sunday at the home of his son, Fred W. Streeter at the age of 82 years. He was one of the best known men in Northern New York. Although Mr. Streeter had been ailing for the last three weeks his death came suddenly.

THE OGDENSBURG NEWS, TUESDAY, JANAURY 30, 1912
______________________________________________
JOHN CLARKE STREETER
No one citizen of Watertown has been more strongly identified with its commercial, political and social life, during the last half-century, than John C. Streeter. Nelson White Streeter, father of the subject of this sketch, was an early resident of the country and was long distinguished as a leading citizen of Watertown. Nelson W. Streeter was born January 10, 1804,in Goshen, Hampshire county, Massachusetts, a son of Elijah and Abigail Streeter, the former a native of Vermont, and the latter of Massachusetts. In the year 1819 Elijah Streeter settled, with his son, in Champion, this county. His wife died May 20, 1806, at the age of twenty-three years in Massachusetts. He followed shoemaking until a short time before his death, when he moved to Watertown, and passed away at the home of his son August 21, 1830, at the early age of forty-nine years. In the year 1821 Nelson W. Street was apprenticed to Thomas Peck, of Watertown, to learn the tailor's trade, which he completed in three years. He at once established himself as a tailor, and was immediately successful, as he was industrious, and soon accumulated means to engage quite extensively as a merchant tailor, beginning in 1830. After fourteen years he extended his business to include ready-made apparel, much of which he manufactured. After twenty years this was turned over to his son, John C. Streeter, who continued it successfully, along the lines early acquired by association in the business. One of the monuments to the business sagacity and energy of Nelson W. Streeter is found in the Streeter building, on the Public Square, which teems with the business life of the city. Being associated with the Whig' party in early life, he identified himself with the Democratic party in 1856, and continued this allegiance until his life closed. Consistency was one of his most prominent traits, and he held tenaciously to a course once mapped out for himself. The esteem in which he was held is indicated by the fact that he served the city as trustee and the county as sheriff. Out of the kindness of his heart, Mr. Streeter became responsible, by endorsement, for much of the paper of his friends, and his son, John C. Streeter, was called upon to meet these obligations to the amount of over sixty thousand dollars, which he did, without a dollar of discount, and with no compensation from those responsible for the loss. In 1828 Mr. Streeter married Miss Aurelia A. Parsons, of Lewis county. She died January 19, 1837, leaving four children--John C., Cornelia, Aurelia and Augusta A. On October 22, 1837, Mr. Streeter married Eunice H. Burpee, of Lorraine, this county, who bore him one son. Henry W., for some years a practicing physician of Watertown, and who died in 1903, at Rochester, where he had been ten years engaged in successful practice.
John Clarke Streeter, son of Nelson W. Streeter, was born November 22, 1829, in Watertown. He is the eldest of a family of four children and at a very early age was engaged in trade. For a long period he was one of the leading business men of Watertown, being distinguished not only for financial success, but also for honorable dealing and strict integrity of character. He was one of the first board of directors of the Watertown Manufacturers' Aid Association and served in the same capacity on the organization of the Watertown board of trade. He was one of the incorporators of the Watertown Spring Wagon Company and one of the first trustees of the Watertown Savings Bank. In 1887 Mr. Streeter retired from business, but continued his interest in the many activities by means of which he sought to advance in various ways the welfare and prosperity of the community. In the sphere of politics Mr. Streeter has always borne a prominent part, his personal popularity no less than his ability and worth being attested by the number of offices of honor and responsibility which he has been called upon to fill. In 1872 he was appointed a member of the state board of charities, and served several years in that capacity. In 1877 he was supervisor and in 1878 was elected to the mayoralty. In discharging the duties of both these offices a strict regard to the best interests of the town and city was the object to which all other considerations were subordinate. In 1885 he was appointed by President Cleveland postmaster of Watertown, a position which he filled with credit to himself and satisfaction to the government until 1889. Since 1861 he has been a member of the Masonic fraternity and has been identified with the Union Club since its organization. Mr. Streeter has been twice married and is the father of one son: Frederick W. Streeter, the present city clerk. The latter's mother, Mary was a daughter of Stephen White, long and favorably known as a business man of Watertown. In December 1900, Mr. Streeter married Mrs. Ella A. Phelps, daughter of the late Merritt Andrus of Watertown.


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