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DeWitt Clinton Stroup

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DeWitt Clinton Stroup

Posted: 2 Jul 2006 10:38PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Stroup, Robb, Sering & Stech
"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 769-70

DeWitt Clinton Stroup. A well-known and highly esteemed citizen of Jefferson township, DeWitt Clinton Stroup holds a position of note among the skilful and thriving agriculturists of Huntington county, owning and occupying the Brookside stock and fruit farm, lying in section 5, eight and one-half miles northwest of Warren, and two and one-half miles east of Mount Etna. A native of Indiana, he was born September 16, 1863, in Monroe township, Grant county.

His father, Carey Stroup, was born and reared in Ohio, living there until after his marriage, in 1855. The following year, in 1856, he came with his young wife to Grant county, Indiana, and for ten years resided in Monroe township. Moving then to Huntington county, he located in Rock Creek township, one and one-half miles west of Rock creek, and was there engaged in tilling the soil until after the death of his good wife. He subsequently made his home in Jefferson township, spending his last years with his son, D. C. Stroup, his death occurring in 1910. His wife, whose maiden name was Barbara Robb, was born in Clermont county, Ohio, which was also his birthplace, and was there married. Three children were born of their union, as follows: Catherine, of Lancaster township; George, who died in infancy; and DeWitt C.

But two years old when brought by his parents to Huntington county, DeWitt Clinton Stroup received his elementary education in the rural schools of Rock Creek township, after which he attended the winter terms of the Fellaborn school for awhile, in the summer time assisting on the home farm. He subsequently continued his studies at the County Normal School, in Huntington, after which he took a business course at the Marion Normal College. Having fitted himself for a teacher, Mr. Stroup began his professional career in 1885, and until the winter of 1905 and 1906 was successfully engaged in teaching, having charge of district schools in the townships of Rock Creek, Salamonie, Jefferson, Jackson, and Lancaster. Since that time he has devoted his time and energies to the care of his farm of eighty acres in Jefferson township, where, in addition to raising the cereals common to this part of the country he makes a specialty of cultivating strawberries and raspberries, for which he finds a ready market in Huntington.

Mr. Stroup has been twice married. He married first, in 1890, Ella M. Sering, a daughter of Thomas Sering. She died in 1892, in early womanhood. Mr. Stroup married second, April 5, 1895, Sarah E. Stech, a daughter of Andrew Stech, of Warren, Indiana. Three children have made their advent into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Stroup, namely: Blanche L., attending, in 1914, the Lancaster Township High school; Donald S., a pupil in the same school; and Gladys, who died in infancy. A steadfast democrat in politics, Mr. Stroup takes an active interest in local and county affairs. Religiously Mr. and Mrs. Stroup are members of the Christian church at Majenica, Indiana.

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