Clarence A. Whittier. - Among the highly esteemed citizens of Jefferson County is Clarence A. Whittier, who
lives retired at Adams, where he has been identified with municipal affairs for the past 32 years. He was born
at Depauville, N. Y., July 24, 1861, the son of David and Charlotte (Holliday) Whittier.
David Whittier was born at Henderson and his wife was born at Lyme, Jefferson County. He was prominent as a breeder
of fine horses and owned his own track, upon which he tested and paired off horses as to size, style, and breeding.
He was not, however, interested in horse racing, Both he and his wife are deceased and are buried in Depauville.
They were members of the Methodist Church and Mr. Whittier was a Republican in politics. Their children were: 1.
Mattie, the widow of Nathan Easton, lives at Depauville. 2. Clinton, deceased. 3. Clarence A., the subject of this
The education of Clarence A. Whittier was received in the district schools of Jefferson County and at Depauville.
For a number of years he owned and operated a fine farm of 200 acres and later removed to Adams, where he purchased
a half interest in a grist mill with the late Eli Seeber, his father in law, and the firm of Seeber & Whittier
continued for three years, when Mr. Whittier retired. He then resumed his farming operations for two years, after
which he conducted a furniture and undertaking business at Adams, in partnership with the late Ross C. Scott. In
1918 Mr. Whittier retired from the firm, and he has since devoted his entire time to the management of his two
farms in Jefferson County.
Mr. Whittier served for eight years as chief of the Adams Fire Department, and as village and town assessor for
two terms. He became village trustee and later president of the village board, and became mayor when the form of
city government was changed. Throughout his public career Mr. Whittier has been identified with the Republican
Mr. Whittier married Miss Mary Seeber, the daughter of Eli and Amanda Seeber, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere
in this history.
Mr. Whittier is a member of the Citizens Club, Board of Trade, and belonged to the Depauville Grange for almost
half a century. He is affiliated with Rising Sun Lodge, F. and A. M. No. 234 ; Adams Chapter, R. A. No. 205; and
is a charter member of Depauville Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932
Jefferson County, NY
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