Biography of Clarence K. Cooper
North Central Ohio Biographies

Clarence K. Cooper. As mayor of Amherst, Mr. Cooper is prominent in the city, having had numerous business connections there for many years. He was born at Ida, Mich., Oct. 14, 1887, the son of John G. and Mary Catherine (Wertenberger) Cooper.

John G. Cooper was a native of Germany and his wife was born in Ohio. He was three years of age when he was brought to this country by his parents. He grew up at Ida, Mich., where he was educated, and he also attended Michigan State Normal School. He engaged in the teaching profession most successfully for almost 30 years, and also was the owner of a well improved farm. He was living retired at the time of his death in 1924. His wife died in 1910. Both are buried at Ida. Mr. Cooper was a Republican in politics and held membership in the Evangelical Church. The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Cooper: John F., lives at Hamburg, Mich.; G. E., lives at Utica, Mich.; O. Freeman, lives at Lone Rock, Wis.; Frank, deceased; Mrs. A. J. Cole, lives at Toledo, Ohio; J. Irwin, deceased; Clarence E., the subject of this sketch; Grace, who is assistant professor in English at Michigan State Normal School; Mrs. W. J. Scheid, registered nurse, lives at Ida, Mich.; Mrs. Ada French, registered nurse, served throughout the World War, lives at Los Angeles, Calif.; Sidney, a World War veteran, now a teacher in Ludington (Mich.) High School; Ralph W., a World War veteran, lives at Monroe, Mich.; and Orlo, a World War veteran, lives at Ida, Mich.

The early education of Clarence E. Cooper was received in the public schools of Ida, Mich., but at the age of 13 years he left school and went to work as a farm laborer. In 1910 he became a stationary engineer at the Ebenezer Orphan Home at Flat Rock, Ohio, and two years later removed to Amherst as a mechanic in the employ of the U. S. Automatic Company. He left that concern after twelve years, after having established an insurance agency in Amherst in 1921. He represents the following well known companies: U. S. Fidelity & Guaranty Company; Automobile Insurance Company of Hartford, Conn.; Aetna Fire Ins. Co.; Commercial Union; Spring Fire Insurance Co.; North British Insurance Co.; and Ohio State Insurance Co.

In 1912 Mr. Cooper was married to Miss Amelia Dute, the daughter of John and Aurella (Heussner) Dute, natives of Ohio, both now deceased.

Politically Mr. Cooper is a Republican, and in 1929 was elected to the office of mayor of Amherst. He is vice president of the School Board, having served as a member of that body for the past six years, and he is also a member of the Lorain County Republican Executive Committee. He is secretary and treasurer of the Amherst Hospital Association, president of the Amherst Business Men's Association, Deputy Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, and trustee of the Amherst Outdoor Life Association. He has the following lodge affiliations: Stoningham Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 503, Past Master; Lorain Chapter, R. A. M.; Lorain Council, R. & S. M. M.; Lorain Commandery, K. T.; Order Eastern Star, Stone City Chapter, Past Patron; Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Plato Lodge, No. 403; Knights of Pythias; F. O. Eagles, Aerie No. 1442.

Mr. Cooper is a prominent member of the Congregational Church, having served for 13 years as Sunday School superintendent. He also held the office of president of the Brownhelm-Amherst Township Sunday School Association for three years, and was president of the Lorain County Sunday School Association for three years, as well as deacon for 12 years, trustee for eight years, and treasurer for five years.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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