Monday, December 29, 2008

Asteroid 7130 Klepper

Per, asteriod “7130 Klepper (1992 HR4) is a Main-belt Asteroid discovered on April 30, 1992 by F. Borngen at Tautenburg.”

Per the Dictionary of Minor Planet Names by Lutz D Schmadel posted on Google Books, 7130 Klepper was “named after the German novelist and lyric poet Jochen Klepper (1903-1942), with The Father and important representative of the Christian historical novel. He was dismissed from the post at the Berlin Radio already in 1933 because his wife was Jewish. by courageously raising his voice against Hitler’s terror he consoled people who suffered from the system. His letters and diary Under the Shadows of your Wings are moving. Pressed by the circumstances, he decided to die voluntarily with his wife and daughter in order to protect them from the concentration camp.

Clepper Park - Union Township

Encompassing 50 acres, Clepper Park is the largest park operated and maintained by Union Township. The park has entrances on Summerside Road and on Barg Salt Run Road.

Clepper Park boasts a large number of recreational facilities, including basketball courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, a football field, walking track, fishing lake, an equipped playground, sheltered and unsheltered areas with grills, and public restroom facilities. All the shelters have hard surface walkways and some of the shelters have picnic tables which can accomodate wheelchairs.

Many organizations make use of the park during the year. The Eastgate Soccer Association, St. Veronica's football program, and both boys' and girls' baseball and softball teams use the facilities. The basketball courts are used heavily throughout the year, and the track is popular for walking, jogging, bicycling, and skating. The fishing lake is a "catch and release" operation and offers both experienced and novice anglers a place to test their skills.

Clepper Park is also the site for the township's largest salt storage shed, with a rated capacity of 1800 tons.§ion=clepper
History of Clepper family discussed
By Curtis Thomasson | Andalusia Star-News
Published Friday, August 15, 2008

In recent weeks, the Huson/Houston family of south Alabama and the counties of Butler, Conecuh and Covington in particular has been featured in three segments for this column. Another family in the same general area, which had a descendant to intermarry with the Hustons, was the Clepper family, which will be reviewed in today’s column.

The earliest Clepper ancestor to be identified in today’s sources was Jacob Klepper Sr., who was married to Barbara first and then to Rebecca. He was born in 1741 possibly in Germany and later lived in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and finally in Tennessee. Among Jacob’s nine or more children was a son, Augustus Phillip Klepper, who was born circa 1771 probably in Pennsylvania. Augustus was married first to Temperance Gilliam, daughter of John and Mary (Johnson) Gilliam. Among their four children was a son, P. James Klepper, born in 1793 near Nashville, Tennessee. He was married first to Christian A. Collier. Among their 13 children was a son, James Francis Clepper.

James Francis Clepper was the ancestor who brought the family to Alabama. He was born March 22, 1820, according to certain records, but his military records stated that he was born in Madison County, Alabama, and this may actually be the correct place. James Francis was the son of James and Christian (Collier) Clepper. His career included farming and becoming a master mechanic. He once owned a successful wagon factory in Prattville, Alabama. During the War Between the States, the Confederate Army needed his factory, so he was forced to sell it to them. They paid him with Confederate bills, which became worthless and were later burned in a house fire.

James Francis enlisted as a private in Company A, 56th Alabama Infantry Regiment. At some point during the war he was wounded, but he recovered and survived to return home and resume life with his family after the war ended.

On May 15, 1848, James Francis, who came from a once “well-to-do family,” was married to Elizabeth Columbus Robinson, the daughter of a prominent family in Autauga County, James B. and Elizabeth (Bugg) Robinson. Her mother was descended from the well-known and affluent Bugg family of Georgia and Virginia. The couple was married in that county where Elizabeth had been born on Feb. 3, 1831, at Robinson Springs. They began their family and resided in that community until they made the move circa 1861 to south Alabama. It was at this time during the war years that James Francis moved his young family to the Garland community in Butler County where they eventually reared their eight children.

James Francis and Elizabeth Clepper reared the following children: Augustus G. “Gus,” b. ca 1850, d. after 1900, m. 1884 Mattie Olive Howell; James Robert “Rob or Jonas,” b. 1852, m. 1875 Permelia “Mealie” C. Presley; Thomas Warren, b. 1855, d. 1857, buried in Robinson Cemetery or Paige Hill as it is now known; Joseph Frank, b. 1862, d. 1936 LA, m. 1885 Mary Susan McSwain; Mary Cornelia, b. 1863, d. 1954, m. 1880 Pinkney Huston; Sarah “Sallie” Paris, b. 1865; Elizabeth “Missy” J., b. ca 1868, d. 1912, m. Elbert L. Chancellor; Samuel “Bud” P., b. 1868, d. single; and Edna Earle “Eddy,” b. 1873, d. 1957, m. Thomas Gillum Calloway.

James Francis died Jan. 14, 1893, and his wife, Elizabeth, died the same year on June 15. They were both buried in the Garland Cemetery in Butler County, but no markers have been placed at their graves. Elizabeth was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and James Francis was a Universalist.

For the next generation in this family, the daughter, Mary Cornelia Clepper, and her husband, Pinkney Huston, will be covered. Pinkney “Pink” was the third child of Isaiah Huson and his wife, Nancy (Gilmore). Pink was only 6 weeks old when his father kissed him goodbye and left the family to go to Georgia and also to serve in the Confederate Army. Up until this time, Isaiah and Nancy had been married for several years, and they had three young children. After this, Pink grew up with his two grandfathers, John Gilmore and Dawson “Dorsey” Huston, as his father figures. He matured into a fine and intelligent young man even though he had not had good opportunities for formal education.

Cornelia fell in love with this young man, Pinkney Huston. They were married on Dec. 22, 1880, in Garland at her parents’ home. He was 22 years old, and she lacked a week being 17 years of age. They lived with her parents until Pink was able to purchase a house beside the railroad in Garland. In 1881, he bought 20 acres from the N.B. Peacock family and another 40 acres in 1882 from a group of owners. In 1884, Pink’s mother, Nancy Huston, deeded a portion of her property to him. He then added other tracts over the years. He farmed and later operated a general merchandise store in Garland.

Family stories describe how Cornelia grew up during very hard times and learned to cope with many difficulties. In spite of the absence of schools at the time, she learned to read, write, and use her mind skillfully. After her marriage to Pink, she was able to teach him to read and write as well.

Pink and Cornelia reared the following children: Eula Elizabeth, b. 1882, d. 1981, m. 1901 Walter Ernest Darby; Coreene “Cora or Ninnie,” b. 1883, d. 1956, m. 1903 William “Willie” Herbert Tillery; James Edward “Ed or Bud,” b. 1885, d. 1962, m. (1) 1906 Josephine Elizabeth Richard (2) Lillian Tucker; Leslie, b. 1888, d. 1890; Willie Preston, b. 1890, d. 1953, m. 1911 Aimee Irene Dunn; Joe Mason, b. 1892, d. 1917 from being killed accidentally in France during WW I; Leonard Selman “Sam” Sr., b. 1895, d. 1961, m. 1919 Annie Mae Tucker; Lelia/Leila Gaston, b. 1897, d. 1967, m. 1915 Clarence Douglas Peacock; Franklin “Frank” Pierce, b. 1900, d. 1968, m. 1935 Floy Milifae Huggins; Brooks Flowers, b. 1902, d. 1970, m. Carrie Belle “Carabelle” Tucker; and Mamie Cornelia, b. 1904, m. Daniel “Jack: Hertis Hines.

A number of these children changed the spelling of their name from Huston to Houston. Some of them resided at least for a time in the Garland area, and then most of them moved to different points in Alabama or other states, especially to Texas.

The source for this genealogy on the Clepper family is the book written by Margarette Hall Wood — The History of John Huson from North Carolina to Alabama, His Huson/Huston/Houston Descendants, and the Allied Pioneer Families of Clepper, Robinson, Deen and Gilmore.

Anyone who might have any corrections to the above writing or additional information on this family is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson at 20357 Blake Pruitt Road, Andalusia, AL 36420; call 334-222-6467; or e-mail:

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

1892 Oct 10 - George Klepper

The Lock Haven Express newspaper from Lock Haven, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, October 10, 1892 listed George Klepper as selling his farm.

From the Journal.
George Klepper has sold his farm near Booneville and will quit farming. Next spring he will move to Lock Haven and work in the furniture factory.
The number of people in this vicinity afflicted with rheumatism at present is greater than at any other time within a period of ten years. The air seems to be full of it and almost every third person one meets limps or carries a cane.
A band of about fifty genuine Berks county gypsies pased through town on Monday on their way to Brush Valley, where they intend to camp a week or ten days before returning to their winter quarters. Their outfit consisted of fourteen wagons, thirty horses, three tents and a log of cooking utensils.
Operations at Brungard's saw mill in the Long Narrows has been suspended owing to the prevalence of typhoid fever in the camp. Four members of one family - father, mother, son and daughter - are afficted with the disease. One death is reported, the victim being a young man named Strobble.

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1890 Apr 01 - George Klepper

The front page of The Lock Haven Express from Lock Haven, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, April 1, 1890 list George O Klepper as being one of the citizens selected for Jury Duty

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Clepper Sock Toys

Page 15 of the September 13, 1959 section of the "The Sunday Grit - Nation Edition" of Williamsport, Pennsylvania list an advertisement from the Clepper Publishing Company

__________ Over 50 fast sellers in "How to Make Sock Toys", $1 per copy.
Clepper Publishing Co., Dept, E9, Park Ridge, Illinois

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