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Street, Robert and Joyce (Rose)

(Joyce Street)

Robert Leroy Street was born the son of Leroy Oscar and Lueda (Brenna) Street. Both Leroy and Lueda were born near Hesper; Leroy on 22 Apr 1912 and Lueda on 17 Nov 1911. They were married 15 Sep 1932 in Hesper at the Bielski Store, with Leroy’s brother, Guilford Street, officiating. Robert’s brothers were: Douglas Roger and Harold Lee.

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Bob, Joyce, Brian and Arden Street. Thanksgiving 1989

Robert attended the Hesper school, then graduated from Mabel (Minnesota) High School in 1956. He attended William Penn College in Oskaloosa, IA, graduating in 1960 with a major in biology and minor in chemistry.

On 13 Nov 1960, Robert married Clista Joyce Rose at the Christiansburg Methodist Church near Ottumwa, IA (Wapello Co.). Joyce was born in Ottumwa, IA, the daughter of Arden Clair and Gladys (Sickels) Rose. She has no brothers or sisters. She grew up on a farm west of Ottumwa and attended the Christiansburg country school, one of the last one-room country schools in that part of the state. She graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1955, attended Simpson College in Indianola for one year, and graduated from William Penn College in 1960 with a major in religion and minor in English.

Robert and Joyce have two sons: Arden Leroy and Brian Vance, both born in Caledonia, MN. Both boys attended the Hesper School the last year it was open, then Mabel-Canton Schools, graduating in 1980 and 1981 respectively. In 1984, Arden graduated from Luther College with a major in art. Brian graduated from Luther in 1985 with a major in computer science. Arden is employed at the Luther College print shop, running the offset press and doing the darkroom work. Brian is District UPC Clerk for Wal-Mart, headquartered in Decorah. The two men live in Hesper and share interests in blacksmithing, buckskinning, and photography.

Robert began carpentry work with Lloyd Foltz during high school. After college, he continued as a self-employed carpenter with that crew, plus doing other fix-it jobs on the side. In 1974, he joined the Maintenance Department at Luther College, where he is now locksmith and head carpenter. In the early years of their marriage, Joyce gave piano lessons to neighborhood children and did a little custom sewing. Since Oct 1989, she has been employed by Swella Clinic of Chiropractic in Decorah, part-time as insurance technician and receptionist.

Bob and Joyce are members of Hesper Friends Meeting and have held responsibilities at both local and state levels. Both are involved in their community as well, working with the Hesper Public Cemetery, Hesper Improvement Club, Hesper-Mabel Area Historical Society, and the engine show at Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Days. Bob and both sons enjoy blacksmithing, and Bob has a small collection of antique gas engines. His latest interest is radio-controlled model airplanes. Both he and Joyce enjoy music and reading, and she enjoys writing and knitting. Majesticats’ Dickens, a Maine Coon cat, is the current feline member of the family, having been preceded by Stupid Kitty and Samantha, each characters in their own right.

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Streeter, John

(Perry Streeter)

John2 Streeter, third son and fifth child of Thomas1 and Louisa (    ) Streeter, was born in (then Addison since 1822) Cameron, Steuben Co., New York on 8 Nov 1816; he died at Fort Atkinson, Washington Twp., Winneshiek Co., IA on 27 Nov 1864. John married (probably at Canisteo, Steuben Co., NY) Martha Ann “Matty" (Morgan?), born in New York in Nov 1824 and died probably at Lawler, Chickasaw Co., IA after 1900. Martha was married second at Conover, Winneshiek Co., IA 16 Apr 1867 to Isaac Thomas; the ceremony was conducted by the Justice of Peace, C.V. Jacob, and witnessed by John R Landin (Winneshiek County Marriage Records, A:142).

Thomas1 Streeter (1753-1831) was an English immigrant, Baptist minister, and pioneer of Steuben Co., New York. He came to Bath, Steuben Co., New York from London late in 1794. About 1807, Thomas married Louisa === (1773-1844); she may have been Thomas’ second wife. Louisa was probably a daughter, sister or widow of one of the other pioneers who came to Bath around the turn of the century from Connecticut.

Thomas1 died on his farm, in or near the village of Adrian, Steuben Co., New York on 18 Sep 1831 and on 7 Dec 1831 Thomas2 inherited this land by paying his mother, Louisa $200, as designated in Thomas’ will and witnessed by Moses Hallett. In his will, Thomas1 stated: “and fifthly it is my will and decree that my son Thomas shall pay to my son John the sum of twenty dollars one year after my decease.” Thomas1 followed the English law of primogeniture, all land went to the eldest son.

However, on 13 Feb 1837, Thomas2 and Elizabeth “Betsey” (Burleson) Streeter sold this same plot to his


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