Transcribed from History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911. 2 v. front., illus., plates, ports., fold. map. 28 cm. [Vol. 2 contains biographical data. Paged continuously.] p.611-612 transcribed by Christopher Shockley, student from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, on October 23, 2000.

David E. Clopper

DAVID E. CLOPPER, M. D., is engaged in the practice of medicine at Kansas City, Kansas, where he has resided since 1896 and where he has participated actively in public affairs. The world instinctively pays deference to the man whose success has been worthily achieved, and because of his capability, close application, devoted attention to his profession and his strict regard for the ethics of the medical science Dr. Clopper receives this deference and respect from his fellow men. In 1903 he was elected mayor of Argentine, and he served in that capacity with the utmost efficiency. In 1906 he was elected president of the Argentine State Bank, and he has continued incumbent of that position to the present time, in 1911.

In the fine old commonwealth of Maryland, on the 20th of January, 1867, occurred the birth of Dr. David E. Clopper, who is a son of Simon and Nancy (Light) Clopper, both of whom were likewise born in Maryland. They traced their ancestry back to stanch German stock and of their sixteen children nine are living at the present time, the subject of this review having been the thirteenth in order of birth. The father was identified with farming during the greater part of his active carer[sic] and he is still living at his old home in Maryland. His cherished and devoted wife passed away in about 1884. To the public schools of Leitersburg, Maryland, Dr. Clopper is indebted for his preliminary educational training. Early deciding upon the medical profession as his life work, he entered the Barnes Medical College at St. Louis, Missouri, attending that institution for a period of one year, at the expiration of which he was matriculated as a student in the medical department of the University Medical College at Kansas City, Missouri, in which he was graduated as a member of the class of 1896, duly receiving his degree of Doctor of Medicine. Immediately after graduation he located at Argentine, Kansas, where he soon succeeded in building up a large and lucrative patronage. Within recent years he has pursued three post-graduate courses in New York, the last in 1910. Since 1897 he has been physician and surgeon for the Santa Fe Railroad Company, and as proof of his ability in the line of his chosen vocation he controls a very extensive patronage.

In the year 1906 at Kansas City, Missouri, was solemnized the marriage of Dr. Clopper to Mrs. Rena Malow, Dr. and Mrs. Clopper have no children. They are prominent and popular factors in connection with the best social activities of the community in which they live.

In politics Mr. Clopper is aligned as a stalwart supporter of the cause of the Republican party. In 1902 he was elected to membership in the city council of Argentine, Kansas, and in the following year was elected mayor of Argentine, serving as such for a period of two years. In 1906 he was elected president of the Argentine State Bank, which is one of the most substantial and reliable financial institutions in this section of Kansas. In connection with the work of his profession he is a valued and appreciative member of the American Railroad Surgeons Association and the Kansas State Medical Society. In fraternal circles he is affiliated with Ben Hur Lodge, No. 272, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons; and with Caswell Consistory, No. 5, Ancient Scottish Rite, having attained to the thirty-second degree. He is also connected with Abdallah Temple, Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, of Leavenworth, Kansas. In the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks he is a member of Wyandotte Lodge, No. 440. In his profession Dr. Clopper has attained high rank because his equipments were unusually good, because his work has been prompted by a love of scientific investigation and broad humanitarian principles and because he has steadily advanced, keeping in direct touch with the most progressive thought of the medical world. His prominence is indicated by the large patronage which is accorded him and which has made him one of the substantial residents of this city.

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