CLARENCE ECKHARDT BREHM
Mother and father, Andrew and Catherine (Moeller) Brehm immigrated from
northwest of Frankfurt, Germany in the 1890's. They settled on a farm in
northern Iowa, where he worked until he was able to buy a farm of his own
in Kansas. His farming operations consisted largely of Hereford cattle
raising in the Flint Hills in eastern Kansas. It was through the 4-H Club
and living in a farming community that Clarence, born August 7, 1910, learned
of Kansas State University, from which he graduated in architecture. He went
to work for Amerada Petroleum Corporation, attended Tulsa University night school,
obtaining a B.S. in petroleum geology, and then obtained a M.S. in petroleum
geology at the University of Oklahoma. Previous to his work with Amerada, he
was a surveyor with U.S. Coast Survey and surveyor and computed with Geophysical
Research Corp. After leaving Amerada, he joined Kingwood Oil Company in Effingham, IL,
as chief geologist in 1938-40. He moved to Mt. Vernon in August, 1940, and set
up his office as a consulting geologist. After several successful ventures as a
consultant for Deep Rock Oil Company, Sohio and Great Lakes Carbon Corp., he
entered the oil producing business as a contractor and explored for petroleum.
C. E. Brehm Producing Company was organized in 1944, and he employs approximately
150 families in this operation in the Illinois Basin and the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming,
with offices in Casper, Wyoming, Denver, Colorado and Mt. Vernon.
He became interested in the cattle business in Illinois as a Polled Hereford breeder
and farmer, after buying the Rosier Cross farm 2 1/2 miles north of Belle Rive.
Shortly after, he acquired about 2500 acres in White County, IL, which is entirely
a grain producing operation. The Belle Rive farm, making a total of 5000 acres, is
devoted to raising registered Polled Herefords and agricultural production.
He is majority owner of American Stratigraphic Company In Denver and Anchorage, Alaska,
and Canadian Stratigraphic Company in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He serves as Chairman
of the Board of both these organizations, which are service companies to most of the
independents and major companies. They do world wide research for companies in Africa
and the Middle East, stratigraphic studies, data processing, geological information and
supervising drilling operations and management.
The C. E. Brehm Foundation has given over 40 scholarships to Mt. Vernon
High School graduates and others.
C. E. Brehm was director of First Bank and Trust Co. since 1951 and director emeritus
since 1975. He is director of King City Federal since 1960, was active in the Illinois
State Chamber of Commerce and past vice president in 1959-60. He has been a member of
the Independent Petroleum Assn. of America since 1940 and is presently vice president
for Illinois. He was a director of the American Polled Hereford Association, has been
on the governor's oil and gas board, is a past president of the Illinois Geological
Society and has served on many committees of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
He is active in the Endowment Board of Kansas State University, is a member of the First
Presbyterian Church of Mt. Vernon, where he served as a trustee during their expansion and
building program, contributing largely financial asistance.
He is a director and past chairman of the Mt. Vernon Airport Authority, having served
since its inception. He is a past president of the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce, a member
of the Mt. Vernon AF&M Lodge, Elks, Moose and others.
He is a member of several game conservation groups including Shikar-Safari International
and Game Conservation International.
He is the most active independent oil operator and has been a leading producer among
independents for the last 20 years. He was awarded the Wildcatter of the Year award by
Illinois Oil and Gas Association in 1975.
His wife is the former Carol Bennett from Greeley, Colorado, and they have six children,
Sylvia, Karen, Jane, Jack, Stacy and Tyson.
Some ommisions may have occured to protect living individuals.
"Facts and Folks A History of Jefferson County, Illinois"
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