John C. Conrad, one of the progressive farmers of Sumner township, owns and operates one hundred and seventy
acres of land and gives especial attention to the raising of stock. He was born upon the farm where he still lives,
on the 27th of June, 1879, a son of Christian and Mary (Gahring) Conrad, who were natives respectively of Germany
and Iowa. The father emigrated to America in 18? and first settled in Ohio, later removing successively to Johnson
county, Iowa, and Iowa county, Iowa. He became the owner of a good farm in this county, where he passed away in
October, 1913. His widow survives and makes her home in Marengo. They were the parents of eight children, three
of whom are deceased.
John C. Conrad remained under the parental roof until he was twenty four years of age and was then married. At
that time he purchased eighty acres of the homestead and took up his residence thereon. Later he bought an additional
eighty acre tract and subsequently added another ten acres, his holdings now aggregating one hundred and seventy
acres. His farm, which is situated on sections 27 and 28, Sumner township, is well improved and yields him a good
income annually. He pays much attention to the raising and feeding of stock, which is a very profitable occupation
in this state.
Mr. Conrad married Miss Emma L. Bollenbacher, who was born in Tennessee, a daughter of Jacob and Katherine (Becker)
Bollenbacher, the former a native of Germany and the latter of Ohio. The father emigrated to America in his youth
and was married in Ohio. He was a minister of the German Reformed church and was engaged in preaching the gospel
until his death. His widow survives and makes her home in Marshall county, Iowa. Mrs. Conrad is one of six children
and by her marriage has become the mother of four children: one who died in infancy; Marie Katherine; Irma Esther;
and Selma Christina.
Mr. Conrad casts his ballot in support of the principles and candidates of the democratic party and has served
his township ably as assessor. He has also been a member of the school board and at all times takes much interest
in matters pertaining to education. Both he and his wife are consistent members of the German Reformed church and
their lives bear unimpeachable testimony to the sincerity of their religious faith.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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