Francis X. Conroy, a native of Hilton township, Iowa county, is engaged in farming the family homestead. He
was born on the t5th of December, 1867, and is one of eleven children, whose parents were James and Ellen (Sullivan)
Conroy, the former born in Ireland and the latter in Pennsylvania. In 1845, when but sixteen years of age, the
father came to America and, making his way to La Salle county, Illinois, took up a homestead there. After residing
there for eleven years he removed to Iowa county, Iowa, and settled upon the farm in Hilton township which our
subject now owns. He continued to reside here until his death and his wife, whom he married in Illinois, also passed
away here. Four of their children are deceased, the others being: Dr. E. M., a resident of Ogden, Utah; Dr. H.
H., of Ottumwa, Iowa; J. S., of Streator, Illinois; Francis X., J. C., and L. V., who are on the home farm; and
Mrs. C. R. Broughton, who is residing in Oregon, where her husband is engaged in civil engineering.
Francis X. Conroy received an excellent education and during his youth learned how to cultivate land and care for
stock through assisting his father with them work of the homestead. He and his brother John are operating the home
place on sections 14 and 23, Hilton township, and they have as fine a farm as any in that township. It comprises
four hundred acres of land, which is well improved and in a high state of cultivation, returning to them a gratifying
profit annually. The father of our subject settled upon the place in 1867 and since that time representatives of
the family have been prominent in that locality. The village of Conroy was named after the father, which fact testifies
to the esteem in which he was held.
Mr. Conroy of this review is a stanch democrat but has been too much occupied with his personal affairs to seek
or desire public office. He, as well as the other members of the family, is a communicant of the Catholic church,
the teachings of which he observes, and he holds membership in the church at Marengo. He displays those qualities
of energy, good judgment, integrity and public spirit that have always characterized the Conroys and maintains
the honor of the family name.
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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