Harry H. Conrey, a well known contractor and builder of Knoxville, is a native of this city, born on the 25th
of February, 1868. His parents, George W. and Emily F. (Harding) Conrey, were natives of Hamilton county, Ohio,
and Indiana respectively. The father came to this county in 1854, settling at Spring Hill upon a farm, where he
lived for some years. He returned to Ohio and resided there for a time but came again to this county, where he
lived until his death, which occurred when he was forty five years of age. He was a carpenter by trade. The mother
came to Marion county with her parents when a young girl and was here married. She is living in Knoxville at the
age of seventy years. She became the mother of two sons and a daughter, but the subject of this review is the only
one living. After the death of Mr. Conrey she was again married, but her second husband has also passed away.
Harry H. Conrey was educated in the public schools of Knoxville and learned the carpenter's trade in his youth.
Although the greater part of his life has been devoted to following his trade, he farmed for a number of years
in this county and also for some time in Nebraska. Since 1911 he has concentrated his energies upon contracting
and building and has erected a number of the better houses in Knoxville. He is not only himself an excellent and
painstaking workman, but also requires that all men in his employ be skillful and conscientious in their work.
He is very efficient in his business; erects a building that will endure for many years and completes it at the
time stipulated in the contract. His energy and ability have made him widely known and he has prospered financially.
Mr. Conrey married Miss Lola Collins, a niece of La Fayette Collins, who is mentioned elsewhere in this work. To
this union three children have been born: Forest, Frances and Fred, all in school. The eldest is a native of Nebraska
and the others of Knoxville. Mrs. Conrey is a member of the Christian church, while the children attend the Methodist
Mr. Conrey is a republican in his political belief and has served as a member of the city council. Fraternally
he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Masonic order and his wife is a Rebekah. Their residence,
Which is at No. 421 First street, is commodious and well planned and friends of the family often meet there. Mr.
Conrey has transacted business with many, but there is no one who can accuse him of unjust treatment, as he invariably
lives up to the highest standards of business ethics and deals justly with all.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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