Biography of W. H. Conard
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W. H. Conard was born in Licking County, Ohio, Nov. 9, 1843, a son of Anthony and Nancy (Gregg) Conrad, natives of Loudoun County, Va., and soon after their marriage settled in Licking County. They had a family of fourteen children, eight of whom accompanied their parents to La Salle County in 1847, and here the mother d ied the following year, and the father two or three years later. The children were then scattered, finding homes with relatives and friends. W. H. lived at several different places until ten years of age, when his sister Nancy (Mrs. Jacobs), of Serena Township, adopted him until fourteen years of age. He worked for Mr. Jacobs the most of the time from fourteen until eighteen years of age, and then enlisted in Company E, One Hundred and. Fourth Illinois Infantry, and participated in all the important battles of the Fourteenth Army Corps, thirteen in all, beside many skirmishes. He was wounded in the right shoulder at Peach Tree Creek, and was in the hospital several weeks, joining his regiment at Goldsboro. He was mustered out at Washington as Sergeant June 6, 1865, after the grand review, and was discharged at Chicago, June 19. He was tendered a Lieutenant's commission to continue in the United States army, but he thought that he would not like soldiering in time of peace, and so declined. After his return home he worked for Mr. Jacobs for $20 a month during the season, and then began farming for himself. He now owns 480 acres of valuable land, 320 acres on section 35 and 160 acres on section 36, Allen Township. Mr. Conard was married Feb. 20, 1866, to Sarah Belinda Dominy, a native of La Salle County, Ill., born March 13, 1845, daughter of Lorenzo and Sarah A. (Gurnea) Dominy. They have five children - Johm M., William L., Belinda R. David E. and Reno J. Mr. Conard. has served almost continuously in the different offices of the township. In politics he is independent. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.


FROM:
History of La Salle County, Illinois
Inter-State Publishing Co.
Chicago 1886