Biography of Condad Spohr


Spohr, Conrad, Grand Island, p. o. Beach Haven, one of the representative men of Grand Island, was born in Germany March 8, 1836, one of three sons and seven daughters born to George and Elizabeth Spohr. Mr. Spohr's early life while in Europe was spent farming and herding sheep. When eighteen he came to America, coming direct to Buffalo and a few days later to Grand Island. Here he found employment in the woods as chopper getting out timber and cord wood. He followed this industry until he had saved $100, and seeing that there was more money to be made in the teaming business than with the axe, he bought a yoke of oxen and began teaming contract work in the woods. He later purchased a farm and for many years conducted a general farming business, owning a farm of 110 acres. Mr. Spohr early manifested a keen interest in the political affairs of his town, taking sides with the Republican party. He has been from time to time elected to and filled all the offices of the town, except assessor, representing his town on the Board of Supervisors two terms and often represented his party as delegate to the county and assembly conventions; has filled the office of justice of the peace for ten years; served on the Board of Education twelve years, being president of that body several years, and since 1885 has filled the office of deputy sheriff under Gilbert, Jenkins and Lamy. During the war of the Rebellion he was deputized to assist in the apprehension of smugglers who used Grand Island, as a retreat. At this time he had many chases and narrow escapes with his life. In 1885 he retired from active farming, devoting his time to his official duties. Since 1891 he has spent the winter months in the village of Tonawanda. Several years ago he sold all but twenty-six acres of his farm, retaining that for his home and summer residence which he looks after. Mr. Spohr has been four times married. By the first wife one son and one daughter was born. His present wife was Sophia, daughter of Frederick and Caroline Klopp. Mr. Spohr is a member of the Evangelical church, in which he has filled various official capacities.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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