Biography of Croydon W. Conger
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Conger, Corydon W., was born in Ithaca, May 19, 1826, the second of six children of Jonathan and Thankful (Guthrie) Conger. His father was a weaver and farmer, and during the later years of his life a speculator and wool dealer. At the time Corydon started out on his own business career the father had not the means to give him any substantial assistance, nor has he ever had any such from any source during his many ventures. In 1848 he married Mary Brown, whose father, Deacon Benoni Brown, still survives in a vigor truly wonderful, at the ripe age of ninety six. Of this union there are three Sons: Frank, born in 1849, Jay in 1854, and Benn in 1856. The black Friday of 1857 swept away the savings of nine laboriousyears, and the fall of values at the end of the war wiped out those of six more, but Mr. Conger is of a nature which does not resign itself to defeat, and in 1867 and 1868 we find him engaged in building the five miles of S. C. R. R. which he in Groton. Having finished this he concluded to enter into what had been his lifelong coveted manner of living, and a store and small stock of goods were bought in 1870. The sons were taken into the concern as they became of age, and the unbroken fraternal confidence, business ability, and irreproachable integrity of the family have made "The Congers" a well known firm, one of the very few strictly cash buyers in central New York. In all things they have found able and enthusiastic helpers in the women of the family, Mrs. C. W. Conger, Mrs. Frank Conger (Miss Jennie Conant), Mrs. Jay Conger (Miss Florence Hathaway), and Mrs. Benn Conger (Miss Florence Buck), having acted as bookkeepers or saleswomen for a large share of the time since the marriage of the sons. Earnest attention to firm business has not prevented the Congers from taking eager and helpful part in matters of local interest. Mr. Conger gave great help in originating the Groton Carriage Company and acted as its president until it was an assured succcess. The Groton Bridge and Manufacturing Co. owes its origin and success greatly to this family, who act as members of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee; the Crandall Typewriter Co., the Groton Water Works, the new and commodious school building, the several churches, and the Groton fire companies (one of which calls itself the C. W. Conger Hose Company), have benefited by the public spirit of Mr. Couger and his Sons. With all his other numerous duties he has found time to fill the office of president of the Cayuga, Cortland and Tompkins County Fire Insurance Co. in a very acceptable manner for several years.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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