James Conley owns
and operates one hundred and sixty acres of land in Fairview
township, which constitutes one of the best equipped and most
valuable properties in Allamakee county. Mr. Conley was born near
Joliet, Illinois, August 25, 1864, and is the fourth in order of birth in
a family of nine children, born of the marriage of John and
Bridget (McCunnon) Conley, both of whom were natives of County
Monaghan, Ireland. The father emigrated to the new world about 1850 or 1851, and for a time
worked in the mills of Massachusetts. He later continued his
journey westward, locating in Illinois, while in 1865 he came to
Allamakee county renting a farm in Fairview township. He spent the remainder of his life on this
farm and became one of the substantial men of this section of the
county. He passed away here on the 28th of July, 1911, having
survived his wife for many years, her death having occurred in March, 1888. Of their nine
children, two survive; James, of this review; and Anna, the wife
of C.A. Spinner, who is engaged in the mercantile business at
Waterville, Allamakee county.
James Conley was reared on the farm which is still his home and he attended the district schools of Fairview township. He worked for his father, giving him the benefit of his services until he had reached the age of twenty-four years, when he rented the homestead and worked independently until his father's demise, since which time he owns the place, having acquired the same by purchase. The farm consists of one hundred and sixty acres of fertile land, improved with modern buildings, including a house and outbuildings, and here Mr. Conley is engaged in general farming and stock-raising. He follows the most modern and progressive methods in his work and his labors are bringing to him a substantial income.
Mr. Conley adheres to the democratic party in national issues but is somewhat independent in local politics. He has never held nor desired public office, preferring to devote all of his time to his private business interests. He is a communicant of the Roman Catholic church at Cherry Mound. Having spent his entire life in Allamakee county, he is deeply interested in its welfare and in every movement tending to promote its advancement along agricultural lines. He has a wide acquaintance here and is respected by all who know him.
& Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S.
J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Cathy Joynt-Labath
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