David J Conn
Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 4/15/2010 at 13:19:10
David J Conn, conducting a growing business as a railroad garding contactor, his home being in Boone, his native city, was born Septebmer 17, 1877, his parents being Hugh ad Sarah J (McMechan) Conn, both of whom were natives of Ireland and were of Scotch-Irish descent. The father crossed the Atlanitc to the new world in 1865 and the following years made his way to Boone, where he entered the employ of the Northwestern Railroad Company. It was on January 1, 1868, that the mother started for the new world. Hugh Conn is today engaged in the coal and feed business in Boone under the firm style of Conn & Son, and theirs is one of the well known busines interests of the city. The family numbered four children, three daughter and a son: Grace now the wife of Ernest Leathem, and a resident of Memphis, Tennessee, Magaret the wife of Dr C A Rhodes of Boone, David J of this review, and Elisie who has departed this life.
At the usual age David J Conn began his education, which he continued in the public schools of Boone, passing through consecutive grades until graduated from the high school with the class of 1896. At the time of the Spanish-American war he volutneered for active duty as a member of Company I, Fifty-second Iowa Infantry. After being discharged from the army he entered into business with his father as a dealer in ice, but has since changed his occupation being now engaged in taking and executing contracts for railroad garding. In this connection he has built up a business of good proportions and is leading a busy, active and useful life. He does not seek to figure prominently in any public connections, but he belongs to that class of substantial citizens whose very industry and devotion to daily duty constitute them worthy and valued residents of their community.
On October 18, 1906, Mr Conn was united in marrige to Miss Pearl I Patterson, a native of Boone, and to them has been born a son, Richard J H, whose birth occurred September 16, 1908. Mr Conn votes with the republican party and is interested in all matters relating to the general welfare. The religuois faith of Mr and Mrs Conn is that of the Presbyterin church, to the work of which they contirbute both of time and means. They have been life long residents of Boone and have an extensive circle of warm friends here many who have known them from childhood as well as those whose acquaintance they have formed in later years. Mr Conn has ben a witness of all the changes which have occurred in Boone and this section of the state for thirty-seven years, has rejoined in what has been accomplished and in various ways has aided the work of further progress and development.
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