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CONOVER, Cornelius B. (1853-1933)


Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 6/11/2021 at 15:16:17

Cornelius Burroughs Conover
(October 28, 1853 March 13, 1933)

C. B. CONOVER is one of the wide-awake, enterprising and successful a farmers of the western part of Ida County, Iowa. He has a fine farm of 240 acres in section 13, Battle Township; has resided here since 1880, and is as popular as he is well known. Mr. Conover was born in New Jersey, October 28, 1853, son of Peter and Sarah (Burroughs) Conover, natives of New Jersey, and now residents of Salem County, that State, the father being eighty years of age and the mother seventy-three, Grandfather, Daniel Conover, and Grandfather, James Burroughs were both born in New Jersey, and both served in the war of 1812. Peter and Sarah Conover had ten children, five sons and five daughters, nine of whom are living, all in New Jersey, except the subject of this sketch. Their names are as follows: Elizabeth, Mary, Anna, Sally, Daniel, Harriette, C. B., John, James and Clark. Their father has been a farmer all his life. Politically, he is a Republican; religiously, a Presbyterian.
At the age of twenty, C. B. Conover came West and spent one year at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The next season he was a "cow-boy" on the plains of Wyoming, at West Cheyenne. Then, coming back to Iowa, he located in Benton County and made that place his home until 1880. That year he came to his present
location and bought eighty acres of wild land from the railroad company, paying for it $8 per acre. He has prospered and bought other land, and is now the owner of 240 acres of as rich soil as there is in the neighborhood.
The district schoolhouse is situated on one corner of his land, it being five miles and a half from Holstein. His property is improved with a nice frame house, 16 x 24 feet, a story and a half, with an L, 14 x 22 feet, and porch; barn, 32 x 32 feet, and double crib, 24 x 32 feet. His land is well fenced,
and divided into six different fields for the convenience of general farning and stockraising. In December, 1876, while in Benton County, Iowa, Mr. Conover married Miss Samantha Rogers, a native of Linn County, Iowa, and a daughter of Deacon Henry Rogers. They have four children: Clark H., Clifton E., Claude D., and C. B. Jr. Mr. Conover affiliates with the Republican
party, and has served most acceptably as Assessor and as a member of the School Board. He is a typical western man, frank and jovial, and popular with all who know him. Mrs. Conover is a member of the United Presbyterian Church.
Source: Biographical History of Crawford, Ida, and Sac Counties, Iowa, 1893, p.679


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