Buena Vista County, IA
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Extracted from:  Wegerslev, C. H. and Thomas Walpole. 
 Past and Present of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Chicago:  S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909, p. 197-98.

Transcribed by Mary Alice Schwanke and Cyndi Vertrees

Biography of  A. M. Conner

A. M. Conner is one of the prominent business men of Buena Vista county, now actively engaged in merchandising in Alta, where he has been located for twenty-one years. His energy and enterprise not only constitute a factor in his personal success but have also been elements in the growth and upbuilding of the town. A native son of Iowa he was born in Plainfield, March 27, 1868, and is a son of Aaron Conner, of whom mention is made on another page of this volume. There were but two children in the family, the other being a daughter, Ina, now the wife of Ed Larson, one of the prominent business men of Alta, mentioned elsewhere in this work.

Pursuing his education in schools of Alta, A. M. Conner was graduated with the class of 1886. From early boyhood he has been connected with mercantile interests and in early manhood entered into partnership with his father and mother in the conduct of a store, which has figured as one of the principal commercial interests of Alto for many years. His sister is now a partner in the business. After the father's death, A. M. Conner took charge of the store. He had previously been manager of the dry-goods and grocery department, and upon his father's demise assumed entire control, and is now at the head of the business, which is constantly growing in volume and importance. He carries a large and well selected line of goods, and the tasteful arrangement of the store, as well as the reasonable prices and the straightforward business policy here followed, has constituted an element in the success of the undertaking. Mr. Conner and his mother are both stockholders in the First National Bank and they are also stockholders in the Fair Association. He is interested in all that tends to promote activity along lines of general development and improvement and cooperates in many measures for the public good.

In June, 1891, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Conner and Miss Lillian E. Parker, a daughter of W. W. Parker, a well known and influential farmer of this community and one of its early settlers. Two children grace this marriage, Floyd Arthur and Fern Amelia. In his political views Mr. Conner is a democrat and while he has never sought nor desired office he has served as a member of the city council and he always keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day. Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and are interested in community affairs. Mr. Conner belongs to the Masonic lodge and both he and his wife are well known socially, the hospitality of the best homes of the community being freely accorded them.