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    GEORGE W. CONRAD, a quarter-century resident of Troy, is one of the representative business men of this city and is extensively interested in real estate and fire insurance, with offices at No. 122 West Main Street. Mr. Conrad was born February 22,18 51, at Columbus, Ohio.

    In 1852 the parents of Mr. Conrad moved to a farm near Monroe, Michigan, from which they removed seven years later to Versailles, Missouri, the long journey being made in covered wagons. This was an unfortunate change of home, resulting in the death of the father, in the fall of 1861. He was a man of pronounced Union views and for the expression of these was killed by a band of Quantrell's guerillas. His distracted widow took her little sons and went back, to Marysville, Ohio, and there George W. Conrad grew to manhood. His education was secured in the public schools and as soon as old enough he made himself useful in his brother's carriage blacksmith shop, subsequently learning the trade. In 1885 he came to Troy, accepting at that time the position of foreman of the blacksmith department of the Troy Buggy Works, and continued with that firm until 1892, when he went with the Troy Bending Works, continuing there until that plant was sold out in 1902 to the Pioneer Pole and Shaft Company, with which he remained two years longer. On account of ill health amounting to an attack of nervous prostration, Mr. Conrad was then forced to give all business for three years, and when he resumed his activity in October, 1907, he bought out the fire insurance business of A. R. Hawthorne, widened its scope and has conducted it ever since. He represents the Home, of New York, the Aetna, of New York, the Springfield Fire and Marine, the Pennsylvania of Philadelphia, the Newark of Newark, New Jersey, the Aachen Munich, of Aix la- Chapelle, Germany, and the Fidelity and Casualty, with many others. He owns three farms in Miami County and handles much realty both in the country and city. He has been an active citizen and has served in the City Council.

    In 1881. Mr. Conrad was married to Miss Mary Nichol, of Marysville, Ohio, and they have four sons: Herman W., who is in business, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a graduate engineer of the Ohio State University; John Leonard, who is a student of music at t he Conservatory at Oberlin College; George Edward, who is taking a course in architecture at the Ohio State University; and Albert: C., who is a student in the Troy High School. Mr. Conrad and wife are members of St. Jolin's Evangelical Church at Troy , of which he is treasurer.

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