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Vernon Banner - July 28, 1859
John Byrd Conner - Editor - Candidate for County Recorder

March 1, 1866 - Vernon Banner
    At Beaver City, Newton County Ind., on the 14th inst., of Typhoid Fever, Julia, eldest daughter of J. B. and A. M. Conner, after a short illness.

February 4, 1869 - North Vernon Plain Dealer
    S. P. Conner esq., formerly of the Versailles Dispatch, is in town, looking decidedly well. He is visiting his brothers at this place and Vernon.

June 3, 1869 - North Vernon Plain Dealer
    Mr. A. S. Conner, our new postmaster, has just taken possession of the office, and has located it in Love & Dayton's stove and tin store, in the Plain Dealer building. Mr. King retires with the good will of all, having filled his office faithfully and well. Mr. Conner is popular to begin with, and we presume will continue to serve the people in his present capacity until passing years warn him, with silvered locks and furrowed cheeks, that the hour for retirement has come.

October 7, 1869 - North Vernon Plain Dealer
    On Monday evening as Deputy Auditor S. P. Conner was driving, soon after dark, between Vernon and North Vernon he was set upon by two ruffians who attempted to seize the reins of his horse. By close attendion to business, and by fast driving, he succeeded in escaping them.

October 14, 1869 - North Vernon Plain Dealer
    Oct. 7th, Howard L., eldest son of A. S. and M. J. Conner, of typhoid fever, after an illness of three weeks; aged 8 years, 11 months and five days.
Farewell departed one,
    The gentle, good, farwell;
We feel, we know that thou hast gone
    Among the blest to dwell.

Loving and much beloved,
    By all who knew thy worth,
Thy spirit, like a sinless dove,
    Has passed to Heaven from earth.

God gave thee for awhile,
    And then he took thee home;
A home amid angelic hosts
    Where death may never come.

October 20, 1872 - North Vernon Plain Dealer
For State Librarian
    The State of Indiana has again come into the hands of the party which has given to it whatever high standing it has in the nation. This will give to the same party those offices of the State which are filled by the direct choice of the Legislature, including that of State Librarian, a place which should be filled by a person of affability and integrity, and industrious habits. Richard A. Conner, of this place, possesses these qualifications, and beside has rendered to the country services which entitle him to the position. We accordingly present his name of the Legislature as a candidate for State Librarian.
    Mr. Conner was a soldier in the late Union armies. He enter the service at this place in April, 1861, under Mr. Lincoln's call for 75,000 men, in Capt. Tripp's Company, of the 6th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served through the three month's campaign. He came home and again enlisted in the same regiment as a private in Captain C. D. Campbell's Company, ("I"), and participated in the battles, victories, and hardships of the regiment, until at the battle of Chicamauga, where on the 19th of September, 1863, in the battle fought after nightfal of that day, he was wounded and taken prisoner by the rebel forces of General Bragg, along with many others of our soldiers. From the battlefied with the others captured at that time, Mr. Conner was taken to Belle Isle in the James River near Richmond, Virginia, where he remained exposed alike to weather and starvation, without tents or covering for some weeks, and from there he was taken to Richmond and placed, with other prisoners, in an old tobacco warehouse, where he remained till the latter part of December, 1863. From there he was taken by the rebels to Danville, Virginia, where, through an unusually cold winter for that climate, he was again placed in a building and suffered from December, 1863, to April, 1864, with cold and hunger, remaining there all winter without fire, and but very scantily clothed.
    From Danville Mr. Conner was transported to Andersonville, Ga., the infamous slaughter pen of the rebel Confederacy. Here were ill treatment, starvation and disease in all their various forms. During nearly six monthas that Mr. Commer remained in that loathsome prison, he saw with his own eyes from 8,000 to 10,000 Union prisoners passed out of the gate to the last sad sleep of death, himself all the while expecting the "pale horse and his rider." While in that prison pen Mr. Conner became so diseased from the cruel treatment and exposure to inclement weather, that today it has such a fast hold on his constitution, that his family physician states, that it cannot be shaken off.
    From Andersonville, with others of our brave boys, he was taken to Charlestown, S. C., in the latter part of September, 1864,and remained there for a few weeks, out upon the open commons, without tent or covering, until a new prison pen could be completed at Florence, South Carolina. After its completion he was taken to Florence during the month of October, and remained there in disease and hunger until the 15th of December, 1864, when, through a little cunning and watchfulness on his part he was paroled along with 600 others of our prisoners whose terms of service had expired and who were so broken down with disease as to be entirely unfit for any further service in our armies. Those paroled were each examined by a rebel physician, and it was for the Doctor to say who should and who should not be paroled. Mr. Conner and one other of his company, watched carefully for half a day to ascertain which of the two doctors seemed the most liberal. They made up their minds, went to company quarters, got in the rank the more liberal doctor would examine, and the result was the two were allowed to be paroled. A happy moment no daubt. In December, Mr. Conner returned from prison to his home in this county, but so emaciated, so broken down so poor was he, that his friends scarcely recognized him. His constitution was undermined, and presented but a mere wreck and shadow of his former self. Having lain 15 months in the prison pens of starvation, of exposure and disease, he returned scarcely known and recognized as the same person, and to-day he has not regained his strength and never can.
    This is the man we propose for State Librarian with his services and sufferings. Shall he receive the reward.

February 27, 1912 - Indianapolis Star
    Mr. and Mrs. John B. Conner celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of their marriage last evening at their home on Park avenue. While the affair was entirely informal, it was of unusual interest and was largely attended by a number of relatives and friends. The rooms were trimmed with a profusion of lovely flowers and plants, which were gifts from friends.
    Mr. and Mrs. Conner were assisted by their children, Mrs. J. D. George of Memphis, Tenn., Miss Adah Conner of New York, Miss May Conner of Indianapolis, W. H. Conner of Pittsburgh and their niece, Miss Edna B. Gunckle; Mrs. Conner's sister, Mrs. S. J. Ewan of Cincinnati, and also by the Rev. and Mrs. Albert B. Storms, Mrs. George M. Chandler, Mrs. Fanny Bacon, Mrs. Braxton Baker and Mrs. Bernard Griffey and a group of young people. Among the guests from out of the city were, Mrs. Theodore Bush, Miss Adah Bush and George Ade of Kentland.
    Mr. and Mrs. Conner were marraed at Shelbyville, Feb. 26, 1852, by the late Rev. John H. Sullivan of the Methodist Church. They moved to Indianapolis for residence early in 1874, and were members of the old Trinity Methodist Church, now the Central Avenue M. E. Church and are prominent in church circles.

April 8, 1912 - Indianapolis Star
Head of Indiana Farmer Company Expires, Following Two Weeks' Illness

Well-Known Republican Also Served in Legislature-Led Company in Civil War
    John B. Conner president of the Indiana Farmer Company and the second state statistician of Indiana, died at 6 o'clock yesterday morning at his home, 1514 Park avenue following an illness of two weeks.
    Mr. Conner was stricken two weeks ago and forced to take to his bed. For the last few days his condition had shown an improvement and it was believed that he would recover. He awoke at 5:30 o'clock yesterday however complaining of hampered breathing. A physician was summoned but death ensued an hour later, due primarily to heart disease.
    Mr. Conner was 80 years old and known to many farmers and members of the Republican party in Indiana. For nearly forty years he had been identified with the Indiana Farmer Company, which publishes a farmers' weekly magazine. He was formerly a member of the Indiana General Assembly and was a member of the Indianapolis Board of Public Safety under Mayor Denny.
    Funeral arrangements will not be made until today or tomorrow when it is expected all Mr. Conner's children will be here. Mr. Conner is survived by a widow, one son and three daughters. The son is W. Herbert Conner, Pittsburgh, Pa., and the daughters are Miss May Conner, Indianapolis, Miss Adah B. Conner, New York, and Mrs. J. H. George, Memphis, Tenn. Two brothers, Allen S. Conner, Indianapolis, and S. P. Conner, San Diego, Cal. also survive.
    Mr. Conner was born April 28, 1831, in Jennings County, near Vernon. He was reared on his father's farm and when 15 years old learned the carpenters' trade, which he followed for ten year. Mr. Conner on Feb. 26, 1852, married Anna Maria Weidman of Cincinnati, O. Mr. and Mrs. Conner settled at Vernon and for ten years Mr. Conner was editor and publisher of the Vernon Banner. In 1862 he resigned the position of county recorder of Newton County to enlist in the Union army. Six months after his enlistment he was made captain of Company A, Twelfth Indiana Infantry, and served throughout the war.
ELECTED TO ASSEMBLY     Mr. Conner early identified himself with Republican politics in the Seventh District and in 1878 was state representative from Marion County. He was author of the bill establishing the Bureau of Statistics. He was appointed chief of the bureau under Governor Albert G. Porter, in 1881, succeeding John Collett, the first statistician. He served as the bureau head until 1883 and was appointed again in 1897 by Governor Mount to fill a vacancy in the same office. At the Republican state convention in 1888 he was nominated for the place again and served another two-year term.
    Mr. Conner was a member of the Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners from about 1880 to 1891, and was president of the board several years. He was a charter member of the Board of Trade, belonged to the G. A. R. and was a member of the Central Avenue M. E. Church.
    Mr. and Mrs. Conner celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary Feb. 26, when all of their children were home for a family reunion.

April 19, 1912 - North Vernon Sun
    Allen S. Conner, a former citizen of North Vernon died at his home in Indianapolis last Sunday after an illness of many months. It is thought that the shock caused by the death of his brother J. B. Conner, just a week previously had weakened him a great deal and hastened his death. He was born on a farm near Vernon, January 28, 1833.
    At the out break of the civil war he enlisted in the twelfth Indiana and was captured with the entire regiment at Richmond Ky. The regiment was exchanged and it was for bravery at Vicksburg, that Mr. Conner was promoted to a second lieutenacy. He was postmaster of this city under General Grant's administration and was the editor of the Plaindealer for several years. He was also a member of the city council.
    Mr. Conner was twice married. A widow and one brother survive him. The remains were brought to this city Wednesday and taken to the home of the late F. L. Conner, West Walnut street from which place the funeral was held at 2 o'clock.

January 11, 1946 - Indianapolis Star
Miss May Conner
    Funeral services for Miss May Conner, 72 years old, who was found dead in her home at 1534 1/2 Central Avenue, Wednesday will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in the Moore Mortuaries Peace Chapel. The Rev. F. Marion Smith, pastor of the Central Avenue Methodist Church, of which Miss Conner was a member, will officiate. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.
    Miss Conner was born in Kentland and had lived here most of her life.
    Survivors are two sisters, Mrs. J. H. George and Miss Adah B. Conner, both of Memphis, Tenn., and several nieces and nephews.

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