"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Conant, Herbert L. a well known citizen of Tomahawk, for many years in the employ of the C. M. & St. P. Railway, was born near Viroqua, Vernon County, Wis., Aug. 8, 1861, son of Truman and Melissa (SANFORD) CONANT. The father was born in Pennsylvania of Dutch parentage, or ancestry, and the mother in New York state of English-Dutch ancestry. Having settled in Vernon County, Wis., after their marriage, they resided there some years, or until their son Herbert was about six years old, when they moved to Sparta, Monroe County, where they resided for six years. Then Truman CONANT'S dealth failing, he moved with his wife about 1885 to a farm near Tunnel City in the same county, where Mrs. Melissa CONANT died in 1893, and Mr. CONANT subsequently resided with his son Herbert in Tomahawk until his death in 1898. Herbert L. CONANT as a boy attended school at Tunnel City. At the age of 16 he began to earn his livlihood, working in sawmills in summer and in the woods in winter and was thus occupied up to 1883. In that year he entered the employ of the C. M. & St. P. Railway Co., and in various capacities has worked for it ever since. By 1899 he had been advanced to the position of locomotive engineer. He followed the railroad into Tomahawk in 1887 and in 1895 moved his family to this city. Mr. CONANT was married Augl. 8, 1882, to Abigail C. WOODARD, daughter of Silas and Lucinda WOODARD of Tunnel City, Wis. She was born in Ontario, Canada, April 5, 1864; at four years of age she accompanied her parents to New York State and later to Tunnel City, Wis. She died at Tomahawk Nov. 8, 1919 as the result of being struck by an automobile while she was crossing Fourth Street on foot. Mr. and Mrs. CONANT were the parents of five children: Roy A., born March 14, 1884, at Tunnel City, who is now living on a farm at Bradley, Wis.; Percy, born March 17, 1886, at Tunnel City, who died Nov. 12, 1886; Lloyd W., born Sept. 3, 1887, at Tunnel City, who resides in Bradley; Alma P., born March 27, 1890, at Wausau, Wis., who is the wife of Harry THEILER of Tomahawk; and Archie T., born June 12, 1894, in Tomahawk, who is residing in this city. Up to 1921 Mr. CONANT was a very active man. Since his wife's death he has been living with his daughter, Mrs. Harry THEILER at No. 7 East Spirit Avenue. In politics he votes independently but has leanings toward the Republican party. In New Lisbon, Wis. the family were members of the Baptist Church, but as there is no church of that denomination in Tomahawk, they attend the Methodist Episcopal Chruch, in which Mrs. CONANT was a very active worker.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 579-580; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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