"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, Roy A. an enterprising citizen of Bradley, Lincoln County, engaged both in argiculture and mercantile business, and who has also at different times rendered efficient public service, was born at Tunnel City, Monroe County, Wis.; March 14, 1884, son fo Herbert L. and Abigail C. (WOODARD) CONANT. His school education was completed in the high school at Tomahawk, where he was graduated in 1903. He resided in that city from 1895 to 1903. It was in the latter year that he came to Bradley and began work as clerk in the general store of Smith & Taylor, remaining with them in that capacity until 1906. Then with George W. SMITH, who had in the meanwhile become his father-in-law, he entered into the manufacture of lath and shingles here. In 1909 he was appointed rural mail carrier, attached to the Bradley post office, and was the first to be thus appointed. Then in the following year, 1910, he became interested with George W. SMITH in the development of 120 acres of cut-over land adjoining Bradley village, and they began farming under the name of Smith & Conant. They have erected a substantial set of buildings, have about 70 acres under the plow, and are successfully engaged in general farming and dairying. In 1920, with his brother Lloyd, Mr. CONANT purchased the Johnson Bros.' store and stock in general merchandise at Bradley, and they are still carrying on the business, which is well established. The post office is located in the store, and in September, 1920, Lloyd CONANT was commissioned postmaster, with Roy as assistant. From 1913 to 1916 Roy A. CONANT was chairman of the Bardley town board, and as such had a seat on the county board of supervisors. For some time he served as town clerk and for about seven years as cleark of his school district, being one of the prominent men of his town who was expected, when need arises, to lend a helping hand in the affairs of local government, and in whose ability and integrity the mass of the people can confide. Politically he is a Republican with independent tendencies on election day. Mr. CONANT was married Nov. 7, 1905, to Bessie I. SMITH, daughter of George W. and Jennie A. (MCGUINNESS) SMITH of Bradley, and formerly of Waupaca County, Wis., where she was born Sept. 26, 1883. Mr. and Mrs. CONANT are the parents of four children, who were born as follows: George S., Oct. 30, 1906; Dorothy J., Oct. 16, 1908; Herbert G., Oct. 24, 1913; and Evelyn, April 29, 1919. Mr. CONANT was reared a Methodist but affiliates with the Congregational Church, of which his wife is a member. He belongs to Beaver Colony No. 70 at Tomahawk.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 718-719, 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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