The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961 Page: 81
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Norman H. Conger, or Norm, as he has been called, lo, these
many years, is, peculiarly and thoroughly a Knox County institution,
having been imported into Cherry Grove in 1839, every inch an
eleven-year-old boy. Norm grew to be a man in Knox County, and
married Miss Mary Angelina Wheeler of Knoxville, the 12th of
March, 1850, and if love was not the foundation of that Co-partner-
ship, we will deny that the little winged god has anything to do
with family affairs.
In the spring of 1855, Norm moved from Cherry Grove to Ontario
township, where he opened up a new prairie farm, resided on the
same until the spring of '68, when he came into our town to be, at
home, and near schools for the young Norman juniors, since when
he has not only been one of us, but carried on the farm too.
We have been acquainted with him for the last twenty years,
and were we to live for a thousand, we would ask in our prayers
for plenty of just such neighbors as are Mr. and Mrs. N. H. Conger
For twenty-five years Norman has been in active business life;
has shown the world what a Knox County farmer is. His steers,
horses, mules, and hogs are known in all our markets, from New
Orleans to Boston.
Last winter he, in company with Deacon Jas. Grant and A.
Wheeler visited Texas on a prospecting tour, landed in the "Lone
Star" State at Indianola, purchased a team and carry-all, and struck
for up country. Were much pleased with the Country and future
prospects. Purchased a site for a future home at Waco. Returned
by way of Galveston and New Orleans, and since the 1st of March
has been getting fixed up for an overland to his prospective home
in the sunny South. This week Wednesday is the day fixed for the
starting of the caravan, which will consist of eight wagons and am-
bulances, and in which will emigrate N. H. C. and family, consisting
of five children, the fifth, she that used to be Abbie Grant having
married into the family last Wednesday the 24th, early in the
morning, by taking Charley for a husband; Col. Todd and family,
and A. Wheeler and family, with the necessary help, all told 22
Oneida will feel the loss of so many of our best citizens. But
what to us will be loss will be to Texas, in her unreconstructed
state, great gain. She is greatly in need of a few thousand just
such men and women to give tone to her society and growing
If integrity, industry, intelligence, and indomitable pluck are the
necessary qualifications to success, then certainly will our Knox
County Pioneer Emigrant Company for Waco be eminently success-
ful, for Conger, Wheeler and Todd know no fear, and dare to ... .1
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