The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961 Page: 82
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The Norman H. Conger family which left Oneida on Septem-
ber 1, 1870, consisted of Norman and his wife, Mary; their daugh-
ter, Clara, who was seventeen years old at the time; their younger
sons, Newt and Ralph, who were aged nine and seven respectively;
and the eldest son, Charles, who was nineteen years of age, accom-
panied by his wife, Abbie Grant.
Charles's recollections of the great adventure were always
vivid. In a letter dated January 7, 1931, to a cousin, Lois Conger
Harman, he set down some remarkably clear and interesting
Your letter with its questions made me go way back into mem-
ories dust covered for years and dig up the records that have been
stored there but not forgotten. To answer your question of "Why
did the Congers settle at Waco" intelligently I will have to go still
farther back, so I begin at the beginning.
In 1858 some Texas men drove a heard of Texas Cattle to Illinois,
and as Father's farm was the last farm adjoining the vast prairie of
open country they hearded their cattle there and used Father's feed-
ing pens to yard them at night. They were with us all summer and
Father became very much interested in Texas. So, in 1859 he went
to Victoria, Texas and was so well pleased he decided to move but
the Civil War came on and he could not go then until after the
War. In 1869 Father Conger, Father Grant and Uncle Dolph Wheeler
went to Victoria, Texas, but they were not so well pleased, so they
bought a team of horses and light wagon and started to drive up
through the State. When they came to San Antonio they were not
pleased so drove to Austin, did not like that so drove on to Waco.
Between Austin and Waco the country is very much like Knox
County, Illinois, and they were all very much pleased and they de-
cided to locate there, so Father Conger bought twenty acres in Waco
(Conger Hill where you and all of us lived at some time except
Father); Father Grant bought one hundred and seventy five acres
six miles south of Waco, and Uncle Dolph bought several hundred
acres in Hill County.
Then they sold their team and wagon and took the Stage back
to Illinois. That is chapter two. Then in 1870, Sept. 1st, Father and
Mother Conger; Uncle Dolph Wheeler and Aunt Lydia his wife
and their baby boy Newt; Mr. and Mrs. Todd and son Clayton, and
daughter Marcia; Uncle Fred Wheeler; Abbie and I, Sister Clara
and Brothers Newt and Ralph; and three men to drive the wagons,
biographical detail concerning Norman H. Conger and his family, see A Memorial
and Biographical History of McLennan, Falls, Bell, and Coryell Counties, Texas
(Chicago, 1893), 614-616.
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