The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961 Page: 91
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N. H. Conger's two brothers, Ed and Harvey, associated with
him in a flourishing foundry and machine shop in Waco, known
first as N. H. Conger and Company, and later as Conger and
Wilcox and Star Iron Works. The firm manufactured the first
artificial ice making machinery in Texas for an inventive French
immigrant named Andrew Muhl, and the Conger windmills won
first prize at the Texas State Fair at Houston in 1874.
In Illinois N. H. Conger had been a raiser of pedigreed Dur-
ham cattle, and the herd he shipped to Waco was among the first
high grade beef cattle in the state. In 1874 he organized the Texas
Agricultural, Horticultural, Mechanical, and Industrial Associa-
tion at Waco, and served as its first president. The association's
first fair, held in September, 1874, was a great success; fine live-
stock was shown and judged, with horse races both days, for
walkers, trotters, pacers, and cow ponies.
Although Norman Conger has been dead for almost a century,
his influence can still be seen and felt in the Waco area. Locally,
therefore, the narrative of his initial trek from Illinois in 1870
is of considerable importance. Furthermore, as a representative
of the pioneer builders who flourished in post-Civil War Texas,
Conger assumes added stature and significance within the state-
wide frame of reference.
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