Thomas J. Conger, fruit raiser and gardener, a native of
Shelby County, was born in Noble Township, near Cave Mills, August 4, 1842, being the next eldest in a family of five children born
to David J. and Delilah ( Jeffras) Conger, who were both natives
of Butler County, Ohio, their marriage occurring in 1838, and they
immediately moved to Shelby County and settled at the farm on
which they now live. Our immediate subject grew to manhood on that farm, remaining with and assisting his parents until he attained
the age of twenty-two years, receiving a common school education.
October 23, 1864, ..his marriage with Charlotte F. Peak, was solemnized, and to their union this one child was born,
Jefferson L., aged twenty years. May, 1864, Mr. Conger realized the necessity of the preservation of our Union, and enlisted in Co. E, One
Hundred and Thirty-second Regiment, in the 100 day service. He
was a member of Col. James Gavin's command of militia who pursued Morgan in 1863.
He was honorably discharged at Indianapolis, August, 1864. He has always made farming his occupation.
1882, he removed to his present location, since which time he has
made the raising of small fruits a specialty, and he has been quite
successful, having fifteen acres of land, one-half of which he has
in fruit plants. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
He also belongs to the Masonic fraternity. He
formerly was identified with the Grange movement. In politics he
is a Republican.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Chicago: Brant
& Fuller, 1887, "Addison Sketches", pages 591-592.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming