Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday, July 5, 1938
Page 1, column 7
Rites for Mrs. Jacob Conrey
To Be Held Today at Forest Hill

          Short funeral services will be held at the Forest Hill cemetery at 11 a.m. today for  Mrs. Clara Belle Conrey,  age 82, widow of  Jacob A. Conrey,  who died Saturday at the Peabody home, in North Manchester.
          Mrs. Conrey, a lifelong resident of this city, until she left last year for the Peabody home, was prominent in local musical and club circles.  She was a member of the D.A.R., the Music Study club and the First M.E. church, of this city.
          The deceased was the daughter of  William and Mary Hacker and was born June 10, 1856.  The William Hacker Chapter, Order of DeMolay, was named after Mr. Hacker.  She was united in marriage to Mr. Conrey in 1876.
          Mr. Conrey was a local manufacturer, having been associated with the Conrey-Davis Manufacturing Company, here.
          Survivors include one brother,  Dr. Thomas Hacker,  of the Peabody home in North Manchester; one sister-in-law,  Miss Mary Conrey,  of this city; two nieces,  Fannie Belle Fleming,  of Indianapolis;  Mrs. Mary Addington,  of LaPorte, and one nephew,  Garnet Fleming,  of this city.  The body will arrive at the Forest Hill cemetery at about 11 a.m. today.
Submitted by Barb Huff  for Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday, June 3, 1933
Page 1, column 2
          Last rites for  Jacob A. Conrey,  retired furniture manufacturer, whose death at the age of nearly 80 years occurred Saturday at his home, 39 East Mechanic street, will be held in the late home at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, with Dr. L.T. Freeland, pastor of the First M.E. church, conducting the service.
          Mr. Conrey, who had been active in the furniture industry until about three years ago, served as president of the National Extension Table Manufacturers Association in 1916.  This body later was absorbed by the National Furniture Manufacturers Association, in which Mr. Conrey was an active member.  He was one of the organizers of the Davis-Birely Table Company, now recognized as the world's largest exclusive table manufacturing concern.
          Several weeks of illness with anemia resulted in Mr. Conrey's death.
          He was born in Franklin county on July 1, 1853, the son of  Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Conrey.  Early in life he served as general sales manager for the Conrey-Waller-DePrez firm, of which his father was a member, operating one of the first manufacturing plants in Shelbyville.  In 1885 he organized the Conrey-Birely Table Company, and later he became associated with Frank Blanchard in the Blanchard Furniture Company.
          In 1901, following his reorganization of the D.L. Conrey Furniture Company, Mr. Conrey and the Davis brothers,  Lee C. Davis  and the late  Charles Davis,  formed the Conrey-Davis Furniture Company, which remained in operation here more than 20 years.
          Mr. Conrey has served as president of the Shelby Furniture Association. Following his retirement from local manufacturing activities, he spent six years in Chicago and two years in Indianapolis.  A year ago he returned to Shelbyville.  He was a member of several Masonic organizations and a life member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.  He attended the First M.E. church.
          Surviving are: the widow, Mrs. Belle Hacker Conrey;  two sisters, the  Misses Mary  and  Catherine Conrey, and a brother,  N. P. Conrey,  of Los Angeles, California.
          Ralph J. Edwards is the funeral director in charge.
Submitted by Barb Huff  for Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, July 28, 1916
          The body of  David L. Conrey  founder of the furniture manufacturing business in Shelbyville, who died Wednesday evening at his summer home at Walloon Lake, Mich., was brought to his home in this city this morning at eight-thirty o'clock.  The body arrived in Indianapolis at six forty-five o'clock and was brought here by Ralph J. Edwards to his auto ambulance.  J. A. Conrey  and  Mary  and  Carrie Conrey,  son and daughters of Mr. Conrey, who have been at Walloon, returned home this morning.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Thursday, July 27, 1916
Twenty-Ninth Year  No. 70
Page 1
David  L.  Conrey,  Nestor  of
Furniture  Manufacturers,
Died  Last  Night.
Mr. Conrey Had Been Prominently Identified
With Furniture Manufacturing in This City
for Nearly Fifty-Six Years.
          The Nestor of the furniture manufacturers of this city has passed away.  David Larue Conrey,  for fifty-six years prominently identified with manufacturing interest in Shelbyville, died yesterday evening at this summer home at Walloon Lake, Mich.
          Since the death of his wife, which occurred April 21 of this year, his health had been failing.  In June his devoted children prevailed upon him to go to their Michigan summer home.  But grief and old age could not be gainsaid, and on Monday the extreme hot weather caused an attack, form which he apparently rallied, but a sudden turn for the worse ensued yesterday, and he died about 6 o'clock yesterday evening.
          Mr. Conrey was born in Franklin county, Indiana, January 19, 1830, making him eighty-six years, six months and seven days of age at the time of his death.  At the age of seventeen, he went to Cincinnati and learned the trade of cabinet maker.  He spent four years working at that trade in Cincinnati, and returned to Franklin county in 1852, where he married on September 29 of the year to  Miss Hannah Jameson.  He taught school for several terms and then opened a furniture store at Mt. Carmel, Franklin county.  Much of the furniture sold at that time was made by hand, and when he received an order for a coffin, it also was made by hand.
          Mr. Conrey came to Shelbyville about fifty-six years ago.  He first engaged in business with  Zacharias Waller, in which furniture was made in a small way.  In 1874, the firm was reorganized, Mr. Conrey, Mr. Waller and  Mr. John C. DePrez  forming a partnership which was the real beginning of the furniture manufacturing industry in Shelbyville.
          In 1895 the old firm of conrey, Waller & DePrez went out of business, and Mr. Conrey started anew by organizing what is now known as the d. L. Conrey Furniture Company.  Mr. Conrey was a hard worker, a man without frills or fancy, and devoted to his family.  He was a member of the First M. E. Church of this city, and for many years was active in his church work.
          The death of Mrs. Conrey in April was the first death in the Conrey family.  Mr. Conrey is survived by four children, the  Misses Mary and Carroline Conrey  and  Jacob A. Conrey, of this city, and  Judge N. P. Conrey, of Los Angeles, Cal.
          The body will leave Michigan to might and arrive in this city on the 8:15 train from Indianapolis tomorrow morning.  Funeral services will be eld at his late residence, 47 west Washington street, Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock.  Dr. W. F. Wykoff, pastor of the First M. E. Church, who is in Ohio on his vacation, has been reached by wire, and will officiate at the services.  The interment will be made in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of  R. J. Edwards.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Friday, April 21, 1916.
Page 1
          Mrs. Hannah S. Conrey,  wife of  David L. Conrey,  the veteran furniture manufacturer of this city, died at 12:30 o'clock this morning at their home, 55 west Washington street, following an illness that began with a stroke of paralysis one week ago today.  Mrs. Conrey was aged 82 years and one month.  The first stroke came early in the morning and was followed the same evening by a second stroke.  She soon passed into unconsciousness and remained in that condition to the end.
          The death of Mrs. Conrey is the first to occur in the family.  Her husband and all the children were with her when the final call came, a son, Judge N. P. Conrey, having been summoned here from his home in Los Angeles, Cal., as soon as her illness began.
          Mrs. Conrey was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, March 20, 1834, and was a daughter of  Jacob  and  Mary Jameson.  There were ten of the children and she is the last of the family.  At the age of three years Mrs. Conrey became a resident o Indiana, her parents settling at that time in Franklin county.  Her marriage to Mr. Conrey was solemnized in Bartholomew county, September 29, 1852.  She had her husband came here from Mr. Carmel, Ind., on February 22, 1861, and since then this city had been continually their home.  Four children were born to them and all survive their mother.  They are  Judge N. P. Conrey,  Los Angeles, Cal.;  J. A. Conrey  and  Misses Mary and  Caroline Conrey,  of this city.
          Mrs. Conrey was a member of the First M. E. Church and was always deeply interested in the work of the church and active and generous in its support.  She had an extensive acquaintance in church and social circles and her passing away will bring sadness to many persons in addition to her immediate relatives.
          The funeral services will be held at the residence at 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon.  Dr. W. F. Wykoff, pastor of the First M. E. Church, officiating, and the burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of Ralph J. Edwards.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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