Biography - Conrad Willar

Conrad WILLAR, farmer, P. O. Raymond, was born in Germany, December 17, 1840. He received such an education as the common schools of his native country afforded, and in tilling the soil of his father's farm. At the age of fifteen, he left his home and began working as a farm hand, continuing the same until he was twenty-five years of age, and then, in the year 1865, came to America, making his first stop at St. Louis, where, at the end of a month, he was compelled to leave, not being able to obtain employment. He then went to Butler, Montgomery County, and hired out as a farm hand, continuing thus for four years. In 1869, he married, and bought 240 acres of the farm upon which he now resides, and began farming on his own account. By his energy and business habits, he succeeded in paying for this tract, and in 1871 bought eighty acres more, which makes his farm consist of 320 acres, and it is as fine land as any in the State. January 13, 1869, in Montgomery County, he was married to Miss Elizabeth MUNSTERMAN, born in Germany, daughter of Henry and Margaret (WUCHERBFENNIG), both natives of Germany, from which union has been born five children, four of whom are living - Minnie, Henry, Joseph C. and Elizabeth K., all of whom are at home. The father and mother of our subject were both natives of Germany, and the parents of six children, two girls and four boys, Conrad being the third child. Mr. WILLAR and wife are members of the Catholic Church, and he is a Democrat.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 256.

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