Putnam County


Conrad MERDIAN, a native son of Marshall county, holds a good position among the agriculturists of Henry township, where he is engaged in general farming, and from which he derives annually a comfortable income. His birth occurred June 29, 1854, and he remained under the parental roof until after attaining his majority.

On the 23d of October, 1877, Mr. MERDIAN led to the marriage altar Miss Atillia ROTH, who was born in Ontario, Canada, and came to Illinois at the age of seventeen with her parents, Joseph and Mary (FRIESE) ROTH, who settled in Putnam county, where they both died, the father, November 15, 1895, at the age of seventy-three years, and the mother about two years previously. After his marriage our subject rented a part of the old home farm, which he operated until 1882, when he removed to his present tract of one hundred and thirty acres of rich and fertile land. This farm his father had purchased the year previous of Peter MATTERN, and in the settlement of the estate it fell to our subject.

Eight children have been born to Mr. MERDIAN and his excellent wife – Andrew, Anna Atillia, Joseph, Julia Ella, Mary Eva, Adam Henry, Paulina Maggie and Laura, all at home. The family is one of prominence in the community and its members belong to the German Catholic church. He uses his right of franchise in support of the democracy, and has served his fellow-citizens as school director. He is pursuing the even tenor of his way as an honest man and good citizen, and has the esteem of all with whom he comes in contact.

Source: The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois  published in 1896, page 312.

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