Descendants of John Belconger JR


13505. Alice Elizabeth Conger

Alice Elizabeth Conger

RESIDENCES: As of April 1961, Mrs. Branford (Alice) Hutchinson of Waterloo, IA

William Branford Hutchinson

William Branford Hutchinson

Problem: Was the surname, Hutchinison or Hitchinson? Was his middle name, Bradford or Branford. William Branford Hutchison (CFA I, p. 751)

RESIDENCES: As of Dec 1993, Buffalo, IA

Robert Phillips

Robert Phillips

AKA: Bobby

RESIDENCES: As of Dec 1993, Briceville, TN

17604. Richard Bradley Hutchinson

RESIDENCES: As of Dec 1993, Davenport, IA

17605. Douglas Eugene Hutchinson

RESIDENCES: As of Dec 1993, Davenport, IA

13506. Vernon Elroy Conger

Vernon Elroy Conger

PARENTS: William Patrick Conger and Clara Katherine Sutton

RESIDENCES: 8015 Rancho Destino; Las Vegas, NV 89123

SSN: Is this the SSDI record for Vernon Elroy Conger?
Individual: Conger, Vernon
Social Security #: 530-24-4617
Issued in: Nevada
Birth date: Jan 20, 1940
Death date: missing
[Broderbund Family Archive #110, Vol. 1 A-K, Ed. 7, Social Security Death Index: U.S., Date of Import: Nov 14, 2000, Internal Ref. #]

Luena Carmil

Luena Carmil

AKA: Luena Bondurant in CFA I. Luena Carmi in CFA II, p. 222

QUESTION: What is the surname of this person?

13509. Jacqueline Rae Dodson

Jacqueline Rae Dodson

AKA: Called, Jackie

Wesley Eugene Dickey

Wesley Eugene Dickey

AKA: Called, Wes

17609. Kylee Dickey

Kylee Dickey

RESEARCHER: Kylle Dickey was interested in genealogy.

13514. Robert Franklin Conger

Robert Franklin Conger

PARENTS: William Raymond Conger and Mildred Fox

SS Death Index: Robert Conger; b. 13 Dec 1937; issued: IA; d. 25 Mar 1991;
last place of residence: ; zipcode: ; SSN: 482-40-5366

DEATH: Robert Franklin Conger, Obit, published 3 Apr 1991, born 11 Nov 1919 [sic, should be 13 Dec 1937], died 26 Mar 1991 [sic SSDI says, 25 Mar 1991], buried Cincinnati, IA.
(Source: Putnam Co., MO, Newsprint Death Index - furnished by Joyce Posey)

13547. Ernest Eugene Conger

Ernest Eugene Conger

PARENTS: Troy Eugene Conger and Pansy Rosalie Seals

AKA: Called Gene

RESEARCHER: Gene Conger was interested in genealogy. As of Oct 2001 he had a website at:

RESIDENCES: Centerville, IA

RELATIONSHIP: Brothers, Ernest Eugene and Ronald Truman Conger were married to sisters, Shirley Ann and Donna Marie Ehlers, respectively.

RECOLLECTIONS: Ernest Eugene Conger, "Gene," was born July 4th, 1937 at the John Griggs home on the corner of Hwy 149 as it enters Exline, Iowa from the west. We moved to a house right across from the school in 1938. I went to school there for first 8 years (no kindergarten). We lived right across the street (south) from the school which is now gone, and my father Troy still lives there. As the Exline High School was closed the year I graduated from 8th grade, I attended the High School in Cincinnati, Iowa for 4 years and graduated in 1954 when I was 16 years of age.

Then I lived in Brookefield, Missouri with an uncle, Tom Seals. I got my first job with Brown Shoe Co. there in Brookefield making shoes in the fall of 1954. Quit there and moved back to Exline, Iowa in Jan 1955 and got a job in Centerville, Iowa at the Box Factory (Baxter Box). Quit there and went north for more money and I took a job at Gray Iron Foundry in east end of Marshalltown, Iowa working with Litel Bates, Freddy Sumpter and Danny O'Donnel. Turned 18 years of age while working there.

Enlisted in the Army's 3rd Armored Division (Gyroscope) with Bob Hudson and Gene Hamm in July of 1955 soon after turning 18. We went to Des Moines (where Gene Hamm was separated from the group and did not go to 3AD) then on to Camp Chaffee, Arkansas where we got all clothing issue, shots, etc. then on to 3AD at Ft Knox, Kentucky where we took "Basic Training" in the units we were assigned to. We got there a little late which in my case, shortened an already reduced (6 week), schedule because they felt Ordnance units didn't need the full 8 week basic training. I think I received just a little less than 5 weeks of the training.

Emphasis was given to our advanced training and I was assigned to Co. B 122nd Armored Ordnance Battalion. At the end of basic training, we were in formation by the Company Orderly Room when the 1st Sergeant announced that the different company sections were set up at tables inside the orderly room and that we would select that same day the jobs or training that we would be doing the remainder of our enlistments. He said that when he gave the command "Fall Out!" it was first come, first served - the first ones there got their pick of jobs.

I was lucky as I was in direct line with the door and was one of the first on the landing and in the door. There were several tables set up around the room in a crescent starting at the door. The first table had Headquarters Section, supply, clerks and the like which since I flunked typing in high school I figured I'd better pass. Went to the next table and it was Service Section; heaters, carburetor/ignition, machinist, etc. and I almost took one of them. The "Technical Supply Section" (all ordnance parts in our command) was in there somewhere. Not sure but I think the next table was Wheel & Track Maintenance and I did not want that as it looked like a lot of work and seemed to be pretty dirty.

I had gone through all the tables there except the last one and I was standing there thinking about trying to go back to the Service Section - Carburetor/Ignition table when the guy at the Wheel Track table, Sgt. Truslow, said, "Better make up your mind kid, you're running out of tables. Just what kind of job do you want, anyway?" Having come from a coal mining area where even that was petering out, I blurted out "I don't know, I'll do about anything as long as it's clean and not too heavy work!" (I sure didn't want to dig coal).

And to my astonishment and later delight, the guy at the very last table, Sgt. Mullett, said, "Come on over here son, I think I have just what you are looking for." and signed me up for Fire Control Instrument Repair in his Armaments Platoon. I then went to school in Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland and was given MOS 403.20 Fire Control Instrument Repairman and worked on artillery, tank, etc. gun sights and other optical equipment like binoculars and telescopes - I really loved and appreciated the job. I then returned to Ft Knox and stayed until May 1956 and then the 3rd Armored Division, went to Coleman Kaserne in Gelnhausen, Germany for 2 years and then home to end the 3-year enlistment. I turned 21 years of age coming back on the boat and was honorably discharged on Jul 9, 1958 in Ft Sheridan, IL.

I only relate this story of the military training for some of the old-timers that might see it and have interest and to advise the youngsters to always speak up and at least let the world know of your aspirations, your Sgt. Mullett might be listening.

After I got out of the Army in 1958, I worked at various jobs around Appanoose county, Iowa. The County was a "depressed" area in those days because of the shift of industry from coal, which we mined, to natural gas and fuel oil which we don't. It has been depressed since I can remember and good jobs were always hard to find. We have had a continual drain on the local population because of this, the county loosing at least half of its population during my lifetime, so after about 2.5 years thrashing around in this area looking for a good job and not finding it, I went back into the Army for another 3-year enlistment. I went to Alaska this time and was there in Ft. Richardson for 2 years with the 24th Ordnance Company after which I rotated back to the states and spent 1 year with the 705th Maintenance Battalion of the 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) in Ft. Carson, Colorado. I was a Fire Control Repairman, again. Sometimes even an "aggressor" - in 5th Infantry Division Yakima, Washington exercise.

While in Ft. Richardson, Alaska I managed to go to their NCO Academy. It was not much of an institution as far as size, etc. goes but I sure learned a lot at that little school and have always appreciated what they taught me as it has stood me in good stead ever since and I yet today successfully employ principles that I learned there.

After finishing my 2nd 3-year enlistment in Dec 1963, I went straight to the "Quad-City" area (Davenport, Iowa) and quickly found employment with John Deere Malleable Foundry in East Moline, Illinois. I worked there until I could get a job at the Rock Island Arsenal where hopefully I could make use of my military training for personal advancement and "military time" for retirement.

The civil service employment did not work out for me so I returned to the "civilian" work force and quickly worked, in succession, at John Deere Plow Works, Farmall, and J.I. Case (combine) as regular production worker before entering construction work where I settled in and worked as a laborer for several years, generally around concrete. I belonged to Laborer's Local 309 in Rock Island, Illinois, enjoyed the work generally and was/am very proud of some of the projects I helped build:

* Cordova Nuclear Plant
* 3-M Plant in the Cordova Industrial Park
* Davenport Library
* I-74 By -Pass
* Locust Street Improvement
* Largest Aluminum Rolling Mill in the world (addition) at ALCOA
* And several lesser jobs

About this time, in 1970, I became acquainted with a young woman who was to become my wife and who still calls me her husband. And this is Shirley Ann (Ehlers) Conger.

Shirley's family, parents Bernice and Emil and two Brothers and two sisters, are small farmers from northeast of Wyoming, Iowa. She went to the schools in the area; Country School, Monmouth and Wyoming. One of her sisters, Donna, married Ronald Conger, my brother, thus was acquaintance of Gene and Shirley made.

So having made acquaintance, Shirley and I were quietly married in the Methodist Parsonage in Moulton, Iowa on June 17, 1971 and just as quietly celebrated the event with my brother John and his wife and my parents in the lengthening shadows of my father's Troy's front yard, next to "Banty" Sales' home.

In a couple of years, our family of three, Gene, Shirley, and Brian, saw an addition, the first of Shirley's and Gene's four children, Naomi Ann.

And about every two years (for six years) another child was added until we had 5 kids (Brian, 4 Oct 1966; Naomi Ann, 5 Sep 1973; Daniel Eugene, 14 Aug 1976; Samuel Dean, 14 Sep 1978; Sarah Amy, 7 Mar 1981), a dog or two, some cats and a cockatoo bird.

This all happened in Exline, Iowa and the kids went to church at the "Christian Church" where everyone is pretty nice. The kids went to grade school in Cincinnati, Iowa and we lived in a double wide "trailer" in the north east part of Exline.

When we set up our domicile there in Exline, I went to work on construction projects in the area and sandwiched between them, I worked at Iowa Steel & Wire where we set up the "Wire" plant, later "Penn Dixie".

I was pretty slim in those younger days but cake at my mother's and lots of fried fish and morel mushrooms have collected their toll.

My last construction job was Reed Construction out of Kirksville, Missouri which built the Young Radiator Company plant here in Centerville, Iowa. I worked building the plant and was "laid off" just before they were completely done.

Since I was contemplating a move from construction to manufacturing, I beat it over to the local community college in Ottumwa and using the "G.I. Bill" financing, took some refresher courses on drafting, shop math and machining out at the airport. I ran into Larry Reed and Terry King there (later Young Radiator Co. employees) and we went to school together for awhile until Young's responded to my resume and called me for possible employment in the early summer of 1975. Larry & Terry came to Young's after they completed the course.

I started employment with Young Radiator Co. on June 2nd, 1975. Some maintenance people were in place when I went there in the first production group of 11 people. Our 11 people drew clock numbers and I drew number 27 (as I said, there were some maintenance employees there when we got there).

We received some training in soldering and more shop math and drawing at the same time we started making radiators. The back doors were still not completely installed when we shipped our first radiators (destined for forklifts some where, I think).

Soon after the start-up phase, I was asked if I would be interested in the job of a Quality Control Manager and I accepted, of course.

We produced radiators for just about everybody in the country that used radiators, except the automotive industry. We served markets in industrial, mining, agricultural, military, construction, oil, transportation (especially railroads) and just about everything - anything that used diesel or natural gas engines and of all sizes and descriptions. Our sister plant in Matoon, Illinois manufactured the large stuff, and made and shipped one radiator (in sections, of course) via rail and boat to a gold mine in South Africa. It took up seven flatcars to load/transport it to port of embarkation.

Sometiems we made "Motor Coach" radiators with drawn 1/8" steel tanks, two radiators per installation, which were placed in buses (like Greyhound).

We received a Quality Excellence award from FMC Corp. of San Jose, California, awarded to the Centerville Plant. There were two other awards, very similar, Targets For Excellence Award by General Motors Electro Motive Division of La Grange, Illinois and the Department Of Defense Blue Ribbon Award.

I was called, Ernie, at the Young Radiator Company.

Young Radiator Company was sold to Motive Power Industries which in turn merged with Westinghouse Airbrake Company and in the reorganization of the company, the Centerville plant (with their product line) are being phased out. Since I am retirement age, I have taken the early retirement package and have retired, effective 1 Apr 2000). I'll lay around this summer doing some put-off chores and familiarize myself with this new life then start looking for something to occupy my time this fall. Not sure what the wife is planning but I imagine it would have something to do with housewiving and relaxing at every chance? And now it's getting close to time to say "OK kids, its all yours, just let the Grand kids come over and play every now and then" ... after all, the kids are what its all about, isn't it?
(Written by Ernest Eugene "Gene" Conger, 2001)

Shirley Ann Ehlers

Shirley Ann Ehlers

PARENTS: Emil Ehlers and Bernice Hansen

NAME-CONFLICT: Eichlers in CFA II, p. 92; Eihlers, elsewhere. Corrected to Shirley Ann Ehlers on the website of Gene Conger.

17616. Brian Ehlers

Brian Ehlers

RELATIONSHIP: Brian Ehlers is the stepson of Ernest Eugene Conger.

EDUCATION: Graduate of Midland High School, Wyoming, IA

17617. Naomi Ann Conger

Naomi Ann Conger

PARENTS: Ernest Eugene Conger and Shirley Ann Ehlers

BIRTH: 5 Sep 1973 at the old St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital on Main Street in Centerville, IA. At that time her parents lived in Exline, IA.

EDUCATION: Attended Cincinnati Elementary and then went to Centerville's Lakeside School and on through the Centerville System until graduation from Centerville High School, Centerville, IA in 1991.

OCCUPATION: As of 2001 worked at Alliant Energy.

Michael Bradley Cassady

Michael Bradley Cassady

AKA: Called, Brad

Steven Brent Hawk

Steven Brent Hawk

AKA: Goes by his middle name, Brent.

MILITARY: Served in the U.S. Army

SPOUSE: Brent Hawk was the 2nd spouse of Naomi Ann Conger.


OCCUPATION: As of 2001, Maintenance scheduler/supervisor with trucking firm in Cedar Rapids, IA

17618. Daniel Eugene Conger

Daniel Eugene Conger

PARENTS: Ernest Eugene Conger and Shirley Ann Ehlers

BIRTH: 14 Aug 1976 at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital on Main Street, Centerville, IA

EDUCATION: Attended Lakeview in Centerville, IA Also attended school in Cincinnati, IA. Graduated from Centerville High School, Centerville, IA in 1993.

17619. Samuel Dean Conger

Samuel Dean Conger

PARENTS: Ernest Eugene Conger and Shirley Ann Ehlers

BIRTH: 14 Sep 1978 at the old St. Josephs Mercy Hospital on Main Street in Centerville, IA.

EDUCATION: Attended school in Cincinnati,IA and later attended Centerville Schools in Centerville, IA where he graduated in 1996.

HOBBIES: Had an early interest in jigsaw puzzles. Liked fishing as an adult.

OCCUPATION: Setup person with Newell Company (plastics, used to be Rubbermaid) in Centerville, IA.

PUBLIC_SERVICE: Volunteer Fireman

17620. Sarah Amy Conger

Sarah Amy Conger

PARENTS: Ernest Eugene Conger and Shirley Ann Ehlers

BIRTH: 7 Mar 1981 at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in Centerville, IA

EDUCATION: Played clarinet and bass clarient at Centerville High School, Centerville, IA. Band (All-Conference 3 years). Played tennis about every chance she got. Graduated from Centerville High School in 1999.

Michael Sconzo

Michael Sconzo

AKA: Called, Mike

RESIDENCES: As of Oct 2001, Cincinnati, IA

13548. Ronald Truman Conger

Ronald Truman Conger

PARENTS: Troy Eugene Conger and Pansy Rosalie Seals

DIVORCE: The marriage of Ronald Truman Conger and Marjorie Dudley ended in divorce in 1965.

RELATIONSHIP: Brothers, Ernest Eugene and Ronald Truman Conger were married to sisters, Shirley Ann and Donna Marie Ehlers, respectively.

CEMETERY: Oxford Junction Cemetery, Oxford Junction, IA


Donna Marie Ehlers

Donna Marie Ehlers

ERROR-NAME: Her surname has been listed as, Eichlers. This is an error. It should be Ehlers. [REH]

13549. Floyd Francis Conger

Floyd Francis Conger

PARENTS: Troy Eugene Conger and Pansy Rosalie Seals

DIVORCE: The marriage of Floyd Francis and Marlys Conger ended in divorce.


13550. Janice Maybelle Conger

Janice Maybelle Conger

PARENTS: Troy Eugene Conger and Pansy Rosalie Seals

NAME-CONFLICT: Janice Breese?

RESIDENCES: Centerville, IA

Curtis Ronald Sines

Curtis Ronald Sines

PARENTS: Allen Sines and Myrtle Stewart

DIVORCE: The marriage of Curtis Sines and Janice Maybelle Conger ended in divorce.

Richard Bailey

Richard Bailey

SPOUSE: Richard Bailey was the 2nd spouse of Janice Conger.

13551. John Edgar Conger

John Edgar Conger

PARENTS: Troy Eugene Conger and Pansy Rosalie Seals

DIVORCE: The marriage of John Edgar and Roxene Conger ended in divorce in 1979.