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Henry L. Conrad

Male 1878 - 1971  (92 years)


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  • Name Henry L. Conrad 
    Born 6 Jul 1878  East Bristol, Dane Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Apr 1971  Sun Prairie, Dane Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Sacred Hearts Cemetery, Sun Prairie, Dane Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I12748  CB_9_7_2017
    Last Modified 7 Sep 2009 

    Father Frederick Carl Conrad,   b. 14 Dec 1834, Neunkirchen, Bavaria, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1910, Sun Prairie, Dane Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Frances Trapp,   b. 12 Oct 1840, Schwartzelbach, Bavaria Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1920, Sun Prairie, Dane Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 17 May 1859  Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Madison, Dane Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • This is a new parish established for the German emigrants, Father Kundig, a pioneer priest, performs the ceremony.
    Family ID F381  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Dorothy M. Lueders,   b. 1 Jan 1879, Columbus, Columbia Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1965, Sun Prairie, Dane Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 17 Nov 1903  St. Jerome Catholic Church, Columbus, Columbia Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Catherine Alice Conrad,   b. 13 Jan 1905, Sun Prairie, Dane Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1984, Brooklyn Twp, Washburn Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     2. Bernard L Conrad,   b. 12 Sep 1907, Sun Prairie, Dane Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1910, Sun Prairie, Dane Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     3. Aloysius Henry Conrad,   b. 9 Dec 1909, Sun Prairie, Dane Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1995  (Age 85 years)
     4. Lawrence Ernest Conrad,   b. 8 Mar 1912, Sun Prairie, Dane Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 2004, Sienna Crest Assisted Living, Marshall, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     5. Eugene William Conrad,   b. 4 Oct 1915, Sun Prairie, Dane Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1996  (Age 80 years)
     6. Mary Frances Conrad,   b. 7 Aug 1917, Sun Prairie, Dane Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 2009, Lake Mills, Jefferson Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     7. Dorothy Gertrude Conrad,   b. 1 Jul 1919, Sun Prairie, Dane Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 2002, Willows Nursing Home, Sun Prairie, Dane Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    Last Modified 10 Jun 2003 
    Family ID F1368  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "Die Musicanten sind alle lumpen!" That's what Henry Conrad's father told him, when he decided to learn the violin. Translated loosely, Conrad explained with a grin, it means "musicians are lazy---they just sit around in a corner and do nothing!"

      Hank Conrad thought otherwise and went ahead with his love of music, learning to play the violin and coronet as his first instruments and most of the others enough to offer instruction in them to students.

      His 88 years, in Hampden and Sun Prairie, have been so busy that his father might well have swallowed his words. Henry ran a photography studio in Sun Prairie for many years, served as village treasurer in the "40's, directed four bands simultaneously here, acted as choir master at Sacred Hearts for 60 years and taught music on the side.

      He was hardly "lazy" about setting out to learn music. The first step, at age 11, was "whistling all the tunes" his uncle, Caspar Trapp's band played in Hampden.

      Joe Trapp, his cousin, was also interested in the band. "I got a violin for about $3, " remembers Conrad, "and Joe and I played for dances at homes for $2 a night."

      When he was 16 he went to Columbus to find a teacher. A friend told him not to go to them they are amateurs. So instead, he studied for four years under Professor Hardge, a musician his family had helped send to Leipzig, Germany, many years before, for education.

      Conrad moved to Sun Prairie in 1898 and opened a photography studio. He married Dora Lueders, a music teacher, in 1903. Dora had been an invalid after 1947 until her death in 1965.