Dietrich W. Conrad

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Name Dietrich W. Conrad
Born 1868-04-15 Springfield Township, Lowden, Cedar County, Iowa
Gender M
Died 1963
Buried Lowden Cemetery, Lowden, Cedar County, Iowa
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Father Fred Conrad b. (1841-11-19, Hanover, Germany)
Mother Lousie Rixe
Married 1866-02-08
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Family Augusta Bertha Eggert b. (1873-08-04, Springfield Township, Lowden, Cedar County, Iowa) d. (1967-05, Lowden, Cedar County, Iowa)
Married 1896-00-00
Children 4 Ferdinand C. Conrad b. (1904-04-04) d. (1963-03-20)
2 Olga Conrad b. (1897) d. (1987)
3 Lydia Conrad b. (c. 1900)
1 Edward Conrad b. (c. 1898)
5 Robert Conrad b. (c. 1907)


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Dietrich W. and Augusta Bertha Conrad
One of the longest married couples in Lowden, Iowa
Clipping from Lowden Iowa History c. 1957
Horstman and Conrad Family
Photo taken at the farm of August Dietrick and Mary Theresa Horstman - NE corner of Garfield Township, section 20. See 1920 Farm Atlas
From back left, unknown, Mary Horstman, Augusta Bertha Conrad, unknown, unknown, unknown and unknown
From middle left, D. W. Conrad, August Heinrich Horstman, Fannie Horstman, August Dietrick Horstman and Leonard August Horstman Sr.
From front left, Fred Horstman and Cecilia Horstman c. 1925
Dietrich W. and Augusta B. Conrad née Eggert
Lowden Cemetery, Lowden, Cedar County, Iowa


Possibly Dietrich W Conrad born about 1869 based on 1920 US Cedar County Census. There is a William Conrad listed in the 1880 Cedar County Census that says he is 5 years old. That would put his date of birth at 1875? The Conrad family were neighbors to Eggert and Horstman.

Noted in the first issue of the Lowden News, July 18, 1902. D.W. Conrad, Lumber

1910 census says Herman Conrad age 32 and Carl Eggers (should be Eggert) age 86 living with DW and Augusta Conrad in addition to 5 children.


The business and public interests of Lowden have found a worthy representative in D. W. Conrad who, as proprietor of a lumber and coal yard and hardware store in this city, has made for himself a place among the progressive and successful business men of the community. He is one of Cedar county?s native sons, his birth occurring in Springfield township on the 15th of April, 1868. A sketch of his father, Fred Conrad, will be found on another page of this volume.

The early life of D. W. Conrad was that of the farm, and the period of his boyhood and youth was spent in the usual manner of the country lad. He attended the district schools near his home and later benefited by a course at Duncan?s Business College, at Davenport, and therein acquired a thorough and comprehensive training which well equipped him for the practical and responsible duties of commercial life. He then returned to the home farm and remained with his parents until twenty-five years of age, when he went to Tipton to accept the position of deputy county auditor, in which capacity he acted for one year. In 1895 he entered commercial circles as the owner of a lumber and coal yard and hardware business which he purchased from Kossuth Pauls. Since that time he has worked up a trade of extensive proportions, for his keen business sagacity has led him to make a thorough and careful study of existing conditions bearing upon his line of business and he has equipped his establishment with those commodities which are in greatest demand and most fully meet the needs of the people. He has kept in close touch with the lumber and coal market; carries a well selected line of heavy and shelf hardware; and is ready at all times to meet any demand of the general public in his line.

Mr. Conrad was united in marriage in 1896 to Miss Augusta Eggert, a native of Springfield township and a daughter of Carl Eggert, a retired farmer residing in Lowden. To this union have been born five children, Olga, Lydia, Edward, Ferdinand and Robert, all yet at home.

Mr. and Mrs. Conrad hold membership in the Evangelical church, in the work of which they are deeply and helpfully interested, and in his political belief Mr. Conrad is a democrat. He has served as school treasurer and is now acting as a member of the village council, and in public office he has ever manifested the same loyalty to duty, the same progressiveness and integrity that have gained for him success in the conduct of his individual interests. Fortunate in possessing ability and character that inspires confidence, the simple weight of his character and ability has brought him into positions of trust and responsibility, and he ranks high among the well known and valued citizens of Lowden.

30 Conrad D. W. Augusta Olga, Lydia, Edward, Ferdinand, Reuben lumber dealer O H&L Clinton St Lowden.

  1. CONRAD AND CONRAD ?Adaand Isadora Batchelder sold this land to Henry Hintze in 1870. In 1877 he sold it to Nicodemus Henry, who built the lumber yard. Kossuth Pauls bought it in 1896 and sold it to D. W. Conrad in 1895. Since that time the following improvements have been made: between 1915 and 1917 the north end of the yard was built; in 1922 the cement and coal sheds (across the street) were constructed, the latter since torn down; in 1933 the new part of the yard was built; and in 1939 the hardware store was remodeled. Edward and Reuben Conrad, sons of D. W. Conrad, have operated the business since 1938. ***