George Confer, a retired farmer residing in Yellow Springs, is a native of Washington county. Maryland, his birth having occurred near Hagerstown, on the 8th of February, 1827, but since the age of seven years he has lived in Ohio, coming at that time to this state with his parents, George and Elizabeth (Bowman) Confer. The father was born in Maryland and followed the occupation of farming as a means of providing for his family. In 1834 he came to Ohio, locating in Greene county, his farm comprising one hundred and fifty acres of land in Miami township, a small part of which had been improved. He erected some new buildings, making many excellent improvements upon the farm. which is still in possesson of the family. There he lived and died, passing away at the age of seventy-two years. He was a manber of the German Reformed church and in early life gave his political support to the Whig party and on its dissolution became a Republican, but the honors and emoluments of office had no attraction for him. As the years passed his diligence and business ability brought to him success, so that he was enabled to give to each of his children a good home. His widow survived him twelve years and died in the city of Xenia. She was also born in Maryland and was a member of the Lutheran church. By her marriage she became the mother of five children, three of whom are still living: Hannah, who resides near Spring Valley; William G., now deceased; George; Susan, who died at the age of twenty-seven years and Elizabeth, who is the widow of Richard Partington and has one son, Edward. Her home is near Spring Valley. Greene county.
To the district school system of Miami township George Confer is indebted for the educational privileges which he enjoyed. He assisted his father upon the home place and after the death of his parent, in 1857, he and his brother began farming for themselves and were thus engaged for two or three years. The partnership was then dissolved and George Confer purchased more land adjoining the farm which his father had given him in Miami township. There he engaged in the tilling of the soil and stock-raising for thirty-three years and in 1891 he removed to the village of Yellow Springs, where he has since lived a retired life.
On May 2, 1861, George Confer was married in Miami township to Ann Johnson, whose birth occurred on the 15th of April, 1841, in Greene county. She is a daughter of James and Catherine (Ehrler) Johnson. The father was a native of Kentucky and at an early date came to Ohio. The mother was born in France, but when a young girl was brought to the United States, settling with her father in Clark county, Ohio, and with him she remained until her marriage, Afterward Mr. and Mrs. Johnson settled upon a farm in Miami township, Greene county, where the mother died in 1849. Mr. Johnson afterward married again and his death occurred in 1890, both passing away in Miami township. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Confer were born six children and the family circle yet remains unbroken by the hand of death.
Mary Etta is the wife of Joseph Vernanda Shoemaker, who resided at Goes Station, in Xenia township, where he is conducting a grocery store. They have one child, Cora May, who is the wife of George Hall, of Dayton, by whom she has a daughter, Dorothy. George Albert. the second member of the Confer family, resides upon his father's farm on the Dayton pike, in Miami township, where he is engaged in the cultivation of the fields and in the raising, purchasing and sale of stock. He married Miss Anna Fogle and they have five children: Vernanda. Earle, Raymond, Verna and Georgia. Arthur U. resides upon the home fami in Miami township. He married Miss Clara Miller and they have three children, Florence, Chester and Harry. William W., who is also living upon the home farm, wedded Miss Zella Fogle and they have two children, Edith and Esther. Howard T., a blacksmith at Goes Station, married Nora Ginneman and their children were Harold, Mildred and two that died in infancy. Susie, the youngest member of the Confer family, is the wife of John Conrad, a grocer of Springfield, Ohio, and they have one son, Herman.
In his political views Mr. Confer is a Republican and for one term he served as supervisor of his township, while for eight or nine years he was a director of the public schools. He belongs to the Reformed church and take a deep and active interest in everything tending to promote the general welfare, along all lines of substantial progress and improvement.
From History of Greene County, Ohio, by George F. Robinson (S. J. Clarke Publishing Co, 1902)