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Conway, Farrell
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 578-579


Farrell Conway, the genial and popular proprietor of the Barry Hotel, which was opened to the public in November, 1905, and is a modern hostelry, which would be a credit to a city of much larger size, was born in England, February 4, 1842, and is a son of William and Mary Conway, who were likewise natives of that country. The father died in 1842 and the mother, long surviving him, passed away in February, 1871.

Farrell Conway spent the days of his boyhood and youth in his native land and in 1862, crossed the Atlantic to America. The following year he enlisted for service in the Union Army while still an English subject, being enrolled at St. Louis, Missouri, on the 26th of May, 1863, to serve for three years or during the war. He was mustered into the United States service in that city as a private under command of Captain Fred Hanson, of Company H, Fourth Regiment of Missouri Cavalry, Colonel George E. Waring commanding. This regiment was formed in January, 1862, by the consolidation of Fremont Hussars, Major Wright's battalion of cavalry and the fragment of a battalion of cavalry raised by and under the command of Colonel Woods and was mustered into the service with George E. Waring as colonel. In November of the same year an order was issued to consolidate the Fourth and Fifth regiments of Missouri Cavalry and that organization was mustered into the service with the following field officers: George E. Waring, colonel; Gustavus VonHelmrich, lieutenant colonel; and Gustavus Heinsrich, major. The regiment was assigned to the cavalry division of the sixteenth corps of the Army of the Tennessee and during its service bore a gallant part in the following engagements: Pea Ridge, Arkansas; Cotton Plant, Arkansas; the Batesville expedition; the campaign In southwestern Missouri; the pursuit of Price; Little Red and White River; Collierville; Guntown or Tupelo; Jackson; Vicksburg; Clarendon; Independence; Big Blue; Mine Creek; and Maria des Cygnes. Pursuing the enemy to Osage river and capturing one hundred men and two pieces of artillery, the troops afterward returned to Fort Scott, Kansas, whence the regiment was ordered to Vicksburg, Mississippi, and afterward was at Memphis, Tennessee, Louisville, Kentucky, and New Orleans and Greenville, Louisiana, performing garrison duty until mustered out of the service. Mr. Conway enlisted as a recruit and joined his regiment at Columbus, Kentucky, and when the regiment was consolidated (recruits and veterans) into a battalion of four companies in October, 1864, he was assigned to Company B. He served on detached duty throughout his entire term, being orderly for Colonel Waring. He was wounded at Okalona, Mississippi, by a gun shot in the right hand and arm, causing permanent injury and was given medical treatment in the regimental camp for the wound. He was always found at his post of duty, participating in all the engagements of his command during his term of enlistment and he rendered valuable and meritorious service, achieving a proud record for soldierly conduct at all times. At New Orleans, Louisiana, on the 13th of November, 1865, he received an honorable discharge by reason of the close of the war, returning to his home with a most creditable military record.

When hostilities had ceased Mr. Conway came to Barry and engaged in clerking for Crandall Smith & Company, grocers of Barry, with whom he continued for twenty-six years. No higher testimonial of capability, faithful service and trustworthiness could be given than the fact that he was so long retained in one employ. He then went into the poultry and egg business, shipping those products to New York city. He afterward became proprietor of a hotel in Barry and has since continued in this business with gratifying success. He is now proprietor of the Barry Hotel, which was recently completed and opened to the public in November, 1905. It is supplied with all modern conveniences, including telephone, furnace heat, inside closets, electric lights, hot and cold baths and sample rooms. It is by far the best hotel in Pike county and is a credit to its owner and to the city in which it is located. Mr. Conway has now had a number of years' experience in the hotel business, is thoroughly conversant with what is demanded in this direction by the traveling public, and in conducting his interests has largely followed the methods of the pioneer, who seeks out a new idea and utilizes every means at hand for the accomplishment of his purpose. It is the aim of Mr. Conway and his estimable wife to please all who patronize them, and the hotel is certainly giving uniform satisfaction.

Before leaving his native country, Mr. Conway was married in England in 1861 to Miss Mary Wilcox, by whom he had two children: Sarah, who was born in England, January 22, 1863, and is living at home; and Celia, who was born February 6, 1870, and is the wife of Abram Burton, a resident of Barry. They have four sons: Roy, born August 3, 1886; Farrell, July 22, 1888; Lawrence, September 5, 1893; and Hershal, November 22, 1901. Mrs. Conway died in December, 1870, and on the 1st of February, 1874, Mr. Conway was married in this county to Ann Henderson, who was born in Ballamoney, County Antrim, Ireland. Unto this marriage have been born three children: Edward, who was born April 28, 1876, married Maud Clingingsmith, and they reside at Barry with their son, Marion Farrell, born July 10, 1902. Mary, born July 28, 1878, died March 10, 1879. Clara, born April 8, 1881, is the wife of Thomas Berry, a resident of Barry, and they have one son, Edwin 0., born January 16, 1905.

In his political affiliation Mr. Conway is a republican, but has never sought or desired office. He and his wife are both members of the Baptist church; and he is a prominent and influential member of John McTucker post, No. 154, G. A. R., in which he has held various offices, serving as commander for one term, and as adjutant and quartermaster for a number of terms. His wife and two eldest daughters are active members of John McTucker corps, No. 91, W. R. C. Mr. Conway likewise belongs to the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and has filled all the offices in the lodge. He owns two houses and lots in Barry, which he rents; and these, in addition to his hotel property, make him one of the substantial residents of the community. Since coming to America he has made a creditable position in the business world, gaining the respect of all with whom he has come in contact.

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