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This collection contains a transcript, a reel-to-reel audiotape and an audio cassette tape of an oral interview with Roy Conrad, conducted by Jerry Handfield for the Indiana State Library in Monticello, Indiana on October 5, 1977 and December 6, 1978. Topics include: farming methods, rural society, and early family life.
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Roy Conrad was an Indiana politician, entrepreneur, and war veteran. Born in Rossville, Indiana, on March 3, 1903, Conrad was the son of Pennsylvania Dutch farmers. Both of his parents came from nearby Frankfort, Indiana. Conrad had 5 siblings, but was the only one to become involved in politics. Originally intending to attend Harvard University, he instead went to Wabash University where he met many future legislators like himself. He was first elected to the state senate in 1940, voting against the repeal of Prohibition. His time in the senate was halted by a short time in the military on a LST (landing ship tank) during WWII. He reentered the senate and stayed until 1944.
In 1944 he was the Indiana delegate to the Republican National Convention. Outside of politics, Conrad was the owner of the landmark Sportsman Inn in Monticello, Indiana. Local and national politicians would frequent the inn and bar, including many Indiana governors. He still owned the inn at the time of the interview.
“Roy Conrad.” Lawrence Kestenbaum. December 12, 2011. Accessed March 24, 2012.
“Monon of Monticello.” Accessed March 24, 2012.
0.01 Cubic Feet (1 transcript, 1 reel-to-reel audiotape, 1 audio cassette tape)