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CONRAN-WHITMAN-OSER FAMILY HISTORY

Links to information and commentary about the family of John Henry Conran (1872-1955), Bertha Lee Whitman (1878-1915), and Lena Oser (1882-1956).


Kenneth Westhues, Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo
May 2021

 
 
 





Left: John Conran about 1890, age 18. Right: Bertha Whitman Conran about 1904, age 28. No wedding photo survives of this couple, who married in 1900, and had three children: Mary Olive, John Douglas, and Francis Lee.

 
 
 





 

 

Right: John Conran and Lena Oser Conran in
the home of Olive and John Westhues on
Christmas Day, 1951. John married Lena in 1921,
six years after Bertha's death.

THE ESSENTIAL STORY AND FAMILY TREES

Loving, being loved, and living well in poverty — detailed, amply illustrated memoir of grandparents John Conran and Lena Oser Conran

John H. Conran's family of origin — online, July 2021

Bertha Whitman's family of origin — in preparation, summer 2021

Lena Oser Conran's Family of Origin — online, June 2021

Basic biodata as of 1993, family of John and Lena Oser Conran

BOOK AND ESSAYS BY AND ABOUT DESCENDANTS OF JOHN AND BERTHA CONRAN

Bertha Whitman's Essay on Girls' Rights, 1892

John and Olive Westhues — basic biodata as of 1993, family of John H. Conran's eldest child, Olive Conran Westhues (1902-2003)

Prairie Fire: Autobiography of Olive Conran Westhues, 1992 — description of book and excerpt from it

Prairie Fire, 2017 — 40-minute biopic by Kevin Westhues, marking the 25th anniversary of the publication of Olive Conran Westhues's autobiography

Obituary of James Conran (1830-1921) — in preparation, May 2021

Uncle Jim Conran's Legacy to Me — essay about James F. Conran (1871-1946), lawyer in St. Louis, brother of John H. Conran

Jim Westhues's Reminiscences, "How my old red hen with scaly legs helped Dad catch a thief" — James F. Westhues (1924-2018) was a grandson of John H. Conran

The Highwayman — a brother's memoir, 2020, of Eugene J. Westhues (1926-2020), grandson of John H. Conran

Father Drimped, Cousin-in-law — memoir of Rev. William J. Drimped (1900-1961), pastor of St. Mary's Parish, Glasgow MO, brother-in-law of Mary Conran Drimped, John H. Conran's niece.

Boone's Lick Literature — history of the town and region in Missouri where John Conran settled on his return from Colorado in 1918, where he married Lena Oser in 1921, and where they lived for the rest of their lives.