Transcribed from A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. [Revised ed.] Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1919, c1918. 5 v. (xlviii, 2530 p., [155] leaves of plates): ill., maps (some fold.), ports.; 27 cm.

Henry Robertson Conway

HENRY ROBERTSON CONWAY, M. D. While Bird City in Cheyenne County is one of the distressingly healthy communities found on the plains and high altitude regions in the western part of the state, the people there have thoroughly appreciated the skill and services of Dr. Henry Robertson Conway and he has made his sojourn among them both pleasant and profitable.

Doctor Conway came to Western Kansas after a thorough training and practical experience as a physician in Missouri. He was born in Missouri January 24, 1885. There are few men who can point to an older American ancestry than he. He traces his descent from John Conway of England, who on account of some religious persecutions sought refuge in Virginia in 1640, and was a planter there, establishing a long line that has continued uninterrupted to the present. John Conway grandfather of Doctor Conway, was born in Kentucky in 1826, the family having in the meantime moved across the Alleghenies from Virginia to that state. John Conway was reared and married in Kentucky, and moved to Marshall, Missouri, about 1860. He enlisted and served in the Confederate army during the Civil war. For many years he was a stockman in Saline County, Missouri, and died at Marshall, Missouri, in 1900. He married Mary Jackson, born in Virginia in 1828, and she died at Marshall, Missouri, in 1904.

John H. Conway, father of Doctor Conway, was born at Cynthiana, Kentucky, in 1848. For a number of years he was a horse and mule dealer in Saline County, Missouri, and in 1899 transferred his operations to the wholesale mule market in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1904 he established his home at Carrollton, Missouri, where he is now practically retired. He is a democrat and a very consistent member and worker in the Christian Church.

John H. Conway married Cora Robertson, who was born in Carrollton, Missouri, in 1856. Doctor Conway is the oldest of their children. Lucy married Mize Peters, a druggist at Independence, Missouri; Corinne is the wife of Hugh Clinkscales, a farmer at Carrollton, Missouri; Frank died at the age of ten years; Harriet is unmarried and living with her parents, as is also Mary, the youngest. John H. Conway by his first marriage, to Miss Shannon, had one daughter, Etta, wife of Ralston Allison, a banker at Campbell, California.

Henry Robertson Conway was educated in the public schools of Marshall, Missouri, and in 1903 graduated from the Central High School of Kansas City, Missouri. The next four years he was associated with his father in business. A professional rather than a business career appealing to him, he entered the University Medical College of Kansas City, and finished his purse and received the M. D. degree in 1912. While in university he was a member of the Phi Beta Pi college fraternity. During 1912 he was an interne in the Kansas City General Hospital, and he began practice at Norborne, Missouri. From there he came to Bird City, Kansas, in September, 1916, and has been accorded a large general and surgical practice there. He is also health officer of Bird City, and is president of the Idle Hour Club, composed of the business men of the town. Doctor Conway is a democrat, a member of the Christian Church, and is affiliated with Bird City Lodge of Odd Fellows, Carrollton Lodge No. 415 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and Norborne Lodge of Knights of Pythias, the last two being in Missouri.

September 12, 1910, at Kansas City, Doctor Conway married Miss Ethel Dudley, daughter of John and Inez (Goff) Dudley. Her parents live at Cheyenne, Wyoming, where her father is a telegrapher. Doctor and Mrs. Conway have two children: Virginia, born May 20, 1913, and John Henry, born July 12, 1915.