Date of Death: 21 Sep 1872
Subject: Robert Conover
Source: Andrew County Republican, 27 Sep 1872, p. 3
Colonel Robert Conover, Sheriff of Andrew county, died of consumption at his residence in this city, last Saturday evening, September 21, 1872. His remains were interred in the cemetery near the city on Sunday afternoon, under the auspices of the Masonic Fraternity, of which he was a member, and were followed to the grave by a large concourse of his neighbors and friends. The deceased was born at Shelbyville, Indiana, on the 14th of May, 1839, and was therefore several months over thirty-three years of age. Mr. Conover served in the Union army throughout the late war, entering as private early in 1861, rapidly rising to Lieutenant and Adjutant, then Major, Lieutenant Colonel, and at the time the regiment (the Sixteenth Indiana Infantry) was mustered out, in August, 1865, he held the commission of Colonel of his regiment. In the fall of 1865 Colonel Conover took up his residence in this city, where he engaged in the clothing and real estate business. Before leaving Indiana, however, he married Miss Laura Sprage, of that State, who died the next year and her remains taken back to Indiana for interment. On the 8th of February, 1871, Colonel Conover was married to Mrs. Emma Terrell, of Andrew county, by whom he had one child, and who are both left to mourn his loss. The deceased was elected Sheriff in 1870, which position he has filled with generation acceptation up to the day of his death. We were not intimately acquainted with the Colonel, but we are informed that he was very highly respected and honored by a large circle of personal friends throughout the county.