John Conrad, chief of police, Alameda, California, was born in New York city fifty years ago, the date of his birth being July 18, 1854.

Mr. Conrad's parents, Louis and Phillipina (Bubble) Conrad, were natives respectively of New York state and Germany. They had two children, John and Mary. The latter is now Mrs. Quast, of Alameda, California. The father, an architect by profession, died when his son John was four years old.

John Conrad was educated in the common and high schools of his native city. He remained in New York until he reached his majority, when, in 1875, he came to California and located in Alameda, where he has since resided. Before leaving New York he served an apprenticeship to the trade of ship joiner, and after coming to California he worked at the carpenter's trade for several years, up to 1886, when, on May 21, he was appointed a patrolman on the city police force. April 12, 1894, he was appointed sergeant, and filled that position up to January, 1899, when he received the appointment of chief of police to fill an unexpired term, and in April of the same year he was elected to the office. He was re-elected in 1901 and again in 1903, and is now serving his fifth year as the incumbent of this office.

Mr. Conrad married, in 1878, Miss Frances Elizabeth Roberts, a native of New York city and a daughter of Samuel H. Roberts of that place. They have three children, Ada Emma, George Edgar and Harriet Ida. Mr. Conrad is a member of the F. and A. M., W. of W. and the I. O. R. M. Politically is is a Republican.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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