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Charles Monroe Condon
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Birth: Jun. 24, 1843
Schenectady County
New York, USA
Death: Nov. 28, 1915
Labette County
Kansas, USA

Veteran: Civil War (USA)

h/o Mary Elizabeth Beckel.

Birth: 2nd of four known children to father's 1st wife in Schenectady county, New York.

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His family reportedly removed (1st to Illinois (?) then to Iowa where he joined the army, married in Arkansas then to Kansas where he died.

Charles, arrived in Oswego, Labette county, Kansas from Fort Smith, Sebastian county, Arkansas around 1868 to become historically, one of Kansas' most successful men for many generations, ~ ~ a town once known as, "White Hair's Village" (early Osage Indian Chief) on the Neosho River, later "Little Town" in 1862 organized as "Oswego Town Company", with its first Court House built 1868, enlarged 1870, then in 1871, with a population of about 3,100, was established a second class City of Oswego. He became mayor for years 1876 through 1887. During his life he was involved in mercantile, banking, coal mining (Oswego Coal Company), railways (1879 the St Louis, Wichita and Western Comany, later, the Frisco, was a part of the company in 1882 that built Atlantic and Pacific Railroad later Frisco railroad ended at Arkansas river, where fellow Oswegoan, J M Hall, established what became TULSA, Tulsa county, Oklahoma ~ ~ and other enterprises, including in 1880, president of the The Pittsburg Town Land Company who puchased what was developed & created in 1876 as Pittsbugh, Crawford county, Kansas. Banking interests, he started his banking career with Byron F Hobart in 1876, whom he bought out in 1880, later having owned one of the two banks in Coffeyville, Montgomery county, Kansas which on 5 October 1892 the Dalton Gang tried to rob: The Dalton Gang, notorious for its train robberies, was practically wiped out while attempting to rob a pair of banks in Coffeyville, Kansas. They were trying to rob the Condon National Bank and the First National Bank simultaneously in their hometown. They were recognized by home town citizens who sounded the alarm and then armed themselves. A fierce gun battle ensued in which four citizens and four members of the Dalton Gang lost their lives.(AP, 10/5/97) (The story)

His Oswego Condon House (boarding house) was managed for many years by an early area pioneer, my g,grandfather John Andrew Flora, whose noteworthy daughter, a friend of his first born, Emma Geneva Condon who married Albert A Ramsay, married an ex-boarder, Carl Raymond Gray of Frisco RR in 1886, with our nation benefiting greatly from his fifty-six plus year railroad career.

Census: 1880, age 36, Oswego, Labette county, Kansas with wife, her brother & younger sister and five children, living on Michigan street, a banker.

Census: 1900, age 56 Oswego, Labette county, Kansas with wife, her sister & two kids, a banker.

Census: 1910, age 66 Oswego, Labette county, Kansas with wife & her sister, on Michigan street, a banker.

Death: at home, following brief illness, in Oswego, Labette county, Kansas. (Mausoleum contains: Charles M and wife Mary Elizabeth Condon, son Wayne and wife Ida Condon and son Percy Condon)

Father: James Condon b: Ireland.
Mother: Mary McCarthy b: Ireland.

Marriage: Mary Elizabeth Beckel b: 18 AUG 1847 Fort Smith, Sebastian county, Arkansas.
Married: 31 OCT 1867 Fort Smith, Sebastian county, Arkansas.

Known Children

Emma/Erma Geneva Condon b: 23 APR 1870 Oswego, Labette county. Kansas.

Estella Condon b: about 1873 Oswego, Labette county. Kansas.

Wilber Holstead Condon b: 1 MAY 1874 Oswego, Labette county. Kansas.

Wayne McVeigh Condon b: 18 MAY 1877 Oswego, Labette county. Kansas.

Percy Lee Condon b: about 1879 Oswego, Labette county. Kansas.

Corinne Condon b: 22 SEP 1882 Oswego, Labette county. Kansas.

Clifford Sturat Condon b: 28 SEP 1889 Oswego, Labette county. Kansas.

NOTE: Most fantasy biographies of the period were a fabrication of facts, ~ UNFORTUNATELY ~, laced with undocumented, mostly incorrect facts, ~ these two are no exceptions.


Charles M. Condon. Among the ablest and best known bankers and financiers of Kansas is Charles M. Condon, of the C. M. Condon & Company State Bank of Oswego. Mr. Condon came to Kansas in 1868, in March of which year he located in Oswego, Labette county, where he has since resided. There he began his business career as a merchant and up to this date he has maintained a mercantile business in Oswego. He has been identified with the banking business since 1876. Mr. Condon was born in the State of New York, near Schenectady, June 24, 1843. His parents were James and Mary (McCarty) Condon, both of whom were born in Ireland, where they were reared and married. As a young couple they came to America to establish for themselves a new home in that land of promise and opportunity. They settled in Schenectady county, New York, where the father engaged in farming until the lad, Charles, was twelve years old, or in 1855, when they removed westward to Iowa and settled on a farm about sixteen miles from the city of Des Moines. There they spent the remainder of their days, the mother's death having occurred soon after the family's removal to Iowa. The father lived many years afterward and died in advanced years. He was twice married. By his first marriage there were three sons and one daughter, of whom Mr. Condon, of this review, was second eldest. By the second marriage there was one daughter.

Mr. Condon was reared on the farm and obtained a common school education, which was supplemented by a course in a Des Moines, Iowa, business college. In March, 1862, he enlisted as a private in Company I, Eighteenth Iowa infantry, and served in the Civil war until its close, being mustered out of the service in August, 1865, a second lieutenant. For the first two years after the close of the war Mr. Condon farmed in Iowa. During the Civil war Mr. Condon's command was, for a year or more, stationed at Fort Smith, Ark. During that time he formed an acquaintance with Miss Mary L. Beckel, of Fort Smith, to whom he was married Oct. 31, 1867. In the following spring, or in March, 1868, he located in Oswego, Kan., being attracted there by former army comrades who had settled there. On locating in Oswego Mr. Condon opened a general store on limited capital and was attended by success, as he has been in all of his subsequent business undertakings. In 1876 he and B. F. Hobart established a private bank in Oswego under the firm name of Hobart & Condon. In 1880 Mr. Condon purchased Mr. Hobart's interest and continued the business until the C. M. Condon & Company State Bank was organized with Mr. Condon as president. At the head of this institution he has remained, the bank now ranking among the leading state banks of Kansas. Mr. Condon is also interested in five other banks, being president of the Condon National Bank at Coffeyville, Kan.; of the Neodesha (Kan.) National Bank; of the Mound Valley State Bank, at Mound Valley, Kan.; vice-president of the National Bank of Commerce at Pittsburg, Kan.; and a director of the Blue Jacket State Bank at Blue Jacket, Okla., of which bank a W. H. Condon, is president.

While Mr. Condon has always been a Republican in politics he has never sought official preferment. He has amassed a fortune by reason of sapient business ability. He has contributed much toward the building of Oswego, and to public weal he has been a generous contributor. His name is a synonym of success, honor and integrity wherever he is known. He is one of the best and most favorably known citizens of Labette county, and also in Kansas, especially among men of business affairs. Mr. and Mrs. Condon are the parents of six children: Geneva, the wife of A. A. Ramsey, of Coffeyville, Kan.; Estella, the deceased wife of A. E. Maxwell, president of the National Bank of Commerce, Pittsburg, Kan.; Wilbur H., cashier of the C. M. Condon & Company State Bank, of Oswego, and president of the Blue Jacket (Okla.) State Bank; Wayne M., a dry goods merchant in Oklahoma; Corinne, wife of Frank McRay, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Clifford S., a dry goods merchant at Carthage, Mo.

SOURCE of above material:
Pages 939-940 from volume III, part 2 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Publishing Company, Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
Also view: History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, edited. & composed. by Hon. Nelson Case. Published by Biographical Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois. 1901.

Prepared in part by Bill Boggess.


Charles M. Condon (First_Last)
Regiment Name 18 Iowa Infantry.
Side Union
Company F&S
Soldier's Rank_In 4 Sgt.
Soldier's Rank_Out 2 Lt.
Alternate Name
Film Number M541 roll 5

18th Regiment, Iowa Infantry

Organized at Clinton and mustered in August 6, 1862. Moved to Sedalia, Mo., August 11. Attached to District of Southwest Missouri, Dept. of Missouri, to October, 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Army of the Frontier, Dept. of Missouri, to June, 1863. District of Southwest Missouri, Dept. of Missouri, to October, 1863. District of the Frontier, Dept. of Missouri, to December, 1863. 2nd Brigade, District of the Frontier, Dept. of Missouri, to January, 1864. 2nd Brigade, District of the Frontier, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Arkansas, to March, 1864. 1st Brigade, District of the Frontier, 7th Corps, to January, 1865. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 7th Corps, to July, 1865.
Family links: 
  Mary Elizabeth Beckel Condon (1847 - 1935)*
  Emma Geneva Condon Ramsay (1870 - 1951)*
  Wilbur Holstead Condon (1874 - ____)*
  Wayne McVeigh Condon (1877 - 1954)*
  Percy Lee Condon (1879 - 1881)*
  Corinne Condon MacKay (1882 - ____)*
  Clifford Stuart Condon (1889 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
Oswego Cemetery
Labette County
Kansas, USA
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Record added: Mar 20, 2009
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Charles Monroe Condon
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