• Michelle Lane

Good Mourning Augusta! 10/25/19

Updated: Nov 19, 2019

"Emerson H. Conner"

(Updated 11/19/19)


It's easy to let Mr. Emerson step into the background with a wife as dynamic as Ms. Laura Conner! However, Mr. Emerson Hall Conner worked to shape the economy of Augusta just as much as Ms. Laura shaped it's minds.




Mr. Emerson Conner organized the E.H. Conner Mercantile Co., was President of the Woodruff County Bank, organized the Augusta Furniture Co., and The Cotton Seed Oil and Gin Company. With his brother he also operated a ferry that transported both livestock and people across the river.

Conner Ferry - Boyles Collection

In 1901, E.H. Conner was appointed Commissioner of Public Buildings for Woodruff County. Using land donated by The Hough Family, he proposed the plans for the Charles L. Thompson designed courthouse and jail to the County Court. The Woodruff County Courthouse was built shortly afterward. E.H. Conner also had C.W. Clark erect an iron fence around the courthouse and a clock chamber in the tower of the courthouse. The clock included a 1,000 pound, first-class bell.

In 1901, E.H. Conner was appointed Commissioner of Public Buildings for Woodruff County. Using land donated by The Hough Family, he proposed the plans for the Charles L. Thompson designed courthouse and jail to the County Court. The Woodruff County Courthouse was built shortly afterward. E.H. Conner also had C.W. Clark erect an iron fence around the courthouse and a clock chamber in the tower of the courthouse. The clock included a 1,000 pound, first-class bell.

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