Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
CONRAD ROSE, recognized as one
of the energetic, influential business men of Wenatchee, Chelan county,
is president and general manager of the Wenatchee Produce Company.
Though still a young man, his residence in the state embraces nearly a
quarter of a century, and his business acquaintance is wide.
He was born in St. Clair county, Illinois,
February 6, 1862, his father, Conrad Rose, being a native of Germany, and
at present a resident of Trenton, Missouri. Arriving in the United
States in 1860, a few months prior to the opening of the Civil War, he
settled in Illinois, where he prosecuted the business of a merchant tailor.
The mother, Elizabeth (Pike) Rose, a native of Illinois, died in 1871.
At the age of four years young Rose was taken by his parents to Iowa, and
it was in this state that he received a practical business education, ably
supplemented by subsequent experience in a general store which he entered
at the age of fourteen.
Following a residence of eight years in Missouri,
Conrad Rose came to Washington, and settled in Sprague, Lincoln county,
in 1883. He was at that time twenty years old. He was in the
service of the Northern Pacific Railway Company for two years as fireman,
and three years as engineer. In 1888 he located at Wenatchee, where
he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land, converting the same into
a most eligible and productive ranch. Four years subsequently he
sold this to the Wenatchee Development Company, and purchased forty acres
one mile southwest of Wenatchee, improving the same to a high degree of
productiveness. Mr. Rose formed a partnership in 1898 with Leroy
Wright, and the two engaged in the present business. On January 1,
1903, they formed a company under the name of the Wenatchee Produce Company,
with the following officers: Conrad Rose, president and general manager;
Leroy Wright, vice-president; C. S. Crider, secretary and treasurer.
The principal line of business is shipping fruit and various kinds of farm
produce. The company also deals in cereals, salt, seeds, bee supplies,
hay and grain.
With the steady and flattering growth of Wenatchee
Mr. Rose has been closely identified since his location in the vicinity.
On the organization of the new county he was appointed commissioner, later
elected to the same office and re-elected at the last election. He
is, also, a member of the school board. Although Mr. Rose elects
to reside on his beautiful ranch he owns considerable residence and business
property in Wenatchee. His home residence is a substantial two-story
house, surrounded by an attractive lawn, with dark green alfalfa fields
within the range of vision, and a fine orchard adding to the homelike scene.
At Sprague, Washington, our subject was married
to Elizabeth H. Milner, December 8, 1885. She was born in England,
where her father, Thomas Milner, at present resides. A half brother
of Mrs. Rose is at present in California, an engineer on the Southern Pacific
railroad. Her sister, Martha, is the wife of William Landingham,
of Wilbur, Washington. Two half sisters of Mrs. Rose are in England,
Margaret and Ellen, and three half brothers, John, Joseph and William.
To Mr. and Mrs. Rose have been born two sons, Philip, of Redlands, California,
and George, now a merchant tailor at Everett, Washington. They have
four half brothers, Edward, Ashley, Benjamin and John, merchant tailors,
Trenton, Missouri, and two half sisters, Mary, wife of Harry Jolly, and
Fanny, a school girl, now living at Trenton, Missouri.
Fraternally Mr. Rose is a member of Riverside Lodge,
No. 112, A. F. & A. M., Wenatchee Chapter, R. A. M., No. 479, B. P.
0. E., Everett, Washington, and M. W. A., Wenatchee. Politically
he is a Democrat, but not a partisan.
Mr. Rose has the following named children,
Mary, Moss, Maud, Thomas C., George, Philip, and Edward.