The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 676, Salem Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"WILLIAM H. CONN was born in Cass County, Indiana, July 10, 1849. His parents, JESSE and SARAH (GUNDRUM) CONN, were natives of Pennsylvania and were respectively born January 26, 1800, and March 2, 1810. The father, a farmer, came to Cass County, this state, about the year 1832; he entered land which he subsequently purchased from the Government, but soon after the birth of our subject sold and came to Winamac, this county, and started the hotel called the CONN House, and also a grocery. WILLIAM H. CONN attended school in winter and assisted his father in summer, until about sixteen; he then worked on a brother's farm for some years, and then with his brother John went to La Crosse, La Porte County and started a hotel; he next went to Xenia, Ohio, and there ran a restaurant; then returned to Winamac and farmed about a year. April 19, 1874, he married ELIZA J., daughter of JACOB and CATHERINE (HARTELROAD) GINDER, and by her became the father of three children - CECIL, born September 19, 1875, and died October, 1879; LILLIE, born February 1, 1877, and PEARLY, March 18, 1881. After his marriage, Mr. CONN again went into the restaurant business at Winamac for about two years; was then in White County for a time, and March 7, 1882, came to Francesville and rented the Commercial Hotel, which he is now successfully managing. He has been also a school teacher; was four years Township Trustee, is a member of the Royal Arcanum and is a Republican."