This chapter provides a brief biography of Sarah Pike Conger. Sarah was born on July 24, 1843 in the pre-Civil War American Midwest, amid the grass roots simplicity and devout Christian faith of Ohio and Illinois farming communities. Sarah entered Lombard College just before the start of the Civil War. The education she received at this Universalist coeducational institution, which had served as a venue for one of the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates in 1858, was the catalyst for everything that Sarah later believed or became. It was also in Lombard College where Sarah met Edwin Hurd Conger, who later became her husband. What brought them together, besides their shared faith, is easy to guess: their similar natures, in which strong feelings ran deep beneath a calm surface, and in which was also a boundless enthusiasm coupled with a sensible practicality and love of the outdoors derived from their rural upbringing. On June 21, 1866, following Edwin's graduation, the couple married, and they settled in Galesburg, Illinois.
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