Conrad Harvey: Traveler Extraordinaire
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 10:00 PM
Although Conrad Harvey was born and raised in Evansville, he feels like he's a native Crawfordsvillian. Most who know him assume he was raised here; I know I did.
Actually, Conrad and wife Judy chose our fair city. After meeting each other in San Francisco (when Conrad was a U.S. Navy officer/lawyer, and Judy was a Michigan-born legal secretary working in California) they married, then decided to come back to Indiana to a quaint place to raise a family.
Conrad and Judy literally drove around Indiana, searching for a perfect spot to settle down. It was in 1963 that they found C'ville and Conrad opened his office.
Then, in 1971, he partnered-up with Beecher Young and Terry Harris. The firm has represented municipalities in the area, doing a great deal of estate planning, real estate and construction liability suits.
However, working hard is only a small part of Conrad Harvey. Conrad is involved in numerous local activities. I've known him for several years when we worked together in the Montgomery County Historical Society where Conrad served three times as president and five times as treasurer. His civic service contributions include: Kiwanis, Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Youth Services Bureau, M.U.F,F.Y., Citizens for Preservation of Crawfordsville, Ouitenon Club, Military Order of the Loyal Legion, and the Civil War Round Table. Plus, he has done a great deal of volunteer legal service.
Two of his impressive historical feats were to help restore the beautiful Old Normal Hall in Ladoga and to get Elston Grove (Lane Place area) on the National Register of Historic Places. Of course, he is also a member of several professional organizations. One of Conrad's most emotional trials was when he prosecuted William Gaddis, who shot and killed Russ Baldwin, a Crawfordsville police lieutenant.
On a more personal note, in 1955, Conrad rode to Alaska and went into the Yukon, which was the farthest North anyone could go at the time. Two years ago, he rode his motorcycle (one of his favorite things to do) up to the Arctic Ocean, which is now as far North as you can go.
He noted that in 1955, Anchorage was mostly pawn shops and saloons. Of course, when he rode up more recently he viewed Anchorage as a big, booming city.
I find Conrad's 1931 Ford Model A fascinating. His uncle gave it to him and Conrad restored it; the beautiful car has won awards.
Overall, Conrad is semi-retired but still spends time in the office. One of the nice things about living in C'ville has been that he can walk to work.
Conrad and Judy raised two sons who still live nearby with their families. Conrad's grandson is the apple of his eye. Exciting in this day and age of divorces, the Harveys recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Conrad particularly enjoys spending time with the family, filmmaking, sailing, woodworking (he has made boxes, furniture and even a guitar) and of course cycling.
Conrad is one of the most interesting people I know and I was happy that he consented to be this week's subject for "Around the County!"
Karen Zach's column, Around The County, appears each Thursday in The Paper of Montgomery County.