Born on September 5, 1848 in Fountain City, Indiana to James Henry Conner and Sarah Jane Keever Conner. Siblings included Louisa b. 1845, Theodore b. 1850, Thompson b. 1854, John Charles Fremont b. 1857 and Henrietta ‘Ettie’ b. 1858.
AC and Viola married on March 8, 1871 in Richmond, Indiana. They had five children all born in Richmond, Indiana: Jessie b. 1871, Frank b. 1874, Myrtle b. 1877, Daisy b. 1879 And Fred H. Davis Conner b. 1885.
Hoosiers Drill Company
1871 - 1887, employed by the Hoosiers Drill Company as a pattern maker
Letter of recommendation from the Superintendent of Hoosiers Drill Company:
’Mr. A.C. Conner has been employed with us as a pattern maker for the past six years, and during that time has filled the position with much credit to himself and has given us entire satisfaction in every respect. He is a first class mechanic and draughtsmen, an excellent worker, and in addition to this possesses a large stock of ingenuity and talent that is invaluable to one of his profession. We have always regarded Mr. Conner as a gentleman of ability and intelligence, and earnestly recommend him to those desiring his services, confident that he will prove trustworthy and satisfactory in every respect.’
The Ramblers Sketch Club
John Charles, known as Charles, was a painter in his own right. Together with Frank Girardin and Micajah Thomas Nordyke, the brothers founded The Rambler’s Sketch Club in 1881 in Indiana. Soon after they added John Elwood Bundy to their members. The Rambler’s Sketch Club later became The Richmond Art Association.
AC and Charles moved to Los Angeles, California in 1887.
He and his family resided at 232 South Griffin Avenue in the area now called Lincoln Heights.
The Painters Club of Los Angeles
Created on 03.17.1906 in the studio of William Swift Daniell. AC Conner was elected first President, their intended mission was ‘ to meet in the spirit of comradeship and good temper for mutual criticism and suggestion on one another’s recent work”. 11 founding members and present that evening: Anthony E. Anderson, Carl Oscar Borg, William Henry Cole, AC Conner, Frank Charles Conner, David H. Dunn, William Swift Daniell, Frank Elwin Evans, Frank Rensselear Liddell, Hanson Puthoff and George Thomas Winterburn.