George C Contant was born 10 Apr 1864 in Mankato, MN to Jacob Contant (1830-1867) and Anna Maria Bohn (1835-1929).
Him and his brother John sometimes used their stepfather's last name. He was Mathias Jacob veteran of the Union Army during the American Civil War . Their mother married him after their father's death in 6 July 1867 in MN.
George Contant however kept the original name though the two were usually called The Sontag Brothers. The two were frequent partners in crime. After he stole cigars from an employer, George Contant was sent to reform school in St. Paul, Minnesota. After a subsequent conviction for theft, Contant was imprisoned at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln.
There was a prison break
Here are some newspaper articles about their prison break and capture, just click on the links to read them.
Below is a photo of John Sontag wounded at Battle of Stone Corral 1893
There is a marriage record of George Contant married to Therese Landgraff (1865-1898) on October 11, 1887 in La Crosse, Wisconsin; they had at least one child George Contant (1887-1896).
Prison Lincoln, Antelope, Nebraska
For embezzling money from his employer he was arrested again and sent to the Nebraska State Prison. He was released in 1887.