iLUNOIS HISTORICAL SURVEY
No undertaking such as the writing of the Centennial History of Cornell could be accomplish-
ed single handed. Many, many willing Cornell peoi)le have had a part in writing our book. It
would be impossible to list them all, but we do thank you for your ready assistance. It may be
inaccurate in some spots, but the facts are printed as we read them in histories, old newspapers
and as friends gave them to us. Timo and sjjace will not allow us to tell you more.
Cover Design: Drawn by Lloyd Miner, Senior Citizen of
Cornell. Because of importance of the railroad in the
history of Cornell it was most appropriate the cover de-
sign be a drawing of the old depot.
We dedicate this book to our pioneer fathers and mothers who braved the hardships of an
open prairie and paved the way for an easier life for generations who follow them.
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
Errors of omission, and in spelling, and oversights will be recognized and acknowledged
in the Bi-Centennial program to be published in 2073. If you take exception to anything here
l)rinted or omitted, please make a note of it and contact the committee at that time.
A little village in the heart of Illinois
Not famous for anything
Struggling on for a hundred years
Struggling to keep its place in the sun
And it won
A hundred years
Of sunshine and rain
Cold and heat
Birth and death
A little place
There were many hardships in its struggle to survive
The settlers worked together
Formed a lasting friendship
Built the churches, schools and homes
And the village grew
It sent its sons to many wars in a century
But all were honored.
Dozing peacefully, like Rip Van Winkle
Never fully awakened by the giant Progress
And yet not really affected by change
Though there were many changes in this Hundred
Buggies, to cars, to planes
Candles to electricity
And trips to the moon
But this little \allage in the heart of Illinois
Still holds its place in the sun.
Eola Beekwith Mills
CORNELL WATER TOWER
C-R TELEPHONE CO. AND POSTOFFICE
CORNELL GRADE SCHOOL
CORNELL HIGH SCHOOL
OUR OVEE NINETY CITIZENS
Mr. John Carlson — 99
Mrs. Emma Bennett — 90
Mrs. Minnie Santelman— 91
OUR OVER NINETY CITIZENS
(Our Oldest Citizen)
IVIr. John Carlson, 99 years young, lives three miles
south and two miles west of Cornell, on the Amity Town-
ship line. He is our oldest citizen and lives on his same
160 acre farm with his daughter and husband, Mr. and
Mrs. Edward Cox.
Born in Sweden in 1874, Mr. Carlson left his home-
land at the age of 19, to come to the USA. He arrived in
Graymont, 111. in 1893, at the home of his brother, Frank,
uho \*.ns already settled here. He hired out as a farm
hand for 50 cents a day and started farming on his own
in Rooks Creek Township in 1899.
l\Ir. Carlson became a naturalized citizen in September
1898 and cast his first vote for President William Mc-
Kinley. He married Clara Ryerson in 1901 and very
soon started farming in Amity Township, where he still
resides. They were parents of Oilman, now of Rochester,
Indiana; Maurme, with whom he now lives; and Evelyn of
Highland Park, 111. He has six grandchildren and ten
great-gi^andchildren. Mrs. Carlson died in 1936.
Mr. Carlson is a member of the i'lrst Lutheran Church
of Pontiac and the Livingston County Farm Bureau. He
retired from active farming in 1943.
Mr. Carlson's favorite pastimes are reading, and watch-
lOur Oldest "Cornell" Citizen)
NINETY-SIX years have hardly slowed our own jovial
Mrs. Emma Bennett too much! ! ! Warm weather always
brought out the fishing pole, bait and Mrs. Bennett, when
she could so often be seen headed southwest towards the
river or else puttering in her garden and flowers, which
she loves so dearly.
Mrs. Bennett was born January 7, 1877 in Polia, Indi-
ana, coming to Illinois in 1900. She married Dove Ben-
nett in 1901, making their home in Dana, where they op-
erated a restaurant for seven years. They farmed in the
Dana, Long Point, Blackstone and Cornell areas until
1931, when they moved into their present home. Dennis
ideceased), Dessa, Gilbert, Viola, Blanche (deceased),
Geneva, and Ruby (deceased) were their children.
Dessa married Francis Jamison and are parents of
Francis, Jr., Darlene and Nancy, now living in Streator.
Gilbert married Alice Taylor of Long Point, parents of
Kenneth and Karen, now resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Viola, now of Burbank, California, married Clyde Hahn
and have James, Don and Helen. Geneva married Paul
Scrogham of Streator. Ruby married Don Skaggs of
Streator and they have a daughter, Carolyn. There are 24
great-grandchildren. Mr. Bennett is deceased.
Mrs. Bennett stays very active, living alone, does her
own house work, still has her own garden and flowers in
summer and sews as her hobby. She knits and has pieced
14 quilts the past year as gifts for her great granddaugh-
ters. She goes to Bingo once a week and stays interested
in visiting with everyone. Last year she received 96
birthday cards for her 95th year, wliich pleased her so
much. She attributes her happy long life to her early
Chi-istian training and her many helpful friends and
neighbors. She is truly one of the friendliest, "great"
ladies of "our town".
Minnie (Beckman) Santelman
Minnie (Beckman) Santelman was born to Mary and
John Beckman December 2, 1881, in Germany. She cauic
to America wilh lier parents at the age of eleven months.
They first came to Chicago; then they came to Black-
stone, where her father farmed until moving lo Steen,
She came back to Illinois on a visit, end met Edward
Santelman, son of Sophia and Henry Santelman. He was
born in LaSalle County May 21, 1879. They were married
February 6, 1902, in Steen, Minnesota. Mr. Santelman
passed away December 20, 1960.
To this union, one daughter, Lula May, was born. She
married Reno Barton November 27, 1924. He passed
away April 24, 1972.
Lula and Reno Barton had two sons, Kenneth and
William. Kenneth married Helen Janssen, and they have
two children, Richard and Judy. Ken is chairman of the
Division of Technology at Rock Valley College at Rock-
William Barton married Barbara Smith, and they have
five children, Brian, Beth, Brad, Blair and Brett. Wil-
lim has purchased the family farm from his grand-
mother, so the farm is now in the third generation.
At the age of 91, Mrs. Santelman still keeps busy with
housework, crocheting, and sewing. She goes to church
and Sunday School every Sunday. Her philosophy is,
"That I may live each day with quiet courage and find
daily joy in serving my master".
Amity Township History
Mr. aiul Mrs. liarrisou I'arroll livinfi: in stone Iiou.^l' or "Castle" in 1890.
])a rents of Carroll Springer now of Cornell.
They were the grand-
Amity or Buckley Township is one of the thirty-six
townships of Livingston County. It means friendship or
good will and this was well selected trait of the Buckleys
who settled in Livingston County.
Amity is township 29 N and Range 4-E in the county.
This township was perhaps the most generally set-
tled by the date 1843 of any in the county. It had within
its limits around 200 persons in about forty families.
Unlike many neighborhoods, whoever came usually re-
mained. This society was better than that found in
most frontier places, and the interest manifested in
Educational enterprises was praiseworthy.
The township of Amity was one of the first twenty
organized in the County in 1858. Electors assembled on
the sixth day of April in 1858 and proceeded to organize
by the election of Liberty Louderback as moderator and
Walter Cornell, Clerk pro tem. Reason McDouglass was
elected Supervisor; Charles Hallam, Clerk; James Brad-
ley and Liberty Louderback, Justice of Peace; Walter
Cornell, Assessor; Moses Allen, James Gourley and E. W.
Breckenridge, Commissioners of Highways.
On the question of keeping up stock, the vote stood
singularly unaminously for allowing stock to run at large.
Doubtless this can be explained by the fact that Amity,
being one of the most heavily timbered townships in the
county and the farms being already fenced by this time,
the owners preferred the free use of the vacant prairie
lands for pasture, rather than the trouble of herding their
Amity Township is one of the best watered and was
one of the best timbered townships in Livingston County.
To the early settlers there were three special attrac-
tions in this new County — wood, water, and stone and
a bountiful supply of game. These were all found in
the vicinity of Amity Township.
The Vermillion River passes almost directly through
the center of the township from the southeast to the
northwest. Rooks Creek comes in from the south and
forms a junction with the Vermillion near the center of
the township. Scattering Point and Short Point Creeks
flow from the south, and empty into the Vermillion, near
the northwest corner of the township. Mud Creek flows
through the northeastern part of the township, and
empties into the Vermillion in Newtown Township. There
are several other smaller tributaries which furnish water
to almost every section of land in the township.
Each of these creeks was fringed with a belt of timber,
varying in width from a quarter to one and a half miles
in width, so that originally, fully one half of the township
was well timbered.
Coal, doubtless underlies the entire township. Shafts
were sunlt north and west of Cornell a good many years
ago, and a good quality of coal was found. Some open pit
mining was also done. The results can be seen today by
the small piles of shale.
In 1839 Walter Cornell, from Rhode Island, located in
the county. He was an engineer, treasurer, collector and
a school commissioner. For eleven years he was town-
ship supervisor. The town of Cornell was laid out by
him in 1871, and he was the first Postmaster, and later
Amos Edwards held that position, and he also taught
school for fifty cents a day.
Moses and Hiram Allen settled in the township as early
as the spring of 1837. They farmed and Moses was
Supervisor for five terms.
Philip Nigh set foot on Amity soil in 1840. Nigh Chapel
and a cemetery are located near the old homestead, and
are named for him. He was Postmaster at Rooks Creek
for a number of years. He and his wife were prominent
Methodists in that community.
Charles Earp came from England in early childhood to
this area with his parents, and James Bradley came with
his family in the mid 1800's. They came from Navoo,
and he later served as a county court justice.
John Mitchell was the first Norwegian to settle in the
township. His neighbors called him the Norwegian King,
because he owned around 1,000 acres of land, and was
such a generous man to his neighbors.
Nathan Springer was also an early settler. Thomas
Gregory, a minister, and his wife came here in the late
Three Ohioans, Thomas N. Reynolds, Samuel K. Rey-
nolds, and Elmer Breckenridge were the first to make
permanent settlement in Amity Township. The wife of
one of the Reynolds died and her coffin was made from a
walnut log cut from the timber. There were other Rey-
nolds that came from Ohio. One Cornelius W. Reynolds,
was a physician; Joseph Reynolds, sheriff and tax col-
lector; John Reynolds, built the first grist mill, and was
justice of peace. He married the first couple in the town-
ship, Isaac Painter and Nancy Springer. Thomas Prindle,
another man from Ohio, was the first blacksmith.
m the mid 1800's Henry Morris, Thomas Arman and
William Reynolds arrived from Indiana. Henry Morris
preached in the cabins of the neighborhood each Sunday.
Samuel Boyer arrived from Pennsylvania by the way of
Ohio, Mississippi and Illinois Rivers to take over when
Morris died. Then the settlement was increased by the
arrival of Thomas Louderback and Uriah Springer and
their families. They located on what is now known as
Scattering Point and South Point. Levi Louderback, a
son, resided in the township for 71 years and until his
Uriah Springer, Albert Moore, William Popejoy and
Morris served as county commissioners. They were pre-
sented a bill from Henry Weed for $4.12Vi cents (who
was circuit clerk) for paper, sand and ink. They failed
to mention what the sand was used for.
Calvin Blue came to Amity Township in 1848. He
served in the Civil War under General Thomas. John
Lucus came here in 1856 and located near what Is now
known as Cornell. Others that located here were Wil-
liam P. Davis, Morris Foley, James H. Hayes, William
McVay and Presley Lucus. A little later Reuben Long
and Eben Perry were among the early settlers of Amity
The first schoolhouse was erected in 1840 on section 16.
The logs for the building were cut and hewn from the
timber by the early settlers and the building put to-
gether on the mutual assistance plan. The first teacher
in this "Academy" was Miss Elizabeth Miller.
It was a subscription school of three months and the
tuition was $1.50 per term. The three R's were taught
and the teacher's salary was $2.00 per week. She was re-
quired to make goose quill pens and ink from berries
for her scholars.
In 1836 Henry Morris erected the first cabin in the
township. It was located on a wooded point, located
four and a half miles southwest of Cornell. Later this
cabin was torn down and the logs were sawed inio
shorter lengths and used in building a smaller cabin.
This was located a few rods to the east of the original
one. This cabin a years later was replaced by another
cabin and it may be seen in this location today.
The census report accounted for one thousand two
hundred and fifty two people in the township for the
year of eighteen hundred and ninety. Of this number
four hundred and thirty were living in Cornell.
Amity is bordered by Newtown Township on the north,
Esmen on the east, Rooks Creek on the south and Long
Point on the west.
Today most of the township is farmland. Some of the
implements of agriculture, used m the early time were
very primitive. At first, it was not supposed that the vast
prairies to the east and west would ever be cultivated.
The little bar-share plow, with the wooden mold-board,
in common use in the Eatsern States, was thought to be
incapable of turning over the prairie sod that was matted
with grass roots and was as hard as almost any hickory
withes. Soon the inventive genius of the Yankee sup-
plied an article, though somewhat rude and unwieldly,
with which most of the plains have been brought into
cultivation. The original "sod-plow" is seen no more,
as it has long since outlived its usefulness. The
most modern machinery can be seen in the township to-
day, and farming is a most profitable occupation. Modern
fertilizers and scientific farming have resulted in enor-
mous yield increases the last few years.
The year of eighteen hundred seventy one was an
eventful one for this part of the county as it saw the
completion of a railroad through this section and a trad-
ing post located in the midst of the township which, with-
in a few years grew in size and influence beyond the ex-
pectations of its enthusiastic friends. Of all the nine
stations located on this railroad, in the township, Cor-
nell is the only village remaining today.
In the early thirties an all weather hard road was
completed, and it crossed the township from west to
east. Today surveying is being done preparatory to
widening, resurfacing and some relocations of this route.
As of today our railroad is used sparingly and will run
only upon request.
The friendly Kickapoo Indians roamed the land around
Cornell and Amity Township and the Chenoa area.
They came to this territoi-y from the south and east part
of America. They were typical American Indians, with a
copper complexion and long black hair. This is evidenced
by artifacts of various kinds found here today, including
some pottery and Indian axes and arrow heads. They
hunted, fished and farmed along the river bottoms. The
clear sparkling streams abounded with many types of
fish which they caught for food. The prairie abounded
with game, including the bison, so the men and boys did
a lot of hunting. The bison were exterminated with the
advent of the white man, and firearms. Beans, corn, po-
tatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, tomatoes and squash
were the farm products.
A dinner with these Indians might consist of venison,
coon, oppossum, turtle, fish, corn coked on the cob, beans,
potatoes. These were generally all cooked or boiled to-
gether. These Indians numbering around 650 souls,
remained in Amity until around the eighteen forties.
These Indians were Christianized and established mis-
sions all along their trails. They were removed by the
government to lands to the west of St. Louis. They
finally stopped to camp on government land in Kansas.
The Kickapoo Indians were friendly with the Pottawot-
tamies who had their headquarters around LeRoy. Some-
times they would hunt and fish together. In 1828 head-
quarters for the Kickapoos was near Indian Grove, in
We must not fail to mention another old land mark
found in Amity Township and that was an old stone
house called the "Castle". It stood along the Vermillion
River in the north edge of section 5. Pictures show that
this stone house in its original form was made entirely
of stone. It was called the "Castle" because of its re-
semblance to ruined castles in foreign countries. Thomas
Campbell, the builder, came here in 1826 from LaSalle
County. He spent several years as a squatter enjoying
living in his hut, fishing and hunting before he built his
"Castle". This Castle was built of stone quarried along
the Vermillion River. This cabin stood a little east of
the old mini Trail. Today it is known as the Kickapoo
and Pottawottamie trail. This trail later became known as
the old State Road. It followed along the Vermillion
River through the county and Amity Township. It join-
ed Dixon, 111., and Danville, 111. The exact date of the
erection of this "Castle" is unknown. A nine room two-
story log cabin also built along side this stone structure
and served to accommodate travelers. It was built by
Joseph Reynolds. The Federal Road ran within ten feet
from the door of these structures. Many early settlers
used this route coming to this new country and eamped
along the road in Amity Township.
Today Amity Township is a modern community of
many religions and people. There are several modern
camp grounds along the streams and along the Vermil-
lion River Valley. It has good productive farm land,
along with several modern churches, a modern grade
school and a fine high school.
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford St. John
JESSIE CORNELL, HIS DAUGHTER
Born in Newport, Rhode Island in 1811. Born of Quaker parents. In 1838 he came west by way of the Lakes land-
ing at Chicago. He was an engineer on the Illinois and Michigan Canal. He worked a year and embarked in an
agricultural life, having purchased a quarter section of land in section 2, Amity Township, where he lived the remainder
of his life, devoted to farming and stock raising. He established the first Sunday School in Livingston County.
Nine children were born of his second marriage. Eight died in infancy. One remaining being Jessie. She died in 1936.
They made their home on the old homestead, north end of Cornell. The residence was a frame structure containing
nine rooms, built about 1854. The house was last tenanted by Mrs. Betty Erschen and has since been burned. Mr. Cor-
nell died May 5. 1889.
The Village of Cornell is located in Amity township,
Livingston County, Illinois. The VermUlion River flows
in a northerly direction about two mUes west of the
center of the village. At the time Cornell was founded
and named by Walter B. Cornell on June 15, 1871, there
was a population of 600. Walter Cornell plotted the
Village north of the present site, from the southwest
quarter of Section 11. Walter Cornell laid out the plot
and named it Cornell. Two days later, on June 17, Wil-
lard D. Blake laid out from Section 14 the town named
The supremancy strife was carried on several years ago.
The first RaUroad was known as the Chicago and Pa-
ducah, and later known as the Wabash. A branch
Railroad running from Streator to Forrest is why Cornell
was moved to the present site.
There are two lovely parks. One known as the "North
Park", which was improved several years ago, and was
the original site of the village. The "South Park" is in
Blake's addition. The village was incorporated July 18,
The question of licensed saloons was the thing of con-
tention that is remembered by several older members.
It was brought up at election tune and if temperance won
out, the Methodist Chtirch bell would ring loud and long.
First Mayor of Cornell was Walter Cornell. The first
board of trustees were Henry Cornell, Joseph Rucker,
George Bradley, John Withrow, James Bond, and Jason
Curtiss. In the early days of electricity, the plant was
operated individauUy by Milford Rhodes, in 1903. There
were ten arc lights and two-hundred-fifty incandescents.
There were a few cement and brick sidewalks, and ten
miles of board and cinder walks. Most homes had
hitching posts. None of the streets were graveled and
became very muddy in wet weather. Along the street
near the hitching posts it was almost impossible to walk
and keep from being spattered with mud from the horses
stomping off the fUes. At present most of the streets
are gravel, blacktop, or cement slabs.
In the early days of the village there were four church-
es, all of frame construction. They were the United
Methodist Church, the Baptist Church, St. Joseph's Catho-
lic Church and Dunkard. All churches have been re-
modeled at the present time.
Several Fraternal organizations existed. The Cornell
lodge "A.F. and A.M." instituted in December 1877. The
charter being granted to John P. Guernsey, a druggist; H.
M. Cornell, H. Bower, Philip Arman, I. P. Santee, H. M.
Bolt, John Green and J. W. A. Lill}'. The frame building
razed on the north side of Main Street was known as the
Beacon Lodge No. 618, Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows was instituted on June 23, 1876. In 1907 the mem-
bers erected a two story brick building, the upper story
being used for lodge purposes, such as dances, and the
lower floor as a store. At the present time the lower
floor of the building is being used by the Cornell Milling
Company for storage of their products.
Other fraternal organizations were The Grand Army
of the Republic, The John H. Johnson Post No. 769 which
was organized February 14, 1905. Past post commanders
were J. B. Cummings, H. M. Cornell, J. W. A. LUly, and
R. E. Jacobs.
In the early days of Cornell there were five or six
grocery stores. The proprietors names were States, E. A.
Jamison, Kelita (Clyde Allen), J. E. Shackelton, Nels
Lindquist, Dennis J. Foley, Grant Connett, George and
Henry Miner, Will Wellman, A. C. Wellman and M. Wein-
Mrs. Don Wayman is presently the only grocer. Several
grocers carried a line of dry goods and shoes. Among
the hardware merchants were George Whitham, Lewis
States, Theodore Miner, Z. F. Carroll, Abel Gourley and
Harness shop merchants were David Heckman, Stephen
States, William Jamison, Theodore Muffler, Bert Beck-
with, Ray Husted. Blacksmiths were John Sullivan, B. C.
Sullivan, Ed Sullivan, Peter Braben, and John DeBoer.
John E. Shackelton operated a men's clothing store
with Nels Linquist, a cobbler and shoe maker. They also
Drug stores were operated by J. P. Guernsey, pharma-
cist; Melton J. Syphers, Fred Blake, George Hunt and H.
Meat markets were operated by B. F. Brown, Ezra
Parker, Brown and Clark, W. P. Corbin, Perry Murphy,
his brother Pat Murphy, Will and Earl Husted and Merlo
The Cornell Journal and printing press was owned and
operated by Arthur E. Tiffany and Ed Wendell. A. E.
Tiffany was succeeded by his son, Ralph Tiffany. Upon
his death, Margie Tiffany sold the business to Cornell
Early dairymen in Cornell were Frank Lutj-en, Henry
Schneider, Charlie Wellman, Harry Mason. At one time
the Mass Brothers lived west of Cornell Community High
School, where they operated a sorghum mill. A creamery
was operated in the southeast part of town, south of the
A. R. Leonard property. The Mass brothers owned and
operated a sugar cane and sorghum industry where the
Frank Lutyens lived later.
Mrs. Dan Mills, the former Amy States, had a lunch
room and small restaurant, where she sold lunches, home
made pies, bakery goods, home made ice cream, and
sandwiches. The lunch room was west of Harold Mon-
Mrs. Milton Syphers had a restaurant in the early 1900s.
She was assisted by several of her family.
When the Cornell Post Office was in the Dan Blake
building, a barber shop, run by Henry H. Ide and Del-
bert Rucker was in the basement. Clrarles Hastings con-
ducted a cleaning and tailoring establishment.
In the early 1900s Bennie Beaman resided at the east
end of Main Street on the south side of the street. He
resided with his mother and in the mornings he could be
seen pulling a small wooden wagon with a small size
cream can setting in it. Also he had a measuring utensil
to measure milk for his customers. The customers pro-
vided pans, pails, and what ever for their own use. In
tlie evening Mrs. Beaman delivered milk again.
The Creamery, owned by Theodore Miner was located
on the south side of the village, along the railroad tracks.
Mr. Miner drove to Strcator to supply butter and cheese
to several grocery merchants.
In 1896 the Cornell Mill, run by W. J. Reeve, advertised
that they were prepared to do all kinds of grinding. The
terms were tall on cash.
C. E. Lishness and Frank Barton had the Undertaker
and Furniture business in 1896. They also sold wall
paper and advertised to hang it.
George Whitman was a prominent business man in
Cornell in the 1890s. He ran a hardware store where
Hamilton's Mobil Station is now. Mr. Whitman was
very successful in his business of hardware, implements,
and grain. He was assisted by Dan Mills.
In about 1920 the Shackelton poultry business always
bought poultry during the winter, usually in early Decem-
ber, and sent it out by freight to Chicago. Morris Wein-
berg, his competitor, also purchased poultry to ship. Both
men would ship their loads by train to Chicago, but later
they trucked the poultry and produce to Chicago.
After the railroad was completed, the town was moved
to its present site. The railroad was first known as the
Chicago and Paducah. Later it was purchased and
known as the Wabash, now the Norfolk & Western.
In the business section from east to west on Main Street,
the first business was a blacksmith shop. It belonged to
John Sullivan in the late 1890s. He then sold it to Charley
Lishness and Ira McVay, and they built a garage there.
They sold Overland automobiles.
To the west of this garage was a wagon shop, operated
by "Shorty" Anderson. In the same building farther
west, there was the office of J. W. Lilly, who was quite
prominent in the different civic organizations, such as
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Maury's Tavern, Cornell, III.
Ross Hardware and Repair Service, Cornell, III.
Dick's Custom Cabinets, Cornell, III.
the Masonic Lodge, and band leader of the Fife and
Bugle Corps of Civil War Veterans. The next building
was the printing office.
Next to the printing office was a doctor's office, built
by Dr. Veatch and later sold to Dr. Morgan, who moved
it south of Main Street to where Gary Earp now lives.
There was a house west of that, later used as a poultry
house by Hyman Heclit, and later by Morris Weinberg.
The next building was Dr. Sawyer's office. He came here
from Manville and practiced here many years. Across
the street to the west was a two story building used for
a doctor's office and other businesses such as an eating
place, and millinery shop. The next building was a
barber shop run by Henry Ide, F. H. Rucker and Earl
Barr. Morris Weinberg moved his poultry house and
creamery to the next building, which had been Fred
Blakes Book Store and Drug Store. On west of Main
Street on the north side were a grocery store, John
Ryan's Saloon, and John Shackeltons grocery and dry
goods store. There was a shoemakers shop in the back
of Shackeltons, run by Mr. Nels Linquist, who repaired
shoes for many years.
In the vacant lot to the west was where retired people
pitched horseshoes and had many arguments. Next was
a building owned by Jessie Cornell and used by a grocery
store by several people. They were Grant Connett, Al-
phonso Welhnan, and the Penny Grocery. On the west
was Murphy Brothers, Perry and Patrick; the Husted
brothers, and Merle Turner. The next buildings were
Kelita Allen's Grocery, Barton and Lishness Furniture
and Miner Brothers Grocery. West, across the alley,
was the hotel owned by several different families which
were Jones Blue, the W. P. Corbin family, the Albert
Mitchells, the Isaac Flemmings, the Marion Lundys, and
Elmer Stahl was the last one.
The Wabash depot was across the street and west from
the hotel. In earlier years there was a tile factory owned
and operated by C. M. Meyers. It was called Tile Meyers.
A pit was to the west of the lot. To the east was the
Roger's Elevator which later burned and was not rebuilt.
The tile yard was where the tent shows were held.
At that time there were eighteen businesses along the
north side of Main Street, now there are only ten or
eleven. Some have been torn down and others rebuilt.
John Gates built a restaurant, now known as Little
Peg's Cafe. The voters of Cornell voted in a tavern and
it was owned in 1968 by Maurice Grant, now deceased.
His wife, Annette, now runs it. The Murphy's building,
is on the corner of Main and 6th Street and is still owned
by the Murphy family. It was built in the 1920s and is
now Red's Pizza Parlor.
Some of the people who helped build this town in the
1870s and before were Henry Cornell, real estate; Walter
Cornell, farmer; D. W. Blake, farmer; H. Bolt, store-
keeper; C. Bolt, clerk; Eben Norton, physician; John
Guernsey, druggist; and Foley Morris, farmer. The
churches and school also helped to buUd the community.
Different organizations helped too. They were: The
Community Club, The Lions Club, The American Legion
and Auxiliary, The Village Board and the Cornell Vol-
unteer Fire Department.
Written by Claire Leonard and Gertrude Bradley
Cornell Grade School taken in 1889. was taught by Susan Katharine Carroll, great-grandmother of Mrs. Jean God-
den, in 1884 and 1885.
Cornell Grade School History
On April 8, 1872, the board of trustees of the schools
of township 29 of Livingston county met to form district
seven. The new school was a one story, three room
wooden building. In 1900 a new brick school was built,
with classes being held in the Woodman Hall while be-
ing completed. This structure had four class rooms and
a small library and was in continuous use until 1972.
In 1925, three teachers were employed at salary of $115
per month, with the principal receiving $125. By 1930,
the school was down to two teachers, so with the con-
solidation with the surrounding country schools in the
early 40s, by 1946 there were four teachers. Bus trans-
portation was begun around 1947.
By 1950 it became necessary to add two new rooms to
the south, with a cafeteria in basement and two years
later two more rooms were added above these, with eight
teachers having been hired.
1955 brought the new gym, three new classrooms,
restrooms, lockers, office and supply room, with two
more classrooms to the far north three years later.
Kindergarten was started In 1961.
In 1972, the old part was replaced with four new
classrooms, library learning center, teachers lounge and
a beautiful new cafeteria. The top floor of the first
south addition was converted into a large music room.
The school as it now stands is a beautiful asset to our
community and with the very capable teachers, has much
to offer our town and country students. Much new
equipment, including the most advanced audio, visual
aids, has been installed, helping to present the best edu-
cational facilities possible.
The school year 1972-73 shows 245 students enrolled,
with 15 teachers, making the total personnel thirty.
Ralph Haldorson is superintendent, with Karen Propst
employed as school treasurer and office and board secre-
tary. Stanley Jones, Robert Gundlock, Charles Russow,
Jr., Edward Capko, Orville Cagley, Ray Roth and Mar-
velyn Schleuter now serving on the board of education.
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Cornell High School
Two year high school classes were held in our grade
school and for a few years, three year classes were held.
The last class gi-aduated from the three year class was in
1898, with members, Ethel Hunt Blake, Madge Gregory
Rucker, Glenn Mills and Tom Jones. After finishing the
two years, some pupils went to Pontiac or Streator High
After a period of years, an election was held in April,
1921 with a vote of 400 "for" and 159 "against", to estab-
lish a four year school. On January 28, 1922, District
70, authorized by election, the purchase of a site, build-
ing of a school and issuance of $65,000 bonds. Directors
elected were F. D. Barton, C. H. Patterson, J. I. McVay,
A. R. Gourley, and Samuel Burton.
In the fall of 1921, the first four-year high school
classes were held in the Cornell Methodist Church, with
nroUment of 58 pupils.
A group of taxpayers, deciding taxes would be too high,
roads in poor condition, distances too great for students to
travel, and many other reasons, brought suit against the
five directors. After many delays, hearings and court
hearings, also an appeal from circuit court of Livingston
County of Illinois Supreme Court, it found no suf-
ficient showing to declare District 70 void.
The first graduates of the newly organized school were
Mildred Gourley, Haze Miner, Earl Cox, Victor Jones
and Victor Lindquist. From the fall of 1922 until March
1924, classes were held in the Woodman Hall. The new
school was occupied in March 1924, and was considered
one of the best schools in our county. To date 992 students
have graduated from Cornell High School, including sev-
In 1964, an addition was added to the school, science
room, home economics room, office and supply rooms and
and music room and many added improvements.
The class of 1973 has 25 graduates.
The present superintendent is Mr. Carroll Garrison.
Present school board members are: Dannie St. John, Ro-
bert Sherwood, James Schultz, Robert St. John, William
Schweizer, Eugene Lyons, Kenneth Russow.
St. Joseph Catholic Church
The first Catholic services in Cornell were held in 1877
when Father Humphrey Finch of Pontiac began cele-
brating Mass in private homes and later in Smith's hall.
As the number of Cornell Catholics increased, plans were
undertaken for the construction of a church on land do-
nated by Henry Cornell, son of the man for whom the
town was named.
The first wedding held in the church was that of Mr.
and Mrs. Peter Corrigan on Feb. 21, 1887. Mrs, Corrigan
(Frances Foley) was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morris
Foley, who lived north of Cornell.
Father Finch was the first pastor but the parish later
came under the care of the Franciscan Fathers of St.
Anthony's Parish in Streator. In 1934 the Cornell parish
was annexed to St. Bernard's Parish of Budd, near Black-
stone, with Father Joseph Farley as pastor.
In 1934 the church underwent extensive redecoration
and again in 1951, In 1964 a new enclosed entrance was
ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH
added to the building. In 1972 the interior was again re-
modeled with new heating, air-conditioning, panelling,
Father John Menco was appointed pastor in 1966 and
served until November 1972 when Father John Niemeyer
The parish has an active Altar and Rosary Society for
the women of the parish. Weekly religion classes are held
lor b th grade and high school students. There are about
forty families in the parish plus a large summer at-
tendance of weekend campers.
and Clare Kelly are the parish
Community Lutheran Church
A dream in the hearts of a small group of Christian
laymen and pastors became a reality in June of 1969.
Their dream was to have a Lutheran congregation in
Cornell. To many people, it sounded like an imprac-
table dream; the kind children have. After all, one does
not attempt to form a mission congregation in a rural
town of 600, especially when it already supports three
congregations. Any sociologist can tell you that the
population is moving from the country to the city. One
does not attempt to form a Lutheran church in such a
town when there are already five Lutheran churches
within a fifteen mile radius of the town. And one does
not attempt to form a new congregation without a build-
ing to hold said congregation. One does not attempt such
a "Mission Impossible".
Nevertheless, the dream was dreamed; the seed was
planted; and the impossible mission was begun. Spear-
headed by Pastor Herman Lehman — then pastor of St.
Paul's Lutheran Church in Rowe, Illinois — and supported
by other area pastors, a summer experiment was initiated.
All interested laymen were assembeld together in early
June, in the Legion Hall, for a planning session. Partial
financial assistance for a three month period was re-
ceived from the Board of American Missions — Depart-
ment of Special Ministry of the ALC. The new Cornell
Funeral Home was offered rent-free as a building in
which to hold Worship Services and Sunday School.
The very first Sunday they planned to meet, the f\m-
eral home was not available due to a funeral but the
brotherly love of the Methodist laymen and minister in-
vited them to share their church with them. So on June
8, 1969 the first service was held with 70 present. The
Rev. Herman A. Lehman of St. Paul's Lutheran Church,
Rowe, was guest speaker. Following services, a meeting
was held and committees named. Serving on the Sunday
school staff was Mrs. Clark Husted, Marvelyn Schlueter,
Mrs. Roger Gourley, Mrs. Ethelyn Klein. Working on
worship needs which included the altar, lectern hymnals
and offering plates were: Mrs. Marvelyn Schlueter, Mrs.
Phillip Corrigan and Mr. and Mrs. Benny Burkett. The
interim council, designated to take care of janitorial serv-
ice, a tentative budget, general organization and pro-
gramming was comprised of Charles Russow, Sr., chair-
man; Mrs. Harold Monroe, secretary; Charles Russow, Jr.;
Jesse Leach, Roger Gourley, Mrs. Burdell Crow, Mrs.
Clifford Cashmer, Jr., Mrs. Dale Kuepker, Albert Seeger
and Clark Husted. The Luther League Committee was
Jesse Leach, Jr., Galen Crow, Carol Husted, Laura
Schlueter, Kathy, Susan and Steven Kuepker, Alan Klein,
Dale and Cheryl Wells. Public relations committee re-
sponsible for signs, bulletins and announcements includ-
ed Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wells, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Rus-
sow and Burdell Crow. Mrs. Jesse Leach was appointed
organist. The women had met the previous week and
organized the ALCW with Mrs. Charles Russow, Sr.
A summer Intern was appUed for to assist the budding
congregation. In late June, Gary Simpson and wife
Muriel arrived from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn-
esota. The seed had begun to sprout. Throughout the
early suimner an average of seventy faithful people at-
tended Sunday Worship Services. July passed and the
same enthusiasm and zeal permeated the lives of this
nucleus of dreamers. On August 10, 1969 when this new
family of "tumed-on" Christians made the ultimate de-
cision as to whether or not to continue their efforts. An
unanimous vote of YES proved that all systems were
definitely GO! ! In less than two months the experiment
had proved successful; the dream had become a reality;
ihe seed had reached maturity.
When it was decided to officially organize, it was done
with the idea that no help would be asked of American
Missions. That was a true test of how willing they were
to sacrifice for something they truly believed in.
When permanent housing for the Intern and his family
was needed, a mobile home was offered the congregation
on the stipulation that they were willing to move it from
a neighboring city and make all needed repairs. Within
a matter of days tractors and pickup trucks were trans-
porting the parsonage to Cornell where the ALCW waited
with brooms, mops, scouring pads, and paint brushes.
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The home was attacked with the same zeal and en-
thusiasm that had now become a way of life with those
With the parsonage in good shape, thoughts turned to
the furnishing of the church. It was evident that the
Funeral Home which was used was quite adequate ex-
cept for lack of sufficient altar, pulpit, paraments, light-
ing, etc. "I'm no carpenter," exclaimed Trustee Roger
Gourley, "but we definitely need an altar and pulpit. I'll
give it a try". The ALCW then set about to sew para-
ments to adorn the forthcoming altar and pulpit. Other
furnishings were made or contributed.
On November 30, 1969 Dr. Elmer A. Nelson, Pres. of
lU. Dist. of the ALC presided at the official organization
of the Community Lutheran Church of Cornell. There
were 66 chartered baptized members and 40 confirmed
charter members at this time. Approximately 25 families.
The members will never forget the preparation for that
event, as the evening before, Intern Simpson was return-
ing from Rowe after borrowing a flower stand from
Rowe Lutheran Church and was involved in a car accident
and was hospitalized with a broken jaw. He was inoa-
pacitated for several months but the congregation carried
on with supply pastors of neighboring congregations and
lay members participating.
In April of 1970 it was decided to call a full time Pas-
tor as Intern Simpson would have to go back to the Semi-
nary in the faU.
On May 20th, a call was sent to Rev. Ralph Marquardt
of Dundee, Iowa. He accepted the call and was installed
as Pastor on August 2, 1970. After calling a full time
Pastor, it was decided they had to have a parsonage.
After much consideration, on May 24, 1970 the congrega-
tion met and decided to purchase the Phillip Corrigan
home for the Lutheran parsonage. After making this big
investment, the church council was quite shocked one
day in June when they were called together for a special
meeting with Mr. Elwood Courtney and wife to tell them
they were going to sell the Funeral Home and the con-
gregation would have first option to buy it. The congre-
gation agreed to purchase it with the help of a loan from
the Illinois District Sunday School Mission Fund.
The congregation has grown to a total membership of
148 baptized members on January 1, 1973. Besides the
ALCW which annually sponsor a Salad Luncheon in the
spring and a homemade Ice Cream Supper in the fall,
there is an Adult Choir and a Youth Choir. The Youth
also have a Youth Group organization. Worship Services
and Sunday School are held every Sunday at 9:30 and
10:30 C.S.T. and 9:00 and 10:00 D.S.T.
Rev. Ralph Marquardt is the present pastor. He and
his wife Dorothy, have three sons, Michael, age 5 years,
Scott, age 3 years and Jon, age 8 months.
The present Council members are: Al Seeger, president;
Robertha Finkenbinder, secretary; James Brandt, treas-
urer; Verona Beck, financial secretary; Wilma Corrigan,
Gene Barton, Bill Gourley, Lois Husted, Sandra Knight,
Burden Crow, Leroy Janssen, Roger Becker, Charles
The present officers of the A.L.C.W. are: Aldine Mon-
roe, president; Ethelyn Klein, vice president; Lillian
Ferguson, secretary; Robertha Finkenbinder, treasurer;
Gail Janssen, secretary of Stewardship; Florence Seeger,
Secretary of Education.
Nigh Chapel Church
Nigh Chapel was one of the earliest, if not the earliest
church to be organized in Livingston County. As early as
1840, H. G. Gorbet, a Methodist preacher known as the
"Prairie Breaker" organized a society of this denomina-
tion (not Prairie Breaker but Methodist) at the Scattering
Point Institute. He seemed, however, not to have
cultivated the soil to any degree of success, as the organi-
zation went down in a few years. Perhaps his first crop,
like the first crop of sod corn, was not of sufficient yield
to warrant harvesting or to encourage subsequent plant-
ing. So in 1843 the United Brethren occupied the land.
They organized the society under the leadership of
Located 4Vt mUes southwest of Cornell
Isaac Messer, which flourished for six years, when to, for
want of cultivation or other cause disbanded. In 1849
another branch of the Methodist church, "the protestant"
was organized by Jacob Fowler. Under the efficient
leadership of Fowler and his successors it has flourished
The first quarterly conference of the Vermillion Cir-
cuit, now known as the Long Point circuit, was held on
Nov. 3, 1855 with Rev. T. J. Gregory as pastor. At that
time the pastor and local preachers supplied a circuit of
eight appointments. They were namely Marks School,
Reading, Ancona, Long Point, Rooks Creek, Short Point,
Scattering Point, and Gorbett School. The plan of ap-
pointments was to visit two churches each Sunday at 10
o'clock and 3 o'clock. In 1876 the present building was
erected at a cost of $1400. The pastor was William
Fogel. In the same year Hope Church was built on the
Kyle farm. The Long Point church was erected in 1880,
and these three togteher with Ancona Church remained
in the circuit together for several years. People did not
have preaching every Sabbath or every other Sabbath, the
pastor came only once in four weeks to each church.
In the year 1912 the Nigh Chapel Church was re-
modeled, the basement was dug beneath the church and
the front and rear rooms were built. The cost of re-
modeling was $1767. The next summer new seats were
installed and the first furnace was put in. On July 13,
1913, the Nigh Chapel Church was rededicated.
In the early fall of 1929, a new coal furnace was in-
stalled and the church shingled and painted. In 1948 the
old parsonage was sold and the home of Maude Vincent
was bought for the parsonage. In 1953, a new floor and
wall supports were put in the basement, also the same
year a new oil furnace was installed and paid for by do-
nations. In 1956, all new stained glass windows replaced
the old windows. Also in 1953 the Vincent property was
sold and the Turner property was purchased. It was
remodeled and dedicated in Oct. 1953, and is the present
home of the Nigh Chapel and Long Point minister. In
March of 1969 the church was redecorated, put in new
carpet, new drapes and lowered the ceiling. At present
there is Sunday School every Sunday at 9:30 and church
service at 10:30. Rev. Icenogle is minister of the charge.
T. J. Gregory was the first minister to serve. During the
years there has been 58 ministers. There has always
been an organization of the church for the ladies. First,
it was called Mite Society. Later it became Ladies Aid
and now since the churches have united, it is called Wo-
men's Society of Christian Service. This has been chang-
ed to United Methodist Women.
In 1939, the Methodist Episcopal and Methodist Prot-
estant churches united being called at present the Nigh
Chapel Methodist Church.
There have been many beautiful memories given the
church from the families in memory of their loved ones
who have passed away.
I will close with this little poem.
A CHAPEL IN MY HEART
I am serene for I have built
A chapel in my heart
A silent, sheltered citadel
A Separate place apart.
To which I come in solitude.
To lift my thoughts in prayer,
Telling God my troubles,
And confiding every care.
Yes, in this chapel of my heart,
I can renew my soul,
For solitude will bring me peace.
And prayer will make me whole.
Cornell Baptist Church
Seventy-eight years ago, on August 22, 1895, several
families, who had moved here from West Virginia, Ohio,
and Pennsylvania, met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. I. B.
Fleming to discuss establishing a Baptist church in the
community. A week later, the group met again with
council of neighboring Baptist churches and officially
established "The First Baptist Church of Cornell". The
six original members were Mr. and Mrs. I. B. Fleming,
daughter Cora, Mr. E. A. Partridge, Mrs. Rhoda Murphy,
and Mrs. Emma Rhodes Whitham. Mr. Fleming and
William Partridge, Sr. were selected to find a suitable
building spot and in May 1898, the first part of the church
was dedicated to the work of God, completely free of
Rev. George L. White was the first pastor, with salary
of $25.00 per month, with board. Pastors came from
neighboring churches from time to time and students
came from Chicago for weekends and in summer months.
The church became officially affiliated with the Bloom-
ington Association and in 1907, the Esmen church merged
with the Cornell church and at that time the parsonage
After a union revival meeting held in the Woodman
Hall by Rev. R. S. Kirkland and F. F. Leonard, 274 per-
sons were converted and it became necessary to add a
wing to the church, as it stands today, completed in 1912.
A new constitution was written and adopted in 1958,
and the Baptist Women's Society reorganized, staying
very active as a mission group. The church has held
ordination services for five of their pastors and a 50th
anniversary for Rev. "Doc" Hershey, who ended his pas-
torate here, having served here for four years.
Remodeling of the church has taken place gradually,
with restrooms having been added, lowering sanctuary
ceiling in 1964, paneling and adding 3 rooms for church
school classes, new carpeting and new ceilings in back
rooms in 1969. The parsonage was remodeled in 1964.
The small congregation has been on the verge of clos-
ing at different times, but in 1968, Gary Grammar,
Sociologist at Illinois State Prison of Pontiac, held us to-
gether and in July 1970, Graymont and Cornell Baptist
Churches agreed to share a pastor and Rev. Earl Wickline
has come to serve the two churches.
Some of the families of the direct founders of the
church that still attend are: the Arnel Garretson (Harriett
Partridge) family, including the Ray Erschens, the
Charles Partridge family, including the Forrest Burkitt
family and the Clinton Mills family.
Trustees now serving the church are Robert Greenman,
George Kreitner, George Cassidy, Clinton Mills, and Ray
Roth. Ladies Mission Society officers are: Pat Burkitt,
president; Jean Godden, vice president; Verona Beck,
secretary and Hazel Cassidy, treasurer.
Cornell Methodist Church
LET US REMEMBER, LET US REJOICE!
Godliness and courage were the two words best said
of the first settlers who came to Amity township. The
effect of Methodism was felt in the early community be-
fore the village of Cornell was laid out.
Arriving with the settlers from Indiana in 1837 was H.
M. D. Morris, who is credited with being the first preach-
er in Amity township. During the week he worked his
farm on Short Point and on Sunday he preached at the
cabins in the neighborhood. Mr. Morris was not an
itinerant, but a Local Methodist Exhorter. D.M. Prindle,
who came to the community in the same year, was a
great singer. Since there were no musical instruments
or choirs, he pitched the tune and led the singing in those
early religious services.
Walter Cornell came to this community in 1838. No
other person was so vitally and continuously related to
the formation and development of this church. The his-
tory of Livingston County credits him with organizing
the first Sunday School in the county.
The earliest known date of an organized "society" in
our history is in 1840 by H. G. Gorbet. He seems, how-
ever, not to have culitivated the field with any large de-
cree of succes.'!. Three years later, under the leadership
of Isaac Messer, a society was formed which flourished
for six years before disbanding.
The conference records indicate that the Ottawa charge
was extended to include Livingston county in 1844. This
was the first contact of the community with organized
Methodism. The Rev. Jacob Fowler helped organize the
.vlelhodisl Protestant society in 1849. This work was
lasting and led to the erection of the church building
( 1876) known as Nigh Chapel.
In November of 1856 the first quarterly conference was
held at Bethel church. Walter Cornell was recording
secretary. Other names mentioned in this record are
Joshua Mcintosh, John Brown, F. A. Whitely, W. E. Head,
D. Shaw, Ewing Houchins, James Jefferson, H. R. Ham-
ilton and Amos Lundy. Not all, but most of these names
appear again and again in the records of the organization
and development of this church.
During 1857 services were held in the Cornell school
John Hampton had donated a plot of ground at Oak
Dale, two and one-half miles northeast of the present
village of Cornell, on what is now the Wm. Partridge es-
tate. Work began on the first church building and it
was dedicated on February 19, 1862. It was at this dedi-
cation that Z. R. Jones was recommended for license to
preach. At the fourth quarterly conference in July,
"Brother Z. R. Jones' character was passed and he was
recommended to the traveling connection". Thus this
church sent its first representative into the regular
ministry of the church.
H. M. Cornell was licensed to preach and recommended
to the traveling connection in 1858. At about this time
the name of the Annual Conference was changed from
"Peoria" to "The Central Illinois" conference.
The first pastor to hold services in the new church at
Oak Dale was the Rev. Horace Tiffany. In 1872 he was
again preacher in charge of the Cornell church. Rev.
Tiffany not only holds the distinction of twice serving as
pastor of the church, but he later located in the com-
On March 30, 1862, following the dedication of the new
church. Rev. H. Fritchie, presiding elder, baptized a num-
ber of children in the sanctuary. This group included
Hannah Gamblin, Sarah J. Gamblin, George E. Cornell
and Julia Cornell.
In the year 1868 Streator was added to the circuit. The
charge became officially known as "The New Michigan
and Streator circuit". The pastor's salary was fixed at
$1200. Of this amount Oak Dale was apportioned $280.
As in many other communities the location of the rail-
road caused the rearrangement of social and religious
boundaries. After the railroad went through, and after
the laying out of the village of Cornell, the Methodist
society decided to move their first church building from
oak Dale to the site of the present church building. We
find the following record of "A meeting of the mem-
bers of the Oak Dale church for the purpose of electing
trustees for the Methodist Episcopal church at Cornell".
"On motion, Walter Cornell was elected chairman, and
James Gourley secretary". The following named per-
sons were elected trustees: Walter Cornell, James Gour-
ley, William Gamblin, James H. Hayes, Eben Norton,
William L. Conner, Alfred Gourley, Joseph Rucker, and
John Hampton. The document was dated April 22, 1872.
Extensive repairs were made on the church during the
summer of 1872, in the form of plastering, painting, and
the building of chimneys. An interesting note here is,
for the first time the records give the women of the
church official recognition, in the following item: "moved
the refitting of the altar and the pulpit to be referred to
a committee of ladies". In June of the same year the
trustees were authorized to build a belfry and purchase a
bell. The bell purchased at that time is still heard to
ring out every Sunday morning, one hundred years later.
In June 1872 the church is referred to as the Cornell
church, and the charge became known as "Cornell and
New Town circuit". By the year 1879 Cornell Charge
included lour preaching points, Cornell, Blackstone, New
Town and Esmen.
The first woman whose name appears on the list of
the official members was "Sister Leonard", (Mrs. Roscoe
Leonard). The date was July 6, 1878.
On September 11, 1896 is recorded, "the greatest revival
experience that has ever come to this church". There were
319 members and 28 probationers. The Rev. T. C. Moots
united together these new converts, in what some refer
to as the high point in the history of the church.
In March of 1900, subscriptions were taken with intent
to remodel the old first church building. Interest in the
project seems to have gathered sucli momentum, that on
June ^nd of the same year another document was circu-
lated to get permission of the subscribers to use the money
in building a new church.
The old church building, first known as Oak Dale
Church, was purchased by B. R. Johnson for $175. It
was moved to the Johnson farm just north of Cornell.
Sometime after 1936 it was struck by lightning and
The construction of the new building was completed in
late 1900, at a cost of $6,654.53 A thankful group as-
sembled on Sunday morning, December 9, 1900, to see
the sanctuary dedicated to the worship of God and the
service of the community. The pastor, Rev. W. F. Jame-
son, was assisted in the service by residents of the com-
It was during the pastorate of Rev. F. J. Giddings that
a new and modern parsonage was erected at a cost of
$4,000. The parsonage, located on Johnson street, is
still used today as a home for our ministers and their
At about this time the growth of interest in organized
Sunday school, and the crowded condition of the church,
led directly to the enlargement of the building. Rooms
were added to the east of the building, and equipped to
care for the educational program of the church. This
new addition was used for the first time on August 9,
1909 and marks another step in the advancement of the
The next oustanding record day in the history of the
church is October 23, 1910. On that date Rev. John
Small baptized 108 souls, and one week later he added
thirteen to the number.
It was this same year that The Merry Workers Sunday
School class was organized and granted a charter. The
names of twenty-six women are found in the list of
charter members, but only Mrs. Mabel Springer still re-
sides in this community. Some of the remembered
activities included the annual wiener roast held in the
country, food sales and ice cream suppers, magazine sub-
scriptions and distributing baskets of fruit to needy fam-
ilies at Christmas time.
During the next fifteen years the charge set a high
standard for the support of the pastor and interest in the
missionary work of the church was good. This was an
aiea of prosperity and good feeling.
Then came the depression of 1929 and the failing of the
Cornell bank. The church became very disorganized and
the spirit of its members was very discouraging. It be-
came the task of the Rev. Homer F. Delap to minister to
the broken hearted and to restore the foundations of
faith to his congregation.
The Kings' Heralds was organized under the direction
of Mrs. Delap in 1933. The children studied about the
people in other countries; and the money they received
was given for the purpose of helping missionaries.
Rev. and Mrs. Delap were a shining light in the dark-
ness for the people of Cornell. They did much to re-
store faith and hope in the future of this community and
New life seemed to surge into the church veins during
the pastorate of Richard Muhleman, and some referred
to it as the beginning of a revival. The Builders Class
was organized in 1943 with Clifford St. John as its first
teacher. The group has remained very active through
the years, and is best remembered for serving farm sales
and ice cream suppers. The Builders' meet socially
once a month in the homes of its members.
Rev. Guy W. Holmes came to the charge in 1947. He
and Mrs. Holmes did much to put Cornell back on its
feet following a period of apathetic feeling toward church
attendance and financial support. Their work with the
youth of the church did much to rebuild the strength of
the young peoples' organizations.
The economy of the country was surging ahead and
society was changing fast, following World War II. Cor-
nell and the surrounding community was no different,
we were undergoing changes also in 1950. This was the
year that Rev. Leslie Prueshner came to minister to the
Cornell-Esmen charge. However, early in 1951, the
Esmen church voted to close its doors, because of lack of
attendance and financial support. Many of the members
transferred to the Cornell church. During the next four
years there was renewed interest and increased attendance
in all departments.
Remember the "Church Messenger"? This booklet
was printed under the direction of Rev. Prueshner, and
contains many pictures of the members, church groups
and organizations that have kept the church spiritually
In 1954, Rev. Rardin Vergin and family, from the state
of Washington, arrived to serve this church, while he
completed his education in Evanston. Rev. Vergin, a
pastor from outside the conference and from another
slate, here for a definite period, was in the unique posi-
tion to not only serve as a pastor, but also as an out-
sider to direct the thinking of the members in the proper
use and development of their talents for the greatest
possible results. Through his work, interest continued to
mount in church attendance and financial giving, with
the result that the remodeling of the church property was
These improvements, at a cost of $4,600, included the
removal of the old belfry and outside steps which led to
the sanctuary entrance, and a new gas furnace and
modern rest rooms. It had been many years since the
church had seen any great change in its building, and
the members rejoiced!
In 1958 the Commission on Education reported, that
because of the increase in attendance of the church school,
new folding chairs had been purchased. The enrollment
was 234 with an average attendance of 155 for the year.
The Rev. T. Wayne Biehl was serving our church.
The Methodist men voted on November 30, 1957 to
sponsor the organization of the Boy Scout Troop No. 73.
The first meeting of the boys took place on April 18, 1958
in the church basement, with Mr. H. P. Whitcamp as
Also in 1958 we reached a "Milestone in Methodism".
The observance of the hundredth anniversary of the
founding of the Methodist Society at Cornell was held
October 19 through October 26. Much enthusiasm was
generated and a week of many and varied activities was
held. The Sunday School rooms were used for picture
and antique displays. A centennial banquet, a homecom-
ing event was held in the High School gymnasium on Sat-
urday evening. On Sunday the Centennial sermon was
brought by Bishop J. Ralph McGee, assisted by District
Superintendent W. W. Bennett. In the afternoon a
pageant was presented in the church sanctuary by mem-
bers of the congregation.
It was recorded that, "The centennial costumes will be
in vogue at all events during this week of celebration",
and "after Sept. 1 there will be a heavy fine for any man
over 21 who cuts his beard and a shaving permit will cost
In June 1960, Rev. H. C. Zimmerman and family came
from Pennsylvania to occupy our parsonage and serve
the church. The records state that 1960-61 was a year of
decision. The trustees named a building committee to
consider the possibility of redecorating, remodeling or
building a new structure to the glory of God.
The committee reviewed the possibility of a new
building, but rejected it on the basis of four significant
reasons: 1. the memorial value of the present building;
2. the amazing amount of available floor space; 3. the
building is sound of foundations and structure and 4. the
tremendous cost of new construction.
On March 15, 1961 the committee presented to the
quarterly conference its detailed plan to expand and re-
model the present building at a cost estimated to be
$21,484.40. The plans would include the relocation of the
altar and pulpit, add a balcony for our organ and choir,
close off the original choir loft and league room, and
excavate the basement. The motion to proceed passed
by five votes, with sixty-seven members voting.
The following summer will long be remembered as a
busy one, with over 1,200 hours of labor donated by the
men of our church. However the project moved along
swiftly because of a desire to complete much before
winter, and then there was to be a wedding in our re-
modeled sanctuary in mid-August. During the summer
months Sunday morning services were held in the High
A Consecration Service was held on Sunday morning,
May 6, 1962. Many memorials were dedicated along with
our sanctuary, "for the Worship of God and the Service
In February of 1962 the Blackstone church was without
ministerial services and the Cornell-Blackstone charge
The Zimmerman family returned to Pennsylvania In
1965, and the Rev. Charles Fradenburgh and family were
welcomed to Cornell to serve for two years.
Our remodeling program was still in effect, the women
were most happy with the new modern kitchen facilities
in the church basement. The parsonage was undergoing
many changes also to make it more convenient. The
kitchen had been relocated and new cabinets had been
installed, and a new heating plant was put in.
Gilbert T. Fletcher came in 1967 to serve the charge.
Rev. Fletcher brought with him to our community and
this congregation a spirit of renewal. 1968 saw new
flooring, altar railing and padded walnut pews added to
beautify our sanctuary.
A most happy occasion took place on Sunday, Novem-
ber 8, 1970 when the Burning of the Mortgage ceremony
was conducted by Bishop Lance Webb.
Today in 1973. though the church membership of 197
is not the largest it has been, the members are showing
an active concern for the growth of Christian witness in
our society today.
From its beginning in 1858 until the present time, 2,108
names have been recorded on the membership list of this
church. Over the past century we have seen lean years
and prosperous years. Our members have been happy to
share the fellowship of the other religious groups in this
Just as the church bell called our ancestors to worship,
may it continue to peal forth as a reminder to future
generations of their religious heritage. It is our hope
and prayer that the Methodist church may continue to
serve God and this community for many years to come.
O. M. Dunlevy
G. I. Bailey
E. W. McMillan
F. R. Lord
R. H. McDade
J. A. Edmondson
H. B. Seymour
W. C. Knapp
D. A. Perrin
H. A. Ewell
T. C. Moots
W. F. Jameson
F. J. Giddings
G. P. Snedaker
C. Wesley Ayling
J. C. Craine
C. E. Hawkins
H. M. Blout
Silas H. Hoar
Van B. Sullins
Homer F. Delap
C. E. Johnstone
Guy W. Holmes
T. Wayne Biehl
H. C. Zimmerman
Gilbert T. Fletcher
The Dunkard Church was located at 201 West Main
Street. It was erected in 1888. Some of the family names
connected with the church were Ben and Jennie Beaman,
Charles Klensman, John Barringer, Dave Heckman, John
Vanderee, Mr. and Mrs. John Cox, Phobe Zook and a Mast
family. The church closed about 1900 and was made into
a residence, which later burned. The house located there
now was built by Mrs. Dot Blue and now owned by Mrs.
Our Country Schools
Amity township had 8 country schools before consoli-
Columbia — 5Vt miles southwest of Cornell
Lily — 3V^ south and west of Cornell
Athens — 2 miles west and 2 miles south of Cornell
Antioch — 3V^ miles northwest of Cornell
Sutcliff — 2 miles north and 1 mile west of Cornell
Green — V2 mile east and 1 mile north of Cornell
Short Point — 31^ miles northwest of Cornell
Baker Run — V4 mile east and I'/S miles south of Cornell
Below are pictures of some of the area schools.
THE ORIGINAL LILY SCHOOL BUILDING
BUILT IN 1875
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Willow School- 1919
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL — Gertrude Louderback, the
teacher, posed with her students at Willow School on the
last day of classes in May, 1919. They were, front row,
left to right — Arnold Peterson, Ernest Olson, Frances
Peterson, Jenora Olson, Gordon Jacobson, Paul Peterson,
Edna Thornell, unidentified girl; second row — Melvin
Locke, Chester Peterson and Orlin Jacobson; third row —
Sylvia Thompson, Ruth Peterson, Dorothy Hendershot,
Gertrude Louderback, teacher; Evelyn Peterson, Helen
Morrison, Juanita Hobart, and Hazel Hendershot in the
older boys would only attend after field work was done
in the fall and before spring work started. Average wages
were about sixty dollars a month, with the teacher doing
all janitor work. After consolidation and before buses,
cars were hired to transport students to town. The first
teacher of this school was Oscar Tiffany and the last was
Dorothy Gmelich in 1944.
3 miles north, 2 miles east of Cornell
Left to right — Oreille Gorman, Charles Russow, Elmer
Russow, Wilbur Russow, Dorothy Knutson, Marie Knut-
son, Francis Gorman, Howard Simons, Albert (Bud)
Knutson. Oilman Carlson, teacher.
The Excelsior school located V^ mile east and 3 mUes
north of Cornell was built in 1876 by Simon Heckman and
Joe Aughbright. It was built on land leased from John
During the time from 1876 to 1945, at which time the
schools were consolidated, there had been 50 teachers
and 250 pupils in the school. Some of the teachers only
taught in the winter months, others would take over in
the spring. Winter would sometimes bring 30 pupils as
Green School- 1928
Top row, left to right — Glen Partridge, Mary Partridge
Albright, Mildred Knudson Morrison, teacher, Harriet
Partridge Garretson, Birdie Knudson Drake, Shirley
Second row — unknovim, unknown, Geneva Corrigan
Bottom row — Carl Swanberg, Harold Swanberg, Ivan
Columbia School — 1913
Teacher, Elizabeth Gingrich Sellmeyer
Back row, left to right — Kathryn Blake, Ursula Blsike,
Hazel Earp, Ilia Earp, Dewey Munson, Ervan Hansen,
John Riblet, Roscoe Blake.
Front row — Orville Tesch, Regnald Blake, Robert Earp,
Ina Blake, Rose Tesch, Edith Barton, Beulah Mossberger.
Antioch School in 1898
3Vt miles southwest of Cornell
Top row, left to right — Lottie Hardin, Hattie Locke,
Nellie Patterson, Will Johnson, teacher, Mabel Patterson,
Cora Perkins, Bessie Blake, Grace Bash.
2nd row — Maggie Iverson, Hattie Harwood, Edna Lun-
dy, Cora Ramme, Hersie Manley, Porter Blue, Cora
Louderback, Verdennia DeGroat, Marie Louden.
3rd row — Hazel Cassidy, Stella Jamison, Johnnie Foley,
??? Prusner, Gladys Lamb, Philip Corrigan, Maurice
Foley, ??? Prusner.
The school was located Vi mile west of the Cora Ram-
Athens School- 1907
Teacher, Elizabeth Metzner of Odell.
Standing, Mae Springer, Robbie Morris, Bill Thomablen.
Seated, Dannie and Warren Morris (holding slate) Louie
Short Point School - District 3 or 64
Short Point School was one of the country schools that
Wcis set up by the North West Ordinance of 1849 to give
instruction in the common branches of work which ex-
tended from first grade to the eighth grade inclusive. The
government set aside the 16th section of each township as
a school district, and they were required to construct a
school building. A man passing by one of these country
schools remarked that for a small factory building it was
a fine example, the best one he had seen. He asked,
"What do they manufacture there?" The answer came
back at once, "Brains, that's a schoolhouse". Short Point
was one of those "Brain Factories".
SHORT POINT SCHOOL IN ABOUT THE YEAR OF 1893
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Short Point continued for many years as a one-room
rural school. It was later found out that when the school
house burned in 1940-1941 that it would be better and
cheaper to consolidate with the graded school in the vil-
lage of Cornell, Illinois, which was only two miles away.
The records are not completed from the beginning of
the school, but those from 1890-1941 were found in the
office of the County Superintendent. The old records were
destroyed when the school burned. It was very fasci-
nating to find that the salaries of teachers ranged from
$25 a month to $125, with an average of $75, and an aver-
age of 19 pupils per year. The terms ranged from seven
and a half to nine and a half months a year. At first
the District was Number 3 and later Number 64.
Some of the teachers that have taught in Short Point
in Amity Township are: Cora Corrigan Ranune, Clifford
St. John, Gertrude Bradley, Dorothy Gmelich, Gladys
Mayback and Seth St. John. Several other former teachers
are living in Livingston County and the State of Illinois.
Some of the early teachers recorded were: Kate Howell,
Lydia Hill, Leon Graham, Lottie Barton, Lizzie Gingrich,
Cora Bennet, Priscilla Gingrich, Maybelle Rucker, Ester
Dunlap, Hilda Girard, F. H. Rucker and U. W. Louder-
back. Robert Rucker taught the longest number of years
in the district. That being eight years and he had the
highest salary of $125. Only three of the former school
directors that served the school district stUl live in the
area and those are George Werner, Louis Hatzer and R. B.
An interesting fact concerning Short Point was that the
trustees met on May 27, 1861 and plotted the school dis-
tricts of the western part of Livingston County, in the
Short Point School.
The school year was divided into three terms, fall, win-
ter and spring. Many times three different teachers
served the district in one school term. The students were
allowed to remain home during the fall term to help with
the harvest of the farm crops.
Short Point is now a part of the Cornell Consolidated
School, District 426, and the land that was set apart for
the original school went back to the original owner, the
Baker Run School
1st row — seated: Clarence Murphy, David Barton, James
Brown, Ralph Turner, Howard Garretson, Mary Barton,
Margaret Barton, Annie Erickson, Zelma Gourley.
2nd row — Charlie Murphy, Reno Barton, Ruth Barton,
Mabel Erickson, Glen Garretson, Jean Husted, Glen
Husted, Paul Barton, Ethel Wibbenhost, Lula Turner.
3rd row — Irwin Turner, Sarah Garretson, EUa Husted,
Lela Turner, Verna Wibbenhost, Velma Wibbenhost, Anna
M. E. Aid Society
A meeting was called on March 7, 1888 by the ladies of
the M. E. Church for the purpose of organizing themselves
into a society; "the aim of proposed society to be to aid
their church in such manner as the society should agree
Officers of the first organization were: President, Mrs.
D. Reader; First Vice, Mrs. J. B. Day; Second Vice, Mrs.
Dr. Jones; Recording Secretary, Lillie Cornell; Corres-
ponding Secretary, Mrs. Lucy Shackleton; Treasurer, Mrs.
L. Lord and Chaplain, Mrs. Hardy.
The membership fee would be 25c semi-annually and
the group would meet every Thursday afternoon. The
women devoted their meetings to sewing on projects that
they would sell. There was a vice-president in charge of
crochet work, quilt department, carpet rags, plain sewing
and fancy work department.
After meeting together for one year, the women voted
to change the dues to 10c a year and meet every two
weeks. Officers were elected every six months. There
were fifty-three names on the roll. The meetings were
opened by the group saying, "the Lords' Prayer in con-
cert". The women made sun bonnets, aprons and dust
caps, sewed carpet rags and made quilts. A Festival was
held and strawberries, ice cream and cake were served.
Also there was a variety table where fruits and confec-
tioners were offered for sale.
In 1900, when the new church was built, the Society
pledged $200. It was also noted in the minutes that,
"$5.00 was given toward paying for Cassie Myers casket".
The women voted to give $20.00 for the new telephone in
the parsonage in November 1902. After much dis-
cussion the women voted to buy chairs for the church
pulpit at their December 8, 1904 meeting. The cost of the
furniture to be $56.50.
In December 1905, a Society member was appointed to
meet with the trustees in regard to placing electric lights
in the church. It was agreed that this could be done and
the women assumed the debt of $68.90.
During the twenties, the ladies sold tubes of Peerless
Rust and Stain remover, dusting mitts and mops, silver
polishing cloths, ironing board fasteners and furniture
polish. They also continued to sew at each meeting and
sold popcorn at the baseball games in the summertime.
Since the church basement was too small to hold af-
fairs in, the bazaars were held in the "hall", and a pan-
cake supper at the C. E. Lishness restaurant. Dinners
were prepared and served to threshers in the area. The
women served meals in a tent in the Park for the Big Bend
Reunion. The reunion lasted for four days and the So-
ciety always reported a "nice profit" from this event. It
is recorded that these meals were served each year 1925
through 1932. On July 10, 1929, it was decided to serve
a chicken dinner the first day of the Big Bend Reunion
to the Booster Crowd, who were going to dedicate the
opening of Route 118.
In October 16, 1929, Mrs. Sullins, the ministers' wife
asked the Society, "if they might have the privilege of
putting a hand pump in the kitchen at the parsonage?"
In the thirties, the women were still busy quilting and
having bake sales. The Aid members are to sweep and
dust the church every two weeks. The women liked to
attend potluck dinners, because sixty members were pre-
sent for one at the home of Mrs. Ray Husted on June 19,
1930. The first mention of a "white elephant sale" was
in 1934. A bake sale was held before Daster, and the
women used "American Beauty Flour", which was do-
nated by the company. In 1935, at the annual supper, an
adult could purchase a ticket for 35c.
In the mid-thirties, the Aid was divided into four
groups. Each group was responsible for entertainment
at the general meetings, and was to earn money for the
treasury. Some of their projects now included; plays
presented at the High School; food sales; Father-Son
banquet; ice cream socials; and Epworth League lunch-
eons, The annual chicken supper in 1938 was served at
the High School gymnasium and the price of the meal
was now 50c for adults and 25c for children.
Not untU 1940 did the women become interested in
missionary programs. In September of this year, a new
organization had been born within the Methodist church
for women. It was to be known as the Woman's Society
of Christian Service. Mrs. Lyle Husted served as the
first president for the Cornell organization.
The world was now confronted with World War II, and
so the work of the women of the church took on new
services. The men in the service received Christmas
cards, the women worked at the canteen in Streator, and
we studied about our missionaries, who were caught in the
battle fronts. Because of the scarcity of food the serving
of meals for threshers was discontinued.
There was a group who called themselves the "Sun-
shine Sisters", who planted three American Elm trees on
the parsonage lawn. The members also put together the
"Cornell W.S.C.S. Cookbook", which was sold.
In 1950, the women celebrated the tenth anniversary of
the Women's Society and invited guests. In 1955, it was
voted to organize three circles, so the women could meet
in the homes of the members for a social time and study.
They were the Mary-Martha, Mary-Lelitia and Naomi-
Ruth, the latter an evening circle. We were busy doing
things like visiting the Baby Fold in Normal, touring a
candy factory, and the circles also furnished flowers for
the altar on Sunday.
We had our first introduction to Study Classes in the
fall of 1955. Then we took over the Sunday morning
services and had "Laywoman's Day". It was also about
this time that we started the carpet fund. We served
many farm sales, and the Naomi-Ruth circle sold food
choppers, some of the members cleaned house for the
older society members in the spring and fall. Many pro-
jects were undertaken before our new carpet was finally
Our first executive meeting was held on Monday, May
21, 1956, and we all learned what ex-official meant! We
served our first Graduate luncheon on May 7, 1957, when
the graduates of both the grade and high schools were en-
tertained. Also in this year we served the Cornell
Alumni Banquet. What a big undertaking that was.
1958 was the year of the hula hoop craze and a dem-
onstration on how to master the "hoop" was given during
the recreation period of one of our meetings Also during
this year, it was voted to give the Egermeir Bible Story
Book as a wedding gift. A new way of serving was in-
troduced to our people with the Smorgasbord supper, in-
stead of the annual chicken supper. Many of our older
members were a little skeptical of our attempt, but all
worked hard and it was a success.
The sixties found the women celebrating the Twentieth
Anniversary of their Society. A special guest day was
lield and each past president received a pink carnation.
The Alumni Banquet was again served at the High School,
and this time we were much better prepared. Everyone
knew more about Marian Kay and her vanilla, for we
were using it by the quarts so we could purchase some
cooking utensils for the church kitchen. The Mary
Letitia Circle was selling paring knives.
1961 was a busy summer for we were remodeling our
church. The men worked many nights untU midnight
and the women encouraged them with cool drinks and
delicious cakes and cookies. The Circles lost their
names and they became known as Circle I, Circle II and
the Evening Circle.
In July 1962, we voted to accept the challenge of the
Methodist men, who had raised $500 to pay towards a
new furnace. We will pay the $400 needed to make up
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the balance needed. Also this year we purchased 72 new-
chairs for the church basement, and the Syracuse China
of nutmeg pattern was added to the kitchen cupboards.
Now that our church basement had been enlarged, we
had a more convenient place to hold our annual supper
and bazaar. The women have continued their contribu-
tions to the church budget each year, as well as making
a Pledge to Missions for the work of our church in other
areas. There are now just two circles. Hope meets in the
afternoon and Naomi-Ruth in the evening.
The planning of the Graduate Luncheon is now shsired
by the other church women of the community. The lunch-
eon is still held in May of each year. The senior citizens
and shut-ins are remembered each Christmas with a fruit
and cookie plate, that is packed and delivered by the
members of our Society.
In 1972, it was voted nationally to change the name of
our organization to the United Methodist Women. This
new name came about because of the change in structure
of our United Methodist Church. The purpose of our or-
ganization today is; ". . . to know God and to experience
freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to de-
velop a creative, supportive fellowship and to expand
concepts of mission through participation in the global
ministries of the church."
The U. M. Women officers for 1973 are: Mrs. Helen
Ketterer, president; Mrs. Marge Burkett, vice-president;
Mrs. Wanda Schaer, secretary; Mrs. Faye St. John, treas-
The first Lions Club received its Charter on April 12,
1957 with the charter members being: Keith L. Scott, Ben
Kristal, Marion Mitchell, Louis Hatzer, Wilbur Carlton,
Elwood Pasters, James Cashmer, Lawrence Brueggeman,
John E. Jacobson, Claude Cashmer, Glenn Earp, John
Murphy, Donald Wayman, Ray Kimmey, Arnold Maville,
Wayne Patterson, John Snyder, John Henry Cave, Ralph
Voigts, Leonard Beck. This club later disbanded. The
Lions Club reorganized on May 10, 1972 and held their
Charter night July 14, 1972. Charter members of the new-
ly organized club are: Ben Burkett, Clifford Cashmer, Jr.,
Philip Corrigan, James Donze, Billy Gregory, Elmer Ham-
ilton, Richard Hatzer, John T. Jacobson, Robert Jones, El-
wood Pasters, Wayne Patterson, William Pleasant, John
W. Snyder, Francis Vollmer, Willard Van Weelden, Joe
Moore, Ed Grant, Robert Sherwood, Dick Leonard, Irvin
Bohm, and Stanley Crews. The club now has twenty-
five members. Some of its projects have been: sponsored
share of bingo license to help finance Centennial, bought
glasses for school girl, septic system for family who lost
home by fire, gave out fruit baskets to elderly at Christ-
mas, purchased shares for Centennial and recently sent
donation for former resident who needs kidney trans-
Officers are: Pres., Ben Burkett; 1st vice pres., Jim
Donze; 2nd vice pres., Phil Corrigan; 3rd vice pres., Wayne
Patterson; secretary, J. T. Jacobson; treasurer, Francis
Vollmer; Lion Tamer, Elwood Pasters; Tail Twister,
Richard Hatzer; Directors (1 yr.) Robert Jones and Wil-
liam Pleasant; Directors (2 years) Elmer Hamilton and
Will Van Weelden.
The American Lutheran Church Women
ALCW was organized here in Cornell shortly after the
church was started in 1969. Our purpose is "To Know
and to Do the Will of Our Lord, Jesus Christ". Our gen-
eral theme for 1973 is "Be Alive".
Officers are: president, Aldine Monroe; Vice president,
Ethelyn Klein; secretary, Lillian Ferguson; treasurer, Ro-
bertha Finkenbinder; stewardship secretary, Gail Janssen;
educational secretary, Florence Seeger. We meet the
second Wednesday of every month, in which we have our
business meeting first then our Bible Study.
We have two big money making projects each year
which are the Salad Luncheon in April and the Ice Cream
Supper in September. We are also having a bake sale and
serving breakfast to FC in February. Last year (1972)
we made four quilts and sent them to Lutheran World
Relief. This year Rowe ALCW have joined us on our
sewing days in making quilts. We are also making scrap
books cut from cards, sending them to children's homes
and rest homes.
Last year the 2-3 Club was organized, which is a fel-
lowship of Christians in groups, who in joint prayer, pray
for each others concerns and share the joys of answered
prayer. There are four groups with four in each of them.
Yearbook of Cornell High School
The faculty sponsor of the Retrospect is Mrs. Jean God-
den. Editor, assistant editor and business manager are
selected by the faculty, with other students signing up if
they desire serving as members of the staff. The book is
financed by soliciting advertisements and by purchase of
each book. 1972-73 officers are: Editor, Linda Leach; Asst.
Editor, Donna Schlueter; Business Manager, Kaye Kelly;
Asst. Manager, Leann Soule; Art Work, Carol Moore,
Debra Schaer; Senior Session, Linda Taylor, Becky Cave;
Underclassmen, Julie Delheimer, Debbie Gourley, Sandra
Gaston; Sports, Terry Mullen, Wayne Schaer, Dennis
Leach; Activities, Becky Wonders, Sally Fitzgerald, Mi-
Student Council of Cornell High School
Three from each class and one from each club form
the membership of the student council, sponsored by the
Supt. Mr. Carrol Garrison. All members must maintain
a C average. Purpose are to let students help make de-
cisions, especially since they are the representatives of the
entire student body and have the students views in mind.
Present officers are: president, Terry Mullen; vice, Dennis
Leach; secretary, Kaye Kelly; treasurer, Cindy Gourley.
Activities sponsored by them are the magazine drive,
homecoming and at times, special programs to be pre-
sented. This year they have been instrumental in in-
stalling a new student parking lot to the south of the
school, which is a great improvement for the whole com-
munity. They have also participated in drives for funds,
such as St. Judes annual drive.
The Country Club
On April 7, 1970, the Country Club was formed, sole
purpose being fellowship. We're scattered over a six
mile area west of Cornell and south of Route 23. After
meeting one another on the street, in the grocery store
or at school functions, and after "many promises of get-
ting togteher sometime," five of us met one evening,
leaving the kids and chores at home with Dad or a baby
sitter. Mrs. Lester (Marie) Goodrich invited Mrs. Wil-
liam (Kathi) Schweizer, Mrs. James (Gale) Donze, Mrs.
Robert (Joan) Krug and Mrs. Stanley (Mary Carol) Jones
to her home for the first meeting. We chose the third
Thursday of the month for our time, with hostesses tak-
ing their turns and deciding their own entertainment.
At the second meeting in April, Mrs. James (Barbara)
Orr, Mrs. Gene (Mary Sue) Wonders and Mrs. Alfred
(Sarah) Nelson joined our group and we drew names for
secret pals toi be remembered on birthdays and Christmas
and anniversary cards. In June, Mrs. Leroy (Gail) Jans-
sen became a member and in September, Mrs. Donald
(Shirley) Zehr joined, bringing total membership to ten.
Cards are usually played with Progressive Rummy be-
ing the favorite game. Many times other games, sharing
pen pals, recent snapshots or oher things of interest are
enjoyed, which includes many good times of visiting and
good food and coffee. Last Christmastime we invited
our husbands to our special party held at The Lodge in
Dwight, at this time revealing our "Secret Pals" and
giving "gag" gifts to our husbands.
At this time we still have nine members, having lost
Barbara Orr, since she moved away. We always welcome
guests and new members.
The American Legion History
The first American Legion was formed on June 26, 1922.
The charter was mailed July 10, 1922 to Melburn Lamb
and the application was signed by:
Melburn E. Lamb Deceased
Don F. Murphy Deceased
John D. Sims Deceased
Myron E. Lishness Deceased
Harlow Iverson Cornell, lU.
Donald Gregory Deceased
Morris Weinberg Deceased
Clarence Beamon Deceased
William J. Lamb Ohio
Fred Morris Deceased
Elmer L. Beaman Deceased
Lawrence Hilton Pontiac, 111.
William M. Goddard Streator, lU.
Clyde Earp Cornell, 111.
Howard E. Gamblin Cornell, lU.
Reuben Earp Deceased
Very little is known about the post except that its name
was the Walter Cornell Post 752, and they turned their
charter back March 15, 1935. The records burned when
Morris Weinberg's poultry station was destroyed by fire.
In September of 1947, Max C. Husted started the re-
organization of a Legion Post in Cornell. The first meet-
ing was held September 30, 1947 when a charter was ap-
plied for. Temporary officers were: Commander, Max
C. Husted; Adjutant, John Hardin; and Finance Officer,
The signers of the petition for a charter were: Duane E.
Voorheis, William R. Taylor, Wilbur A. Martin, Arthur O.
Koltveit, Richard D. Cashmer, Roscoe F. Hammell,
Charles N. Webb, Orville J. Johnson, Paul B. Lang, Sam-
uel C. Pond, Merle E. Santleman, Amer B. Shay, and two
other vetaerns were present, Carrol Springer and Walt
At this meeting, it was decided to change the name
from Walter Cornell to Harold N. Shank Post 752. A
temporary charter was issued on Oct. 8, 1947.
The other members of the post the first year were:
Manley Soloman, William Pleasant, Dale Gourley, Hugh
E. Burton, Joe H. Moore, Delbert Brunton, Maurice Foley,
Howard E. Mills, Andrew Stortz, John DeCicco, Harold
Martin, Winfield Wayman, J. D. Sims, John S. Husted,
Francis Springer, Morris Weinberg, Irvin Turner, Clifford
Louderback, Howard Wayman, Irvin C. Johnson, Wil-
liam Voorheis, Ervin E. Burkett, Frank Mills, Donald
Highland, Frank Olivieri, Richard Rucker, Adam F. Mor-
rison, Harold F. Munson, Clyde Earp, William Gregory,
Gerald B. Talbot, John H. Oltman, Donald F. Ely, George
Delheimer, Howard Gamblin, Vincent Corrigan, Clarence
Beaman, Roy Sullivan, Floyd Cool, Jr., Doris McKenny,
James E. Dolan, James L. Dolan, Elmer Lawrence, Frank
Wayman, Harold Johnson, Max Miner, Fred Morris, Vir-
gU TuU, Gerald Alien, Elmer Stahl, Clifford Barham,
Willard F. Wayman, Chris R. Gmelich, Walter Redfern,
Eugene Corkin, Raymond Akeridge, Doyle Santleman and
Robert F. Redfern.
The American Legion met at several place in Cornell
until they received permission to meet at a lodge on the
F. N. Smith place north of Cornell. Their first meeting
was held December 23, 1947.
In May of 1948, Clarence Beaman approached the
Legion to place flags on the graves of deceased veterans
on Memorial Day. The duty was accepted by the Legion
and a few years later, Ervin Eurkett and George Del-
heimer made a thorough search of the cemeteries around
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There were seven or eight graves that were not found
in the Bayou Cemetery, at this time. Probably there were
no headstones erected or had been wooden and rotted
There were no revolutionary war veterans found, but
veterans of the Blackhawk War and many Civil War vet-
erans were found and of all wars since.
During this time it was decided to move to Cornell, and
the Henry Ide building on the south side of Main Street
was purchased. The first meeting was held Sept. 14,
1949, in this building.
In 1958, the American Legion was approached by the
Cornell Lions Club to build a new building for the use of
the community. They pledged $1000 over a period of
three yeai-s. With this impetus, the Legion, who had been
talking of a new building, on Sept. 23, 1959 purchased two
lots from Mike Murphy, one adjoined the American Legion
building on Main Street and one across the alley. After
the purchase of the two lots, Ervin Burkett and George
Delheimer of the building committee approached Dot Blue
on purchasing the Main Street lot that adjoined the
Murphy lot. Dot Blue's lot was occupied by a mobile
home in which Clarence Blake lived. She agreed to give
the lot to the American Legion if they would move the
mobile home to the Murphy lot across the alley. This was
accomplished on Oct. 25, 1959. The American Legion
considers this lot on Main Street a very generous gift
from Dot Blue.
On June 1, 1960, the contracts for the foundation of the
new building was given out and by late 1960 or early 1961
after six months of hard work on the part of the mem-
bership and the citizens of Cornell, the American Legion
moved into their new building.
Durng 1961, the old building was razed, the basement
filled in, and a parking space was made.
With the tearing down of the old Legion building, the
Cornell industries tore down several old buildings on the
north side of Main Street, and Cornell took on a new
look with the buildings that has housed prosperous busi-
ness in the late 1920's and now are gone.
The American Legion membership rose to a high of 105
members and with the forming of a post at Long Point,
fell to 68 and has been a strong post every since with a
present membership of 78.
Cornell Jr. Farmers
The Cornell Jr. Farmers 4-H club has been in existence
for a number of years. Many changes in the type of
projects available have occured through the years and
now there are numerous projects for both boys and girls
whether they live on the farm or not. Presently there are
twenty-six boys and ten girls in the club. Since there
is not an acti\-e Heme Economics Club this year, "some of
the girls are taking these projects through membership
in this ag club. Meetings are held regularly and the
year of work ends with the 4-H Fair, held the first week
in August. A tour of the 4-H members homes is taken
prior to the fair by all the members and leaders to view
each project. The present officers are: president, Terri
Lyons; vice president, Scott Delheimer; secretary, Mark
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Garretson; treasurer, Stephen Wonders; reporter. Sherry
Voights; recreation, Dave Russow and Jeff Voights; song
leader, Paul Jones; and 4-H Federation delegates, Terri
Lyons and Jeff Voights. Robert Jones is the leader and
is assisted by: James Garretson, William Barton, Charles
Russow, Jr., and Mrs. Eugene Wonders. Information about
the club in the early years is not complete, but it is be-
lieved to have been formed in the late 1920's. Some of
the past leaders were Joe Erschen, Sr., Milo Pitcher, Wil-
son Stamp, Glen Diamond, Claire Potter, George Staggs,
John Gaspardo, Mr. and Mrs. Reno Barton, Ervin Bur-
kett, Ralph Voights, Robyn Knox and Ben Burkett.
The Neighborhood Club
One afternoon back in April of 1932, this date being the
nearest we could arrive at after much discussion review-
ing and talking over various things that had happened,
that the history of "The Neighborhood Club" was made
The following were charter members: Mary Louder-
back, Daisy Lundy, Mrs. Tom Carter, Mamie Burkett,
Myrtle Morrison, Luella Cashmere, Ina Cashmere, Mrs.
Glen Cashmere, Mary Gaspardo, Irma Delheimer, Bessie
Delheimer, Florence Hyberger, Cora Fraily, Wihna Ham-
ilton, Eola Mills, Cora Louderback and Jesse Louderback.
The first meetins w;is )ield in the hdinc of Mary
(Grandma) Louderback. This was a quilting party and
everyone brought a sack lunch and Grandma Louderback
T(.|i i..\\— kr; to right, Mary Gaspardo, Opal Lawrence,
Jessie Louderback, Esther Girard, Ina Cashmere, Pearl
Valentine, Belle McClane.
2nd row — left to right. Grandma Cashmere, Margaret
Burkett, Mamie Burkett, Annie Wahl. Enda Eutsey, Julia
Wolf, Evelyn Cashmere.
3rd row — left to right, Esta Cashmere, Norma Louden,
Margaret Beckman, Cora Frailey.
Bottom row — left to right, Donna Burkett and Daisy
Lundy, children of Esta Cashmere.
At one of the following meetings Grandma Cashmere
was appointed our general chairman. This was the only
officer that we had from 1932 to 1948, that was 16 years.
The only activities we had in all of these years was
sewing and mending for ourselves, if we had it, or for
In 1934 the club decided to have a name for the group.
It was in the home of Irma Delheimer that each member
submitted a name. After many eliminations the name
that Cora Fraily put in was chosen. It was 'Lend-A-
Hand Club". For her fine thoughts, she was given a
hand painted canister set as a gift which was given by
Later on we started to play Bunco due to the kindness
of the Cashmeres. They brought the dice, bell and
At the meeting at Maggie Beckmna's on June 10, 1948,
a set of by-laws were drawn up and a new set of officers
were elected. They were Mamie Burkett, president;
Pearl Valentine, secretary-treasurer. They voted that day
to give the retiring president. Mrs. Cashmere a gift. It
was a black purse.
On June 24, 1948 at the home of Lillian Morrison, they
decided to change the name of the club to "The Neighbor-
hood Club". The club ran along this line with an oc-
casional potluck for the families, about one a year.
As years has passed the following members have been
added to the club. They were: Belle McClane, Enda
Eutsey, Esther Girard, Julia Wolf, Anna Wahl, Maggie
Beckman, Donna Burkett, Margaret Burkett, Mildred
Morrison, Esta Cashmere, Norma Loudon, Audrey Paton,
Marge Gamblin, Vorna Burkett, Dorothy Calder, Dorothy
Delheimer, Kath Hoobler, Evelyn Cashmere, Opal Law-
rence, Doris Cashmere, Elna Bayles. Mary Lou Gragson,
Elsie St. John, Eva Dodge, Marge Burkett, Bernadine
Johnson, Connie Girard, Evelyn Hale, Mazie Lawrence
Mayme Handly and Lucille Snyder.
The Neighborhood Club still meets on the first and
third Thursdays and the officers now serving the Club
are: Mary Lou Gragson, president and Marge Burkett,
secretary-treasurer. Each April the Club celebrates the
clubs anniversary. We have lost many of our members
during the years, but we have a real good attendance
and a most enjoyable afternoon, visiting and playing
The Cornell Sportsman Club was organized in 1934.
After the club became inactive, they transferred to the
Manville Club in 1958. Since most members were from
the Cornell area, they merged the two clubs in 1964.
Meetings are held the 2nd Monday nights of the month
at the homes of members. Officers now serving are:
president, Charles Russow, Sr.; vice president, Wilbur
Russow and secretary-treasurer. Lou Barton.
Afternoon Bridge Club
Bottom row — left to riglit, Mary Morrison, Mrs. Cham-
berlain, Ane Gardner, Lottie Weinberg, Carrie Sawyer.
Second row — Mable Springer, Eva Murphy, Mildred Mc-
Menamin, Jess Louderbach, Aldene Myers.
Third row — Mae Shafer, Belle Sims, Daisy Limdy
Top row — Lela Gochanour, Vera Werner.
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Ill the late 1920s, a group of ladies, 12 in all, formed an
Afternoon Bridge Club, that played Auction Bridge. They
played every two weeks on Tuesday, with prizes being
awarded to high and low at each table and 80 honors.
Lunch being served at conclusion of games. The original
twelve were Mayme Myers, Carrie Sawyer, Mae Shafer,
Ane Gardner, Eva Murphy, Mary Morrison, Effie
Stephens, Jessie Louderback, Daisy Lundy, Edna
Shackelton, Mrs. McCully and Mrs. Dr. McLaughlin, all
of which are now deceased. The club now meets on
Monday afternoons with dessert luncheon with eight
members, who are Mildred McMenamin, Aldene Myers,
Clara Russow, Rosemary Russow, Lulu Barton, Gayle
Mills, Vera Schuler and Ethel Cool.
The ladies of the community, in an informal gathering
at the home of Mrs. Mayme Myers, decided to form a
club and continue meeting at a one o'clock luncheon in
the home of each of the members. Mrs. James Calder of
Kansas City, Mo., who was spending the summer with
her sister-in-law, Mrs. Myers, assisted them in forming
the club. In organizing, it was decided to have a name
for the club. So the name of "Suitsus" was unanimous-
ly decided on. When they organized, ten guests and the
two hostesses, were present. Later others were invited
until there were sixteen members.
This picture was taken of the members when they
journeyed to Mt. Pulaski and met with Mrs. H. M. Blout,
wife of a former pastor of Cornell Methodist Church.
The meeting was held Friday, September 13, 1929. Those
in the picture, from left to right, bottom row, are: Mrs.
Mae Shafer, Eva Murphy, Mary Morrison, Emma Dick-
erson, Julia Johnson; second row: Nellie Johnson, Daisy
Lundy, Elma Gardner, Effie Stevens, Mayme Myers,
Edna Gmelich; third row: Florence Beaman, Jessie Lou-
derbach, Edna Shackelton and Emma Blout. Another
member unable to attend was Mrs. Carrie Saw^yer, who
was residing in Champaign.
During a meeting they composed q song to the tune of,
"It Ain't Going To Rain No More, No More" and was as
There are 16 ladies in our little town
Who got together and formed a club
Which has won great renown
We have called it 'Suitsus"
For it suits us fine
And you should see how we can eat
When we go out to dine.
Oh, the Suitsus, the Suitsus, the Suitsus Club for me
If I live and die in old Cornell, in the Suitsus Club
Mrs. Florence Beaman was married on February 3rd,
1926, so the group presented her with a silver tray en-
graved with the clubs name "Suitsus".
The only living members of the club at this time are
Mrs. Julia Johnson of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Mrs.
Florence Beaman of Cornell.
P. T. A. History
On August 1, 1950, the Cornell Grade and High School
P.T.A. Clubs met and voted to disband these two organi-
zations and join in one group. The name chosen was
Cornell Community P.T.A. and it was to meet the second
Thursday of each month. The officers were: president, Mr.
Clarence Oyer; 1st vice president, Mrs. Janette McCabe;
2nd vice president, Mrs. Helen Richardson; secretary,
Mrs. Irma Delheimer; treasurer, Mrs. Vei-a Werner; asst.
secretary, Mrs. Dorothy McClane.
They sponsored the cafeteria as their project and it
was decided on September 13, 1951 that the Grade School
would take over the responsibility of the cafeteria.
On May 14, 1959, the club decided to meet every other
month with the place and dates to be set by the officers.
It was decided on October 25, 1961 to have a room awai-d,
a monetary gift would be given to the class having the
best percentage of parents present at a meeting.
Cornell left the national P.T.A. organization September
16, 1965 and they chose to call themselves the Parent-
Teacher Club. Officers were: president, Mrs. Betty
Erickson; 1st vice president, Mrs. Inez Gokoo; 2nd vice
president, Mrs. Marion Gourley; 3rd vice president, Mrs.
Mary Sue Wonders; secretary, Mrs. Joan Mullen; asst.
secretary, Mrs. Pru Louderback; treasurer, Mrs. Charles
The club's purpose is, bring a better understanding be-
tween parent, student and teacher and to acquaint the
parent with some of the different techniques being used
by teacher and student. Present officers are: president,
Mrs. Phil Corrigan; vice president, Mrs. John Skeens;
secretary, Mrs. Roger Weber; treasurer, Mrs. John Blair;
room mother chm., Mrs. James Garretson.
The Friendly Circle Bunco Club
The Friendly Circle Bunco Club was organized by
Mrs. Florence Gochanour in 1928. Early members were
Mrs. Ada Leonard, Mrs. Effie Leonard, Mrs. Emma Leon-
ard, Mrs. Emma Jamison, Mrs. Anna Sullivan, Mrs. Dora
Miner, Mrs. Florence Manly, Mrs. Minnie Santelman,
Myrtle Gingrich and Florence Girard. Several members
added to the group were Gertrude Morgan, Claire Leon-
ard, Lela Gochanour, Lou Barton, Florence Blue, Venis
Spaniol, Zellah Beaman, Cora Frailey, Mabel Springer,
Elsie St. John, Lizzie O'Neil, Mary Gaspardo and Zeilia
The Amitytown Society Of Painters
The Amitytown Society of Painters was organized in
1940 by a group of local painters who had been painting
together. They usually got together on Simday and
Thursday afternoons along the river on the Lyle Husted
farm south of Cornell. Dr. Thomas Lockie and Thomas
Googerty were the founders of the society. Dr. Lockie
was a Pontiac dentist and a member of the Brown Co.
Indiana Painters group. Mr. Googerty taught forge and
wrought iron work at the Pontiac State Penitentiary for
more than thirty years. He bequested his own work to
the Chicago Art Institute. The Poor Box at St. Mary's
Catholic Church in Pontiac; the gates of St. Mary's Ceme-
tery and the South Side Cemetery are examples of his
work. He was considered one of the countrys finest
designers and makers of decorative wrought iron.
Mr. Googerty chose the name "The Amitytown Society
of Painters" because they met and confined their activ-
ities around the abandoned house and mill site known as
"Amity" on the Lyle Husted farm, two miles south of
Cornell on the Cornell-Graymont state aid road. The ob-
ject of the society was and is the advancement of all
those people interested in painting.
The original active members were: Dr. Thomas Lockie,
president and director; Mrs. Lyle Husted, vice president;
Mrs. Virginia Smith Miller, secretary-treasurer; Catherine
Yost and Thelma Patterson Gehring, lecturers; Maurine
McCelland and Mary Elizabeth Reynolds of Dwight,
Moore Foster, Louise Schneider, Minneola BonneU, Tom
Googerty, Ann Myers, Betty Jane Dimcan, Paul Monser of
Pontiac and Gertrude Bradley and Mary Husted of Cor-
nell. Associate members were A. E. Tiffany and Clsurence
Louderback of Cornell, Mrs. C. M. Dargan, Mr. and Mrs.
H. H. Smith, Clarence Miller, Dr. John J. Ryan, Richard
Miller, Warden O. H. Lewis, Mrs. H. I. Shepherd and
Paul Yost of Pontiac.
The society has had exhibits every year since 1940
with exception of 1943, when World War II was going
on. These were held in various places, including the Wil-
liams Mill, Masonic Temple, YMCA, Water Company of-
fice and Pontiac Library. Last year they also exhibited on
The group now numbers thirty-two and they hold
meetings twice a month with some of members getting
together oftener to paint. Present officers are: president,
Mrs. Virginia Diaz; v. president, Mrs. Grace Lugar; secre-
tary, Mrs. Linda Tullos; treasurer, Mrs. Muriel Stephans;
historian, J. Paul Yost. At the present there are no
members of the society from Cornell.
Cornell Community Club
In October, 1946, Clarence Louderback, Principal of
Cornell High School met with several interested persons
desiring the forming of a community club. Sixty-five
men gathered in November, deciding on the name and
electing the following officers: Clarence Louderback,
president; Clark Husted, vice; Robert Beck, secretary-
treasurer. Projects picked at this time were: securing a
doctor from the town, securing better fire protection,
health projects, and aiding the telephone company. By
May 1947, Clark Husted had petition for fire district ex-
plained, and in July, John Snyder reported the selling of
159 shares of telephone company
Front row— left to right: John Snyder, Lyle Husted, El-
mer Blue, Clark Husted, Amos Selby.
Back row — left to right: guest speaker, Gary Harbs, Wil-
bur Cashmer, Alvin Schuler, William Barton, Gilbert
Lauritzen, Rev. Gilbert Fletcher, Wayne Patterson, John
Gaspardo, Lyle Girard, John Cashmer, Larence Ketterer,
Virgil Ross, Burdel Crow, Floyd Cool, Sr.
In January 1949, the first committee started on the
building project for the construction of a doctor's office.
The first trustees elected for this were: Rev. Holmes,
John Snyder, John Deciccio, John Gates and Louis Hat-
zer. It was through the untiring efforts of John Gates
and the many, many work hours of several men of the
whole community that the building was completed on
lots bought from Bob Beck in November 1951. We have
had three doctors. Dr. Ripley, Dr. Dementrenko and Dr.
Gokoo, who came in 1958.
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The club had served the community in many ways, with
their biggest money-makers being, serving the Selby
Rodeos and joining the lire department in sponsoring the
annual community sale held every August.
Projects of the past years have been, besides the origi-
nal ones, summer programs for the young people, annual
Christmas treats for the grade students, a $100 scholar-
stiip for a boy and girl of the graduating class of the high
school, financial aid to the American Legion building and
fire department building. The last project was installing
street signs and house numbers, with the cooperation of
the village board. Wilbur Cashmer, the president, was
very instrumental in getting this accomplished. Other
officers of the club are vice. Rev. Ralph Marquardt;
secretary, Elmer Blue; treasurer, Raymond Spaniol. There
has been an average of 30-35 members throughout the 27
years and there are still nine charter members of the
The Amity Home Extension
The Vermillion Household Science Club was organized
on January 15, 1915 at the home of Mrs. McMillian. We
had a fine set of by-laws, and a program committee that
planned our programs with members participating.
Most of the talks were given about our own experiences
of raising chickens, sewing, cooking for the threshers
and many other duties of a homemaker. Our dues were
25c per member. In the early springtime, we had a
family night, inviting our husbands. When we disbanded
to become the Amity Home Bureau, we had a member-
ship of 75. Miss Swan helped to organize our unit. In
the early days some of the members were sent to Urbana
to bring back reports.
We have happy memories of the plays we gave at the
High School. One of these plays we presented was also
presented at the annual meeting in Urbana, receiving an
We had good local officers, and with the faithful mem-
bers, we have continued as a very good unit through the
years. At the present time we have 15 members in our
unit. The present officers are: Mrs. Cecil Richardson,
president; Mrs. Orville Gingrich, 1st vice president; Mrs.
Lester Goodrich, 2nd vice president; Mrs. Eugene Won-
ders, secretary; and Mrs. Donald Walker, treasurer.
The first American Legion Auxiliary Unit of Cornell
was organized under the Walter R. Cornell Post No. 752,
as a charter was applied for on April 20, 1923, and issued
on AprU 27, 1923.
Mrs. Mary Morrison was first President of this Auxil-
iary. The Unit had 26 members and the following names
were listed on the application for a Charter: Martha Cor-
nell Dunbar, Eliza M. Myers, Eva Murphy, Lela Gregory,
Alta Grounds, Gladys Lamb, Josephine Williams, Zellah
Bcaman. Almera Allen, Sylvia Lishness, Alto Lindquist,
Margarette Allen, Alice Hilton, Emily Lindquist and
Harriet Goodard. The last record of this units operations
was during April of 1925. Probably disbanded for lack
The second organization of a Legion Auxiliary came
after World War II. A Charter was applied for in Feb.
29, 1943, with the following people being listed on the
application of the Charter, for organizing the Harold N.
Shank Legion Auxiliary No. 752. Rosemary Delheimer
Johnson as president. Betty Hardin, Margaret Barham,
Fern Husted, Margaret Cashmer, Lottie Hardin, Bessie
Delheimer, Lottie Weinberg, Irma Delheimer and Helen
This later was dissolved and Charter cancelled on Jan.
20, 1950. Apparently due to inactivity.
The third group to organize an active Legion Auxiliary
came about on October 19, 1955, as a group of ladies met
with Don Ely, Commander of the Harold N. Shank
Legion Post, to discuss the duties and purposes of an
Auxiliary Unit. The meeting was held at the "Old
Legion Hall" property formerly owned by Henry "Hank"
Ide. From this meeting the Harold N. Shank Auxiliai'y
Unit No. 752 was organized.
Mrs. Edith Judd of Colfax installed the following of-
ficers on November 28, 1955; Florence Walker, president;
Josephine Ely, 1st vice president; Betty Taylor, 2nd vice
president; Elna Bayles, treasurer; Verna Burke tt, histor-
ian; Betty Hardin, Sgt. at Arms; Mildred Girard, secre-
tary; Lottie Hardin, Chaplain.
Membership has grown from 30 to 54 over the years.
A charter was issued from the Department of Illinois on
January 12, 1956.
The following have served as President:
Florence Walker and Dolly Cagley, also served as Presi-
dent of the Livingston County Council of the American
Legion Auxiliary. This organization meets the fifth
Monday of each month at the various towns thi'oughout
the county. Cornell was host to the group this past
The Auxiliary has sponsored ten girls from Cornell to
attend the lUini Girls State, which is held on the campus
of MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois for one week
in June. The following are a list of the girls who have
attended: Mary Hatzer, 1963; Cynthia Patterson, 1964;
Donna Redfern, 1965; Carol Ely, 1966; Sandra Husted,
1967; Ruth Ann Delheimer, 1968; Nancy Shay, 1969; Beth
Pleasant, 1970; Ann Kelly, 1971; and Linda Leach, 1972.
Our two Gold Star Mothers are: La Vera Griffitsh,
mother of Harold N. Shank, for whom the post wa«
named, and Harriet Garretson, mother of William Gar-
There are six deceased members: Norma Loudon, Lela
Gochanour, Frances Girard, Viola Husted, Cora Frailey
and Mamie Burkett.
Poppy Day is observed by selling Poppies in Cornell
on Saturday before Memorial Day.
Nels N. Lindquist
Nels was born in Sweden in 1867 and emigrated to this
country in 1888. He married Emily Peterson and moved
from Minnesota to Illinois shortly thereafter. He came
to Cornell about 1895 and started a shoe repair shop in the
J. E. Shackelton store. He then worked in that store for
about 30 years. They were parents of eight children,
Raynold of Denver, Colorado; Gottfrid of Sun City, Ari-
zona; Florence Blue of Cornell; Edythe Marsh of Downers
Grove, 111.; Victor of Pontiac, 111.; Hugo of Seminole,
Florida; Helen Tascher of Morris, 111.; and Berdine Bailey,
deceased, of Springfield. Mr. Lindquist died at Cornell
in 1934 and Mrs. Lindquist at Pontiac in 1965.
Among the pioneers of Livingston County were Mr.
and Mrs. John Corrigan. They were born in County of
Cavan, Ireland and landed in New York in 1863, after a
rough stormy voyage of four weeks, from Liverpool. Mr.
Corrigan accumufeted several hundred acres of land and
raised thoroughbred Shorthorn cattle, blooded horses and
high grade hogs and sheep.
The mother of Mr. Corrigan came from Ireland in 1865
after the death of her husband. She died at her home in
Cornell and was buried near Aurora.
Peter, a brother of Mr. Corrigan, came to America in
1856. He landed in New York and enlisted in a New
York regiment of the Army. He was taken prisoner and
confined to Libby prison eight months. In 1864, he was
exchanged and returned to his regiment, was captured
again at the battle of Antietam and sent to Andersonville
prison where he died. The family were of the Catholic
faith. They were parents of 8 children who are all de-
ceased. They were: Peter, Eugene, Mary, Hugh, James,
Alice and Maggie. On child, also named Alice, died at
the age of ten months.
Peter Corrigan married Frances Foley in 1887 and were
the first couple to be married in the newly built Catholic
Church in Cornell, III. They were the parents of nine
Cora, born in 1888, married Otto Remme, the parents of
4 children — Ernest, Howard, Maurice and Russel.
Philip, born in 1889, married Rena Imm, the parents of
C) children — Geneva married Victor Cahldeick, parents of
1 child, Craig; Vincent married Ruth Long, parents of 2
children, Douglas, Patrick; Betty married Joseph Erschen,
parents of 6 children, Stanley, Steve, Cormie, William,
Mary Jo, Chuck; Ruth married Gene Hoag, parents of 3
children, David, Diane, Debbie; Phillip, Jr. married Wil-
ma Russow, the parents of 4 children, Kevin, Kirk Kim-
Alice, born 1896, married Harry HohensheU, parents of
1 child— Phyllis.
Mabel, born 1900, married Sidney Trainor, parents of
9 children — Joe, Vincent, Frank, Larry, Phillip, Emmett,
Kathleen, Richard, BiUie.
John, born 1902, married Esther Santleman, parents of
3 children — Gene, Joan, Mary.
Frank, born 1904, married Marie McDonald, parents of
Z children — William, Edward.
Victor, born 1909.
Two girls died in infancy.
Victor are now deceased.
Phillip, Alice, John and
Among Cornell men in the military service, who served
in World War II were Brigadier General Ernest L. Ram-
me, Capt. Howard F. Ramme, Lt. Maurice L. Ramme, all
in the Air Force. Vincent Corrigan served in World War
II and Philip Corrigan, Jr. served in the Korean War.
Capt. Howard Ramme flew 104 round trips over the
Himalaya Mountains known as the HUMP. All were
grandsons of Peter Corrigan.
Much of the land owned by John Corrigan over 100
years ago is in possession of his grandchildren.
Russel Ramme farms part of the first land owned by
A Mr. David Corbin settled in the Cornell area about
1835. A Corbin tombstone is located in Rooks Creek
township, now in the Oral Olson pasture, where several
old markers are found. Mr. John Cline Antrim and fam-
ily settled southwest of Cornell in 1863, in the spring.
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Leaving Ohio in April of same year, our father, William
Jordon Antrim, was just 6 weeks old. When the family
left Ohio, they traveled by covered wagon, taking 3
weeks to make the trip. The old residence still stands
where the AntrLms lived for 2 years. During these years,
Mr. Antrim served in the Union Army and was discharg-
ed in 1865 from Nashville, Tenn.
This was before Cornell was established and there were
only live post offices in Livingston County, one of which
was located in the home of James IVIcKee. This home
was located just south of John Snyder's corn crib on east
side of drive to Bayou Bluff area. George Rice carried
the mail by horseback, since this was the old stage road
from Dixon to Danville. In this area was an old grist
mill where the Bayou creek and Vermillion river join.
The stone from this mill may be seen in Pontiac at the
west entrance of the court house. The Bayou Cemetery,
one of oldest in county, is also located here.
John Cline Antrim, after the CivU War, bought 240
acres in Amity township, located just west of the Don
Zehr farm. This is where William Jordon Antrim grew
to manhood and attended school just east of the Nigh
Chapel Church, with the rest of his family.
In 1883, Susan Carroll came from Iowa, staying with
her cousin, Milt Carroll and taught school in the Spring-
er and Cornell schools. She met William Antrim in the
Nigh Chapel Church and later they were married in her
home in Iowa. They started farming on his father's farm
and then moved to their farm in Rooks Creek township,
where they lived to celebrate their 65th wedding anni-
versary. To this union were born Glenn L., John "BUly",
Dorothy Brue, Keturah 'Kit" and Mary Ann Linsey.
Glenn married Arma Weber, who were the parents of
Jean Godden, the present homemaking teacher at the
Cornell High School. They still live on the home place.
"Kit" was also a teacher in tlie High School of Cornell in
the 20's, teaching math and science.
John Calder was born in Sterling County, Scotland,
December 24, 1833. He came to Illinois in 1852. On Jan.
19, 1859, he married Elizabeth Decker, who was born in
Crawford County, Ohio, Oct. 24, 1839. She had come to
Illinois with her parents, Martin and Margaret Decker,
in 1865. Mr. Calder passed away Dec. 3, 1895. Mrs.
Calder passed away April 10, 1918. Five children were
born to this union, three boys and two girls. Two chil-
dren died in infancy, The three living children were:
Jennie, wife of W. S. Tiffany, Allison E. and William E.
Allison E. Calder, son of John and Elizabeth Calder,
was born in Amity Township, July 4, 1862. On Dec. 26,
1886, he was united in marriage to Catherine Webb of
Esmen Township. Catherine Webb was born May 11,
1861, in Bridgeport, West Virginia. AUison E. Calder
passed away March 7, 1927. His wife, Catherine Calder,
passed away Feb. 14, 1944. To them were bom two daugh-
icrs, Jessie Mac, born Jan. 10, 1894 and Florence Cor-
delia, born Oct. 26, 1899. Jessie was united in marriage
on Dec. 15, 1915, with Marion (Doc) Louderback and
Florence was united in marriage on Feb. 3, 1926 to Clar-
ence (Jake) Beaman. Jessie Louderback died Aug. 11,
1970 and Florence Beaman still survives.
History of the Gourley Pioneers
Abel and Elizabeth Richards Gourley were natives of
eastern Virginia, Loudin County. It was here they
were married in the year 1800 and to their union 16
children were born; namely, James, Joe, Alford, Abel,
John, Sarah, Liddy, Mary, Elizabeth, and two children
named William the eldest who died at an early age, and
In 1854, the older boys, John, Jim, Abel and Alford
were seized with the pioneer fever and started for Illi-
nois, settling in Livingston County. Here, John and Jim
purchased the 80 acres of land where Kenneth Gourley
did live. Here they farmed as partners for about 4
years, during which time they encountered many hard-
ships — the greatest hardship being that of losing all
their horses with some unknown disease. John returned
to Virginia on two different occasions returning each time
with a new string of horses.
Mr. Alford Gourley
In 1860, John purchased the 160 acres, where Harlo
Garretson did live, and the following year he was united
in marriage to Miss Emily Hampton, to whom 3 children
were born, John, Julia, and Elmer.
About the time of his marriage, he formed a partner-
ship with Walter Cornell and they began buying cattle
and other livestock. Later on he began feeding cattle and
followed farming as a general occupation. He became
quite successful and accumulated considerable wealth
with which he bought several farms in Esmen and Amity
Townships; also several hundred acres in Indiana.
His first wife died at an early age and in 1885 he was
united in marriage to Mrs. LJzza Blake. They continued
living on the farm until they retired and moved to Pon-
tiac, 111., where they died a few months apart in the year
1918. A grandson, John F. Gourley, lives on one of his
farms in Amity Township.
Jim Gourley remained on the original 80 acres the rest
of his life. He married Cynthia Ann.
Abel and Alford returned to Virginia in 1858 where
they were later married and in 1364, Abe returned and
lived on the place where Irvin Sinclair lived until 1871,
when he, with his family, joined a group of pioneers and
set out for Missouri.
William Gourley came to Illinois in 1864 with a party
of relatives. He remained here until 1871, later settling
in Lincoln County, Kansas.
Ann Gourley was married to John Mills of Parkers-
burk, Virginia. To this union were born 7 children:
Charles, Henry, Abel, Edward, William, Mary, May and
Ella. Abel and Ed came to Amity Township in 1890 and
WiUiam in 1900.
Alford Gourley was born in Loudin County, Virginia
in 1326. His wife, Rebecca Jane Ferris Gourley, was a
native of what is now Harrison County, West Virginia.
In 1864, Alford Gourley drove through with his team
and implements to Amity Township in Illinois, and in
the following year, brought his household goods. He
then bought from Bob Ingersoll, 160 acres of land in
Amity Township to which he added subsequent purchas-
es of acres. He was an invalid for 14 years, due to the
amputation of one of his feet. He died in 1898. His
wife survived until 1900. His children were Sarah,
James, Josephine, Abel R., Thomas, William, Alice, Mary,
Ida May, Lewis, Agatha and Minnie.
James Gourley farmed for many years in the Cornell
community, later retiring and moving to Cornell. His
death occurred in 1927.
Abel R. Gourley farmed until 1896. He moved to town
and bought an interest in a hardware business with his
brother-in-law, F. J. Spaulding. Later Mr. Spaulding
sold his interest to Dan Mills. Later Mr. Gourley became
the owner and continued so, until he turned the business
over to his son, Kenneth Gourley in 1918. Kenneth
continued to own the business until his death in 1939.
Over the period of years, Fred Lundy, Earl Gourley
and Charley Gourley worked in the store.
Thomas Gourley was a farmer and stock buyer.
William Gourley owned the livery business, later selling
and moving to the farm, then moving to Corwith, Iowa,
where he farmed until his death in 1946.
Charles Gourley farmed many years in the Cornell
area, later selling out and moving to Pontiac, 111. A few
years later he bought land near Oswego, 111. and farmed
until his death in 1953.
The daughters of the Alford Gourley family married
and moved to different states, mainly California, except
Alice Lawson, who stayed in Illinois.
James P. Gourley Family
James P. Gourley was a son of Alford Gourley and
Rebecca Jane Ferris of Harrison County, West Virginia.
James was born in 1860, coming to Amity Township in
1865. He was educated in the country schools near his
home. He assisted his father in the operation of the farm
until he was nineteen years old, then worked on a cou-
sin's farm for two years.
On December 24, 1882, he was united in marriage with
Ida Buren of Grundy County, 111. They become parents
of Ray E. (who later moved to Indiana and now is de-
ceased); Fay (deceased at age of 8); Clarence, married to
Cleo Turner, residing in Lake Worth, Florida; Earl E.,
married to Mabel Garretson, resides in Ancona, 111.;
Flavious R., moved to Indiana, now deceased; Florence
M., married to Ernest Manley, deceased; Edith J., mar-
ried Peter Smith, resides in Michigan; Ethel J., married
to William C. Ott, resides in Grand Ridge, lU.; and How-
ard, who ded at age of 26.
Mr. Gourley farmed for many years and raised stock.
Later he retired to Cornell.
John W. Snyder, born in 1906 on the farm he now owns,
qualifies as a native son of Amity Township.
Tracing the geneology of the present Snyder famUy in-
volves a somewhat complicated pattern. Chronologically,
however, it can be established that in 1840, John's great-
grandfather, James McKee, one of nine residents who
once lived in the "Bayou" area, used his home, situated at
that time just south of the present residence, as the Amity
His daughter, Margaret McKee was married to William
Snyder, whose father, Daniel, was a retired Methodist
minister. Daniel settled in the Nigh Chapel area in 1860.
Besides serving as a lay Pastor, he also farmed and oper-
ated a tile manufacturing business.
To William and Margare McKee Snyder was bom Ray
F. Snyder. Ray married Alice Corrigan, daughter of John
Corrigan, who settled in this area in 1883. Ray F.
Snyder and his wife, Alice, had three sons, Raymond,
Eugene and John W.
John married Bernadine Lyons of Odell. Their chil-
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In 1945 John's brother, Eugene and his wife were
killed in an auto-train accident. Their four sons, John,
Michael, Eugene and James also made their home with
the John Snyder's after the fatal accident. Michael and
Eugene are now deceased. John lives in Bloomington, III.
James, presently living in Cornell, has four children,
who represent the sixth generation of the Snyder de-
scendancy in Amity Township.
The Daniel Iverson Family
George and Olena Olson Iverson emigrated to this
country from Dahle near Viga Vag, Rennes Island, Nor-
way in 1855. Their five children were Helen, Daniel,
Iver, Ole, and Emma. They settled southwest of Cornell,
east of the present John Snyder farm. The land is now
owned by Howard Garretson.
DANIEL AND IVER IVERSON— 1924
Helen married Enoch Olson and lived in Iowa. They
had one daughter, Ena.
Ole married Louisa Carpenter and lived near the Iver-
son farm for a time and then moved to Wisconsin. Their
children were Addie, George, Elma, Leonard, Bertha,
Albert, Olive May, Grover and Verga.
Iver married Martha Anderson of Pontiac. They also
lived near the parental home and then moved to Mar-
seilles, Illinois. Their children were Josie and Edward.
Emma died of drowning, in the Illinois River near
Peoria, at the age of eighteen.
Daniel married Mary Alverda Chaffin, of near Rowe,
Illinois in 1879 at Streator, Illinois. They lived at the
homestead all their married life. Daniel told of wearing
Q pair of boots belonging to John Wilkes Booth, (the man
who killed Abe Lincoln) in his younger days. After
Daniels death in 1934, Mrs. Iverson and daughter Eulalia
lived on the farm several years and then moved to Cor-
George, Olena, Daniel, Mary Alverda and Eulalia are all
buried in the Cornell Cemetery South of Cornell.
Daniel and Mary Alverda's children and descendants
are listed according to age.
1. Napoleon, born in 1879, wed Jessie Corbin, daughter
of Perry Corbins of Cornell. They homesteaded in Mon-
tana near Roundup. Their children are Florence (died
at age one month); Ellen (Mrs. Emmett Smith); Nathan
(died at 3 years of age); Norman, and Selma (Mrs. Joe
Kuzara). Napoleon died in 1949. Mrs. Jessie Iverson re-
sides in Roundup, Montana.
2. A son died soon after birth in 1882.
3. Mabel, born in 1833, married Wylie Spencer Wayman
and made their home in Cornell. Mr. Wayman was a
carpenter. Their children are Stella, Frank (deceased),
Lottie Belle (Mrs. Jack Haydter, deceased), Clark (de-
ceased), and Glenn.
4. Lottie, born in 1886, wed Fred M. Patterson. They
made their home in Cornell and he engaged in carpentry.
Their children are Fredrick (deceased), Ruth (Mrs.
Charles Partridge), Irma (Mrs. Walter Delheimer), Ken-
neth, and Mary (Mrs. Arnold Peterson). Fred M. Pat-
terson died in 1922, and Lottie remarried in 1925 to John
H. Hardin. Two children were born to this union, John,
Jr., and Larry.
5. Verdena, born in 1888, married John J. DeGroodt.
They farmed around Pontiac and Odell and since the
death of her husband has made her home in Pontiac.
Their children are Evelyn (Mrs. Henry Gall), a son
(Stillborn), and Doris (Mrs. Merle Hubbs).
6. Marguerite, (Maggie) born in 1890, wed Walter
Eisinger. She died soon after her marriage and is
buried in Washington, D.C., where she was employed in
the Treasury Department.
7. Eulalia, bom in 1893, never married. Died in 1968.
8. Harlow, born in 1895, married Nona WUliams. They
farmed several years in Livingston County and then
settled in Cornell, where he worked at carpentry and
specialized in cabinet work. He is now retired. Their
children are Howard, Laverene (deceased), Betty (Mrs.
Herschel Reynolds), Florence (Mrs. Paul Majesky, de-
ceased), Kenneth, Marian (Mrs. Norman Rudolph), Donna
(Mrs. Robert Brackney), Fredrick, Sharon (Mrs. Robert
Jones), Beverly (Mrs. Robert Modglin), and Gene.
9. Nina, born in 1898, wed George Sandusky and they
also farmed in Livingston County. George died in 1962.
Nina resides in Pontiac, Illinois. Their chldren are Earl,
Gordon and Mildred (Mrs. Harold Kennedy).
10. Reno, born in 1900, married Bernadine Nicol. They
farmed several years and then settled in Long Point, Illi-
nois where Reno also engaged in carpentry. Bernadine
died in 1972. Their children are Clifford, Betty Bernice
(Mrs. Lester Rients), Agnes Marie (deceased), Elsie
(Mrs. Kenneth Moran), Harold Daniel (deceased), Rena
Ann (Mrs. Robert Schilling), Rosalie (deceased), George,
and a girl and a boy who were stillborn.
11. Alva, born in 1903, married Mary Richardson. They
farmed north of Flanagan and are now retired and living
in Flanagan, Illinois. To them were bom Wayne, Rus-
sell, Ivan, Edward, Roger (deceased), and Paul.
There are also 106 great-grandchildren of Daniel and
Alverda; 75 great-great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-
great-grandchildren. (50 grandchildren named herein).
Written and submitted by: Mary Patterson Peterson.
The William P. Davis Family
Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Davis, father and mother of Wm.
P. Davis. Taken in 1818. Vada Ide's great-grandpar-
The William P. Davis family came to Amity Township,
Livingston County, March 4, 1856. They settled on 80
acres of land located southeast of Cornell. The land, at
that time, was valued at $40.00 per acre. Previous to
1856 they lived at EarlvUle, Illinois, LaSalle County.
William P. Davis was bom in Ripley, New York on
April 15, 1834, the son of Nathan and Nancy Whitesley
Davis. Migrating to LaSalle County in 1844, by way of
the Erie Canal and the Ohio and Illinois Rivers, they
landed at Peru, Illinois. After looking the land over they
decided there wasn't enough timber for a cabin and fences
so they moved on to Wisconsin. The early part of the
year 1844 found them back in LaSalle County, where they
settled at Earlville.
On October 27, 1852, WLUiam P. Davis was united in
marriage with Lucetta C. Miner. The marriage was per-
formed at Serena, Illinois.
Lucetta C. Miner, daughter of AUan B. and Lucinda
Burnham Miner, was bom in Bradford County, Pennsyl-
vania, January 8, 1832. There were nine children in the
family. They came to Illinois in the early 1840's settling
at Aurora. Later the Miners moved to a farm east of
Two sisters, Sarah Jane Miner and Lydia Miner, as
well as a brother, David Miner, were long time residents
William P. and Lucetta Davis were the parents of
eight children, Ezra K., Theodore P., born in LaSalle
County, Marcia A. (who married a Birch in Kansas),
Esmarelda J. (wife of Leander Turner), Charles M.,
DanieK who died very young), Gurdon H., and William
In the fall of 1880 the farm was sold and the Davis
family moved to a farm near Burlington, Kansas, later
moving to another farm near Emporia, Kansas. Ezra
and Theodore did not go to Kansas because by this time
they were married. The rest of the family were mar-
ried in Kansas except WiUiam G.. Marcia A. died when
her fourth child was very young. In the fall of 1899,
William P., Lucetta and one son, William G. returned to
Cornell. The trip was made in a covered wagon. Cornell
and vicinity was their home for the rest of their lives,
WUliam P. passing away in 1916 and Lucetta in 1926.
Esmarelda married Leander Turner. They were the
parents of two daughters, Ardie Turner Schneider and
Cleo Turner Gourley (wife of Clarence Gourley), one son
Merlo Turner, who for many years was the proprietor of
a grocery store in Cornell. Their family home was the
large house across (west) of the Methodist Church, where
they lived until they passed away. There are no living
descendants of the Turner family in Cornell now.
The rest of the family moved on to South Dakota and
other parts of Illinois. There are many descendants of
the Davis family living in and around this community —
the Girard's, Shoemaker's, Davis', Ide's, Riordan's, and
Garretson's, who were descendants of Charles and Minnie
(Morris) Davis. They were married in Kansas and be-
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came parents of seven children — Anna (Riordan), Vada
(Ide), Carrie (Garretson), Ov, Abner, Albert and Everett.
The Charles Davis family lived in this community, as
well as PontiQc and Long Point (where Charles lived at
the time of his death in 1953). The immediate members
of his family in Cornell are Vada Davis Ide and Merle
William Grant Davis married Ruby Johnson in Cornell
on November 4, 1903. They were the parents of four
children — Glen (who died at 13), Iris (Bowers), Claude
and Jean (Maubach). They lived on farms in this area
until 1923 when they moved to Cornell. In 1965 they
moved into an apartment in Marseilles, 111., where they
were residing at the time of Grant's death in April of 1966.
He was 94 years old at the time of his passing. His
widow, Ruby, still lives in Marseilles. There are no
descendants of Grant Davis living in Cornell.
The Oliver Johnson Family
Oliver Johnson and Hannah R. Sellman were mar-
ried April 10, 1864 while he was still in the United States
Cavalry. From December 23, 1863 until September 15,
1865, he was a member of Company A. 17th Illinois Cav-
alry, during the Civil War.
His ancestors came to Charlestown, Mass. prior to 1637.
His gi-eat-grandfather was with Washington when he
crossed the Delaware, was injured at the Battle of Tren-
ton and died at Valley Forge. His great-grandmother,
along with her children, were survivors of the Wyoming
Valley Massacre of the Revolution. His grandfather,
Oliver Johnson came to Sangamon County, Illinois in
1820. The Johnson family and Abraham Lincoln's fam-
ily were good friends. His father, John Johnson, helped
to build the first frame house in Springfield, Illinois. In
1833, John Johnson came to Rooks Creek Township. He
was the third settler there and Livingston County
boasted a population of fifty people.
John and Mary Bloyd Johnson were the parents of
ten children — Oliver and Stephen being the only two to
live in or around Cornell. However, a daughter,
Elizabeth, married Benjamin Blue and their descendant
living in Cornell now is Lorene Neifing SuUivan.
Oliver Johnson passed away In March, 1900 at the
family home five miles northwest of Cornell. His widow
and unmarried children then moved to Cornell. Four
children had died in infancy, the remaining members
of the family were: Henry (who never married), Rose
(wife of Arthur Cramer, lived in Kansas), Arvilla (mar-
ried to Lincoln Decker and Frank Jameson) Sarah (wife
of John Decker) most of their life was spent in Iowa,
John (who never married), Jessie (wife of Otto Blue),
Ruby( wife of William G. Davis) and Guy B. (who died
as a result of World War 1).
John and Henry lived in Cornell until their mother,
Hannah, passed away in 1927. Jessie spent all of her
life in Ccfrnell, she left this world in 1968. Ruby, lived in
and around Cornell all of her life until in 1965 she and
her husband. Grant, moved to Marseilles, Illinois, She
still lives there, at the age of 89, the only living member
of the Johnson family. The only descendants remain-
ing in Coinell are Elmer Blue and Mary Decker MiUs.
SIX GENERATIONS IN CORNELL AREA
Cornell Grade School 5th grader, Lorena Lynn Loudon,
represents the 6th continuous generation descendant of
a Cornell area settler. Liberty and Mary Jane (Corbin)
Louderback, pioneer residents near Nigh Chapel, Amity
Township, were the parents of John H. ( b. 3-25-1850);
George W. (1851-1934); Chester W. (1854-1933); Julia
(Mrs. Thomas Gregory (1856-1934); Hersie J. (Mrs. Har-
ry Manuly) ( 1863-1947); and Harriet (Mrs. William
4 generations of M. W. Louderback family at their golden
wedding anniversary observance: 1st— M. W. and Jessie
Louderback (seated); back row, left to right— Esther
Kirk, James Loudon (3rd), Mrs. Lyle (Mae) Chester,
(2nd), Bemeice Stimpert (3rd); front row— Sharon and
Lynn Stimpert, Lorena Loudon (4th).
John H. Louderback was married May 11, 1873 to
Mary Augusta King (b. 1854) of Long Point. He taught
school for a number of years and later became a farmer
and Amity Township landowner. They were the par-
ents of Marion W. (b. 5-5-1875); Jessie Edwin (1876-
1898); Cora A. (1878-1951); and Hersie Minerva (1882-
1902). John H. and Mary King Louderback were priv-
ileged to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary in
1923. He died in 1928 and his wife in 1936.
Marion W. Louderback attended business college in
Peoria and returned to the area to farm. He was first
married to Cora Bennett and they were the parents of
two daughters, Lorena Mae (Mrs. Lyle Chester, 1900-)
and Esther Myrle (Mrs. S. J. Loudon, 1898-1929). In
1915, Marion W., known as "E>oc" throughout his long
life, married Jessie May Calder. Both were very active
in community activities. For many years he was Presi-
dent of the Cornell Sportsmen Chapter of the Livingston
County Sportsmen Club. He is remembered for having
organized many successmful foxhunts, which attracted
participants from the surrounding communities. Mr.
Louderback retired from farming in 1952 and subse-
quently he and Jessie moved into the village of Cornell,
For a number of years he continued to be active by sell-
ing seed corn. Mrs. Louderback too was very active, in
particular with the Cornell Methodist Church and its
WSCS. Both were avid card players. They too enjoyed
the opportunity to celebrate their golden wedding anni-
versary in 1965. Though the couple was childless, they
shared their love and zest for living with a grandson,
James Loudon, for whom they made a home when he was
two years of age. Jessie died on August 11, 1970 and Mr.
Louderback on September 8, 1971 at the age of 96. He
was at that time one of Cornell's 3 oldest citizens.
Esther Myrle was married to Samuel J. Loudon on
August 16, 1919. At that time, she was a school teacher,
as had been her grandfather. Mr. Loudon operated the
Cornell Motor Company. They became the parents of
Esther (Mrs. 'William Kirk, Streator); Bernice (Mrs.
Harvey Stimpert, Streator); Sam, Jr.,; James Lee and
Rosalie. Sam, Jr., died in 1927 at age of 3 of diptheria
and scarlet fever. Less than 2 years later, in 1929, Mrs.
Loudon died suddenly with her 2 month old daughter,
Rosalie, at her side. Following Mrs. Loudon's death,
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Werner took the infant Rosalie,
maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Louderback
took James Lee, and maternal aunt, Mae Chester took the
girls, Esther and Bernice. Mr. Loudon died in 1961.
Fifth generation James Lee Loudon was married April
23, 1960 to Concetta Lamagno of Streator. Their daugh-
ter, Lorena Lynn was born Jan. 14, 1962 and the family
still resides north of Cornell.
Mae Louderback married Lyle Chester in 1920. He op-
erated Q garage for many years until his death in 1962.
They had no children but raised her two nieces.
Our Doctor in 1 865
Dr. T. W. Jones, a native of Mercer, Maine, arrived in
Cornell a few years before it was incorporated. He had
practiced medicine about two years in Maine, after
graduating from the Bowdoin College Medical School at
Brunswick, Maine. A good friend. Dr. Harding, had
settled in Blackstone and persuaded him to locate in
The family home was built on the southwest corner of
6th and Johnson streets and he had his office in his home.
This is the home of Mrs. Marie Wayman now.
He rode horseback when calling on patients in the
country until there was an improvement in the roads,
when he used a two-wheeled cart. Later he drove a
buggy part of the time, using a heated foot stone to keep
his feet warm. He never owned a car. Before the time
of hot water bottles, bags of oats were heated and used
DR. T. W. JONES AND FAMILY
He was an active member of the Cornell Methodist
Church, a director in the bank several years, also a mem-
ber of the Odd Fellows and Masonic Lodges.
According to his record books, the fee for delivering a
baby was five dollars.
He practiced medicine in Cornell until 1915, when the
family moved to Normal, 111., where the daughter, Mabel,
entered ISNU. After graduation she taught second
grade in Granville, 111., 1 year. Later she was married to a
classmate, Noah Braden, who was teaching at the Nor-
mal High School at Terra Haute, Indiana. The following
year they moved to the Jones farm east of Cornell, where
they still reside.
Dr. Jones had two grandchildren, Robert and Betty
Braden, both of whom graduated from the University of
Illinois. Robert has been a farm manager in Indiana
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since his graduation. His wife was tiie former Mildred
Davis of Pontiac. They live near Lowell, Indiana. Their
children are Ruth Ann Pruitt of Smithboro, 111., who
graduated from Greenville College and is doing social
work in Greenville; Helen, a junior at Indiana University,
majoring in art; Oarol Bridgewater, living in Lowell;
Nancy, a senior in LoweU High School and Thomas, a
Betty was a Home Advisor of Henderson County, 111.
over seven years, but had to resign because of poor
health. She is living at home with her parents.
Frank C. Cusick was born near Cornell, Dec. 5, 1866,
son of John L. Cusick and Isabelle Leonard Cusick. He
was the father of Lawrens, born in 1896 in Cornell; Clif-
ton bom in 1900 in Cornell, and Laverra Griffith, born
in Siloam Springs, Ark. in 1905.
He was a barber all his life and was Justice of Peace
for many, many years. He was grandfather of Harold
N. Shanks, who he raised, who was killed in action in
1943 in the service of his country, for whom the Cornell
American Legion Post was named. He died at the home
of his daughter in Woodside, New York in 1948 and is
buried in Cornell.
This log house is located four and one half miles
southwest of Cornell, Illinois. Springer log cabin.
Nathan Springer, Sr., was born June 9, 1845, in Ver-
million County. He enlisted in the 129th Illinois Volunteer
Infantry in 1862, and served in Company C until the
close of the war. He was discharged from the Army
June 19, 1865 His last service was under the leader-
ship of Sherman. The last serious conflict in which he
was engaged was that of Bentonville, North Carolina,
and after marching from Richmond to Washington, he
was one of the blue-coated veterans in the Grand Re-
view. He was wounded three or four times and was
hospitalized for short periods.
After his marriage in 1867, he rented a tract of land
in Long Point Township. He then moved to Allen
County Kansas, and farmed one year and moved back to
Illinois in 1884, and rented land for one year. He then
located on his present homestead in section 19, Amity
Township. The marriage of Mr. Springer and Mary
Catherine Carpenter took place on Sept. 12, 1867, Mrs.
Springer is a native of Ohio and since 1854 has been a
resident of Illinois. They became the parents of eight
children: Sarah Elizabeth (died at the age of 4 years),
Otto C. (was accidentally killed March 22, 1898 at age 19),
and Robert, Walter, Nathan, Alonzo, Martha, Francis, are
Walter married Elizabeth Stehle in 1895. They be-
came the parents of two daughters, Mae and Marie. Mae
married Roy Santelman in 1923. He died in 1940. She
then married Harry Mason in 1948 and he died in 1961.
Marie married Paul Long in 1921. They were the par-
ents of Betty Mae, Dorothy, Shirley, Ivan, who died in
infancy, Charles and Vera Louise.
Tech. Sgt. Harold N. Shanks, grandson of Frank C.
William Husted, the first of the family to reside in the
Cornell area, was born in the Bridgeton, New Jersey area,
in 1814. In early manhood he came down the Ohio
River and settled in Franklin County, Indiana. There he
met and married Rachel Miller Whitney. In 1850 he
brought his wife and young family to Putnam County,
Illinois. William and Rachel were the parents of Han-
nah Shepherd, Samuel Husted, Sarah Johnson, Caroline
Campbell, David Husted, Lydia and Rachel Husted. In
1862 they came to Livingston County and farmed for
awhile on the place where Ed Lyons now lives in Esmen
Township. A few years later they moved to Sunbury
Township on the Norton farm where Eddie Rinn now
lives. In 1869 there was a great flood and William told
of visiting at the river south of Cornell, where he saw
only the peak of the sawmill roof above the water. Now
in 1973 the mill race is still visible but it may not last
many more years. Wm. Husted's sale bill dated 1875 is
in Lyle Husted's possession. After the sale they moved
into Cornell into the residence now owned by Mrs. War-
ren Morris. William died in November 1900. Rachel
died in 1888.
Samuel Husted was born in Franklin County, Indiana
in 1845. He was five years old when he came to Illinois.
He farmed with his father until he was married in 1866
to Martha Wilson Holcomb, who was a widow of a Civil
War veteran. From this marriage the following chil-
dren were born: Albert, who died at age 10; Charles, Wil-
liam, Raymond, Earl, Mabel (Klinzman), and Edna
(Klinzmun. All are deceased. Later, about 1875, Sam-
uel was in partnership in the grocery business with his
brother-in-law, Ben Johnson, in Cornell on the south
side of the Main Street about where the present Legion
Hall is now located. After he left the grocei-y business,
Samuel and ben bought the present Husted farm south
of Cornell. David, Samuel and Ben had a three way
partnership in the farm. Samuel and David's families
lived together on the farm in the same house. In 1837
Samuel's wife, Martha, died.
Of his family, William was married to Pearl Rucker,
daughter of WilLam and Amanda Rucker. William and
Earl operated a grocery store in Cornell from 1906 to
1920. Their children were Irene (Mrs. William Lamb),
Cleveland, Ohio; Max C, deceased; Ralph, Akron, Ohio;
Gladys (Mrs. John Kroeckel) Akron; Edith (Mrs. Gran-
ger), Akron area; Claude, Robert and Anita, all deceased.
Raymond married Eva Young. He had a harness shop
in Cornell from 1912 to 1919, then moved to a farm near
Pontiac. They had four daughters, three of whom died at
an early age. Pauline (Mrs. John Ford), Salinas, Cali-
fornia is the only survivor.
Earl was married to Lulu Motts. Besides operating a
grocery store, he was postmaster in Cornell in the early
40's, retiring in 1945. Their children were Mildred (Mrs.
Robert Jamison), Cleveland, Ohio; Fred, deceased;
Esther, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Helen (Mrs. George
Sims), also of Fort Lauderdale.
Mabel was married to Dan Klinzman and moved to
Iowa in 1919 and farmed. Their children are Charles,
Yale, Iowa; Floyd, Storm Lake, Iowa; Ethel (Mrs. Dale
Prescott), Lake View, Iowa; and Katharine (Mrs. Earl
Smith, Jefferson, Iowa.
Edna was married to Jess Klinzman and moved to Iowa
in 1918 and farmed. Their children were Ekner, de-
ceased; Earl, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Russell, Bagley, Iowa;
William, New Sharon, Iowa; and Lloyd, Des Moines, Iowa.
In 1891 Samuel married BeUe Mackinson, of Esmen
Township, who had just finished teaching a year in the
Baker Run School. Samuel and Belle's children were
Lyle, living on the Husted home farm; Ella (Mrs. Roy
Klinzman), Jamaica, Iowa; Glenn, Waterford, Michigan;
and Jean, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Lyle, a farmer, was married to Viola Long in 1915.
Their children were Vernon, Armstrong, 111.; Mary, Me-
tropolis, 111.; William Dean, Colorado Springs, Colo.;
Harold Clark, on the Husted home farm; and Marcia
(Mrs. Donald Metzger), WoodhuU, Illinois.
Ella, a farmers wife and piano teacher, is married to
Roy Klinzman. They have one son, Derriil, Iowa City,
Glenn, a teacher and Principal, is married to Helen
Flynn. They have one daughter, Sharrie (Mrs. Harold Van
Gilder), Warren, Penn.
Jean is now retired from being a proof reader for a
large publishing company in Philadelphia.
Of Lyle and Viola's family, Vernon, a school Principal,
is married to Helen Wilson and they have five children:
Sharon (Mrs. Edgar Hoveln), Thomasboro; Judith (Mrs.
Steve Blackford), Janet (Mrs. Eldon Huls), Robert and
Susan, all of Aimstrong.
Mary is a Home Extension Advisor in Massiac County,
Lt. Col. (Ret.) William Dean now is the postal service,
is married to Jayne Fox Moser. Their family consists of
Barbara (Mrs. LeRoy Croissant), Denver, Colo.; Mary
Lou (Mrs. Jerry Pierce), Palmer Lake, Colo.; Charles
and Gwen, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Harold Clark, a farmer, is married to Lois Shay of
Esmen Township. Their family is Sandra (Mrs. David
Knight), Pontiac, lU.; Carol (Mrs. Paul Darveau), Nor-
mal, 111.; and David, Cornell.
Marcia, a teacher and principal's wife, is married to
Donald Metzger. They have one daughter, Ruth Ann,
The descendants of William and Rachel are many, and
we have no doubts that the story will continue.
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Joseph lA. Bradley
Joseph M. Bradley, son of James and Nancy Barthole-
mew, Bradley resided on the western bank of the Ver-
million River in Amity Township.
JOSEPH MILTON BRADLEY, 1840 - 1929
Joseph M. Bradley was born in Clarksville, Illinois, on
September 28, 1840. He had very few advantages of an
education. He was practically a self educated man. In
1874 he purchased a farm of his own. He owned the
farm for 26 years, but did not move onto it until 1383.
In 1878, he married Florence Patterson, daughter of
Samuel and Julia Patterson, sister of Stephen H. Fatter-
son. She was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania,
and came to Illinois as a child. She was reared in La-
Salle County and received her elementary and high school
education In Ottawa, Illinois.
Their oldest child was Mabel E., a successful teacher in
in Pontiac, where she received her high school education.
She then pursued her coUege education in Dixon, Illinois
Samuel M. was educated in Pontiac. Later he was in
the mercantile business, where he sold men's clothing
and hats. His business establishment was in Sterling,
Illinois. He died there in 1937.
Daisy was educated as a nurse at Mercy Hospital in
Chicago. During World War I she became an Army
nurse and was stationed at Petersburg, Virginia. Two
other children, Julia and Ross were at home.
Mr. Bradley held many public offices, such as Con-
stable, Highway Commissioner, Township Collector, and
Justice of the Peace, up to the time of his death in 1929.
His son, Ross, purchased the home estate in 1950, in
which he retired from in 1968, due to Ul health, and
moved into Cornell.
Mr. Bradley is survived by one daughter, Julia, several
grandchildren, one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Gertrude Brad-
ley, wife of Ross Bradley.
He is also survived by three grandsons, John Naser,
Roger Nasser, and Bradley Johnson. Also surviving is
a granddaughter, Virginia Naser, all of Chicago. John
Naser is a retired Colonel of World War II. Roger Naser
was also in World War II.
One daughter of Joseph Bradley survives and lives in
Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her name is Esther. The son,
Bradley Johnson, lives in Washington, D.C.
During the time J. M. Bradley owned the Bradley farm,
which was later owned by J. R. Bradley, his son, many
interesting events were held there At that time it was
known as Bradley's Grove. Some of the events were:
The Old Settler's Picnic; many Sunday School picnics;
political rallies, such as the Democratic Picinc in August,
1931. Henry Horner was campaigning for Governor.
There also was J. Ham Lewis and a Mr. Scott.
Mr. James Bradley, father of J. M. Bradley, was one
of the surveyors of Amity Township. He also took care
of the land mark. The Mile Tree. In the 1920s a service
was held at the tree and a plaque was placed on the tree
with a poem by Joyce Kilmer. This was done under the
direction of Mr. John Mconaha of Pontiac, the head of
Conservation in Livingston County. Later the tree got
dutch elm disease and died.
James Bradley was an early surveyor of Amity Town-
ship. His surveyor set is still in the family and has been
placed on exhibit for several years at the Hobby Show
in Streator. He was a Postman in Cornell after the rail-
road was finished.
The Miner Family
One of the early settlers in Illinois was David K.
Miner. He came from Bridgebury, Pa., with his parents
in 1846. In 1850 he was united in marriage to Susan
Anderson, who had come to this country from Bergen,
Norway, crossing the Atlantic in a sailing vessel. They
moved to Livingston County in 1861.
In 1870, when Cornell was just starting, David Miner
moved his family in a covered wagon and ox team to
Kansas where they spent three years. When they re-
tuined to Cornell, it was incorporated and had three
saloons. It might be interesting to know that Lloyd
Miner, Jr., in 1939, took his grandfather, Theodore Miner,
on an auto trip to Kansas over the same route he had
traveled with his father. At this time Theo. was 81 and
very active, often riding horseback.
David and Susan Miner lived in Cornell till he was 83
years old and she was 91. They had three sons, who
were in business for 37 years. George, Theodore and
Henry operated their first general store, located in the
two story brick building, on the south side of main. Sev-
eral years later they moved in the building now occupied
by John Gaspardo's Laundomat, which was erected for
them. About this time, they purchased from Wibbenhost
and McVay, a hardware store, which was a frame build-
ing located where the Elmer Hamilton gas station is now.
Still later, they moved the grocery and dry goods store
to Waymans present location, and hardware was moved
to Finkenbinders Feed Store. Theodore ran the hard-
ware and sold buggies and implements for farming, also
operating two farms and feeding cattle.
In 1912, George Miner died and Theodore's son, Lloyd,
took over the general store, with his uncle. At one time,
Martha Springer and Frank Reeve worked in the store.
Years later, Irving Miner, the younger son, worked also.
A sister, Mrs. George (Madolyn) Strode lives in Chicago.
Wedding picture, 1912
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Miner
on 50th wedding anniver-
In 1912, Lloyd Miner was united in marriage to Dora
Sullivan, daughter of Anna and Burt Sullivan. Their
children were: Rex, Lloyd, Jr., and Pauline Fredericksen
of California, Dorothy McClane of Cornell and Lyle of
Colfax. Picture is of 50th wedding anniversary, taken
by Streator Times Press. Dora passed away three years
later. Lloyd worked in Miner Bros. Store 25 years, was
high school custodian 11 years and grade school bus
driver 11 years.
Irving has Cornell's only radio and TV Service.
Theodore Miner married Nancy Burt, daughter of
Benjamine and Rebecca Campbell Burt, who came here
from New York and bought farm land.
Another son of Theodore was Max, who along with his
father and brother Irving, ran a dairy in Cornell for sev-
ecal years, delivering milk throughout the village. Theo-
dore died at age of 91, his wife dying at age of 87. Max
died in Veterans Hospital, Dwight, at age of 55. Nancy
and Theodore Miner were kind, good hearted people and
at different times throughout their married life, opened
their home to several, making them a part of their home.
History of William Partridge Family
William Partridge was born at Barnett, Vermont, May
1, 1828. He was educated at a Military Academy that
was founded in 1820 by Capt. Alden Partridge. He mar-
ried Lucy Abbott in 1869.
Mr. Partridge came to Illinois in 1869. In 1894 he
bought a 252 acre farm in Amity Twp. Livingston County,
then later 282 acres more. He came to Cornell in 1905
where he lived until death of his wife.
Then he lived with his son, Edward, and his wife on
the farm. Edward Partridge was the oldest son. He mar-
ried Lizzie Smith. They lived on their farm until their
death. Their children are as follows: William M., Ed-
ward F., Lucy, Louis Alden, and Charles E. Louis died
at an early age.
William Milton married Mae Patterson. Their children
are Glenn, Floyd, Robert and Ruth Elizabeth. Milton
lived in Cornell and operated a garage, and later was a
Standard Oil agent. He moved to Pontiac with his
family. He and his wife now reside in Normal, 111.
Edward F. (Frank) married Blanche Eddy. Before this
he taught at the Cornell High School. Their children are
Ruth Ellen and Margaret. Frank is an ordained minister
in the Baptist faith. Most of the Partridge family have
followed the Baptist faith. He and his wife now live at
West Chicago, 111.
Lucy married Grant Dawson. Their children ere
William, Dorothy, Richard and Anna. They live in Akron,
Charles E. married Ada Olson. Their children are Pa-
tricia A. and Thomas Charles. Charles was engaged in
business in Cornell for a number of years. This marriage
was resolved. Charles later married Ruth (Patterson)
Rhodes. They reside in Streator, 111.
Patricia A. married Forrest Burkitt. Their children are
Mark W., David F., Daniel S., Thomas C, and Timothy L.
Mr. Burkitt operates a garage and service station in Cor-
nell at the present time Patricia is employed at the Cor-
nell Grade School Cafeteria. They live in Cornell, 111.
Thomas married Sallie Sweet. They have four chil-
dren, Michael, Sherry, Scott and Cindy. They live at
W. F., the second son of Capt. William Partridge, was
married to Ada Corbin. They lived on their original
farm until their death. Their children are Char-
lotte, Harriet, Ruth (now deceased) and Mary.
Charlotte married Todd Richards and had one child,
Antionette. Mr. Richards died in 1928. Charlotte later
married Fred Greil (now deceased). Their two children
were Barbara and John. She resides in Las Vegas, Nev.
Harriet married James Arnel Garretson. Their children
are William A., (who died in the service of his country
in 1953), Ruth H., Jane A., and Alice M. Mr. and Mrs.
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Garretson still reside in Cornell He was Amity Town-
ship Road Commissioner for 12 years. Shie has taught in
the local area schools for 20 years.
Ruth married Robert Husum. They had no children.
They lived in Chicago. She died in 1966, he survives.
Mary married James Albright. Their children are
James, Richard and Charlotte Anne. They live in
Downers Grove, 111.
The Ide's originally came from England.
Sherman E. Ide w^s born in Chautaqua County, New
York March 20, 1835. He came to Illinois as a young
man, and settled in Ancona, Illinois. He married Mary
Leonard in 1861, and she passed away on April 14, 1870,
Left to right — Heni-j', Charlie and Arnold Ide with Mary
Ellen, his daughter.
leaving him with five children, Fred, John, Henry.
Charlie and Mary, who passed away as a child. Sherman
was a blacksmith and he also farmed. He married a
second time to Lucretia Ann Waggoner of Dana, Illinois
on December 25, 1870. They were the parents of four
children, William Sherman, Guy, Ida and Edward. His
second wife passed away in June of 1886 and he passed
away November 28, 1903.
Fred Ide married Rebecca Kuntz, and he also was a
farmer. They had five children, Frank, Archie, Leona
Alqua and Isable, all are deceased except Isable, who re-
sides in Ottawa, Illinois.
John was a butcher and had one son. Dent. John re-
sided in Manville, Illinois and passed away there.
Henry Harrison was born in Newton Township on
March 25, 1862. He married Eliza Jane Robertson on
January 8, 1889. They were the parents of Charles
Sherman, James Leo (Lee), Mary Evalena (Eva), Rollo
Robertson (Jack), Anna, Rollie and Claudia. Anna and
Rollie passed away in childhood. Henry H. was a farmer
until 1900 when he moved into Cornell and opened a
barber shop on Main Street. On January 1, 1907, he
got a United States patent on a collapsible chicken crate,
later selling the patent to someone else. Eliza Jane
passed away November 11, 1906 and he later married
Ida Ree Shively of Dana. He also had a shoe cobbler
shop in his barber shop. After he retired from barbering,
he opened a general store and gas station in a large brick
building. It stood on the ground the present American
Legion building is located. He operated this business
until he passed away February 7, 1944.
Charlie, son of Sherman E. was taken as a child to
Kansas and raised by a family by the name of Fowler.
He also was a barber. He lived all his life in Kansas,
married and had four daughters. He is deceased.
William Sherman (Billie) was a barber. He lived and
barbered in Minonk, Illinois. He passed away young.
Guy Ide married and lived in West Allis, Wisconsin.
Ida Ide was married to Ben Taylor of Long Point. They
were also farmers. They were the parents of Esther
(Mrs. Fay Girard), Edith (Mrs. Delbert Fulkerson),
Gertrude of Chicago, Alice (Mrs. Gilbert Bennett) of
Indiana, Gladys of Florida, Ray and Robert of Long Point,
Illinois and Clarence of Texas, who passed away a year
Edward Ide married Carrie Brown of Dana, Illinois.
They also farmed and were the parents of Anna (Mrs.
Rex Harris) of Indiana, Roy and Guy.
The Henry H. Ide family lived here in Cornell longer
than any of the others.
Lee Ide married the former Lola Grimm and they were
the parents of Jeannette (Mrs. Ellsworth Collins) and
Robert. They all moved to California years ago, where
Lee passed away on May 31, 1954. He was a butcher.
Eva married Milo Blue of Cornell in 1912. They
moved to Amboy, Illinois in 1924 where Milo passed away
a few years ago. They were the parents of Beatrice
(Bee) Mrs. Guy Sloan of Cleveland, Ohio, and Mary
Jane (Mrs. Otto Gehant) of Amboy, Illinois.
Rollo (Jack) born August 28, 1900, married the late
Mildred Neifing. He was a painter by trade, and lived
in Davenport, Iowa. They were the parents of Margaret,
Betty and Marilyn Jane. His second marriage was to
Evelyn Cook, there children are Rollo Raymond, Kathleen
and Donna. Rollo passed away a few years ago.
Claudia Ide, deceased, was taken by her aunt to Kansas
when she was six weeks old, at the time of her mother's
death. She grew up there and married Reed Davis.
They were the parents of Paul and Mary, twins, and
Esther. Mary died at the age of three.
Charles Sherman Ide, son of Henry H. Ide, was the last
family to live in Cornell. He was born in Newton Town-
ship September 14, 1889. He went to work on the farm
as a boy. He married Vada Davis. They farmed until
1920 when he followed his father in the barber business.
He also did a lot of carpenter work. He was a member
of the First Baptist Church. His first barber shop was
on the south side of Main Street, then he moved to the
north side next to Murphy's Corner. That shop burned
down, so he built a new one and later added the present
apartment next to it. He barbered until 1958 when he
let his son, Arnold Ide, take the shop, but he continued
to manage his insurance business until his death on June
Arnold Ide, like his father, was a barber. He com-
pleted his three year apprenticeship before he was out
of high school in 1930, and received iiis license. He bar-
bered in Graymont, Illinois for many years and also was
Arnold married Florence Cassidy and they became the
parents of Mary Ellen Ide (Mrs. James McDonald) of
Later he married Esther Alltop. They had one son
Gary Lee Ide, of Indiana. There are six grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.
Charles and Vada Ide are also parents of Merle (Mrs.
Cyril Girard) of Cornell and Helen (Mrs. Joe Burkett) of
Charles Ide had four grandchildren, eight great-grand-
children and two great-great-grandchildren.
For 73 years there has been a Ide barber shop on the
Main Street of Cornell, Illinois. It has been operated by
three generations, Henry H. Ide, Charles S. Ide, and
Arnold Ide until Arnold passed away October 3, 1969.
The shop is still owned by Mrs. Charles Ide (Vada) and
operated by Willard Ratliff from Streator, Illinois.
The Jacob Gingrich Family
Jacob Gingrich was born of German ancestors, who
resided in Alsace, France. He was born in Woodford
County in Illinois, July 28, 1842 and resided there until
enlisting in the Union Army in 1861. After returning
from the call of his country, he remained in Woodford
County for an additional three years.
Jacob was the son of Johannes Gingrich, who with his
wife, Barbara Gerber Gingrich, sailed from LeHarve,
France, May 8, 1840. After four days of good weather,
their ship was caught in a four day storm. During the
storm, a daughter, Barbara, was born, birth place — the
sea. Forty-eight days after leaving LeHarve, the ship
landed at New Orleans. They settled near what is now
Metamora, Illinois and purchased 250 acres of land
which they cleared and improved. Later they extended
their estate until it comprised 800 acres. The father de-
parted this life in 1845, leaving the task of rearing the
nine children to his widow. All children lived until ma-
THE THREE JACOB GINGRICHS
Left to right — Jacob Gingrich, Metamora, 111., Grandpa
Gingrich, Cornell and Jacob Gingrich, Cazenovia, lU.
Jacob aided his mother and brothers in the manage-
ment of the homestead until the president issued his first
call to the lovers of the Union. After serving three
months, being seriously ill, received an honorable dis-
charge and returned to the old homestead. After suf-
ficiently recovering, he aided his mother for another three
In July 1864, Jacob Gingrich and Susan Farrell, who
was born in Zanesville, Ohio, were married in Metamora
by Squire Page. This union was blessed with eleven
children, namely: Gustavus, who married Minnie Carr
and engaged in fanning in Iowa and later in Minnesota.
Their family consisted of a daughter, Susan (Mrs. Cyrus
Hegstrom) and a son, John, who settled in California; a
son, Jacob, who married Irene Carlson. They have a son,
Donald and a daughter Karen; a son, Gustavus married
Marvel Kempfer. They have three daughters, Lorene,
Roberta and Claudia. Their second child, John, settled in
California. David united in marriage with MoUie Fos-
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click and resided in Flanagan, Illinos. Their son, Orlyn,
a dentist, and wife, IVIargaret Reimer, lived in Prince-
ville, Illinois. They have a son, Douglas and a daughter,
Sandra. David's daughter, Hilda, married Clarence
Good, Flanagan. They have one daughter, Mary Frances
(Mrs. Buford King) and husband live in California. Peter,
a farmer, married Lottie Barton. Their son, Orville and
wife, the former Ruth Lawrence, live on a farm south-
west of Cornell. They have a son, Roger, and a daugh-
ter, Norma (Mrs. Robert Gee) Streator. The Gee's
have two sons and a daughter. Eunice, wife of Leonard
Harris of Rooks Creek Township had a daughter, Mil-
dred of Taylorville and a son, Russell of St. Paul, Minn.
Both are teachers. Russell married Dorothy Stephen-
son. They are blessed with a daughter, Kathryn. A
daughter, Emma, who remains at home. Elizabeth, wife
of Albert Sellmeyer, who were blessed with two children,
Eleanor (Mrs. Theodore Leemhuis), and a son. Dean. The
Leemhuis family members are three sons, Eldon, LeRoy
and Paul and two daughters, Carol (Mrs. Dennis Vapel)
and a daughter who died in infancy. Dean and wife, the
former Harriet Moyer, have two children, a daughter,
Janice (Mrs. Donald Wills) and a son, David. Priscilla,
wife of Roy Barton, whose family consists of two chil-
dren, a son, Weldon, who married Mildred Schobar, and
a daughter, Edith, wife of Earl Richardson. Edith had
three daughters, Betty (Mrs. Earl Erschen), Jeannette
(Mrs. Victor Weichmann), Flanagan; Esther (Mrs.
Thomas Leheney), Kernan; and two sons, Earl, Jr., Coal
City and Thomas, Streator. Emanuel, who married Lela
Gregory, and four and a half years after her death, mar-
ried Mrs. Helen Cays. A son, Jacob, married Myrtle
Munson. They have one son, Howard, who married
Pauline Cook. Their family consists of a daughter, Pa-
tricia (Mrs. Ronald Novotney) and a son, Leslie. Susan,
wife of Jesse Gourley lives in Lincoln, Kansas. Their
family consists of two daughters, Helen (Mrs. Lee Bock-
man), Salina, Kansas and Violet (Mrs. Robert Daleen),
Wheaton, Illinois and three sons, Keith, Dee and Vance of
During the first years of his married life, Jacob Ging-
rich and his wife lived on a rented farm near Chenoa,
Illinois later moving to Waldo Township, where he re-
sided on two farms for the ensuing fourteen years. He
and his family moved to Kansas for a brief stay before
moving to Streator. He then lived on a rented farm be-
fore purchasing two hundred and ninety acres in Amity
Township in January of 1888. The land consisted of
timber, a tract of swamp, twenty-seven acres of cleared
land and no buildings. He built a small house, cleared
land, sold posts, lumber, and props for coal mines cut
from the timber. These in turn furnished the exchange
for lumber, tile and wire needed for buildings, drainage
and fences. In a few years with fences, buildings, fruit
trees, livestock and growing crops, there was little re-
semblance to the farm purchased a short time before.
In political maters, Jacob Gingrich was a Democrat.
Although he had no desire to hold a public office, he be-
lieved in maintenance of good government and aided ma-
terially in obtaining improvements in. roads, brjdges and
proper educational facilities for the young. He enjoyed
the confidence of all with whom he had any dealings,
as well as his neighbors and the heritage of an untarnish-
ed name he left to his children.
All his daughters were successful school teachers,
while his sons remained true lovers of the soil.
There are two surviving children, Susan (Mrs. Jesse
Gourley), of Lincoln, Kansas, and Emanuel, a retired
farmer, who makes his home in Pontiac, Illinois.
After the death of Jacob Gingrich in October of 1925,
his son, Emanuel, remained at the homestead with his
mother, who departed this life in February of 1928. The
following December, Emanuel purchased the homestead
from the heirs.
Emanuel served as treasurer of the Cornell High
School and Grade School and all the country schools of
Amity Township for twelve years resigning when he re-
tired and moved to Pontiac in October of 1940.
The Gingrich homestead is still owned by a son of
The Wylie S. Wayman Family
As a youth, Wylie Spencer Wayman, deceased, mi-
grated from West Virginia to Illinois. He came with
his parents, Jessie and Mary Jane. He had two sisters,
Belle (WUliam Wertz) and Sylvia (Charles Lishness),
one brother, Will (Matilda Gamblin). All are deceased.
He was a carpenter and lived in Cornell. He was seven-
ty years of age at his death.
He married Abbie Lishness. To this union were born
four boys and four girls, of whom three died in infancy.
Merritt Spencer married Ruth Barickman, in Cornell.
To this union, seven boys and two girls were born. He
was also a carpenter and resided in Cornell. These chil-
dren were namely, Robert and his wife, Ruth, have two
sons, Robert and Roger, and one daughter, Linda. They
reside in Phoenix, Arizona. Robert is an accountant.
Willard married Genevieve Bannerman from Chicago.
They have two children, James and Christine, and live
in DeKalb. He served in Africa in World War II. Don-
ald, deceased, married Marie Sullivan, of Streator. There
are two boys, Donald and Mark, two girls, Mary and
Laura. He served in the Eurogean theater during World
War II and was the recipient of the Purple Heart and the
Bronze Star. His widow, Marie, continues with the
Wayman Grocery, in Cornell and his son, Don, opera-
ted Wayman's Superway in Pontiac. Wayne, deceased,
married Lucille Kosma, of Streator. His widow lives
in Roselle. There were no children. Helen married
Ernest Buchholty, a railroad employe of Chicago. They
have two sons, Dennis and Lee, and one daughter, Ro-
berta and reside in North Lake, lU. Russell married
Dorothy FarreU, of DeKalb. They have three children,
Candiee, Michael and Thomas. He served in the Euro-
pean Theatre during World War II. They live in De-
Kalb. Mary married Donald Hallet from Wisconsin.
They reside in Minneapolis, Minn., and have no chil-
dren. Keith married Leone Allen, of Cornell. They
live in DeKalb with their three daughters, Jamie, Jean
and Janice, and one son, Wayne. Roger married Mary
Snyder, from near DeKalb, where they now reside. They
have five children, Theresa, Susan, Etebra, WUliam and
All children of Merritt and Ruth Wayman were born
in Cornell and attended schools there. The boys were
prominent in basketball at Cornell High School. Four
brothers, Willard, Russell, Keith and Roger and Wayne,
deceased, run a hardware store in DeKalb. They still
consider Cornell as their home.
Jesse Claudine, deceased, married Dora Brown, de-
ceased, from Nashville, Tenn. They made their home in
Miami, Florida. He was a carpenter and a veteran of
World War I. They had an adopted son. Jack, who lives
with his family in Virginia, near Washington, D. C. He
is associated with television.
Winfield W., deceased, never married and lived in Cor-
nell. He served in World War I and was a carpenter by
William Stanley, deceased, and his wife, Thelma, de-
ceased, made their home in Moore Haven, Florida. They
had two sons, Stanley Jr., and Thomas. Stanley Jr. was
a photographer for Life magazine until his death. His
widow, Diane and three children, Seth, Sara and Ka-
therine Ann reside in Washington, D. C. Tom lives with
his family in Florida and is in real estate. Stanley Jr.
later murried Rena Partridge from Kevvanee, 111. He was
a mail carrier and a dairy worker. His widow resides in
Eva, deceased, a registered nurse, married Joseph
Aronstam, deceased, in New York City. He was a phar-
macist. There were no children. They resided in Mt.
Marion, N. Y.
Wylie Wayman later married Mable Iverson, at Cor-
nell. To this union, three boys and two girls were born,
Stella, a registered nurse, married Albert Welch, deceased,
iiiLiL-iiaiu marine, in New York City. There were no chil-
dren. She resides in Peoria, 111. Frank Russell, deceased,
married Anna Dutko, deceased, of Streator. They re-
sided in California where he served with the military po-
lice in World War II until his death. There were no
children. Lottie Bell "Bee", deceased, married Jack Hay-
dter at Cornell. He managed the Smith Lumber Yard in
Cornell and later one in Streator, where they lived. She
attended Cornell schools. There were no children. Clark
Edward, deceased, never married and lived in Cornell
with his mother. He served in the Pacific Theatre World
War II in ordinance. He played basketball at Cornell
High School and worked at Interlake Steel, Pontiac.
Glenn Wylie married Marie Nicodemus from Tulsa,
Oklahoma. He is a World War II veteran, having served
in the European theatres. He works for Jean McCoy
Construction in Pontiac, where they reside. He attended
Cornell schools. They have one daughter, Rachel, who
married Tom Fite in Bophell, Washington. He works
for General Tire Company and they now live in Everett,
Washington. There are no children.
Mabel Wayman, mother of the above five children,
resides in Cornell. She is eighty-nine years of age.
Currently she is a resident in a nursing home.
Thomas Knox Barton, son of David and Sarah Barton
was born December 15, 1844 in Juniata County, Pennsyl-
vania, about 15 miles west of Harrisburg. He grew to
manhood there and recalled hearing cannon shots during
the Battle of Gettysburg; also how a rider came through
the valley every 15 minutes warning the people. A
brother was killed at the Battle of Gettysburg and is
buried in the National Cemetery there. As his father
had died, he helped his grandfather take their valuables
and hide them in the mountains until the war was over.
In the spring of 1866 he left Pennsylvania, coming to
La Salle County, Illinois where he rented a farm. In
the fall he went back to Pennsylvania and brought his
mother, brothers and sister back to Illinois to live with
On February 16, 1870 he was united in marriage to
Sarah E. Smith, also a native of Juniata County, Pennsyl-
vania. In 1875 they moved to a homestead in Long
Point Township, Livingston County and in 1883 he pur-
chased 80 acres in Amity Township, west of Nigh Chapel
Church. There was much improving to do as the house
was a log cabin and only a small portion of the land was
broken for farming.
Five children were born to this union — ^Frank, Laura,
LeRoy, Carl and Jesse, who died in infancy.
Mr. Barton died in 1908. Mrs. Barton remained on the
farm with her sons for a few years and following their
marriage, she moved to Pontiac. She died in 1942.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bartiin
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Frank Barton was born Nov. 8, 1872 in Long Point
Township. He received his education in rural schools
and graduated from Dixon College. On June 30, 1897
he married Martha Gamblin. They resided in Cornell
where he was a partner with M. Lishness in the furniture
and undertaking business. They later moved to a farm
south of Cornell from which he retired in 1930. He
served as supervisor of Amity Township for 14 years.
He was also a teacher and Sunday School superintendent
in Cornell Methodist Church for many years.
They were the parents of a daughter, Mrs. Paul (Ruth)
Long and 4 sons, Reno, Thomas, Ralph and one son,
who died in infancy.
The daughter, Ruth, died Dec. 30, 1920, Mrs. Barton
on June 14, 1941, Mr. Barton on April 26, 1944 and Reno
on April 17, 1972.
Laura B. Barton was born in Long Point Township
September 23, 1873. She moved with her parents to the
home in Amity Township where she received her edu-
cation in the rural schools and later taught school until
her marriage to Peter Gingrich on October 1, 1902. They
lived on a farm west of Cornell until retiring in 1928
and moving to their home in Cornell. She was a Sun-
day School teacher and very active in church activities
during her lifetime.
They were parents of a son, OrviUe.
Mrs. Gingrich died at her home in Cornell December
13, 1947 and Mr. Gingrich died May 1, 1957.
LeRoy Barton was born May 14, 1878 in Long Point
Township and moved with his parents to the farm in
Amity Township at 4 years of age. Following the death
of his father in 1902, he and his brother, Carl, farmed
the family farm until his marriage to Priscilla Gingrich
on December 31, 1902. They farmed in the Nigh Chapel
community until 1941 when they moved to the farm at
the northeast edge of Cornell. They were both active
in the church and community activities wherever they
They were parents of two children, Mrs. Earl (Edith)
Richardson and Weldon. They also raised a foster son,
Mr. Barton died Jan. 24, 1955. Shortly after hisj
passing, Mrs. Barton moved to Streator, where she re-
sided until her death December 19, 1969. ■
Carl Barton was born April 22, 1886 in Amity Town-'
ship and received his education in the rural schools
there. Following the death of his father, he assisted his ■
brother, LeRoy, in farming the family place.
On March 16, 1910 he was married to Frances Rork
of Graymont. Several years later, they moved from the
family farm to a farm near Cornell where they con-
tinued to live until retu'ement, when they moved to their
home in Cornell. They were both active in community
and church affairs.
They are parents of 2 sons, John and George.
Mrs. Barton died at the family home January 1968,
and Mr. Barton at their home October 1969.
James Gates was born in Ohio, February 20, 1821 On
December 29, 1843 he was united in marriage to Eliza-
beth Longnecker, of Harris County Kentucky and in
1845 they came to Illinois and settled on government
land near Cornell, Illinois. Seven children were born:
Saul (1846), John (1856), Rufus (1860), Rachel (1843),
Minerva (1850), Emily (1853), and Lucy (1864). They
resided in and near Cornell until their deaths, James on
February 3, 1900 and Elizabeth on April 14, 1901. The
old Gates home still stands on West Main Street in Cor-
When James Gates moved from the farm into Cornell,
his son John (1856) and wife, Mary Catherine Louder-
back (1862), to whom he was married on May 2, 1887,
lived on the farm where daughters, Harriet and Gladys
were born. The family later moved to a farm on a bluff
above the Vermillion River, southwest of Cornell, where
Cora was born. They later moved to Cornell, residing
in the old Gates home, where LucUle and Lloyd Mills
Harriet later became a school teacher, then married
Benjamin Harwood and lived on a farm near Manville
and later to St. Charles, Missouri, where Harriet passed
away in 1925. To this union were born four children:
Catherine Juvonen of Indian Wells, California; Helen
Lisle of Corona del Mar, California; Ai'thur G. of Fresno,
California; and Janet E. Stroud of Santa Ana, Oalifornia.
Gladys was a clerk in the Cornell bank, later married to
Melbourne Lamb, who passed away In 1963. The Lambs
moved from St. Charles, Missouri to Santa Ana, Cali-
fornia in 1929. Cora was an employee of the A.T. and
S.F. railway in Streator and Pure Milk of Chicago. She
is married to William Leander and they now live in
Santa Ana, California. Lucille was employed by the
Cornell Journal and later a clerk in banks in Streator,
now lives in Santa Ana, California, married Kenneth
Barickman, who passed away in 1939. To this union were
born Harriet, now of Santa Ana, and WUlis, USAF in
Lancaster, California. Lloyd M. (John L.), a carpenter,
is married to the former Evelyn Patterson and they live
in Cornell, Illinois. They have one son, John D., an
employee of the Rocktord Postal Department, and he
along with wife, Sylvia, daughter, Lisa, and twin sons,
Matthew and Mark, live in Rockford, lUinois.
John H. Gates passed away in 1932 and Mary Catherine
Gates in 1960 at the age of 98.
MUls Louderback, born in Brown County, Ohio, Octo-
ber 13, 1828. When three years old his parents moved to
Livingston County, lUinois. He was married to Har-
riet Corbin in 1853 and to his union were born five chil-
dren: Matthew, "W.E..," Mary Catherine Gates, Sally
Rounds, Mattie Cohenour. Harriet Corbin Louderback
passed away on June 2, 1872. In 1882 he married Sarah
Bradfield of Cornell who passed away in 1907. In 1878
the family moved to Jefferson County Nebraska, where
they resided until his death on December 29, 1913. He
was an enlisted soldier in Company C, 129 Illinois in-
fantry under Captain Perry in 1862, receiving an hon-
orable discharge at Washington, D.C. in 1865.
were Socrates and Anna (Earp) Bacon.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis R. Beaman were the parents of
three children — Charles W., bom January 22, 1890;
Clarence Louis, born November 11, 1891 and Mabel L.
born November 14, 1894
Mabel L. Beaman married John B. Ryerson on Janu-
ary 10, 1917 to whom one son was born April 2, 1919.
Mr. B. R. Johnson
Born in Ohio in 1850. In March of 1872 he came to
Cornell and was in mercantile business with K. Heckman
for one year and sold out to him. He was in the mer-
cantile business with S. M. Husted and E. A. Jamison.
He was also in business handling hogs and cattle with
John Day and later with S. B. Miner. This continued
until 1901. Mr. Joluison, then with two sons Fiank and
William, founded a corporation in 1899. This started the
Bank of Cornell with B. R. Johnson as president and
William as cashier. In 1900 B. R. and sons bought the
lumber yard from D. M. Brown and Frank became
manager. For six years he was supervisor of Amity
Township. He also owned 300 acres of land in Living-
In 1871 Mr. Johnson married Sarah E. Husted. They
hud the following children: Estella, Franklin, Wil-
liam R,. Sidney, Marcina, Edward Amer, Lucille and
Harry. Mr. Johnson was a prominent Methodist. He
died in Clermont, Florida in 1908 and was buried at
Roy R. Holmes
Mabel Springer's father, Roy Richard Holmes, was
born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1856. He came to Illinois
in 1862. Her mother, Alice Bennett was born in Cor-
nell in 1862. They were married in 1879.
They had four children, Oscar Holmes, Maude Holmes,
Mabel Holmes, and Bertha Holmes. Mr. Holmes died
in 1889. Mrs. Holmes died in 1958.
Mabel Holmes was born in Amity Township, near
Cornell in 1885. She married Francis Springer in
December of 1925. She was a telephone operator for 15
years. She was also postmaster for 11 years. Mabel
has lived in her home here in Cornell for over 80 years.
Henry J. Santelman
Henry J. Santelman was born in 1862. He was a
prominent farmer in the Blackstone and Cornell area.
He later married Sophia Beckman. She was born in
1885 and died in 1958. Mr. Santelman died in 1926.
Both he and his wife were active in the community with
church activities and raised a family of six chldren.
One daughter, Mrs. Ella (Santelman) Mossberger was
bom in 1889. She later married Ben Mossberger of Al-
bion, Illinois. (1888-1968). They were farmers of the
Nigh Chapel area for 47 years. They were parents of one
daughter, Mrs. Verna Burkett. Her husband is Ervin
Burkett. They have one son, Benny, who is married to
Drucilla (Tesch) Burkett. They also have one son,
Bradley Kyle Burkett. They are all residents of Cor-
nell at this time.
Louis R. Beaman
Louis Robert Beaman was born September 7, 1863 and
on February 23, 1888 he married Ester Ann Earp, who
was born May 23, 1868. She was the daughter of WU-
liam and Amanda (Bacon) Earp.
Mrs. Beaman's paternal grandparents were Charles and
Esther (Morlage) Earp, and her maternal grandparents
Born in Ohio in 1832. His parents were Isaac and
Jane Blue. He came to Livingston County in 1848. He
later married Obedience Corbin in 1850 at Pontiac. She
died in 1857. They had three children, Sarah Ellen,
Jones and John. Calvin married again in 1858 to
Mahala Louderback. They had eight children, Levi,
Lucian, Charlie C, Mary M., Annette, Isaac C, Liberty
and Otto. Mr. Blue enlisted in August of 1864 in Amity
Township in Co. H., 44th Illinois Vols., 4th Corps under
command of General Thomas. He mustered out on
June 15, 1865 at Nashville.
Jones Blue married Kate E. Irwin February 14, 1878
and they lived their entire lifetime in the Cornell area.
They had three children, Mattie, Nelle and Marland.
Mattie married Charles Greenman October 30, 1897.
Sixteen children were born. Two died in infancy,
Charles Jones and James Harding. There were Garold,
Doris, Jean, Catherine May, Mamie, Margie, Jack, Ruth,
Dottie, Allen, Joe, Virginia, Donald and Helen. Those
living are Doris Johnson Jack Greenman, Ruth Martin,
Joe Greenman and Helen Smythe, all of California; Jean
Lannin of Glen EUyn, Illinois; Mamie Mearns of Mt.
Morris, 111.; Allen Greenman of Ohio and Virginia Hart
and Donald Greenman in Nevada. Mattie passed away
in November 1961. Charles Greenman passed away on
August 19, 1956.
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Nelle Blue married Guy Patterson July 27, 1905. They
were the parents of four children: Aldene, Ralph Mar-
land (deceased at one year), Evelyn and Wayne. Aldene
married James Myers and they were parents of two
children, James and Jacqueline. James married Phylis
Wolf and they have five children: Denise, Stephan,
Jeffery, Dawn and James, Jr.
Jones and Kate Blue. Mattie Blue Greenman, Nelle Blue
Patterson, John Marland Bine.
Jacqueline married Fred Kettman and their children
are Mike, Pamela, Paula, Theresa, Jim and Christopher.
Evelyn married John Gates and they have a son, John
John D. married Sylvia Bieshlr and they have three
children, Lisa, Mark and Matthew, (twins).
Wajme married Donna Metz and they have two dau-
ghters, Cynthia Dembski, and Christine Lamb. Guy Pat-
terson died March 5, 1960 and NeUe died July 30, 1961.
John Marland Blue married Dottle May Blake Feb.
22, 1905. They had no children. John M. passed away
July 27, 1944. Dot passed away July 30, 1961.
Otto Blue married Jessie Johnson in 1896. They had
one son, Elmer. He married Florence Lindquist. They
have two daughters, Shirley and Joyce. Shirley is mar-
ried to Willard Stewart. They have two daughters,
Judy and Joan. Judy Is married to Wade Gilmour and
Joan is married to Roger Anderson. Joyce is married to
Tom Coultas. They have a daughter, Nancy Adams and
a son Tac.
Elmer and Florence have a great-granddaughter, Ar-
win, daughter of Nancy Adams.
Elmer started working with his father at the age of
13, at the masonry trade. He later was cusitodian of the
Cornell Grade School for 35 years, and resides with his
wife, Florence, in the home he was born in.
Otto Blue died April 20, 1952. Jessie died April 12,
The Earp Family
In 1840, Charles Earp came from Ohio to Illinois and
settled near Cornell in Amity Township. He was the
father of Charles S. Earp, who owned a well improved
farm near Cornell. He was an extensive farmer and
Charles S. Earp was married to Anna Louisa Fergus,
whom he met in Pontiac, on December 26, 1860. She
died on May 11, 1898 and was buried in the Earp Ceme-
tery near Cornell. Charles S. Earp died November 9,
1925 and was also buried in the Earp Cemetery.
Charles S. Earp and Anna Louisa Earp were the par-
ents of five children, Elmer, Cora, Earnest, Reuben and
Ekner Earp married Bessie Cox and they lived on a
farm before retiring and moving to Cornell. They
celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary in December,
1972. They were the parents of four children: Cloyde,
Glen, Evelyn and Eugene.
Cloyde Earp was married to Florence Johnson. They
have three children, Hiyliss, Donna and Richard.
Glen Earp, a contractor and fur buyer, married Mad-
eline Morris. They have four children, Norman, Ken-
neth, Karen and Gary. Norman married Karen O'Leary.
They have one son, Christopher. Kenneth married Joan
Mcintosh. They have one daughter, Kelly Jo. Karen
married Fred Ifts, Jr. They have two children, Brian
and Marcia Kay. Gary married Pauline Johnson. They
have three sons, Dennis, Kenneth and Gregory.
Evelyn Earp married Ehno Bencendorf. They have one
Eugene Earp married Roberta Wood. They have a son,
Cora Earp married Ray Gourley. They are both de-
ceased and £u:e buried in a cemetery near Hanna, Ind.
They were the parents of six children, James, Dorothy,
Ida, Clyde, Roy and Gladys.
Clyde Earp married Minnie Rhodes in 1917. She
died March 15, 1918. They had one daughter, Louise. He
married Mar>- Staggs January 19, 1924. They farmed
near Cornell until 1960, when they retired and moved
to Cornell. Louise Earp married Robert Brennan. They
have six children, Mary, Judy, Patricia, Susan, Patrick
Earnest Earp married Beulah Britt. They are de-
ceased and are buried in a cemetery at Steward, Illinois.
Reuben Earp is buried in the Earp Cemetery.
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Patterson
Guy Patterson, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Patterson
and Miss Nellie M. Blue, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Jones Blue, were married July 27, 1905 at the home of
the bride's parents. The Rev. L. S. Kidd, pastor of Nigh
Chapel, officiated. Their attendants were Miss Alpha
Windle of Chicago and Otis Snyder of Nigh Chapel.
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Patterson
Mr. and Mrs. Patterson resided on their farm for 53
years, when they moved into the front apartment of their
daughter, Aldene Myers. Their son, Wayne, now owns
the home farm.
They were parents of four children, Aldene, Ralph,
(who died at age of one year), Evelyn, and Wayne. Al-
dene married James M. Myers, who have two children,
James L. Myers, married to Phyliss Wolf, now of Kan-
kakee, parents of Denise, Stephan, Jeff, Dawn and Jim,
Jr., and a daughter, Jacqueline, married to Fred Kett-
man, now of Toledo, O., parents of Mike, Pamela, Paula,
Theresa, Jim and Christopher. Evelyn married John L.
Gates, who have one son, John D. married to Sylvia
Bishiar, parents of Lisa and twin sons, Mark and Mat-
thew, residing in Rockford. Wayne married Donna Metz,
who have two daughters, Cynthia Dembski of Chicago
and Christine Lamb of Pontiac.
Stephen H. Patterson
Stephen H. Patterson, son of Samuel and grandson of
William Patterson, was born January 26, 1840 in Wash-
ington County, Pennsylvania. He came with his parents
to Illinois in 1852 locating in La Salle County. He early-
learned the lessons essential to farming from the wise in-
struction of his father.
On August 11, 1862, he enlisted in Co. B. 104th Illi-
nois Infantry. He was actively engaged in the battles
of Chattanooga, Chickamanga, Missionary Ridge, Look-
out Mountain and Sherman's March to the Sea. He was
honorably discharged June 17, 1865.
On Christmas Day, 1872, Stephen wedded Cynthia
Hathaway, daughter of Simeon and Eliza (Stillwell)
Hathaway, who were natives of Pennsylvania. They
came to Ford County, Illinois, and farmed in La Salle
County for about ten years, where their three children
were born: Charlie H. and twins, Guy Dumont and Em-
ma Geneva. They came to Amity Township locating
southwest of Cornell.
After their own children were grown Mr. and Mrs.
Patterson took Ida Mae Campbell, a motherless baby
girl, only a few weeks old, into their home and hearts
and cared for her as their own until her marriage to
Milton Partridge. They have four children: Glen, Floyd,
Robert and Ruth. Stephen H. Patterson passed away
March 6, 1905 and in 1906 Mrs. Patterson and Mae moved
to Cornell where she lived until her death December 12,
1926. Both were members of Nigh Chapel Church.
Charles H. Patterson married Mabel L. Louderback on
Feb. 12, 1902 and they were parents of three children:
Doris, Harold and Lois. Doris married Howard Garret-
son and are parents of Letha, Jarlath, (died at age two)
and James. Letha married John W. Byrne and they are
parents of five children: Linda, Denise, Peggy, Mike and
James married Rosalie Cashmer and they have two
children, Mark and Julie.
Harold Patterson married Clara Lawrence.
Lois Patterson married Charles Beck and they have
three children: Sandra (Mrs. Brad Hardy), Steven and
Todd. Charlie Paterson died August 21, 1960 and Mabel
L. died January 29, 1968.
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On January 4, 1905 Emma G. Patterson and Gary A.
Harper were married and farmed in Amity Township
until her health failed. They then moved to Colorado
spending their remaining years in Colorado Springs and
Canon City. He died Nov. 3, 1944 and she May 11, 1951.
Stephen Patterson Family
Seated: Stephen and Cynthia Patterson; standing, Emma
Patterson Harper, Charlie H. Patterson, Guy Dumont
Guy E. Patterson was married to Nellie Blue July 27,
1905. They became the parents of four children: Aldine,
Ralph Marland (deceased at one year), Evelyn, and
WajTie. Aldine married James Myers and they were
parents of two children: James and Jacqueline. James
married Phyliss WoLf and they have five children:
Denise, Stephen, Jeffrey, Dawn and James, Jr. Jacque-
line married Fred Kettman and their children are: Mike,
Pamela, Paula, Theresa, Jim and Christopher.
Evelyn Patterson married John Gates and they have
a son, John D. John D. married Sylvia Bishear and
they have three children: Lisa and twins (Mark and Mat-
Wayne Patterson married Donna Metz and they have
two daughters: Cynthia (Mrs. Paul Dembski) and Chris-
tine (Mrs. Al Lamb).
Guy Patterson died March 5, 1960 and Nellie died
July 30, 1961.
Archie Dicken Family
Archie Dicken was born July 24, 1854 in Grant County,
Indiana. Mr. Dicken passed away Dec. 11, 1933.
He attended rural school in Indiana and came to Illi-
nois in 1877, settling in Amity Township, farmed in the
vicinity all his life.
He met Mary Jane Cook and was marred December
15, 1879. They had three daughters, Grace Bash, Cali-
fornia; Hattie Locke, Marshall, 111.; Hazel Oassidy, Cor-
nell and one son, Harry, who preceded him in death.
Surviving are nine grandchildren, eleven great-grand-
children, twenty-seven great-great-grandchildren, two
William Sutcliff and Charles Cashmer
In late 1850, William and Laura Sutcliff settled on 80
acres of land northwest of Cornell in Amity Township.
They donated an acre of their land on which a school
house was built and named it Sutcliff School. It was
agreed the land would be used for the school as long as
it was so used, then to revert back to the estate if the
school was ever discontinued. In the year 1890, the
school was destroyed by a tornado. Luckily only one
child was injured. Following this damage the building
was rebuilt and continuel to be used until 1954, when it
was dismantled and moved away.
In the 1890's, a daughter and son-in-law of the Sut-
cliff's, Luella and Charles Cashmer, moved onto the
homestead. Soon Mr. Cashmer purchased 40 more acres
of timber land to the south of the original farm. They
were blessed with a large family of ten children, so in
1910 they built a new nine room house in which to raise
the family. The family of six boys and four girls all
received their education in the school that was named
after their grandfather.
About 1916 this family started a sorghum mill. Molasses
was made from cane raised on their farm and by neigh-
boring farmers. The molasses was processed for about
three or four weeks in late September. When this was
first started a horse powered crusher was used. The cane
had to be topped and the leaves stripped off before it
was run through the crusher. After the cane was
crushed, the sap was caught and strained through two
filters and put into a large container four feet wide by
sixteen feet long and boiled. The container had three
companments so as this product came from the last com-
partment it was caught into a wooden cooler and as it
cooled became a golden color molasses. This required
fifteen hours a day. When the neighbors brought their
oane in to be processed into molasses, they either had it
made on fifty-fifty sliares or were charged 35c per gal-
lon for the making of it. It took several loads of cane to
make forty or fifty gallons of molasses. The family
worked 7 days a week during this season until all was
finished. On Sundays many people came to watch and
get samples of molasses.
In the late 1920's, a tractor operated new crusher was
purchased and also a new copper pan. This improve-
ment made the process much faster as well as much
easier as the pan was not so hard to clean. In the 1930's
Charles and Luella passed on leaving their family to
carry on the work they had started together. Three of
the Cashmer boys and their sister continued to make the
molasses until 1944 when they sold the mill to a man in
Iowa. One son and a daughter lived on the homestead
until 1967 when the place was sold to the present owner.
There are six sons and one daughter living. They ere:
Elmer, Claude, Wilbur, all in Cornell; Donald, a farmer
near ManvLlle, 111.; Arthur in Colfax, 111.; Glenn in
Utah, and Stella in Ottawa, 111.
By Wilbur Cashmer
Another early family, the Rucker family, came from
Sunimerfield, Monroe County, Ohio. There were nine
William Rucker was married to Amanda Myer. They
were parents of Pearl Rucker Husted, Maybelle Rucker
Smith, Delbert Rucker, Claude Rucker, Harry Rucker and
Robert Husted. All of this family are deceased.
Another brother of William settled in this area. He
was Martin Rucker, married to Mary Hampton. They
had three children. They were: Flora Rucker Reeve,
Daisy Rucker, and Daiche Lundy. Before the parents
came to Cornell they resided on a farm east of Cornell.
Deciding to send their children to Cornell Village School,
they moved to Cornell. William Rucker continued to
farm his land and Martin Rucker rented his land and was
employed in a store owned by the Shackeltons.
The Charles Lishness Family
Charles E. Lishness was born in 1862, son of M. S. and
Keziah Lishness, at Tiskilwa, 111. The family moved to
Livingston County in 1875 and in 1885, he married Syl-
via Wayman at Ancona, 111.
In 1893, Mr. and Mrs. Lishness moved to Cornell, where
in partnership with F. D. Barton, he opened a furniture
store along with his undertaking parlor. Later he and
J. L. McVay operated a garage in Cornell, whUe he still
kept the undertaking parlor. Still later an ice cream
parlor and restaurant were added. When his health be-
gan to fail, Mr. Lishness sold the imdertaking business
to Raleigh Harris of Pontiac.
They were the parents of five children, three of whom
died in infancy. A son, Myron, died in 1960 leaving a
sister. Mrs. A. G. Lindquist of Sun City, Arizona as the
Mrs. Lishness passed away in 1927 after a long ill-
ness and a year later Mr. Lishness married Mrs. Rosella
Eisenhower of Iowa, an old friend of the family. Mr.
Lishness died at the home of his daughter in Chicago in
Early Blake Settlers
Among early settlers of Amity Township was the fam-
ily of Joseph and Druscilla (Carpenter) Blake. These
were grandparents of Blanche Blake (daughter of James
Blake). Joseph Blake was born in 1811 in Maine. He
moved with his parents to Ohio in a covered wagon in
1816. The parents made a home there in the wilder-
ness, a house made of hewn logs. Shoes for the family
were made by Joseph's father, Daniel Blake. Their
clothes were spun, woven, and sewed by the mother.
In 1852, the Joseph Blake family came to Illinois and
settled near Ottawa, lU., as farmers. Later they moved
to Amity Township, buying and settling on a farm about
two miles east of Nigh Chapel, now farmed by Harold
Thirteen children were bom:
Daniel, married to Desaline Earp, farmed in Rooks
Creek area, had 13 children. Robert and Axon, carpenters,
lived in Kansas; Mary Jane Earp, lived in Kansas, had
one child. Margaret McClellan, lived in Kansas, had one
child. Elizabeth married Samuel Wertz, lived in Amity
Township, had four children. Winfield married Mary
Stevens, lived in Pontiac, had eight children. James
married Anna Eliza Allen, had six children. J. Columbus
married Nettie Lucus, had six children. The two latter
families lived on the farm in early life managing it for
their mother at the death of Joseph (father). Later
James lived in Cornell having a wagon and repair shop.
Columbus and wife operated the Blue Front Restaurant.
Carolyn Reynolds, widowed early In Missouri, had two
children. Reason H., Joseph W. and Alexander Blake
were younger members of this family.
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The Beck Family
Frank Beck, son of Leonard and Mary Beck of Ohio,
with his bride, Agnes Delse Murphy of West Virginia,
moved to Cornell in 1909. To this union were three sons:
Leonard, Robert and Charles.
Leonard married Vivian Rhodes, daughter of Harlow
and Margaret Rhodes and is employed at Owens Glass
Co., Streator. To this union five sons: David, Paul, Wil-
liam, Mark John and one daughter, Margaret, were born.
Robert married Verona Imm, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Adolph Imm of rural Long Point and was employed
as rural mail carrier in Cornell until his death in 1966.
Charles married Lois Patterson, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Patterson of Cornell, and now lives in
Cincinnatti, Ohio. Sandra, Steven and Todd are their
Frank Beck was engaged in farming all of his life. He
served as president of Cornell High School Board 18
years, was president of Cornell Telephone Co. and deacon
of Baptist Church. His wife died in 1944. He died four
James Luther Beck, brother of Frank, moved to Cor-
nell in 1920. He and his wife, Bernice Witham of Ohio,
were parents of three daughters, Mary Louise, Lois and
Mary married Elwood Pasters, son of Will and Nellie
Pasters of Ohio, who now owns and operates the Colum-
bus Dental Lab in Streator. They moved to Cornell in
1944 and were parents of Sheila, Ernest and Coral. Their
daugther. Sheila, married Ernest Rowe of West Vir-
ginia, now of Sti-eator, employed by Owens Glass Co., and
they have six sons: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Timothy
and Micah. Earnest lives in Chicago and owns a leather
and candle shop. He is unmarried. Coral married
George Paton, son of Audrey Morrison Paton and the late
Ron Paton of Cornell, who is a barber in Elmhurst and
attends school. They have a daughter, Mary Louise.
Lois Beck married Sylvester Bauer of Columbus, Ohio
and they have one son, James.
June Beck married Paul Bourcier of Cambridge, Mass.
They are parents of Paul, Suzanne and Chad.
Luther Beck farmed in Cornell area until he returned
to Columbus in 1934 where he became Chief of Police on
the Ohio Slate University campus. His wife died in 1941
and he died in 1956.
Dorothy (deceased) married Amer Johnson, now resid-
ing in Peoria and had one daughter, Virginia. Amer
married Mary Decker, was a cement finisher, and in later
years until his death, bought and sold livestock. Kenneth
("Skinny") married Eola Beckwith, who were parents of
John, Mary Margaret and Helen, and farmed in Cornell,
Ancona area to the time of his death. Claude ("Sparky")
(deceased) married and lived in Minnesota. John mar-
ried Mary Sue Hartman, a former Cornell High School
teacher, and lives in Wyanet, 111. Russell, now of Bur-
lington, Iowa, married and has son Neil and daughter,
Darlene, is a former teacher.
Abe was well known in the community and surround-
ing area as quite a cattle buyer. He enjoyed playing
cards and continued very active in later years, always
enjoying sports, as did his sons, some of whom played on
some of Cornell's best basketball teams.
Edward and Grace Mills
Abel and Edward Mills, sons of Ann (Gourley) and
John Mills of Parkersburg, West Virginia, came to Amity
Township in 1890, Their brother, William, came to the
same area in 1900.
Abe married Rose Campbell and they were parents of
Dorothy, Amer, Kenneth, Claude, John and Russell.
Ed married Grace Murphy in 1896. They became par-
ents of Lottie, Howard, Alice, Mildred, Agnes, Frank
and Clinton. Lottie, a retired Business Education
teacher, died in 1972 and just 10 weeks later, her sister,
Alice, a retired secretary of Swifts and Co. of Chicago,
died. Howard married Reita Christopher, whose chil-
dren were Howie "June" and Gloria. After his first
wife's death he married Florence Mudgett of England.
He is a retired guard of Pontiac Prison. Mildred mar-
ried Ingram Norton, lives in Peoria, retired, and parents
of Jean, Gwen, Harry, Tom and Janet. Agness married
Howard Grimm (deceased), lives in Flanagan and has
daughter, Carolyn. Frank married Marilouise Miller of
Chicago and were parents of Suzanne, Bruce and Joyce,
now lives in Danville. Clint married Gayle Beaman and
they ore parents of Keith, Kaye (deceased), Kipton,
Karen, Billy, Kathy, Kris, Kandi and Kim. There are
many great-grandchildren, as well as great-great ones,
scattered throughout the United States.
Ed always farmed in the Cornell area and had re-
tired only two years before his death. He was quite
well-known for his good humor and wit and enjoyed
baseball very much. Several of his family were well-
known in baseball, his grandson, "June" having played
in minor leagues. Many "tall yarns" were spun around
him and his two very good friends, Bert Sullivan and
Frank Beck, in their later years, giving many of us very
Thomas Benton Gourley
Thomas Benton Gourley was born in Amity Township
in 1866. He was the son of Alford and Rebecca Gourley.
Thomas B. Gourley was educated in the district
schools. In September 1887, he went to Springflied, 111.,
where he was employed as a teamster in the stone
He married Letitia Mills in 1890. She was the daugh-
ter of Samuel and Mary Mills. In 1891 he started farm-
ing and continued to do so for many years. After re-
tiring from farming he devoted many years to livestock
buying and selling.
Mr. and Mrs. Gourley had five children: Samuel, mar-
ried to Ann Hazel; Josephine, married to Claude Metz;
Ruth, married to Lawrence Hilton; Madeline, married to
Colonel H. P. Whitcamp and Lucille married to Cyril
Mr. Gourley died in 1935 and Mrs. Gourley in 1955.
ware business. Later they moved to Pontiac, living
there till their deaths. They were parents of Milton,
Charles, Mina, Grace and Carrie.
The Rhodes Family
Leland M. Rhodes was born in New York in 1816. He
married Caroline Clark, also a native of New York in
1849. They came to Illinois and farmed first in La-
Salle County, coming to the Cornell area in 1875. They
purchased 320 acres of land four miles east of Cornell in
Esmen Township. Mr. Rhodes died in 1888 after which
his wife made her home with her son and wife, Harlow
and Margaret Rhodes, of Cornell. She died at the home
of her daughter, Flora Corbin, in Montana, while on a
visit and her body was brought back for burial in Esmen
Cemetery by her husbands grave.
Mr. and Mrs. Leland Rhodes had 11 children, five of
whom died very young. Emma married George Whitman
and lived in Cornell several years where he had a hard-
Mr. and Mrs. Harlow Rhodes
Milford married Grace Chambers and they were par-
ents of Grace, Roy and Ray. Mr. Rhodes and his
brother, Isaac, built and ran Cornell's first electric light
plant. They later moved to Idaho. Their son, Roy, re-
mained in Cornell and married Bessie Dickerson, living
in Cornell and Pontiac several years, then going to Jo-
liet where Mrs. Rhodes still lives with a daughter, Mari-
lyn. Another daughter, Annette lives in Washington.
Isaac Rhodes went to Oklahoma, where he later mar-
Olive Rhodes married William Brunskill, and lived in
Esmen Township all their lives. There were no chil-
Harlow Rhodes married Margaret Barringer, and
lived their entire lives in Cornell. Mr. Rhodes was a
plumber and painter by trade and they built the house
now occupied by Mrs. Aldene Myers. Tliey had four
children, Mabel who married Dan Whitmer and lived in
Indiana, where she still lives. Their children are Mar-
garet Evelyn, Dan, Jr., and Jack. William, who mar-
ried Edna Gmelich, also moved to Indiana but resides in
Florida now. Their children are Dorothy Jean, Clark,
Richard and Alice. Margaret married Delbert Bennett
and lived in Pontiac until her death. Their children are
Margie (Mrs. E. Hamilton) and Delbert, Jr., married and
also living in Pontiac. Vivian married Leonard Beck
and lived in Cornell area many years, later moving to
Streator, where they still live. Their children are
David, Paul, William, Mark, Margaret and John.
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Flora Rhodes married William P. Corbin, who was a
farmer. Later he had a meat market and then they
lived in the old hotel that stood where our present fire
house now stands. They moved to Montana then to
Washington, where they both died. Their children
were Ora, Jessie, Ada, Pearl, Wllma, Vernon, Lewis and
Ruth. Jessie married Napoleon Iverson of Cornell and
they moved to Montana. All the rest of the family ex-
cept Ada went to Montana to make their homes. Ada
Corbin married William F. Partridge and they lived on a
farm northeast of Cornell until they retired to Cornell,
until their deaths. Their children are Charlotte, Har-
riet, Ruth and Mary. Charlotte married Todd Richards
in Cornell. They had one child, Antionette. After the
death of her husband, Charlotte left here and went to
Chicago where she married Fred Greil. They had two
children, Barbara and John. Charlotte Is now living in
Las Vegas, Nevada. Ruth married Robert Husum in
Chicago and lived there until her death in 1966, they had
no children. Mary married James Albright and lives in
Downers Grove. They have three children: James, Rich-
ard and Charlotte Ann, all of whom are married. Har-
riet is still living in Cornell with her husband, J. Arnel
Garretson. Their children are Billy, who lost his life
in the Korean conflict aboard the USS Bennington, Ruth
married Lyle Leach, and is living in Graymont with two
children, Keri and Kathi, Jane married to Raymond
Erschen, now living in Pontiac with their girls, Pamela,
Teri, and Kim. Alice married to Ron Raber, now livng
in Kewanee with two children, Karen and Keith.
Mr. and Mrs. Leland Rhodes also raised a niece, Isa-
belle Rhodes. She married John Wesley Timier and
they lived in Esmen. Their children were Elmer, John,
Jr., Zellah, Burtis, Delford and Sylva.
Zellah married William Beaman. They fanned and at
the present time are living in Cornell. Their daughter,
G«yle, married Clinton Mills and they, also with their
family, now live in Cornell. Their children are: Keith,
Kaye, Kipton, Karen, Billy, Kathy, Kristine, Kandis and
The William Gamblins
William Gamblin, born in England, came to America in
1854. He lived in New York for two years, then mar-
ried Sarah Beaman, came to Chicago and to Pontiac. He
and his wife walked and carried his double barrel 12
gauge English made "Point and Setter" shot gun, a few
carpenter tools and theh- clothes to a farm, south of Cor-
nell, where he went to work as a hired man for Lyle
Husted's grandfather. Sarah worked in the house. It
was faU and his first job was husking corn.
A few years later he purchased the farm where Clar-
ence Oyer lives. After several years of crop faUurs, he
went to the banker, Henry Greenebaum, and asked him
to take the farm back. Mr. Greenebaum asked him to
try it a few years more. He made a deal with the man
from Chenoa, who sold him the farm, to break sod. He
took his three yoke of oxen to Chenoa and plowed sod.
For each acre he plowed, he earned one acre paid for
at home. The flies were bad and the oxen would run
away and go out in the slough water and fight flies. He
would have to wait till they were ready to be driven back
to work. He had over 400 acres of land later, but he
always said the home farm was the hardest to pay for.
Sarah, Hannah, William Benjamin, Mary, Maria and
Matilda, twins, and Martha were born and reared on
the farm. School was for three months after harvest and
they grew up with the country.
William B. married Elizabeth Ackley of Minonk and
five boys were born: William Walter, Charles, Fred,
Harry and Howard. The three younger boys were in
World War I.
William Walter married Mabel Steward of Pontiac and
three children were born: William Steward, Flo Eliza-
beth and Fred Ackley.
William Steward married Marjorie Kramer of Pon-
tiac. Their three children are William Walter, Betty
Jeanette (Mrs. Robert Erschen), and Larry.
William Walter, Jr., married Mary Wayman and their
first born son is named William Michael VI, the second
son is Joel Patrick.
Emanuel Gingrich, a former resident of south of Cor-
nell has known six generations of William Gamblins. A
four generation picture of the first four was taken in
1914 and a picture has been taken of the present four
generations now living.
The old shot gun was last shot by William Walter as
a youth. William B. gave it to WiUiam Steward before
he passed away. William Walter, a gun fancier, has it
now. When it was refinished it was found to have one
barrel loaded. It has been test fired and ready to go.
Rev. and Mrs. Thomas J. Gregory and their two oldest
children immigrated to America in the spring of 1855
from Holmes, Lancashire, England, In 1848 he was mar-
ried to Ellen Holdsworth, a lady preacher, of much talent.
While at New York on their way west, Brother Gregory
was sick. A man whom they befriended and assisted to
get to America, stole from them $1500, leaving them al-
most destitute of means, strangers in a strange land.
Fortunately they had bought tickets through to Chicago.
They first settled near Wilmington, Will County, Illinois,
on what was then called Garden circuit of the Methodists
Protestant Church. In the fall of 1855, Brother Gregory
united with the North Illinois Conference and was ap-
pointed to the Vermillion Circuit. He served this charge
at different times for 10 years. He also bought some
land here, and settled his family upon it, which has been
the family home ever since. He took a very active pert
in building the Nigh Chapel Church, besides doing much
preaching. Ten chUdren were born to the Gregory fam-
ily, four died in infancy. Rev. Thomas Gregory was born
in 1827 and died in 1886.
died in 1900.
His wife was born in 1820 and
Elizabeth Gregory, daughter of Thomas and Ellen was
born in England. She married William Ellis. To this
union one son was born.
Grandma and Grandpa Gregory
Thomas J. Gregory, Jr., was the oldest son of Thomas
and Ellen. He was married to Julis Louderback, daugh-
ter of Liberty Louderback. They had three children,
Charles, who was not married, IVIadge, who married
Floyd Rucker. They had two boys, Richard of Virginia,
and Ronald of California. Floyd died in 1960.
George married May Daisy Plank. They had six
children. Edward married and had two daughters. He
was a contractor and carpenter in Kansas City, Mo.
George, who married and lived at Litchfield; Frances
who married Byron Willhoite. They have children and
live in Pontiac, 111. Byron has passed away. Robbin,
who lives in East Peoria; Henry, who lives at Berry;
Florence, who married Robert Girard. They have three
children, Linda, Wesley and Wendy.
Philip W. Gregory was married to Elizabeth Camp-
bell. He was a teacher. They had four children, Ella,
Golda, Grace and Wilbur.
James A. Gregory married Mardilla Boyer. He was
a doctor and practiced at Chatsworth, 111. for awhile.
William Gregory married Geneva Morris. There were
Charles H. Gregory, was born in 1860 in a log cabin in
Amity Township one half mile west of Nigh Chapel
Church. In 1887 he married Olive Widdifield at Dana,
111. They had three children. Wilbur died at the age of
five. Lela M. was born in 1890 and married Emanuel
Gingrich in 1930. There were no children. Lela died in
1960. Donald A. Gregory was born in 1895 and died in
1931. He married Anna Carstens in 1929. They had one
child, Shirley, born in 1931. She married Donald L.
Zehr in 1950. They have 5 children. Carol, who is mar-
ried to Spencer Skip Jones of Emington, now living near
Saunemin, Lynn, Gary, Lori and Jan. They are living on
the Gregory farm which has been in the family for one
century and one and a half decades.
James Abraham Garretson
James Abraham Garretson, a resident of Cornell, Liv-
ingston Co., was born in Harrison County, West Virginia,
July 23, 1854. His maternal grandparents, Abel and
Elizabeth (Richards) Gourley, were both natives of
Eastern Virginia as were his parents, Wm. H. and Mary
Elizabeth (Gourley) Garretson, the latter natives of
Loudoun County, Eastern Virginia.
Garretson Family Picture
Top row, left to right — Earl Gourley and Lois, Will
Ahrens, Charlie Eppel, Alphonso Wellman, James Brown,
Milo, Harlo, Howard, Glen and Arnel Garretson, and El-
Second row — Pearl Wellman, Julia Ahrens, Buelah Gar-
retson, Aimie Garretson, Hannah Brown.
Third row — Ralph Eppel, Earl Garretson, Harry Brown,
Cora Brown, Sarah Eppel and Gladys, Hannah Garret-
son, Robert Garretson on lap, James Garretson, Maxine
Garretson, Carrie Garretson, Esther Garretson, Mabel
Gourley and Evelyn.
Children on ground — Loretta Garretson, Fred Wellman,
Lena and Mona Brown, Anice Brown, Helen Eppel, Lu-
cille Garretson, Ivan Brown, La Verne Garretson, Fred
Eppel, Harold Garretson and Reeva Gourley.
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By trade the father of James, was a carpenter and
millwright, a business which he followed with splendid
success, but which he nevertheless sacrificed to enlist his
services in behalf of his country's welfare. He became a
member of Co. H., 112th West Virginia Infantry in 1862
and during his two years service had ample opportunity
to witness the horrors and dangers of warfare, nowhere
more noticeable probably than in the battle of Piedmont,
one of the most desperate encounters of the entire war.
He partiicpated in the charge up the heights into the jaws
of death. It was on this battle field that he was in-
stantly killed, June 5, 1864.
In October, 1864, Mrs. Garretson with her six children
left their home in Virginia and came to Illinois, settling
in Esmen township on a farm owned by her brother. At
first, she was assisted by her father, who made his home
This farm remained their home until James A. was
27 years old when they moved to Grundy County and
made their home on a rented farm for 6 years. They
again returned to Amity Township.
Septembr 23, 1880, Mr. Garretson was united in mar-
riage with Hannah Gamblin, who was born in Amity
Township, June 30, 1861, the daughter of William and
Sarah Jane (Beaman) Gamblin. Mrs. Gamblin de-
scended from English ancestors and both her parents and
grandparents (the latter Benjamin and Jane (Lewis)
Beaman, were born in England.
Mr. and Mrs. Garretson were parents of ten children:
Cora, Mabel, Pearl, Julia, Milo, Harlo, Sarah, Glen, How-
ard and Arnel.
Cora wed Harry Brown and were parents of six chil-
dren: James, Hannah, Lena, Ivan, Anice and Mona.
Mabel wed Earl Gourley and were parents of six chil-
dren: Reeva, Evelyn, Lois, Mary, William and Leah.
Pearl wed Alphonso Wellman and were parents of two
sons, Elmer and Frederick.
Julia wed William Ahrens.
Milo wed Carrie Davis and were parents of eleven
children: Esther, Harold, Earl, Loretta, Maxine, Robert,
Leora, Theresa, Betty, Charlie, and Mary Sue.
Harlo wed Annie Highland and were parents of three
children: Lucille, Le Verne and Raymond.
Sarah wed Charles Eppel and were parents of four
children: Fred, Ralph, Helen and Gladys. After the death
of Charles Eppel, she wed Frank Wilm and to this union
four children were born: Ernest, Junior, Paul and Doro-
Glen wed Buelah Shoemaker and they became parents
of five children: Glen (Bud), Anita, Charles, Kenneth
Howard married Doris Patterson and are parents of
three children: Letha, Jarlath and James.
Arnel married Harriet Partridge and are parents of
four children: William, Ruth, Jane and Alice.
Mr. and Mrs. Garretson located southeast of Cornell
on a farm and in 1904 they moved to their home south of
Cornell. He was a farmer and raised livestock. Mr.
Garretson passed away September 30, 1932 and Mrs.
Garretson, March 21, 1933.
The Harth, Miller, Johnson Families
and their Descendants
Miss Mary Helena Harth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Mathias Harth, R.R. Cornell, 111., married Peter Miller in
the Minonk Catholic Church, November 25, 1870. To this
union ten children were born, five boys and five girls.
All helped farm. The land was later to be their home-
stead, located five miles west of Cornell. In about 1883,
a new home was built close by and a new home also in
Peru, 111. John Harth and son helped his brother, Ma-
thias and the family build these homes. They lived in
Streator at that time.
The family of Mr. and Mrs. Charley and
Anna (Miller) Johnson
Standing— Mrs. Earl (Lucille) Snyder, Sylvester, Bern-
ard, Mrs. Joe (Esther) Neumann.
Middle row — Charley, Edward, Mrs. Vincent (Mary)
Hanley, Joseph, Anna.
Front— Isabella, Charles (Butch).
The Millers moved to Peru when their oldest daughter,
Anna, married Charley Johnson here in the St. Joseph's
Catholic Church, October 4, 1892. This was the second
marriage in this church. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson moved
into this home, farming the land and building other
buildings. To this family five boys and five girls were
born. Their oldest sons, Joseph and Bernard and a
daughter, Mary, only saw their great-grandmother Harth.
Grandfather Harth passed away in 1888 at the age of 83.
In 1902, great-grandma Harth passed away at the age of
83, in Peru, where they had moved with the Miller fam-
Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Johnson celebrated their silver
wedding in 1917. This also was the yaar their son,
Bernard, had married Matilda Jaegle, in January. These
children, Joe Bernard, Mary, Esther, Sylvester, LuciUe,
Edward, Isabella, Charles (Butch), all made this day a
time to be remembered by relatives and friends who came
to help the neighbors cook the dinner. One daughter,
Lauretta, had passed away in 1912 at the age of 5.
In about 1919, Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Johnson, presented
their parents with a granddaughter, Marcella. She was
the only grandchild that Grandpa Johnson held and loved
as he passed away September 9, 1921.
In about 1926 Anna Johnson married Jay Thurber.
They farmed for aw'hile. Moved here to Cornell later.
Edward, son of Mrs. Thurber, passed away in 1930 and a
daughter passed away in 1931 (Isabella).
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph (Lena Valesano) Johnson of
Streator have three children: Anna Mae (Mrs. Dick Ter-
rlll) have two son, Eddie Joe and Brian; Mr. and Mrs.
Henry (Deloris) Enno, have five children: Mary Ann,
Joseph, Thomas, Henry, Jr., Peter of Springfield, 111.
Carl Johnson married Mary Dunnigan. They live in
California and have three children: Michael, Ann Marie
The B. W. Johnson families are: Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd
(Mfirceila) Sulzberger. They have five children. Mr.
and Mrs. Roland Gantzert (Sandra); Mr. and Mrs. Daniel
(Cleone) Wright; Mr. and Mrs. Richard (Monica) Beck-
er. Two sons, Richard and Michael Johnson.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Johnson have seven children,
living in Streator: Miles, Jerrilyn, Neil, Marta, Clay, True
Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Johnson have five children: Jim,
Vickie, Janie, John and Patricia, all living in Villa Park,
Mary Johnson married Vincent Hanley in 1920. They
traveled and lived many places before they retired to
Florida, when Mr. Hanley's health failed. He passed
away in 1961. Mary then came here to live and be with
her aged mother, Mrs. Anna Thurber, who was living in
the home here in Cornell purchased by Earl W. and
LuclUe (Johnson) Snyder. They were married Sept.
3, 1927. To this family eight children were born: Edna,
(Mrs. Dominic Canovi) had one daughter, who passed
away when she was one week old. They are now liv-
ing here in Cornell. Earl W., Jr., Alice, Kenneth, living
at home, Mr. and Mrs. Carl (Viola Schott) Snyder have
four sons, Carl, Jr., Gordon, Ronald and Dennis, living in
a farm home near Odell, lU. Mr. and Mrs. Lovell (Helen
Snyder) Pullisim, have two sons, BUly and Robert, one in-
fant daughter. Rose Marie, passed away at birth. Annet,
now Mrs. Richard Foley, living in Bloomington, 111. They
have two diildren, Theresa and Richard, Jr. Mr. and
Mrs. Roger (Sue Ellen Snyder) Lehmann. A daughter,
Linda, from Batavia, lU. Mr. and Mrs. Snyder cele-
brated their silver wedding in 1952. He enjoyed farming
till his health faUed and he passed away in August 1963.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph (Esther Johnson) Neumann mar-
ried in February 1922 at St. Anthony's Church in Strea-
tor. Also in February 1972, celebrated their golden wed-
ding there. They became the parents of seven children.
One son passed away in infancy.
Charles and his wife, EUa, living in Nebrasloa, have
two sons. Cecelia and Rita Neumann are at home. Robert
and his wife (Pat Carrol) Neumann have eight children:
Robert, John, Joe, Mary, Margie, Bridgett, Theresa and
Edward, residing in Streator. Mr. and Mrs. Leo (Dar-
lene) Neumann, living in Arizona, have one daughter,
KeUy Jo, and a son, Kent.
Sylvester and his wife, Doris Johnson, Belle Glade,
Florida, have a daughter, Linda, now Mrs. La Fayette.
She has two sons.
Charles (Butch), the youngest son of the Johnsons, has
one daughter, Joyce Ann. She is married and has one
son. All live in Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Miller celebrated their golden wed-
ding in 1920 with their children, grandchildren, great and
great-great-grandchildren. Mr. Miller died in 1924 and
Mrs. Miller in 1935. In January 1967, Bernard John-
son died and his mother, Mrs. Anna Thurber, died Octo-
ber 1967. She was the oldest (96) member of this fam-
ily. She lived all her life in Amity Township and retired
to Cornell, Livingston Co. She traveled very much and
had a hobby weaving rugs, which she learned with the
help of Mrs. Mabel Wayman. She later bought it and
helped her daughters, who are still busy at the art of
making fine rugs like she did.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Johnson celebrated their golden
wedding January 1972 with their families and relatives,
all gathering at morning Mass in St. Anthony Church,
later dinner and visiting in the church hall
Two of Mrs. Thurber's sisters are living in and nesir
Chicago. Mrs. Peter (Margaret) Brost. She has eight
children (living in and near Chicago), all married with
families of their own. Mrs. Harry (Kathryn) Bomhofen,
three sons, all married with families. A brother, WUliam
Miller and his wife. Ruth, have a daughter, Rita.
In writing this history for these families, which goes
into the seventh generation, I hope it gives you and youra
a great deal of pleasure, as I, Mrs. Earl Snyder, have had
in writing it for our centermial book. God loves me. Ask
him, he will love you.
Doug Morrison was one of five brothers bom in Glas-
gow, Scotland. He and his family came to this country
when he was five. Shortly thereafter, they settled on a
farm near Otter Creek, later moving to a farm north
of Cornell. He lived in the vicinity his entire life.
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Adam Francis ("Doug") Morrison (May 27, 1858 -
Dec. 7, 1944) m. Mary Pueblo Welch (Mar. 30, 1865 -
3 sons and 1 daughter
William Melph (June 27, 1883 - April 1, 1964)
m. Mary Myrtle Lundy
1 son Francis Lundy (July 21, 1910 -
m. Leona Arnold on July 23, 1937
1 son William Alfred (Mar. 27, 1948 -
m. Glenda Coffey on Jan. 2, 1971
1 daughter Mary Jo (May 18, 1949 -
Lee Noah (Sept. 15, 1885 -
m. Lillian Walker
1 son and 1 daughter
Donald Adam (Feb. 28, 1911 -
m. Mildred Knudson
1 son and 1 daughter
Roger Adam (July 9, 1937 -
m. Sharon Mullikin
Shannon (May 29, 1961 -
Steven Adam (Oct. 12, 1963 -
Connie Gertrude (Sept. 14, 1943 -
m. Jerry Drake
Audrey Lee (July 10, 1913 -
m. Roland A. Paton on Dec. 2, 1939; he died Aug.
1 son and 2 daughters
Jane (Jan. 3, 1942 -
m. Roger Weber April 8, 1962
Jerry Lee ( Jan. 4, 1962 -
Amy Jo (Dec. 30, 1964 -
Roger Daniel (Feb. IB, 1970 -
Roland George, April 16, 1944 -
m. Coral Pasters July 4, 1965
Mary Lou (Sept. 22, 1969 -
SaUy Jo (Sept. 29, 1953 -
Adam Francis (Dec. 8, 1887 -
Helen Ely (Nov. 15, 1892 -
m. Everett Wheeler Bemis on Aug. 18, 1917
Mary EUa (May 4, 1929 -
m. Donald Jenkins
Jennifer Ely (Feb. 3, 1960 -
Rebecca Helen (Mar. 12, 1966 -
Ekke Wibbenhost Family
Mr. Ekke Albert Wibbenhost was born in Aurich, Ger-
many on October 12, 1866. He was the son of Albert
and Mary (Johnson) Wibbenhost. When he was sixteen
years old he came to America. He made his home with
his sister, Mrs. Mary Weers at Minonk, 111. He then
came to a farm southwest of Cornell and worked for
Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Lishness. On December 15, 1892 he
married Kizzie Jane Lishness. They were the parents of
three daughters; Verna Marie, Volma Andria, Ethel May.
The family moved to Cornell in 1901, where he and Ira
McVey went into the implement business. In 1906 the
family moved to ■a farm south of Cornell, of John Gour-
ley, and then in 1915 they moved to John Gourley's farm
a mile and a halt east of Cornell. In 1920 the family
moved to Cornell where he worked as a grocery clerk
for Grant Connet in the Penny Grocery, and later on he
was janitor at the high school.
EKKE WIBBENHOST FAMILY
Verna was married to Harvey Voorheis; Vlema was
married to Andrew Rush and Ethel was married to Floyd
Cool. There were four children born to the Voorheis
family, one son died in infancy. There were seven
children born in the Rush family, and five children born
in the Cool family.
Mrs. Wibbenhost passed away on August 4, 1925.
Verna Voorheis passed away on January 4, 1944.
Mr. Wibbenhost passed away on February 5, 1954., .
Emma L. Lundy (July 6, 1869 - Nov. 19, 1925)
m. Elvira Smith (Nov. 20, 1843 - Oct. 14, 1927) on Apr.
3 daughters and 3 sons
Emma L. Lundy (July 6, 1889 - Nov. 19, 1925)
m. Charles Decker (1885 - Jan. 16, 1926)
1 son Lloyd (Sept. 28, 1893 - Feb. 18, 1966)
m. Monica Atwood on March 1, 1916
1 son Lloyd D., Jr. (May 29, 1927 -
m. Carol Beckendorf (d. Oct. 17, 1968)
3 sons and 3 daughters
David Lloyd (Nov. 25, 1957 -
Donald Scott (Dec. 15, 1961 -
Douglas Henry (Jan. 10, 1963 -
Lisa Lee (Aug. 26, 1956 -
Lynn Kay (Jan. 16, 1959 -
Laurie Lee (Jan. 12, 1960 -
Julia M. Lundy (Oct. 8, 1871 - Oct. 5, 1891)
m. Frank Hoobler
Claude (Mar. 6, 1890 - Jan. 16, 1965)
m. Kathleen Fallon
1 daughter, Julia Phyllis (Oct. 20, 1931 -
in. Norman Collner on Nov. 7, 1953; he died
Sept. 22, 1966
3 sons and 2 daughters
Matthew Norman (Oct. 20, 1957 -
Thomas Claude (Mar. 16, 1962 -
Douglas Joel (Dec. 3, 1964 -
Michele Marie (Oct. 14, 1954 -
Stephanie Jo (Mar. 19, 1956 -
Jennifer Lee (Feb. 13, 1960 -
m. Daniel Boik on June 17, 1972
1 son and 1 daughter
Left to right — Frances Morrison, Elvira Lundy, Paris
Lundy, Emma Decker, Myrtle Morrison, Perry Lundy,
Paris Lundy (Nov. 12, 1875 - Jan. 29, 1964)
m. Daisy Rooker on June 15, 1921
Perry E. Lundy (June 11, 1883 - June 5, 1969)
m. Edna Grimm (Sept. 20, 1948 d. June 12, 1972)
Fred P. Lundy (Oct. 23, 1877 - May 10, 1958)
m. Nell Atwood. She died Feb. 28, 1915
m. Anna Mclntyre. She died Oct. 31, 1972. b. Oct. 17,
1889. m. Fred Lundy in 1928
Mary Myrtle Lundy (Oct. 21, 1881 - Aug. 28, 1972)
m. William Melph Morrison
1 son, Francis Lundy (July 21, 1910 -
m. Leona Arnold on July 23, 1937
1 son and 1 daughter
William Alfred (Mar. 27, 1948 -
m. Glenda Coffey on Jan. 2, 1971
Mary Jo (May 18, 1949 -
Edward William Beaman
Ed Beaman was the son of Benjamin and Sophia
(Schwachheim) Beaman, who was the son of Benjamin
and Jane (Lewis) Beaman of Wilshire, England. They
came to New York and established a tannery for white
leather, which occupied the present site of Central Park,
rhe Sr. Ben Beaman family came to Amity Township in
1856 and 10 years later the Jr. Benjamin Beaman family
.arrived, purchasing the unsettled prairie east of Cor-
nell.. This farm is a "CENTENNIAL FARM" as it is
still owned by Ed's daughter, Mildred (Beaman) Melvin
and is tenanted by her daughter, Louise Voigts and fam-
ily. The southeast part of Cornell was originally part of
the Beaman farm, known as Beamans' addition to Cor-
Edward married Sophia Gmelich, daughter of Christ
and Johanna (Winkler) Gmelich, and they were parents
of Elmer (deceased), William married to Zellah Turner
of Esmen, parents of Gayle Mills and Mildred, married
to Charles Melvin (deceased), parents of Alan, Lucille
Cashmer, and Louise Voigts. They celebrated their 50th
The 7 th generation of the Beamans now residing in
Cornell are: the Keith Mills children, Stephanie, Jeff,
Brian, Eric, Michael and Alicia; the Karen (Mills)
Propst children, Ricky and Maria Kaye; Christopher
Gourley, son of Kathy (Raymond) and Donald T, Gour-
The William E. Beamans
December 30, 1972, marked the 58th wedding anni-
versary of Zellah (Turner) and William Beaman. They
have one daughter, Gayle, married to Clinton Mills, son
of Grace (Murphy) and Edward Mills. They have nine
grandchildren — Keith, married to Rose Bucalo of Streator,
parents of Stephanie, Jeff, Brian, Eric, Michael and
Alicia, is deputy sheriff of Livingston County; Kaye (de-
ceased), married to Sharon Jackson of Streator; Kipton
"Butch" married to Nettie Bockman of Cornell, parents
of Susan, Tina, Scott and Kirby, is commercial airline
pilot for Roper Stove Co. of Kankakee; Karen Propst,
mother of Ricky and Maria Kaye, is Cornell Grade School
secretary; Billy, married to Judy Gregory of Cornell,
parents of Michelle, is Business Education teacher in the
Dixon High School; Kathy, married to Jerry Erschen of
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Bill, Gayle, Zellah Beaman
Zellah "Lalla" and Bill retired from farming several
years ago and Zellah retired from the post office of Cor-
nell in 1959. They both are enjoying good health and stay
reasonably active, living next door to six of their fifteen
Solomon Marion Zook was born at Farmington, Fulton
County, 111., May 31, 1855. He was the son of David B.
and Catherine (Fink) Zook, pioneers of that vicinity.
His education was received in the Farmington and
Chenoa, 111. schools, the family having moved to Chenoa
when Mr. Zook was thirteen years of age.
Miss Phoebe Anna Dale was born Oct. 4, 1853 in Dark
County, Union City, Ohio. In 1857 moved near Muncie,
Ind. In 1884 to Secor, 111. Woodford County, Illinois.
This was a very memorable event, their mode of trans-
portation being a covered wagon. Later her famUy lo-
cated on a farm in Livingston County, near Cornell, 111.
On Dec. 26, 1880 Miss Phoebe Dale, and Mr. S. M. Zook
were united in marriage at the bride's home near Cor-
nell. They took up residence on a farm south of Chenoa,
Illinois. In 1887 moved to Dighton, Kansas where they
took up a claim, living in a sod house for a brief period
of seven months, then moving back to Chenoa, McLean
County, 111. in 1898. Later they moved to a farm 3V& miles
south of Cornell.
Mr. and Mrs. Zook became the parents of one son and
two daughters. Alva Adelmer Zook, born Sept. 21, 1881;
Bertha May Zook born Dec. 24, 1882; Winnie Belle Zook
born Oct. 23, 1885 (died in infancy).
After residing on the farm for a number of years, they
moved to a farm one mile south and V4 mile east of Cor-
nell, then owned by Mrs. Jack (Eliza) Gourley. (This
farm is the present home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Olson).
Mr. Zook was assisted in farming by his son, Alva A.
On Dec. 25, 1912, Alva Zook was united in marriage to
Miss Ruth May Jacobs, at Rutland, 111., home of the
Ruth (Jacobs) Zook was born at Plymouth, Mass.,
daughter of Rev. Varney Jacobs and Leila (Murch)
Jacobs. Attending schools in Mass., Conn., New York
and Wisconsin, moving to Illinois at age 18, making her
home with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Meyers
until her marriage to Alva Zook.
They resided on the farm with Mr. Zook's parents
until the elder Mr. and Mrs. Zook retired in January
1915 to their residence at 1056 E. Howard St., Pontiac,
lU. It was at this residence that both Mr. and Mrs. S.
M. Zook passed away. Mr. Zook on October 31, 1931
and Mrs. Zook August 1934.
Mr. and Mrs. Alva Zook remained on the rented farm
until they purchased the present Zook farm, moving to it
Feb. 1919. The farm was purchased from Mr. and Mrs.
Charles and Elizabeth Gourley, and is located Vz mile
south of Cornell.
Solomon M. Zook, Bertha May Zook, Phoebe (Dale)
Zook, Alva A. Zook
They became the parents of one daughter, Beulah
Zook. She graduated from Cornell Grade and High
School. She was married to Lloyd B. Leonard, Man-
ville. 111., son of Mr. Almo and Lillie (Berge) Leonard,
Manville, on Dec. 22, 1938. They lived near Manville
for one year then moved to the Zook home to assist Mr.
Zook in farming.
Mr. and Mrs. Zook purchased a home in Cornell from
Mrs. Gardner. They retired to this home in Nov. 1943.
Mr. Zook passed away July 21, 1970.
' Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Leonard became the parents of
Donald Lloyd and Richard Keith.
Donald married Patricia Easton, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Carl Easton, Streator, 111. They are the parents of
Daniel Todd, age 9, and Melissa Marie, age 8. The fam-
ily resides at Dodgeville, Wisconsin where Donald is
pastor of the Dodgeville Bible Church.
Richard married Donna Baughman, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Everett Baughman, Flanagan, 111. They re-
side in Cornell where Richard is owner of "Dick's Custom
Bertha May Zook never married. She was a registered
nurse receiving her training at Deaconess Hospital, Chi-
cago and Deaconess Hospital, Helena, Montana. She was
employed at the Baby Fold, Normal, 111,, the local area,
also St. James Hospital, Pontiac, 111. She passed away
an May 2, 1954.
With no men folk to carry on the family name, seems
as if the name "Zook" will one day be only a vague
memory in the Cornell area; but nevertheless we can
look back and say, "we were there".
14 Generations of St. Johns
ORIGINAL OWNERS OF THE ST. JOHN FARM
W. I. St. John and Mrs. W. I. St. John. Back row: Bert
St. John and William Seth St. John
All the St. Johns in this country are believed to have
descended from Mattias St. John, Sr., who, with a large
family of sons and daughters, settled in the town of
Norwaik, in Fairfield County Conn., before the year 1654.
The name is written "Sention" on the town records down
to the year 1706, when it first appears as "Saintjohn".
In 1726 it is first written St. John, and it was generally
accented on the first syllable down to the year 1800.
Matthias St. John, the first of this name whom we can
trace in America, was born in England, came to Dor-
chester, Mass., in 1631 and was made a freeman there on
3 September 1634. He moved to Windsor, Conn., in 1640,
and to Norwaik, Conn., in 1654, where he was granted 16
acres. He died October, 1669, and his estate was
valued at 300 pounds. His son, Matthias, who was born
in 1630, was a select man of Norwaik and lived near the
cove until his death in 1728. Matthias, Jr., (grandson of
the first Matthais) was born in Norwaik in 1667, and
owned land at "Flaxhill". He helped build the school
house, was paid two shillings to burn the woods for the
town, was Fence Viewer, wrote an article on wolf killing,
and was paid by the town to "beat ye the drum on
Sabbath days". His son was Captain Samuel St. John.
Captain Samuel St. John came from Norwaik with his
brothers and was an original proprietor of Ridgefield,
Conn,, in September, 1708, when 24 persons bought the
land from the Indians. In 1709 they took possession of
this 20,000 acres and divided them into lots. He was
Surveyor and Moderator of the town meeting in 1729 and
was later appointed Captain of the Train Band of
Ridgefield. He died before 1756.
Job St. John, the 10th child of Captain Samuel, moved
to Westchester County, New York, where his son John
was born in 1750. John, along with four of his brothers,
fought in the Revoluntionary War. In 1770 he married
Anna Lockwood, and after the war they moved to Ham-
ilton County, Ohio, where he died in 1819. His son was
Seth St. John.
Seth St. John was born in 1792 and fought in the War
of 1812. He was mustered in at Lebanon, Ohio, and his
company joined the Regiment at Dayton, Ohio. Under
the command of Col. James Findley, the regiment march-
ed to Detroit, where they were placed under the com-
mand of General Hull, and was by General Hull, sur-
rendered to the British in August 1812. They were taken
to Cleveland, Ohio, where they were paroUed and order-
ed home. While in the army Seth St. John became a
friend of William Henry Harrison, and the Indiana
branch of the family has a cane with Harrison's name
engraved on it that he gave to Seth, as a token of their
friendship. After the war, Seth moved to Warren Coun-
ty, Indiana. Two of his sons, Samuel and John, left
Indiana and moved with their families, to Livingston
Samuel St. John, the eldest son of Seth St. John, and
Harah Holliday St. John, was born in Clarke County,
Ohio, in 1814. He married Margaret Coldron in War-
ren County, Indiana, in 1837, and they moved to Illi-
nois in 1852, settling south of Pontiac. He farmed until
1866, when he rented his farm and moved to Chenoa and
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William Isaac St. John, son of Samuel, was born in
Warren County, Indiana on July 20, 1843. He had one
brother, Seth, who was captured during the battle of
Drury's Bluff, Virginia, during the Civil War, and was
sent to prison at Andersonville. Later he was taken to
the stockade at Florence, South Carolina, where he died
at the age of twenty-one. William Isaac had three sis-
ters: Eliza, Ada and Ruth Ann, who married brothers.
They were the sons of Judge Eli Myer, the first settlers
to come to Eppards Point Township and to buy land there.
William Isaac enlisted at Pontiac during the Civil War,
and was at the Battle of Gettysburg and later on Sher-
man's march to the sea. He was wounded at Peach Tree
Creek, near Atlanta, Georga. He later rejoined his regi-
ment. He was present when Johnston surrendered and
then they marched to Washington, D.C. and participated
in the "Grand Review". After returning home, he mar-
ried Permilia Stone. Permilia's sister, Lydia, married
James Bricker and their grandson, John Rucker, became
Governor of Ohio, and he ran unsuccessfully as a Repub-
lican Vice-President candidate in 1944.
ST JOHN FAMILY IN 1910
First row: Lula St. John (Vollmer), W. S. St. John, Seth
St. John, Minnie St. John, Clifford St. John. Back row:
Roy St. John, Bert St. John and Mable St. John (Gar-
sister in Pontiac. Roy lives at his residence three miles
north of Cornell. His wife, Elsie, is deceased. He has
three children: Dannie and his wife Xenia live north of
Cornell. They are the parents of three chldren: Ro-
berta and Randy are at home; Cynthia St. John (Hart)
and husband live in Streator. Seth G. and wife and
daughter, Darla, also live in Streator. His daughter,
Elsie Lou (Jenssen) and husband with their two sons,
Mike and Eric live at Burlington, Wisconsin. Bert and
wife live in their mobile home in Long Point. They have
a daughter, Leah Mae St. John (Nolan) and live in
Ottawa. Seth T. and wife, Frieda, live three miles south
of Cornell. Lula St. John (Volhner) lives in Pontiac.
Her husband, George, is deceased. She has four chil-
dren Ruth (Seggerman) and husband and son. Tommy
lives in Pontiac. Francis Vollmer and wife Janet live
east of Cornell in Amity Township. They have three
children: Susan, David and Stephen. Merle Vollmer and
wife with their two children, Sherri and Brian, live in
Pontiac. Jane Vollmer (Wiertz) is deceased, and she
leaves five children: Julie, Janet Jeanne, Jill and Jim-
mie. They live with their father n Tonica. Mabel St.
John (Garretson) formerly of Long Point lives in Pon-
tiac. Her husband is deceased. Clifford and wife, Faye,
live in Cornell, and their son, Robert Lee and wife, Frieda
(Nafziger) and daughters, Lori and Joni, live on the St.
John farm two miles west of Cornell.
This year climaxes a combined one hundred seventeen
years of school teaching for Seth T., Faye, Clifford and
Robert St. John. Over sixty years have been in teach-
ing schools in Amity Township. Seth T. has taught 37
years in the Cornell Grade system.
The St. John farm, located two miles west of Cornell
had been in the hands of the St. John family for more
than eighty years. It is now owned by Clifford and Faye
and is operated by their son, Bob, his wife Frieda and
daughters, Lori and Joni.
The beautiful Vermillion River with its wooded banks
forms a horse-shoe bend around the farm. It affords
many pleasant hours for the family to scout about on a
sunny afternoon searching for arrowheads or artifacts,
boating, swimming, picnicing and camping for a week-
Frieda Jean St. John, Clifford St Joba
William Isaac had two sons. Bert, who married Saidee
Brannon and they owned a grocery store in Pontiac for
William Seth St. John was born in 1867 and died in
1948. He was a farmer aU his life, having bought the home
farm west of Cornell from his father. He married Mi-
nerva Jane Talbot, who was born in a log cabin south of
Cornell. She died in 1952. The William Seth St. John's
family have farmed for more than three quarters of a
century west of Cornell. They were the parents of eight
Children. They are Mabel, Roy, Bert, Claude and Clif-
ford (twins), Seth T., Lula and Robert. Claude and Ro-
bert died in infancy. Mabel Garretson lives with her
These are reminiscences of the early lives of the Jacob
Allen family as told by their daughter, Anna Eliza Blake,
(mother of Blanche Blake) to her children.
Jacob and Eunice Rucker Allen came west from
Calias, Ohio, in a covered wagon in the summer of 1865
with two small children, Kelita, 11, and Eliza, 6. Mrs.
Allen had $1200 sewed in patches in her underskirt, with
which they bought their first 40 acres of land at $30 an
acre. Banks were few in those days and money was
hard earned. They came west to the vicinity of what is
now Cornell, where Mrs. Allen had two brothers, Mar-
tin and William Rucker, already there, and a sister,
Eliza remembered a perilous event on the way out.
They had a runaway. Mr. Allen and Kelita decided to
relax a bit one day, so were walking along the road a
little ahead of the wagon, leaving Mrs. Alien and EUza
to manage the driving. Suddenly another wagon ap-
peared along side of theirs. Just then the driver
cracked his whip at his team to speed them up. The Al-
len horses were frightened and began running so hard
Mrs. Allen could not control them. She thought fast.
She lifted the flap at the back and dropped Eliza in the
corner of a stake and rider fence near by. Then she
herself jumped. She struck her hip on the hub on the
Wheel and fainted. By that time the horses had become
tangled in the harness and one was choking. Both were
down. Mr. Allen got there in time to cut the throat
latch of the one. They took Mrs. Allen to the nearest
barbershop in a town nearby and bled her. In those days,
they bled people instead of giving them transfusions.
They finally arrived at the home of Martin Rucker, a
little east of w'hat is now Cornell. They settled about a
mile west of (now) Cornell, purchasing the 40 acres on
the north. As they were able they kept adding land,
which was 170 acres — on either side of the road, now
owned by Donald Morrison, Dewey Munson and Lee
Eliza tells of the hardships her parents endured to get
ahead. After about 5 years, triplets were bom, three
boys, one of which died in early infancy. William and
James grew up never having been separated for one night
for 34 years. There were no funds to hire help, so Mrs.
Allen took the place of a hand. They would go to the
fields as soon as it was daylight and work until dark. They
took cornbread and molasses for food. The children were
cared for by Mrs. Allen's sister, Martha Cornell.
Eliza tells that her folks were very religious. Family
worship was a daily habit. For several years the only
church near was the Oakdale Church, located at the Will
Partridge farm east and north of Cornell a short way.
The family traveled by wagon to the church, prepared to
spend most of the day in worship and fellowship with
Cornell Methodist Church was built about 1880. Then
it was moved to the north of the village and a new one
built about 1900, the same year Cornell (brick) Grade
School was built. Rev. F. J. Giddings was the minister.
While Rev. Giddings was serving, the old parsonage was
moved and the one now standing was built. The original
parsonage now stands just across from the Catholic
The Allen farm is a centennial farm since it has
been in the fanuly more than 100 years. The last part
was sold in 1969.
John V. Lawrence, born in 1836 in Oslo, Norway, came
to the United States at age of 20. He was a salior on
ship which docked in Chicago, after which he walked to
Ottawa where he had friends. His knowledge of the
English language was acquired through his own unaided
efforts. As a young man he worked on his fathers' farm,
learning the carpenter trade. After coming to Streator,
he was hired to build a tipple for a coal shaft southwest
of Streator. He then moved to Amity Township and
bought 240 acres of government land for $1.25 an acre,
later selling 160 and lived on 80, where he raised his
GRANDMA AND GRANDPA LAWRENCE
He married Brunella Richardson and they had nine
children, five dying as infants. Those living, Knute,
Saul, Millard and Christena. Mr. Lawrence and his sons
farmed and built many buildings in Livingston County.
Knute married Mary Jane Knutson, they being parents
of Elmer J. of Cornell; Nellie Ogden of Sheridan; Rose
Barickman of Cornell; Clara Patterson and Ruth Ging-
rich of rural Pontiac and Mable Moore of Joliet.
Kenneth Edward died at 6 months.
Saul married Daisy Tiffany and they were parents of
Lucille Fuller of Streator; Venus Spaniol of Cornell and
Reinard of Oglesby.
Millard married Hannah Hoskins, who died same year
and several years later married Pearl Ryerson, who were
parents of Edith Oberg.
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Christena married Charlie Fosseen, moving to Iowa
snd they were parents of Antonette Bergeson, Mae Hin-
derocker, Ruth Orrison, Arlene Gehrke, Loyde, Carl
Bruton, Jay and Glenn.
Along the years there have been 3 sailors in the
Lawrence family, John Lawrence, Elmer Lawrence, Ed-
ward Harold Moore. Knute Richardson, a brother of
Mrs. Lawrence, was q veteran of the Civil War and at-
tended Big Bend Reunion for years.
There are several grandchildren, great-grandchildren
and great-great-grandchildren surviving Mr. and Mrs.
Morris Foley was born in Ireland in 1827 and came to
America in 1851. He located first in La Salle County
and came to Livingston County in 1856. He lived on
what is now the Clare KeUy farm.
His wife was the former Bridget Whalen. They were
the parents of thirteen children, one of whom died in in-
fancy. Among the children who spent most of their
adult lives in the Cornell area where Patrick, John, Den-
nis, Fred, and Mrs. Fannie Corrigan, all of who are now
Mrs. Cora Ramme is a granddaughter of Morris Foley.
Among other grandchildren who lived in this community
were the late PhUip Corrigan, husband of Mrs. Rena Cor-
rigan and the late Maurice Foley, husband of Mrs. Agnes
John Foley was born in County Wexford. Ireland in
1833. He came to America in 1852 and settled first in
La Salle County. He came to Livingston County in 1859.
His wife was the former Catherine Whalen. They
were the parents of ten children, one of whom died in
infancy. They lived on the farm north of Cornell
Where their granddaughter, Mrs. Florence Hoffman, now
Mrs. Hoffman's father, John J. Foley, was born in 1873,
the same year that Cornell was founded. He was the
only one of his family who remained in the Cornell
Community. He moved to Pontiac just three years be-
fore his death in 1923.
Chester F. Morris
CHESTER F. MORRIS. The extensive and valuable
farm property of this gentleman is located on section 17,
Amity Township, and forms one of the most valuable
and well conducted homesteads in the western part of
Livingston County. It includes 450 broad acres, 300 of
which has been brought to a high state of cultivation.
The remainder is in pasture and timber, the proprietor
being largely engaged in the raising of fine Stock. Mr,,
Murri.s is widely and favorably known as one of the most
enterprising men and skillful farmers of central Illinois;
and his very example has proved an impetus to his
neighbors around him, whose farms, have no doubt been
given better care and cultivation than they woul'd other-
wise have received. A view of the residence and its
oeautilul surroundings is given on another page in this
ALBUM, to which the reader is referred. " " -''
Residence of C. F. Morris, Sec. 17, Amity Township
Mr. Morris came to this county at a time when it
most needed resolute and enterprising men to cultivate
the soil and introduce the improvements which are so
necessary to its progress and enlightment. His early
years were spent in Tippecanoe County, Ind., where his
birth took place Dec. 12, 1828, at the modest home of his
parents, Henry and Mary (Reynolds) Morris. They were
natives respectively of Virginia and Ohio, whence they
removed in 1836 to Illinois. The father, however, was
not long lived, his death occurring at the age of thirty-
nine years, nine months and nine days, on the 11th of
September, 1843, when his son, Chester F., was a youth of
Henry Morris was a circuit rider or traveling preacher^'
The father of our subject was a well-educated and in-
telligent man, a Whig politically, and a prominent mem-
ber of the United Brethren Church, to which the mother
also belonged. She remained a widow, surviving her
husband over thirty years, and passed away at her home
in Livingston County, at the age of sixty-three years,
eleven months and twenty-eight days. They were the
parents of eight children, of whom Chester F., our sub-
ject, was the eldest. Mary R. died Sept. 28, 1843, at the
age of thirteen years, seven months and fourteen days;
Philip died Sept. 29, 1843, age twelve years, seven months
and twenty-eight days; Andrew enlisted in the Union
Army at Pontiac, in August 1861, returned from the
service unharmed, and died at his home in Livingston
County, Oct. 12. 1872, at the age of thirty-nine years, ten
months and nineteen days; he had been married and was
the father of one child, who is now deceased. Nancy
died in 1843, when about eight years of age. William H.
gave his life to the service of his counti-y, having enlist-
ed in Company F. 33rd Illinois Infantry, and died at
Ironton, Mo., Nov. 27, 1862, aged twenty-two years, nine
months and four days. Joseph died Sept. 9, 1843, aged'
ten years, and Ellen, Sept. 19, 1845, age one year and four
Our subject came to Illinois in 1836, and was married
in Amity Townsliip, tliis county, June 11, 1857, to Miss
Susan Springer, who was born in Ohio, Sept. 17, 1832,
and died at her home in Amity Township, Feb. 13, 1874.
Of this union there were born the children whose record
IS as follows: Henry was born May 8, 1858 and died Sept.
8, 1858; Perry J. was bom Sept. 21, 1859 and died April
18, 1879; Scott B. was born Sept. 30, 1860 and died Aug.
18, 1861; Mary was born Oct. 25, 1861 and died Jan. 10,
1862; Rose was born April 4, 1864 and died Sept. 17,
1878; Joseph was born Nov. 26, 1865; William R., May
20, 1868 and Geneva, Jan. 3, 1870.
The present wife of our subject was formerly Mrs.
Sarah (Smith) Goddard, and they were married Jan.
13, 1878. She is the daughter of David and Mary Smith,
natives of Ohio, and was born Dec. 8, 1837. Of this
union there have been born three children, all of whom
are deceased: Chester was born July 19, 1878 and died
July 30 following; May was born Aug. 30, 1881 and died
when one year and sixteen days old. William Henry
Morris died aged two years and twelve days. Politically,
Mr. Morris is an uncompromising Democrat.
LOG CABIN BUILT IN 1846
Mr. Chester F. Morris gave the ground which is the
Morris Cemetery. He and his first wife, Susan, as well
as five of his children, two grandchildren and one great-
grandson are buried there.
Mr. Morris' son, William R. and Ella Blake were mar-
ried May 27, 1887. A few months after their marriage
they moved into a log cabin which was on the property.
No one had lived in it for a number of years. In this
log cabin their first two children, Frederick L. and Lena
E. (Mothersbaugh) Morris were born. Within a short
time, Mr. Chester Morris moved to the village of Cornell
and W. R. and his family moved down to the home place
where the other members of the family were born,
Robbie B., Gertrude (Morgan) Morris, Warren C, Daniel
B., Mary G. (Bruner) Morris, Emma K. (Morgan) Mor-
ris, Alonzo J., Mabel (Cashmer) Morris, Albert G. and
RusseU C. Five of the children are deceased, Albert,
Mary, Daniel, Frederick and Warren. Later another
family, Alonzo Springer and his wife, Kitty Carroll,
moved into the log cabin. Kitty passed away there in
Robbie B. and his family also lived in the log house.
William Robert Morris
William Robert Morris, a progressive member of the
agricultural class of Livingston County, is one of the
most successful young farmers of Amity Township. His
entire life has been spent in this immediate locality, and
here, where he is so well known, he bears a reputation
for uprightness and justice and a conscientious regard
for the rights of others and his duty as a citizen and
head of a household.
William R. Morris, more familiar knwon as Robert
Morris, comes from an old and honored Virginia family,
and his grandfather, Henry Morris, possessed that spirit
which has filled the hearts of all of the sturdy brave
pioneers who laid the foundations of future civilization
and prosperity. Henry Morris first moved from the Old
Dominion to the wilderness of Ohio, subsequently lo-
cated in Indiana and as early as 1837, when this country
was new and sparsely settled, came to Livingston County.
Choosing a tract of land in Amity Township, he spent
the remainder of his life here, his death occurring in 1841.
His homestead, which he had partially cleared and pre-
pared for cultivation, is the identical one now in the
possession of our subject.
C. F. Morris, father of William Robert Morris, was
born in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, December 12, 1828,
and from his tenth year until his death, February 10,
19(J0, he dwelt in Amity Township, one of her most
esteemed citizens. His death is felt to be a public loss
m this community, where so long and faithfully he used
his influence for its permanent welfare. In early man-
hood he wedded Susanna, daughter of Joseph Springer,
who was an early settler in this locality also. The young
couple commenced keeping house in this township and
in the coure of time came to live on the old Morris home-
stead. Under his management, the place was wonder-
fully improved, and a well built house and barns added
much to the value and desirability of the farm. Mr.
Morris was engaged in the actual work of the farm until
in 1892 he moved to Cornell, where he purchased a
pleasant residence. His long and useful life closed in
peacefulness, and, surrounded by his loving relatives and
numerous sincere friends, he breathed his last and passed
to his reward. His mortal remains were tenderly laid
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away in the old Morris cemetery, on the homestead, with
which the name has been associated for more than
His first wife, the mother of our subject, died in 1874,
and afterward he married again. Joseph C, his eldest
son is a resident of Kansas City, and Geneva, the only
daughter, is the wife of William Gregory, a farmer of
The birth of William Robert Morris occurred on the
old homestead, May 20, 1868, and here his boyhood days
were passed in the usual quiet pursuits of country lads.
After completing the curriculum of the common schools,
he further qualified himself for life's duties by attending
college at Dixon, Illinois, where he was a student for
two years. He then returned home and assiduously de-
voted himself to the cultivation of the farm, deciding to
make agriculture his chief business in the future. Since
1890 he has had entire charge of the old farm, and now
manages about four hundred acres of well cultivated and
highly desirable land. He is practical and in sympathy
with the progressive spirit of the age, and it is safe to
predict for him, wealth and prominence, though these
things are not his chief aspirations.
On the 27th of May, 1887, Mr. Morris married Ella G.
Blake, daughter of Daniel W. Blake of Cornell. Mr.
Blake was born in Ohio in 1835 and came to Illinois in
1854. He married Sallie F. Burnham in Amity in 1862.
She was born in Pennsylvania in 1845. Mr. Blake en-
listed at Pontiac, August 8, 1862 in the 129th I.V.I., was
through the Sherman campaign and was mustered out in
1866. He served as commissioner of highways for four
years and as village trustee for two years. He owned
farm ground and also 10 acres in town which became
Blakes addition. They were the parents of three chil-
dren, Fred and John (who died as a youngster), and
Ella Gertrude, born January 9, 1869, who became Mrs.
Morris. Twelve children blessed the union of this couple,
namely: Fred, Lena, Robert B., Gertrude, Chester Warren,
Daniel D., Mary Geneva, Joseph, Emma, Mabel Josephine,
Albert (who died at birth), and Russell.
In his political faith Mr. Morris is a Democrat. For
himself he has never aspired to public office, as he finds
his time fully occupied in attending to his manifold busi-
ness affairs. Yielding to duty and the desires of his
neighbors, he has officiated as district clerk and on the
board of education, giving his influence to all measures
calculated to benefit the community permanently in his
ixnrents of Richard, Beverly (deceased), Dorothy, Gloria,
Rosalie and Philip. Alonzo J. married Lela Andrews,
parents of Nancy, then married Billie Sweet, parents of
Joseph L. Russell never married.
Liberty Louderback was born in Brown County, Ohio,
July 4, 1824, a son of Thomas and Sarah (Springer)
Louderback, and was given the name Liberty by his
grandfather, Uriah Springer. He came with his parents
to Illinois in 1831 and settled in Vermillion County near
Danville where they lived until 1837. They then moved
to Amity Township where they entered a tract of land
from the government. He was the oldest of his family,
namely: Liberty, Mills, Thomas, Levi, Thirza, William,
Polly and Mahala. He grew to manhood on a farm in
Amity Township and though he had little opportunity for
schooling, he early mastered all the details of farming.
At the age of twenty-one he began life for himself work-
ing as a farm hand.
LIBERTY LOUDERBACK AND MARY JANE
(CORBIN) LOUDERBACK FAMILY
Seated, left to right: Liberty Louderback, Julia Louder-
back Gregory, Mary Jane (Corbin) Louderback, John H.
Standing, left to right: Chester Louderback, Harriet Lou-
derback Graeser, Hersie Louderback Manley, George
Fred (deceased) married Florence Andrews, parents of
Leo (deceased), Daniel, Ella and Carolyn. Lena married
Calvin Mothersbaugh, no children; Robbie married Verta
Cashmer, parents of four daughters, Madeline, Claudene,
Geneva and Betty. Gertrude married Clyde Morgan, par-
ents of Maxine, Robert, Helen, Jean and Morris. Warren
married Lela Leonard, parents of Esther, Robert W. and
John. Emma married Arthur Morgan, parents of Wil-
liam, Marjory and Joyce. Mabel married Claud Cashmer,
On April 26, 1849, he married Miss Mary Jane Corbin,
who was born in Va. Oct. 9, 1827 and came to the county
with her father, David Corbin and family in 1831. Mr. and
Mrs. Louderback began their domestic life on his farm in
a log cabin with furniture of his own manufacture. His
first land was purchased from Illinois Central Railroad
Co. He later added more acres to this in section 20 of
Amity Township. He continued farming until 1877, when
they retired to a home in Cornell where he passed away
June 13, 1907. His wife passed away May 11, 1900. Six
children were bom to them, namely: John H., George W.,
Cbeeter W., Julia, Hersey and Harriet C.
George W. Louderback and Ellen Gates were married
Nov. 15, 1876 and were the parents of three children:
Bert Harold, Mabel and Edna.
Bert Harold Louderback married Blanche McDonald
May 8, 1907. They became the parents of a son, Harold
B. Louderback, who is now married to Velma Metz.
Blanche died in 1908 and Mr. Louderback married Iva
May Allen April 14, 1910. They were the parents of two
sons, Clarence and Clifford and a daughter, Dorothy.
Clarence married Ruth Bryan. They are the parents of
five children: Kenneth, Judith, Bruce, Douglas and Mary
Ann. Clifford (deceased 1968) married Prudence Fort-
ner. Dorothy married George Delheimer, Jr., and they
are the parents of John, Steven, Ruth Ann, Patrick and
The Munson Family
Bert Louderback died Oct. 5, 1949.
Iva died May 3,
Mabel Louderback married Charlie H. Patterson Feb.
12, 1902. Three children, Doris, Harold and Lois were
born to them. Doris married Howard Garretson and
they became parents of three children, Letha, Jarlath
(died at age two) and James. Harold Patterson married
Clara Lawrence. Lois married Charles Beck and their
children are Sandra (Mrs. Brad Hardy), Steven and Todd,
Charlie Patterson died Aug. 21, 1960. Mabel died Jan.
Edna Louderback married Herman Grimm in 1913.
He died In 1946. She was married to Perry Lundy, who
preceded her la death. She passed away June 12, 1972.
Chester WiUiam Louderback, born 1854, died 1933
married Normanda Young in 1878. She died 1932
children: Doll, Bertha, Frank LeRoy
Julia Alice Louderback, born 1856, died 1934
married Thomas Gregory 1875, he died 1888
children: Charlie (died 1920); George, Madge
George died 1918, married May Plank (died 1946)
children, Edweird, George, Francis, Henry, Robin,
Madge married Floyd Rucker in 1911, he died 1960
two sons, Ronald and Richard
Hersle Jane Louderback, born 1863, died 1947
married Harry L. Manly in 1882, he died 1933
one daughter, Edna born 1883, married Arthur Har-
wood, who preceded her in death. She died 1960
Harriet C. Louderback, bom 1868, died 1915
married William H. Graeser in 1869
one daughter, Gertrude
Chris Munson was born November 15, 1848 in Den-
mark. He came to the United States when he was in
his early teens and lived with friends at Tonica. He
married a Benedict from Kankakee and they had one
j.\iJ\. /iiNL) ivirio. L-iiixio iviOi.'f^Oi'i
Charles B. Munson (1882-1954) married Mary Ellen Way
Nellie married Leslie Nicols
Frances, Mary Ellen, Alice Marie, Marjorie, Glenn
Gordon was adopted as an infant by an aunt, Goldie
. He is married and lives in Missouri
Mary Ellen Way is buried in Nigh Chapel Cemetery.
After her death, Charles Munson moved to California,
where he later married a lady who had two children.
There were four children born from this marriage, Ben-
jamin, Edwin, Goldie and Harold.
After his first wife's death, Chris Munson later mar-
ried Carrie Anderson, who came to the states from Den-
mark at the age of 13. They were married September
4, 1883 and moved to Amity Township around 1392, liv-
ing west of Nigh Chapel Church (NEVi of Sec. 30). He
spent his whole life in farming, until retiring and mov-
ing to Pontiac in 1919. They lived at the corner of
Water and Elm Streets He died July 5, 1926; she
died May 28, 1935. They are both buried in Nigh Chapel
Cemetery. They were the parents of seven children:
Nellie, John, Bert, Florence, Myrtle, Alfred and Dewey.
Nellie died at the age of two.
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John A. (1884-1948) married to Jessie Hakes
Vernon Leroy, married to Anna Sparrow
Kenneth, Donald, RandaU
Bert (1886 - ), married to Carrie Grace Snyder
EUen Marie, married Paul Rosebnigh
Mary Anne, Betty Jean, Francis Paul
Russell Albert (d. 1971) married to Ada Johnston
Olive Ruth, Russell, Jr., Brian James, Robert
Dorothy May, married Edward Smith
Betty Ellen, Jerold Edward, Sandra May, Donna
Dale Snyder, married Mary Frew
Gary Dale, Reverdy Leigh
This family settled in the New York area.
Florence (1889-1936) married Warren Wertz (1885-
1969) They are buried in Nigh Chapel Cemetery.
Myrtle (1981— living in Ransom) married Jake Ging-
Howard married Pauline Cook
Patricia Ann married Ronald Novatney
Alfred (1895-living in Streator) married Mary V. Mc-
Edward Dewey married Ellen Bresney
Dorothy Jean, Coral Jo, Ronald Lee (killed in ser-
vice), Randall James, Edward Dewey, Jr., Karla
Kay, Kimberly Ann, Shawn Dwayne
Kenneth Eugene, died in infancy
Cletis Albert married Dorothy Kreiser
Phyllis, Louann, Larry, Lori
Vera Irene married Carl Call
Evelyn Marie, Shirley Ilene
Vehna Ilene married Elmer Laurine
Oral Dean married Marie Hunter
Debbie, Larry, Steve, Kathy
Alfred later married Goldie WUson. She died in 1972.
Dewey (1897-1969) married Anna Jensen (1896-living
Kenneth married Elinor Harrison
William Harrison married Janet Rasmus
Early Burkett Family
Early Burkett was born in 1880 and grew up near
Golden C3«te, Illinois. Early came to the Livingston
County area in his younger days and worked on farms by
the month. Some of his earliest employers were Bob Orr,
Marion Louderback, Pete Corrigan, Guy Patterson and
Will Blue to name a few. Early and Delmar (Dude)
Blake made several trips to Iowa to dig "tile ditch" for
On December 31, 1910, Early Burkett and Mamie
Mounts of Griffin, Indiana were married. They came to
Cornell by train, and the first home for the Burkeft's was
a small house in the block west of the United Methodist
Church in Cornell. In the spring, they moved to a house
on the Dennis Foley farm, one and a quarter mile north of
Cornell. It was on this farm that Early was to spend
the rest of his life. The farm is now owned by F. N.
Smith of Pontiac.
Their next move was a one-half mile north along the
Wabash tracks This home was formerly a hotel during
the "hey-days" of North Cornell.
By this time, Lewis Mounts, Mrs. Burkett's son by a
previous marriage had joined them and their baby girl,
It was fortunate that Mr. and Mrs. Burkett moved into
a nineteen-room, three story house; in as much as seven
more children were to come along. In fact, all the chil-
dren grew up at the "hotel". The children are: Lewis
Mounts, Louise, Foster, Joe, Ervin, Clark, Helen, Muriel
and Gene. All of the children attended the Sutcliff
Grade School. Lewis, Louise, Clark, Helen and Muriel
graduated from the Cornell High School.
Lewis Mounts, retired school teacher, lives in Odell,
and is married to Agnes (Gourley) Mounts. They have
a daughter, Uretta and two grzindsons, Thad and Rhys
Louise is a librarian at Northern Illinois University
and is married to Harry Bronson. They have one son,
Robert and twa granddaughters, Robbie and Debbie and
a grandson, Robert J. They make there home in Water-
Foster works for the Ford Implement Company in Pon-
tiac and is married to Donna (Breiholz) Burkett.
Joe is employed by FS Company in Pontiac and is
married to Helen (Ide) Burkett. They have one son,
Ervin is living on the farm where his father started
farming around 1911. He served with the Engineer
Corps during World War II, in the European Theatre. He
is married to Verna (Mossberger) Burkett. They have a
son, Ben and a grandson, Bradley.
Clark is employed by FS Company as a truck sales-
man, and just completed his 25th year of service. He is
married to Margaret (Chorba) Burkett and resides in
Cornell. They have two daughters, Barbara and Michele,
one granddaughter, Tonia Shambo.
Helen is married to Robert Greenman and resides on a
farm in Esmen Township. They have a son, John Robert,
Muriel is married to WUliam Testa of Wilmington,
Illinois and have a daughter, Maria.
Gene farms in Newtown Township. He is married to
Marjorie (Mitchell) Burkett. They have a daughter,
Susan. A son, Gregg and a daughter, Gayle passed away
Anna Odle, mother of Mamie Burkett made her home
with the Burkett's for several years. She was always on
hand to care for all of her grandchildren.
Early passed away May 11, 1963, and Mamie passed
away September 20, 1971.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WASHINGTON. D. C.
February 21, 1973
Dear Fellow Americans:
Every once in a while we need to take time to
consider our heritage, how we started, and how we
have grown. A centennial celebration is indeed
such a time.
America has been built on a foundation stemming
from the values and the cooperative spirit of rural
communities. In a busy time of urban problems and
unrest, of friction and conflict, it is necessary
for us to concentrate on the real strength of America
which still lies in those rural commiinities .
I have watched Cornell grow and change and
thrive. I have always felt honored that Cornell has
been a part of my congressional district since I_
first came to Congress. I am proud that it remains
a part of my district today.
To all the people of Cornell and all those in
the surrounding countryside who call Cornell their
home, please let me extend my heartiest
congratulations on the occasion of your centennial.
With all good wishes, I am
The Village of Cornell
Cornell, Illinois 61319
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Gilbert J. Lauritzen
Born on August 10, 1912 in Round Grove Township,
(section 13) and farmed in Round Grove Township (sec-
tion 18) and in Pontiac Township (section 9). Moved to
the WVfe of the EV^ of Section 35, Amity Township in
1954 where along with farming, raised cross bred hogs.
Quit swine project in 1971.
Began writing insurance in 1956 as an agent for Pon-
tiac Mutual County Fire Insurance Company, of which
company, my father, Charles Laurtizen, was President,
wind coverage being written in the Rockford District
Mutual Tornado Insurance Company, which is now the
Rockford Mutual Insurance Company.
Since 1956 many agency connections have been ac-
quired, so that I now can provide Accident & Health,
Auto, Fire, Crop Hail, Hospitalization, Liability, Life,
Truck and Workmen's Compensation insurance for any-
Am now a Director and President of the Pontiac Mutual
County Fire Insurance Company. Also President of the
Church Council of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rowe.
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Cornell - 1973
Population - 550
Centennial Kin^ and Two Queens
MINNIE SANTELMAN, 91
JOHN CAELSON, 99
EMMA BENNETT, 96
Cornell Community Senior Citizens
80 and over
March 4, 1973
1st row, left to right — Mrs. Oscar Swanberg, Emma Eddy,
Minnie Santelman, John Carlson, Emma Bennett, EUa
Mossberger, Mable Springer.
2nd row — Frank Morrison, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Earp, Lee
Morrison, Hilda Ogden.
3rd row — Cora Ramme, Lottie Hardin, Minnie Ketterer,
Mary Johnson, BiU and Zellah Beaman, Vada Ide.
4th row — Hazel Cassidy, Helen Bemis, Lydia Ely, Mrs.
Tom Bayles, Claire Leonard, Rena Corrigan.
5th row — George Cassidy, Edward Isham, Lyle Husted.
Those not pictured are — Lloyd Miner, Josephine Metz,
Harold Trainor, R. B. Morris, Golda Crura, Margaret
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Bayou Bluffs Campground
This campground was opened for business in 1965 by
the John W. Snyder family. It consists of 70 acres and
is part of a 292 acre farm. Campers from all of the states
in the United States, Canada and Europe stop here.
John's grandfather McKee, on the paternal side set-
tled here in the 1830's. The "Bluffs" area was chosen by
several other families also because of its wood, water and
stone. These are the same things that appeal to camp-
ers today. The Bayous of the Vermillion River lie on
one side of the campground. Rooks Creek on the other
side. There is also a stocked man-made lake. These
ere favorite spots for the fisherman and hiker.
There are 200 shady campsites with picnic tables,
electricity, and fire wood. There also are two complete
Recreation consists of playground equipment, base-
ball, basketball, hiking, fishing, wading pool, and hay-
The recreation hall has a fireplace, pool table, juke
box and games. There is also a store stocked with gro-
peries, .snacks, gifts and camping supplies.
Cornell Postal Department
Walter Cornell was the first postmaster in Cornell in
1873. Dan Blake occupied the post for 17 years with
Franc Jones and Mabel Holmes Springer as clerks part
time. The office was then located at the Ide property,
Picture left to right — Verona Beck, Mary Mills, J. D.
Sims, ZeUah Beaman.
where the American Legion now stands. It was moved
to the north side of main street to the Shackelton build-
ing just west of the present restaurant some time later.
Frank Brady was postmaster when Zellah Beaman first
started working part time along with Mable Springer.
Harlow Iverson was appointed in 1916 and resigned in
1917 when Mabel Springer was appointed for 13 years
with Zellah Beaman as clerk. Earl Husted was appointed
in 1930-46, during which time the office was moved to
the old bank building, now occupied by Girard's Antiques.
In 1943, the office was made 3rd class and the Star route
was established, with mail coming by truck from Streator
instead of Wabash Railroad.
After the retirement of Earl Husted, Robert "Bob" Beck
was appointed from 1946-52 after which he transferred to
rural mail carrier, due to the retirement of J. D. Sims,
who had carried mail for 30 years. Keith Turner was
acting postmaster for part of two years, after which Al-
dene Myers was acting until James Jirus was appointed
from 1954-60. Due to his death, Aldene Meyers was
again appointed acting until Arnold Ide was acting 1960-
62, Annette Grant acting 1962-64, when WUliam Pleasant
was appointed permanently.
Zellah Beaman continued as clerk until 1959 under Jim
Jirus, when she was required to retire, having reached
the the age of 70. With the exception of three years of
her early married life, Zellah had spent the most part of
"half a century" with the postal department. Most
patrons of the Cornell area remember her pleasant ways
and congenial manner. She is stUl enjoying very good
health, with the exception of poor eyesight. She recalls
many incidents and has made many friends. Among her
memories are the many 10 hour days at $1.00 a day, but
considered herself "lucky" to have a job. Very little
money was alloted for expenses and oftentimes the post-
master would go next door to get warm in the winters.
None of the offices had furnace heat, water or rest
rooms — a far cry from the nice office now occupied.
Even in the early fifties, they would go to the office on
Christmas morning to distribute the mail.
Past rural carriers were Charles Sutcliff, Taylor Shin,
Harry Rucker, Ralph Sawyer, J. D. Sims, Bob Beck and
the present carrier, Orville Cagley.
Mrs. Robert (Verona) Beck was appointed clerk to re-
place Mrs. Beaman and Mrs. Clinton (Gayle) Mills was
the substitute. The new building, built by Cornell Indus-
tries, was constructed in 1961, with Arnold Ide moving
the office, with dedication being held in October.
Bill Pleasant, formerly of Streator, is married to Helen
Delheimer, daughter of the late Bessie and George Del-
heimer. They have one son David, three daughters, Pat,
Beth and Amy, also a granddaughter, Jenny. Bill operated
Bill's Body Shop several years in Cornell before becom-
ing postmaster. Bill creates a most friendly atmosphere
in the office and he lives up to his name, as some call
him Pleasant William.
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Seamstress and Dressmaker
Tesuko (Terri) Goforth, a native of Japan, has been
doing alleratiuiis unci dressmaking since coming to the
United States in 1960.
Her skills at dressmaking, and also pattern making,
were learned while employed for three years, with the
Sanshi Dress Company of Tokyo, Japan.
In 1960 she married Tom Goforth, who was stationed
at Camp Drake, Japan with the U.S. Army.
They have resided in Cornell since 1965. Their chil-
dren are Debbie, age 12, and Kathy, age 9.
Girard's Antique Shop
GLrard's Antique Shop opened in the fall of 1970 in the
former Cornell Bank Building, owned by Mrs. Marie
LYLE GIRARD AND SON, JIM
Wayman. The shop is owned by Lyle, Mildred and Jim
Girard. Many varied articles have come and gone
through the doors such as an Indian totem pole, furniture
of all description, muzzle loading guns and many other
types of articles. Indian relics from common arrows to
museum pieces are for sale and displayed at all times.
Indian relics have been sold to customers from as far
away as Connecticut and shipped by maU to customers in
over thirty states.
Furniture is sold in the rough to many dealers or
stripped of paint and varnish and then refinished.
Over the years more people have become antique minded.
Prices for good material has steadily increased, such as
brass beds that used to sell for 50 cents on an auction,
are now selling for $100 and more. Round oak tables,
that were banned to the basement, are being once again
refinished and put to use.
Although the business is sometimes not too profitable,
it is interesting and offers the chance to meet a lot of
The Girards extend a welcome for anyone to stop by
Irving Miner's Radio & TV Service
My interest in electronics goes back to my grade school
days when my parents bought me an electrical experi-
mental set. That started me to read a lot about "wire-
less" as it was called then.
A friend and myself started to purchase parts for a
receiving outfit, but that was taboo with Uncle Sam as
World War I was still going on, so we had to drop it.
While I was working at the Western Electric in Chi-
cago in 1923 and 24, radio was beginning its boom and
building your own set was almost a necessity. So I buUt
one — plenty of parts stores. Loosely built, parts were
scattered all over the table I had.
Was quite excited when I heard Jack Chapman's or-
chestra playing "Dream Daddy", the first tune I had ever
heard on any radio.
Later I built a much better model and brought it home
the next year. It lasted for several years and my brother,
Lloyd and Jody Murphy listened to the World Series be-
tween the N.Y. Giants and Washington Senators. It
would operate two or three sets of headphones which
were most satisfactory then.
By 1952, television had proved itself, so decided to
get into the service business seriously. Took a radio-TV
course from one school and a TV course from another in
which I built my first TV set.
Purchased test equipment, most of which has been re-
placed and added to, so kept up to date. Valuable as the
schooling was, years of experience has been by best
Cornell Telephone Company
In reminiscing over early years, Mrs. Mabel Springer
recalls a two-story building on the south side of Main
Street in Cornell. Mr. and Mrs. John Barringer resided
there. Mr. Barringer built a brick oven in his back yard
and Mrs. Barringer baked homemade bread in this oven
and sold it for 5c a loaf. She also sold one pound fruit
cakes at 10c each. The Barringers also served meals
and lunches, charging 25c per meal. In 1900 a switch-
board was installed in the upstairs. It was operated by
Miss Hattie Layne, the very first telephone operator in
Cornell. She became ill and resigned. Miss Bessie Bar-
ringer was hired. She was assisted by Miss Stella Sy-
phers When Miss Syphers and her family moved to
California, Miss Mabel Holmes then assisted in the office.
When Bessie Barringer married Charlie Gill, a barber
shop owner, they moved to Goshen, Indiana. Mabel
Springer's sister, Miss Bertha Holmes then took over as
assistant on the switchboard. They were employed for
about fifteen years.
Following the Holmes girls, a lady from Morton, Illi-
nois was hired as operator. Later she resigned and Mrs.
Emma Dickerson was hired. Her daughters, Claire,
Bessie and Gertrude assisted her. Other operators were
Mabel Beaman, Jessie Calder, Dora Johnson, Cora Gates,
Verna Voorheis, Ethel Gourley, Eola Mills, Lela Morris
and Mae Chester. After Mrs. Dickerson, operators were
Maxine Morgan, Jean Divis, Helen Ide, Claudene Mor-
ris, Jean Morgan, Rose Myers, Helen Burkett, Betty
Trainor and Florence Allen.
Rose Myers was operating the switchboard when the
Murphy building caught on fire. The switchboard was
located on the second floor of the building. She stayed ut
her post until rescued by climbing down the ladder from
the second story window.
In 1947 the Cornell Telephone Company was purchased
by the Cornell Community Telephone Company at a
sheriff's sale. They organized with Charles Bennett,
president; Raymond Spaniol, secretary; John Gaspardo,
treasurer. Serving as directors were: Homer Dodge, El-
mer Eutsey, Orval Gingrich and Albert Palm. The Com-
pany was purchased in January 1948, and that evening
there was a sleet storm and 80 V4 of the lines were down
on the ground. This was on a Saturday and on Sunday
three directors, John Gaspardo, Albert Palm and Ray-
mond Spaniol went to Odell and ordered a car load of
telephone poles to start building the lines. It took two
years to get things back to a normal working condition.
As they rebuilt the lines, they changed from a grounded
system to a metallic system which was a great improve-
ment over the grounded system. Shortly after, the com-
pany purchased the office building formerly occupied by
the late Dr. Gardner, a dentist here from the early 1900's.
At that time the company purchased a switchboard of
100 positions to replace the 50 position board. At this
time, there was three full-time operators in charge of
the switchboard. These operators were Claire Leonard,
Lela Morris and Mae Chester. These operators each re-
ceived $2,400 a year salary. There was also extra oper-
ators hired on a part-time basis who were Ruth Corrigan,
Claudine Johnson and Venus Spaniol.
In January of 1964 the Cornell Community Telephone
Company received an offer to purchase from the Farmers
Mutual Telephone Company of Allen in Ransom, Illinois.
This was accepted by the stockholders of the Cornell
Community Telephone Company at their annual meet-
ing in 1964. The sale was completed July 20, 1964.
Mr. Floyd G. Porter was manager of the Telephone
Company. Mr. Raymond Spaniol and Mrs. Madeline
Earp, who had been long time employees of the Cornell
Telephone Company, were retained by the Farmers
Mutual Telephone Company. The Company rented tem-
porary office space from Mr. Don Wayman (on the cor-
ner next to Wayman's Grocery Store) for a conmiercial
office building. Mrs. Earp then started working on a
full-time basis as billing clerk and receptionist. Mr.
Raymond Spaniol was in charge of outside plant main-
tenance and the installation of new telephones.
Mr. Floyd G. Porter immediately begin to make ar-
rangements for financing to convert the entire system to
dial operation. After these fmancing arrangements had
been made, a new commercial and central office building
was built and dial equipment was installed. The tele-
phone company then purchased the necessary material
and equipment to bury all the outside plant and install
new telephones in aU the subscribers homes. The ex-
change was converted to dial operation in August of 1966.
In 1965 the name was changed to C-R Telephone Com-
pany initialing the two exchanges it then served.
After approximately 25 years of service to the com-
munity for the telephone company, Mr. Spaniol is now
retired and enjoying his winters in Florida. There was
a retirement party for Mr. Spaniol held at Valley View
Restaurant in November of 1972. Among the 40 attend-
ing this party were the officers and directors of the Cor-
nell Community Telephone Company at the time it was
sold in 1964. These were Raymond Spaniol, president;
John Gaspardo, treasurer, Cecil Richardson, secretary,
Alvin Schuler, vice president, John Cashmer, Charles
Kussow, Sr., Albert Pahn, Elmer Blue and Clark Husted.
The Cornell Exchange had 387 subscribers in 1964 and
now serves 433 subscribers at the end of December 1972.
The Company now has five full time employees. These
employees are Floyd G. Porter, president, Virginia M.
Porter, secretary-treasurer, Gary L. Porter, Madeline
Earp and Robert Owrey.
Cornell's Unique Chicken Business
In 1906, Lloyd Miner, then a boy of 14 years, was
working in Miner Bros, general store, which was in the
same building now occupied by Johnnies Laundromat.
At this time, Ed Foley operated Cornell's Hotel, which
stood on the same ground as the new fire department.
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Foley kept chickens and they had free range of the hotels
back yard. With these chickens was a rooster, which
stood out in attractiveness from the other common fowl.
He had long beautiful plumage of red, blue, orange and
lemon coloring and carried his head high as though he
were proud of himself.
Each day as Lloyd came to work, he noticed this beauti-
ful chicken and became fascinated with him. Finally he
asked Foley if he would sell the chicken. Foley refused
to sell, but informed Lloyd that he could buy one from
Nick Vipond in Streator.
came greater, he advertised more, sent out circulars and
raised more chickens. What was a hobby became a good
paying business. They sell readily for from $15.00 to
Lloyd retired from other work at 68 years, but is still
self employed at 80, doing the same as he has done for
many years. His doctor tells him to keep on doing this,
as it keeps him young.
The general public has no idea as to how many years
there are in the game chicken fraternity, but Lloyd has
shipped his chickens to England, Canada, Mexico, Central
America, Guam, the Phillippines, Hawaii and every
other state in the union. He also has had visitors come
to his place from coast to coast as well as some foreign
. Through the sale nf these chickens, Lloyd has become
acquainted with many people, some who are now close
friends and come to visit each year. Lloyd firmly be-
lieves that every person should have a hobby, something
to do after they retire. He also likes baseball, football
and all sports, but baseball is his fa\-oritp. Chicago Cubs.
Lloyd Miner, his chicken and pens
The next day Lloyd asked his father for some money to
buy one of these chickens. His father didn't want him to
have this breed of chicken and refused to give him the
money, but Mother Miner did, and Lloyd caught the
early morning Wabash passenger train to Streator. (At
this time this train made two round trips a day from
Forrest to Streator). Lloyd came home on the evening
train with not only a rooster, but also two hens, at the
cost of five dollars for the rooster and two dollars each for
He learned from Vipond that these were pit game
chickens and that the roosters, when eight months old,
had to be penned separately or they would fight and kill
For this reason, Lloyd had to have some chicken
houses and pens built. An uncle (Ransom Miner) and
John Johnson (Pug) built the first pens. Over the years,
many more have been built, one hundred in all. When
first built, all buildings and pens were painted white.
Now, with many years of wear on them, the paint is gone
and they show their age. Lloyd said he often wondered
which would last the longer, he or the pens.
Vipond told Lloyd there were three magazines published
which were devoted exclusively to game chickens and that
an advertisement in any one of them would help sell the
young fowl he planned to raise. The magazines were
Feathered Warrior, published in New York; Grit and
Steel in South Carolina and The Gamecock in Arkansas.
All are still published, as they have many subscribers in
every state as well as foreign countries.
At first raising these chickens was a hobby with Lloyd
but as the years went along and the demand for them be-
Earp Fur Company
BARRY HIGHLAND, GLENN EARP, GARY EARP
Glenn A, Earp started buying fur in 1948. Animals
were skinned, stretched and dried in the basement of the
home. Two years later business was moved to a 12 x
20 garage. In 1966 a 24 x 32 two story fur house was
built by Glenn and yoimgest son, Gary. In 1971 this was
enlarged to 24 x 42, with a 10 x 12 walk in freezer. Glenn
and Gary formed a partnership in 1966. Fur is bought
and picked up within an 80 mile radius of Cornell. Glenn
has a north pick up route and Gary has a south pick up
route. Pelts are bought from the trapper either skinned
or unskinned. The trappers get more for the pelts that
are skinned and stretched. The furs are taken care of
by Glenn and Gary, Barry Highland, Joe Garretson, Dick
Garretson, David Burkitt, Greg and Kenneth Johnson,
David and Gene Highland and other local help. Pelts
are matched for color and quality and made into garments
and fur pieces, hats and rugs for customers, the rest are
sold to New York fur dealers. The lowest price paid
GLENN A. EARP, GARY \\\ EARP
to the trapper for muskrat was 40c to 50c most to date
was $2.65 to $2.75 per pelt, raccoon, 40c to 60c, highest
$6.00 to $12.00 The largest raccoon weighed 28V4 lbs.
opposum, no value, now 25c to $1.00, red fox, no value,
now they are worth $25.00. Beavers are worth $5.00 to
$20,00, depending on size, the largest beaver bought by
Earp Fur Company weighed 65 lbs.; mink $3 to $6 now
$20 for female and $30 for male; skunk, not much value
but are made into skunk hats. In 1972 Earp Fur Com-
pany bought a large volume of muskrat, raccoon, mink,
opposum, fox, beaver, and coyote and weasels. A full line
of trapping supplies are kept on hand and sold to trappers.
In 1973 the fur house will be enlarged and a larger walk-
in freezer added.
Bohm's Best Bait Buys
Irvin Bohm, Jr. and Jeffrey Bohm started saving their
money in 1971 from sales of nightcrawlers that they
picked out of the yard. With the help of their Dad, Irvin,
Sr. they purchased the material for the bait shop.
The Bait Shop opened in 1972, with tackle supplies
and minnows, crawfish, leaches, red worms and of course
night crawlers. Irv, Jeff and their Dad seine for the
minnows and crawfish. They still pick up nightcrawlers
when they can, but they have to buy them in order to
keep enough for sales.
They hope to improve their tanks and storage this year
and add more tackle supplies.
Valley View is the reality of a life long dream. For
many years, it was the ambition of Louie and Helen Hat-
zer to someday move their family to a farm. During the
depression years of the 1930's, it seemed like an impos-
sibility, but always the longing was there. In 1940, an
opportunity came along, and here was the chance to buy
a 60 acre piece of land. A farm ? ? ? There was no
house. There was an old tumbled-down barn, fencing
badly in need of repair, a forrest of weeds over the en-
tire 60 acres. It was a ramshackled piece of property,
but to Louie and Helen, it was the most beautiful farm in
the country, full of promise, and full of possibilities.
The arrangements began, they sold their home in
Streator, much against the wishes of their families, and
decided to leave the security of living in town. They
built a one-room cottage to house them and their 3 chil-
dren, Joan, Pat and Dick. As Helen and Mary each ar-
rived, a new room was added onto the house. They
were now living on a farm! Louie continued working at
Owens-Illinois Glass Co., and tried farming on the side.
Having never been on a farm before, trying to plant,
cultivate and harvest corn was quite an experience,
Their farm animals included horses, cows, sheep, chick-
ens, and pigs, none of which they'd had any knowledge
about, nor been around at all and some of their exper-
iences that happened could fill a book. Thank goodness
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er, Herman Steppe, Frank Ogden, Buck Graves, and a few
others to advise these city slickers through many har-
And so with farming, raising chickens, and animals,
selling eggs, driving the school bus, and gardening, this
enthusiastic family managed to get to be at home on the
Top row, left to right— Pat, Joan, Helen and Louie, Mary
Helen and Dick.
Fighting the mighty Vermillion has always been a big
and costly problem as crops were flooded each year. In
1949 Louie quit his supervisors job at Owens and he saw
the possibility of people in town needing all the black
dirt that the VermiUion was depositing in his flooded
felds, and he began selling dirt. This led to drilling for
coal, which was a main commodity then. Under the coal
they found drillings of gravel, and further investigating
showed a good deposit of gravel, which also had possi-
bilities. One thing led to another and Louie and Helen
found themselves excavating gravel. At this time, Joan
and Pat were still in high school, and Pat was soon to
leave for the Air Force, and so Valley View Dirt and
Gravel Co. consisted of a mortgaged farm, a large family,
a 1936 Osgood crane, 1937 Diamond T truck, a 1934 Farm-
ell tractor and lots of guts and determination. Louie
was chief engineer, crane operator, salesman and all-
round maintenance man. Helen, besides the family
duties, as chief helper for the whole operation, and Joan
was the truck driver. All the other children were just
getting big enough to pitch in and help when they could.
Charles Sloan, the Long Point road commissioner then,
and Charles Louden, supervisor, will always be remem-
bered and placed high on the list at Valley View for they
were the first to purchase the gravel that started VaUey
View on the road. Many miles of roads in Long Point
Township have been built and covered with Valley View
gravel. They have also serviced many surrounding town-
ships by building roads and hauling rock and stone.
Valley View is now expanded in the road construction,
and excavating shale for the Division of Clow in Whea-
ton. 111., for the production of vertrified sewer tile.
In 1958 the Bud Bradley farm was purchased and is
now called Valley View Acres, and known statewide for
camping and swimming. Valley View Restaurant was
built in 1963 and is a beautiful lounge and eating estab-
lishment and is known for its delightful atmosphere and
fine food. Another division is the Village of Valley View,
a moble home park located above the original gravel pit
that is now a beautiful lake.
Valley Viev/ is a family organization, with the whole
family, including the sons, daughters, sons-in-law, dau-
ghters-in-law and even the grandchildren, all active in
the business. Louie is still president of the organization,
and Helen is the bookkeeper. They still are the chief
spark of ideas and enthusiasm of the organization.
Now the gravel company employes 16 men from the
Cornell and Long Point areas, most of them have been
with them many years, several starting while still in high
The Restaurant and Acres employs 25 full and part-
time employees, many are high school students and all
are from the Cornell and Long Point area.
Valley View is proud to have contributed to the growth
of Cornell to offer the opportunity lor employment and
service to the Cornell area, and helped put Cornell on the
CORNELL GRADE SCHOOL CAFETERIA
Marl Bammann, Doris Cashmer and Erma Delheimer
serving lunch at the cafeteria, at noon, at Cornell Grade
School. Patty Partridge also an employee and Terri Go-
forth the substitute. They serve an average 250 pupils
per day. Serving both grade and high school students.
Jan's Beauty Corner
Janet Volmer is the owner and operator of Jan's
Beauty Corner, which is located in the Vollmer home.
She attended Pontiac schools and the Streator School of
In 1962 she married Francis Vollmer. They live just
east of Cornell where Mr. Vollmer has lived for 29 years,
their ch.laixn aru Susan, ai-'e 9, Steven, age 6 and David,
She is the daughter of Mrs. Thelma Shoop of Pontiac
and llie latu i luyct Shoop.
The Pizza Parlor
In the summer of 1971, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Crews
and their children, Glenda, Brenda, Stacey and Cubby
made the village of Cornell their new home. It was
then that they rented the Murphy Building, previously
owned and operated by the Murphy family. The "sun-
dries" store, as it had formally been known, was trans-
formed into "Red's Pizza Parlor", featuring a variety of
pizzas in three sizes.
The opening date of the new business was June 5, 1971,
with all employees being family members.
To begin with, the menu offered was small pizza,
sandwiches, coffee, milk and soda. In November 1971,
chicken dinners, French fries and soup were added to ac-
comodate the customers.
For nearly a year the pizza parlor was open only dur-
the evening hours, but in May 1972, the hours were ex-
panded to include breakfast and lunch in the menu.
The Stanley Crews family would like to express their
gratitude to the people of Cornell, and their pride in
serving them and the surrounding communities.
Kelly's Chicken Business
In 1969, Clare and Delores (Gaspardo) Kelly and their
family went into the poultry business. They raise two
broods of 36,000 chickens a year, from day old chicks to
five month pullets. The chicks are brought to the Kelly
THE POULTRY HOUSE
farm by van where they are housed in a 40 by 608 foot
building divided into 50 foot pens, which was designed by
a feed company. The floor is covered with rice hulls and
temperature regulated with gas heaters. Everything is
THE CHICKEN CATCHING CRE-W, FEB. 1973
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One of the biggest jobs is unloading the chicks and
keeping them under observance for the first ten days,
hand feeding and keeping water troughs full. Disease is
such a big hazard that no one except the family Itself is
allowed into the building.
"Producing a Good Pullet" is their business and their
farm, located just one mile north of Cornell (the home
Gaspardo farm), is one of very few in this area, others
being in Nebraska and Wisconsin. Kellys are under con-
tract with a large feed company and the operation is part
of a vast network.
Twice a year many local farmers and high school boys
are hired to ready the pullets for shipping to caged lay-
ing houses. Caring for the chicks consumes several
hours a day and even tho Mary, John, Pat and Anne are
away or in college, Kay, Joyce, Tim and Tom are still
at home to help with the family project.
Rev. T. H. Leemhuis
Rev. T. H. Leemhuis was born near Kreis Leer, Ger-
many in the rural area of Holtermoor. Emden was a
town about 25 miles from there. The family consisted of
four boys and two girls. Klaas came to the United States
in 1923, Rev. Leemhuis in 1925 and a brother, Ahlerich
was a WW II prisoner in Russia, where he died two days
after VE Day. His father was an engineer on a ship that
cruised the canal to keep open the shipping lanes between
the North Sea and the East Sea.
Farms in the vicinity were laid out in 5-acre tracts,
adjacent to each other, and each tract was completely
surrounded by dikes for irrigation purposes. In the win-
ter the dikes were opened, flooding the land, and people
could ice skate for miles and miles. Rye was the main
crop, barley was also planted. Potatoes thrived in the
rich soil. iVIany farmers were engaged in cattle raising
and milking. The big farmers had a threshing machine,
one that was driven around and around by horses. Oxen
were put to work pulling carts.
Other than vacations of two or three weeks in July and
again in September, school was conducted on a year-
around basis and rules were very strict. Classes were
held daily and until noon on Saturday. Latin and many
other high school subjects were included in the curricu-
Rev. Leemhuis was ten when WW I began and recalls
that the war was all about them, with the noise of heavy
cannons and planes flying overhead. Rationing, especial-
ly food, was quite severe and getting flour almost im-
possible. After the war, the flu epidemic swept in and
many were taken.
He came to the United States at the age of 21. In
that he knew no English, his Eirrival in New York posed
serious problems. He would have taken the next ship
back had he the fare, but necessity propelled him, and he
managed to join his brother in Mason City, Iowa. The
cost of his ticket, two hundred dollars, required eight
months of farm labor to pay back.
In 1930 he attended God's Bible School in Cincinnati,
Ohio, working his way through by planting flowers, trees,
shrubs and similar work. After graduating in 1933 from
the Theological School, he hitchhiked west, with empty
pockets, and by accident stopped in Bloomington. Friends
took him to a Nazarene Assembly where he met a Rev.
Harry Morrow, who made a great impression upon him.
Rev. Morrow's persuasion brought him into Cornell and
he began preaching here in 1933. He kept going to
school and attended the Cornell High School. In 1935
he pastored various Nazarene Churches in southern Illi-
nois. He continued his formal education and also his
education in the Church of the Nazarene, the latter re-
quiring four additional years.
He was married to Eleanore Selmeyer of Cornell in
1936 while a pastor at Gorham, Illinois. In 1937 he was
ordained. The move to Cornell from southern Illinois
came in 1939 and the following year he became a natural-
ized citizen. He continued in the ministry at the local
After moving to their present location, where they built
a home in 1941, the Leemhuis family began growing nur-
sery stock and flowering plants, and the Cornell Nursery
was on its way. Vegetables only were sold at first — flow-
ers could not withstand the outdoor cold frames. The
family began to grow iris in 1947 and the project grew in
later years to a national mail order business. They now
have approximately 1000 varieties of the finest iris in the
United States. The 100 iris chosen most popular by the
American Iris Society have been added to the Cornell
Iris Garden in the past three years. Requests for the
prize iris now come from every state in the union and
from the foreign countries of Australia, Japan, Switzer-
land, Canada and Columbia, in Central America. In a
joint family effort the greenhouse became a reality in
1965 and went into operation immediately selling vege-
table plants and flowering bedding plants.
In 1954, believing he should enlarge his ministry to
reach more people, Rev. Leemhuis began to publish a
monthly Holiness Journal. His publication, " The Gospel
Mission Trumpet" an interdenominational tract, reaches
almost every state and crosses the water into England,
Nigeria, New Zealand, Scotland, Columbia in Central
America, Indonesia, India, Israel and Canada. In addition
to publishing the "Gospel Mission Trumpet" he prints and
distributes thousands of Gosepl tracts each year.
In 1956 Rev. Leemhuis began his Radio Ministry with a
15-minute program on WIZZ at Streator, Illinois. The
broadcast was widely accepted and a station in southern
Illinois was added before the year was out. In the years
following, many radio stations throughout the country
carried his half-hour program as he proclaimed the
Gospel. For four years his broadcasts were heard in
Puerto Rico. His radio messages may be heard at present
over stations in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin.
REV. T. H. LEEMHUIS AT THE MICROPHONE
A "Christmas Wonderland" at the Leemhuis residence
has attracted many people during the Yule Season. An
inspiration of son, Leroy, who had missed three home
Christmases while in service, the dipslay began with just
the Nativity Scene. Each year saw additional scenes and
decorations. This past season the count on the decora-
tions figurines was 40 and on the outdoor bulbs 1300.
Each evening's display has been accompanied by Christ-
mas carols over a speaker system from December 10th till
New Years. The stream of people who drove by or
stopped to more closely examine the decorations, was
estimated at well over 40,000 during the 1971 Christmas
season. People from eighty towns in Illinois, from
eighteen different states and from Washington, D.C.
signed the register.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT THE LEEMHUIS HOME
Rev. and Mrs. Leemhuis are the parents of three sons
and a daughter. They have four grandchildren. All
three sons saw duty in the Air Force — one in Spain and
Pakistan, the other two in the Vietnam War. While a
student at ISU in Normal, Illinois, Carol was elected
President of the Kappa Delta Epsilon National Honorary
Educational Sorority for the 1967-68 school year. She is
now married and does substitute teaching. Eldon is mar-
ried, Leroy and Paul are college students.
For the past eight years on summer Sunday mornings
Rev. Leemhuis has held services at Valley View Acres,
west of Cornell.
Burkett Poultry Farm
1959 - 1971
The Burkett Poultry Farm came into existence about
1959. That was the first year that any birds were shown.
Benny started showing some birds at the 4-H Fair. The
next year he showed at the Odell Fair and the Fairbury
Fair and Illinois State Fair. We just had White Ply-
mouth Rocks that year.
In 1960, more varieties were added to the showstring.
Any person who showed several varieties of chicks was
called a stringman. There are a few of the old string-
men left. Over in Indiana, there are several breeders
and exhibitors still showing chickens. Some of them
have been showing over 50 years with their fathers hav-
ing shown before them, so they just keep the old hobby
In later years, we added more and more varieties to
the string. In about 1960 through 1971, we showed 300-
400 birds annually at the State Fair in Springfield.
We purchased most of our baby chicks from different
breeders around the midwest. We did have our own in-
cubator to hatch some of the breeds we had.
Besides showing poultry at shows, we have had Bantam
roosters in contest. They were called rooster crowing
contests. The Indiana State Fair always has one. We
were lucky enough to win a championship at one of the
Indiana contests. We have had several that did real
well in contest. A person would not believe that a
rooster would crow from 40-100 times in 30 minutes,
which has been done many times. The best we ever
had was a little Leghorn bantam that crowed 74 times in
Some of the other places where we exhibited were the
Kentucky State Fair at Louisville, the Indiana State Fair
at Indianapolis, the Kane County Fair at St. Charles, the
DeKalb County Fair at Sandwich. We received 18 tro-
phies and some 2500 ribbons of different placings from
Reserve Champion, Grand Champion, Champion, Firsts,
Seconds and Thirds.
Some of the many varieties included the American
breeds of White Rock, Barred Plymouth Rock, Buff Rock,
Columbian Rock, Partridge Rock, Silverlaced Wyandotte,
Goldenlaced Wyandotte, White Wyandotte, Black Wyan-
dotte, Buff Wyandotte, Partridge Wyandotte, Single
Comb Rhode Island Red and Rose Comb Rhode Island
In the Asiatic breeds, there were Light Brahmas, Dark
Brahmas, Buff Cochin, Partridge Cochin, White Cochin,
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Black Cochin, Black Langshan and White Langshan. The
Asiatic breeds were all a large breed mostly used for
meat and eggs.
The English breeds were Darkings (silver and gray), the
Cornish, White Dark and Whitelaced Red Cornish. These
breeds were mostly for meat. They have been used in
todays modern crossbreeding to give us the broilers which
we eat today.
In addition to these breeds, there are also Mediter-
ranean breeds, such as the Dark Brown Leghorn and
Light Brown Leghorn. These have single and rosecomb
both. The White Leghorn, single and rosecomb. The
single comb was used some years ago as the egg layers.
In about 1950, the hybrids came into the poultry indus-
try and have taken over as the egg producers and are
used m the cage houses today.
Getting back to some of the breeds and varieties that
we showed, the bantams were added to the barnyard
flock in about 1962. We raised about 5,0 varieties for
showing and in later years, the water fowl were added.
The Pekin ducks were first shown and the White and
Gray call ducks. In about 1970, more ducks and geese
were added to the show string. We had most of the otiier
varieties of ducks such as Rowen, Blue Swedish, Buff,
White Crested, Runner ducks, Khaki Campbell, Black
East India, White and Dark Muscovey.
The geese were first shown in 1969. We had the large
type Toulouse, Emden, African, Brown and White Chin-
ese, Sebastopol, Buff and Pilgrim.
When about July came around, it was time to start
getting chickens cooped up to get ready for the fairs. We
would have about 300-400 birds in separate coops. They
aU had to be watered and fed separately. A few days be-
fore showtime was time to give all the white varieties a
bath or just a good washing. Then they dried out in the
sunshine. This took lots of time and work which almost
got the best of a person after about 5 weeks of showing.
It would take almost a day to load trucks to go to the
iairs. Then sometimes we would make return trips to
get all the birds to the fair on time.
In the last 2 years, the waterfowl classes were discon-
tinued at the Illinois State Fair and other fairs also. So
it was about time to get out of the chicken and waterfowl
business. So 1971 was the last year we showed at any
The poultry industry has gone through some big
changes in the last 20 years. We now see the large build-
ings through the midwest which house the laying breeds.
Some farmers specialize in raising started pullets that go
into the cage operations. Most of our broilers are raised
in the southern states by the mUlions. Just in the last
few years, the homemaker has been able to buy poultry
meat at a very low price compared to beef and pork. As
of this writing, we have seen our red meat and poultry
meats at all time record highs. Yet the poultry meat has
played a very important role in the diet of the American
family today. It doesn't take long to increase the poultry
production to the extent that it gets to be not too profit-
Finkenbinder Trucking and Grain
Finkenbinder trucking and grain is owned and operated
by Glenn W, Finkenbinder who started driving a truck in
In 1947 he acquired his trucking permit and went into
the trucking business hauling grain and livestock.
In 1949 he added a corn shelter and continued in the
trucking and shelling until 1955 at which time he sold his
In 1957 Mr. Finkenbinder became a Smith-Douglass
dealer, bought a truck and spreader and started hauling
and spreading fertilizer and limestone.
In 1967 he acquired property on the west side of the
FINKENBINDER TRUCKING & GRAIN
Owners Glenn & Tootie Finkenbinder
village of Cornell from H, J. Harwood and built a large
metal building to house his equipment.
In 1969 he acquired a grain dealer license and started
buying grain from farmers and hauling it direct to the
In 1972 he purchased an applicator and started to do
custom applying of anhydrous ammonia.
At the present time his equipment consists of one
tractor, a grain trailer, a stock trailer, two lime trucks
and dumps trucks, plus various other pieces of equipment.
The office of Finkenbinder Trucking and Grain is in
his home. The business is conducted with the help of
his wife, Tootie, who is his secretary and through the use
of a commercial two-way radio.
Dick's Custom Cabinets
Dick's Custom Cabinet firm began operations in the fall
of 1970. It was the beginning of fulfilling a life-long am-
bition in creating handsome, as well as efficent wood
cabinetry. Operations began with the aid of one radial
arm saw and other hand tools and has expanded rapidly.
The business is owned and operated by Dick Leonard —
Q life resident of Cornell. A double garage was convert-
ed into the wood-working shop and new equipment and
material have been acquired in the two years As the
third year progresses, it is necessary to expand operation-
al facilities to a new and larger shop. The new area will
allow for cabinets of all designs to be built more efficient-
ly. At present the cabinet finishes are all hand crafted
and the same quality workmanship will be emphasized
in the new area. It is the aim of Dick to provide ex-
pertise craftmanship in cabinetry to the Cornell and sur-
rounding area. It is hoped that in the near future Dick's
Custom Cabinets will be a leading asset of Cornell.
Quality is not a thing of the past; and at Dick's Cabinet
Shop, quality and care go into each cabinet
N. J. Cafe
Phil Corrigan has run the N.J. Cafe since 1966, it is
a truck stop on Route 66 between Dwight and Odell and
is open 24 hours a day. In 1966 the cafe employed 15
people and now employs 29, some of which are from the
It is often said that the home town roots of a person can
be a strong and influential part of his life. This was
certainly proven by Donald Gordon Wayman, who was
born and grew up in Cornell. As a young man, he left
Cornell, and for a short time was in Chicago, then went
to live in Streator where he was employed at Owens
Illinois Glass Plant. It was while living in Streator with
his wife, the former Marie Sullivan and three children,
Donald R., Mary and Laura, that he learned of an op-
portunity he could not and did not want to overlook.
In the fall of 1951, a simple "over the neighbor's
fence" conversation brought with it a change of direction
for Mr. Wayman's life, and that of his family. He learn-
ed that Fred Kettman desired to sell a corner grocery
store in Cornell, thus sparking an interest in Mr. Way-
man to return to his boyhood home.
In November, 1951, the Wayman family moved to Cor-
nell, and Wayman's Market was established.
Remembering what the store was like in the winter of
1951, Marie Wayman recalls the times she had to hand
fire the furnace at night, a job normally done by her
husband, while Mr. Wayman was in Chicago having sur-
;;ory. The store's refrigeration in the early days of the
Wayman ownership consisted of only three cases, one for
meat, one for dairy products and an ice cream dipping
case for those delicious hand dipped cones.
Pictured left to right: Velma Calder, Mildred Morrison,
Marie Wayman, Dorothy Barton and Mark Wayman.
Many of the townspeople might remember the freight
elevator located in the back room which was used to
carry goods to and from the cool basement where they
were stored. The elevator was taken out by Mr. Wayman
when it was no longer serviceable,
Marie Wayman recalls the first years of operating the
store when customers phoned in their orders which were
then delivered. The store was not operated in the 'self
service" manner in which it is today; in fact, Mrs. Way-
man remembers that there were only two shopping carts
in the store. These were the very old style which had a
detachable basket, unlike the modern type used today.
Although the store has not enlarged any, it has been
modernized to offer more convenient service to Cornell.
Interior changes are seen in the addition of more refrig-
erated cases, indirect lighting, and finally the biggest
change of all, the conversion of the coqI furnace to gas.
The remodeling of the front and side entrances was com-
pleted in 1970, a change which improved the exterior of
In 1964, Mr. Wayman expanded his interests by pur-
chasing a second grocery store in Pontiac. He operated
stores until his death in 1965, at which time Marie Way-
man continued managing the Cornell store with the help
of her younger son, Mark and Donald R. mananging the
Wayman's Superway is now a very familiar fixture in
the village of Cornell.
History of the Grain Elevator
In the late 1800's there was an elevator built in Cor-
nell on the present site of the Jacobson Grain Elevator.
There was no electricity then to elevate the grain. The
power source then was horses. The elevating machine
had some gears and a long beam which Vv'as called a
sweep. The horses were hitched to the sweep at one end.
The other end was bolted firmly to the main gear, then the
horses would be driven around in a circle, turning the
gears, thus raising the gTain.
All of the grain was hauled by horse and wagon. The
farmers could only haul about 50 bushels of corn on a
wagon. The horses could only pull the wagon at about
5 to 7 miles per hour. This was very time consuming for
In about 1905 the elevator owner purchased a one
cylinder gasoline engine to replace the horses. Sometimes
it would take a half a day just to start the Iron Horse,
especially in the winter time.
In 1927 electricity came to Cornell and the gasoline en-
gine was replaced by electrically powered motors. This
was a big step forward because electricity was powerful,
clean and quiet.
In 1940 the elevator was sold to Mr. Harry Henry.
There was a fire around 1950 and the south elevator burn-
J. T. JACOBSON
In 1954 Jacobson Grain purchased this elevator from
Mr. Henry. Jacobson Grain Companies date back to 1907.
John Jacobson and Oliver Ryerson purchased the Aygarn
Elevator in Rowe in 1907 and operated it as partners for
a number of years. Mr. Ryerson then decided to devote
more time to farming, so Mr. Jacobson purchased his in-
This was indeed a modern elevator. It was equipped
with a 16 horse 1 cylinder gasoline engine, that started
only when it felt like it.
The floors at the elevator were cribbed 2 by 4's. The
sides were made of lined boards and re-enforced with long
rods. This was one of the three elevators in Rowe. In
the early 1920's, Mr. Jacobson purchased the W. W. Mor-
rison Elevator, but after a few years it was torn down.
In 1926 electricity came to Rowe and Mr. Jacobson built
a new elevator. It had electricpowered motors and a
hydraulic hoist with a leg that was supposed to handle
2,000 bushels of grain per hour.
In about 1925 the smaU trucks began replacing the
beautiful teams of horses hitched to wagons and bob
sleds. Mr. Jacobson recalled a story of BUI Kimber. He
was shelling corn and bringing it to Rowe. His hired
hand drove within a mile of Rowe but went straight
through to the Cornell Elevator, with the corn, got paid
for it, and never missed his turn at the sheller. (Now
Mr. John Jacobson, Jr. became a partner with his
father in 1940. His mother passed away in 1945 and his
sister and her husband came to Rowe and became part-
ners with him. He married Geraldine Metz in 1940, and
they were blessed with two sons, J. T. and Claude.
In 1950 the Jacobson Elevator in Rowe burned down
completely and they purchased the grain elevator in
Cayuga and Pontiac owned by Mund and Murray. In
1954 they purchased the Cornell Elevator and built a feed
mUl there, which is still operating. In 1966, a third gen-
eration of Jacobsons took over the management of this
elevator. They manage a modern feed mill, elevators,
and two large storage bins. In 1968 they installed a new
modern scale, and also built a new scale house and office.
It was in August 1968, that Maury's Tavern came into
being and opened its doors for business, providing a
gathering spot and social haven for folks from near and
The building in which the establishment is located was
acquired by Maurice W. Grant in 1968 and was com-
pletely renovated and remodeled to accommodate a retail
liquor business, which he operated with the assistance of
his wife, Annette, until his death in 1970.
Mrs. Grant assumed management at that time and is
assisted by her sons, Ed and Tim and her daughter, Lucy
Ann Durdan. Other employees are Cornellians, Barb
Delheimer and Gus Fitzsimmons and Frank Johnson of
The most popular items on the weekend dining menu
are Mrs. Grant's specially prepared deep-fried chicken,
along with steaks and seafood, and many other tempting
dishes prepared solely with the customer's satisfaction in
mind. Maiu-y's also serves a complete line of sandwiches
and lunch-hour specialties.
Although the Grants are not natives of this locale, they
have called Cornell their hometown for a quarter century
and they are direct descendants of early Amity Township
settlers. Mr. Grant was born in Pontiac, the son of
James and Margaret (Corrigan) Grant and a grandson of
John and Lucille (Dunlap) Corrigan. The Corrigans
came to this vicinity from Ireland and acquired farm
holdings in Amity Township in 1883. Annette Grant is
a native Chicagoan, but is the great-granddaughter of
pioneer settlers in the Ransom, 111., area, Timothy and
Ellen (Staunton) Corbett, who acquired a farm near that
village in 1875.
Thelma's Beauty Shop
Thelma's Beauty Shop was opened in Cornell on Feb. 1,
1959, in the same room that has been used as a barber and
beauty shop for the past 38 years. As near as I can as-
certain from records, Irvin Turner opened a barber shop
here October 25, 1943.
MRS. THURBXIR, 95 YEARS OLD
Over the years there have been two employees, Jane
Patton Weber and John Redfern.
Thlma Tiffany, eldest daughter of the late Frank and
Ethel Bennett, was born and reared at Long Point, at-
tending the grade and high school there and was grad-
uated from University Beauty School, Bloomington, 111.
in October 1944. She was united in marriage to Dale
Tiffany in El Paso, 111. Aug. 12, 1945.
They are the parents of 3 children: Janet Cook of Long
Point and Lyle and Lori of Cornell. Two grandchildren,
Carol Cook of Long Point and Chad Tiffany of Cornell.
Tesch's Egg Business
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Tesch reside seven miles south-
west of Cornell and operate a 280 acre farm. They have
always had an interest in poultry, having chickens in sev-
eral locations around the farm.
In the summer of 1965 they were offered the opportu-
nity to go on an egg contract with Graymont Co-op As-
sociation. In August, the construction of a new poultry
cage house, 240 ft. long and 40 ft. wide, was started and
completed the first week in November. The house has a
capacity of 10,500 birds. Each cage holds three birds.
There is an automatic water system and motorized feed
cart for feeding. It is a windowless house and is en-
On Novermber twelvth, their first 20 week old pullets
were housed. The eggs are gathered by hand and placed
on carts. After the eggs are gathered they are placed in
a 12 ft. by 18 ft. cooler and left to cool overnight and
cased the next morning. The eggs are shipped to an egg
processing plant once a week.
The layers are kept in production fourteen months,
the entire flock is sold. The house is idle approximately
foior weeks during which time it is completely cleaned
and ready for new pullets.
The History of the Cornell Rodeo
The Diamond Horseshoe Rodeo originated near Tonica,
111. Owned and produced by Mr, and Mrs. Amos Selby,
Mr. Selby was bom and raised in Montana, where he
learned to ride wild horses, by the time he was 18 he was
competing with the countries best bronc riders.
In 1925 he produced his first rodeo. In 1939 the rodeo
was named The Diamond Horseshoe Rodeo, and became
recognized as the best traveling rodeo east of the Missis-
In 1950 the Selbys purchased the Bill Murray 300 acre
ranch, 5 miles northeast of Cornell. It was also known
as the Cornell Rodeo.
The rodeo traveled thru the country having shown at
many state and county fairs, for Police, Shriners, Lions
Clubs, Legions and Centennial Organizations. It traveled
through 9 states, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Penn., New York,
Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin.
In 1947 and 1948 they furnished stock for Roy Rogers
Rodeo at the Arena in St. Louis and at the Stadium in
Chicago. They produced the rodeo for the Michigan
State Fair for 3 years. Featuring stars as: Tex Ritter in
1949; Cisco Kid and Poncho in 1954. In 1955 Cisco Kid
and Anne Oakley and the Cass County Boys. They also
furnished stock for the same fair for 2 years for other
rodeos. They produced the rodeo at the Ohia State Fair
in 1955, featuring Hopalong Cassidy and Lassie Dog. At
the Fairmont Race Track, East St. Louis the star was
Hobby Oilman of "Trackdown". At Alton, 111., it was
Dale Roberts of "Wells Fargo" and Clint Walker of
BARBARA SELBY— 1957
Through the years the specialty acts were numerous
only to mention a few, up until 1950 Chauncey Barnes of
Henry, 111., with Pony Boy and Sonny Boy were a per-
manent fill-in. The Ed Purcells and Donna of Chickashs,
Okla., with their 2 white Indian horses "Chief" and
"Squaw" followed the circuit. The Armstrongs of Mon-
tuzuma, Ind,, and the Harris Twins of La MoiUe, lU.,
supplied the comedy with their bucking Ford, Trick
riders and trick ropers were always featured. The buck-
ing stock was always supplied with numerous cowboys
and contestants. All personnel followed the circuit the
The Selbys also had the pleasure of being the first live
rodeo on television at Milwaukee, Wis., in 1948. The
broadcast could only be seen in a 50 mile radius.
Mr. Selby acquired a good string of bucking horses,
some were purchased in Lusk, Wyo., and Ekalaka, Mont.
The Brahma bulls were a big attraction in this part of
the community, some were shipped from Texas and Fla.
All the roping calves were brought from Florida. These
were raised at the ranch and later used as bucking stock.
All the livestock was wintered at the ranch and at An-
trims pasture. Glenn Antrim of Graymont took a great
interest in the rodeo and was the judge at many rodoes.
The Selbys have a daughter, Barbara. She rode Grand
Entry on her first pony at the age of four. She also
had Q high schooled pony, "Duke" that she performed
with for many years, later she had a Palomino, "Rocky".
From 1950 to 1967, the Cornell rodeo opened the sea-
son with a spring show in early June at the ranch. There
was a large arena and bleachers. The event was attend-
ed by large crowds and contestants.
The Communiiy Club of Cornell, of which Mr. Selby is
a charter member, served the lunch, which was appre-
ciated by all. It was through this event that the Club
paid off the mortgage on the Doctor's Office, which the
Club had built for a Doctor in Cornell.
Mr. and Mrs. Selby have sold the rodeo and the
r.inch and are living in Cornell and are retired.
Cornell Community Federal Credit Union
The first meeting of the Cornell Community Federal
Credit Union was held at the Legion Hall on February 21,
1963 and was called to order by A. P. Liesse field re-
presentative of the Illinois Credit Union League. The
following officers were elected: President, Clark Burkett;
Vice-President, John Snyder; 2nd Vice-President, Clark
Husted; Treasurer, Don Wayman; Secretary, Richard
The board appointed Mrs. Aldine Monroe, Gilbert Lau-
ritzen and Seth St. John to serve on the supervisory com-
mittee. 21 members joined the credit union and the as-
sets were $140.00. Anyone within a radius of five miles
of Cornell is eligible to join the credit union. The of-
fice is located at 509 Main Street and is open from 9 to 5
The Cornell Community Federal Credit Union directors
and officers meet the second Monday of each month.
There is an annual meeting each January, at which time
all members are urged to attend. At that time they
bring their pass books and receive their interest and
hear progress reports by the various committees. The
membership has grown to 65 with total assets of over
$20,000.00 Loans of 10% of the assets can be made to
any member providing he has proper securities. The
interest rate is 1% per month on the unpaid balance.
A credit union is a savings and lending service open
only to its members. It pays dividends on savings and
makes low cost loans. Federal Credit unions such as ours
are supervised by the National Credit Union Administra-
Clark Husted, Sec, H. Monroe, Credit Comm., C. Burkett,
Vice Pres., W. Cashmer, Director, B. Crow, Director, G.
Lauritzen, Sup. Comm., Pearl Hamilton, Pres., M. Bur-
kett, Education Com., A. Monroe, Sup. Comm., R. Fin-
kenbinder, Treas. & manager.
tion, Washington, D.C. They are run by a board of di-
rectors elected by its members. This board appoints a
manager who is usually the treasurer. They also ap-
point a credit committee, supervisory committee and an
education committee. All officers elected or appointed
must be members. To become a member you visit the
credit union office and fill out an application form, pay
the membership fee and deposit $5.00 for one share.
The present officers are as follows:
Treasurer and manager, Robertha Finkenbinder; Presi-
dent, Pearl Hamilton; Vice-President, Clark Burkett;
Secretary, Clark Husted; Credit Committee, Harold Mon-
roe, Burdell Crow, Lyle Husted; Supervisory Commit-
tee, Aldine Monroe; Gilbert Lauritzen, Helen Greenman;
Education Committee, Margaret Burkett.
Mills Concrete Products
From "junk pile" to a going business, due to the in-
terest and influence of Melvin Bockman of Bockman
Tiling Service, Mills Concrete Products was established
in 1960 on the Bill Seaman property in south Cornell.
In a converted barn with two machines installed to
manufacture 5" - 24" drain tile, Kipton "Butch" Mills, his
wife, mom and dad, brothers and sisters started making
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tile from bagged cement, a pile of sand and the water pail
method, with a big mixer. Gradually, Butch, his father
and father-in-law (Melvin Bookman) designed and built
the automated plant. It was operated from one location
hydraulically, weighng cement and sand from overhead
bins, with a metered water gauge, elevating the mix into
both tile machines. This enabled one to do the work of
three. Originally the tabled tile were cured in the sun
and hosed several times, but more demand for tile made
it necessary to build three steam curing kilns.
Mr. Pasters has been associated with dental lab work
since 1934, working as a technician and managing a lab
until he opened the Columbus Dental Laboratory, which
Top — Kandi and Kris Mills (aunts) of Susie, daughter of
At times there were thousands of tile handled in one
week by the tiling service with Bockman Tiling Service
serving the farming area for many miles around. Many
hundreds of miles of tiling were done by Mr. Bockman
until his death, having served the community for seven
years with Mills Concrete Products. He was considered
one of the best surveyors in this part of the country. In
1967, the business was purchased by Ed Grant and one
year later he also bought the tiling service.
Columbus Dental Lab
Elwood "Pat" Pasters was born in Delaware, Ohio. His
family moved to Columbus and he received his eduaction
He came to Cornell to visit relatives in 1944 and while
here met Dr. Roberts of Streator, who pursuaded him to
open a dental laboratory in Streator, as they needed one
very much. In October of 1944, he went there and opened
the Columbus Dental Laboratory in the Murray building,
later moving to South Bloomington Street, where it is now
he owns and operates. He is a Certified Dental Tech-
nician, a member of National Dental Laboratory Associ-
ation and the Illinois Dental Laboratory Association. He
served as treasurer of the Illinois Dental Lab Association
1948-52 and was the editor of their quarterly magazine for
Standard Oil Fertilizer Plant
Plant manager. Bill Gregory, age 46 years; wife, Irene,
age 45 years; daughter, Judith Mills, Dixon, 111., age 25
years, daughter, Vickie Fitzgerald, Gibson, Louisiana, age
22 years; daughter, Sherry Moore, RR 2, Pontiac, 111. age
20 years; son, Gary Gregory, still at home, age 11 years;
daughter, Robin Gregory, stiU at home, age 8 years.
The Standard Oil Fertilizer Plant was built in Cornell,
Illinois in 1962. It started operating in 1963, with Lyle
Girard as plant manager. He was manager until the fall
of 1966 when a serious automobile accident forced him to
Bill Gregory has been plant manager since that
We sell gasoline, oils, fuel oils, diesel fuel, greases, etc.
Also, fertilizer liquid and anhydrous ammonia with A.C.A.
Standard Oil was first with anhydrous ammonia additive,
going 100% to market with it in the spring of 1973.
Standard Oil also sells home appliances. We have 24-
hour burner service trucks on the road constantly, instal-
ling furnaces, etc. We sell L.P. gas and we are radio
equipped so we can talk to all other units in our service
area. Our base station is at Saunemin, Illinois.
HAPPY CENTENNIAL YEAR TO CORNELL,
NOIS! ! !
Forrest Burkitt is the owner and operator of Burkitt's
Service und Sunoco Station located on the corner of 7th
and Prairie St. in Cornell, 111. He has been in business
at that location since September of 1972.
He features tune-ups, major overhauls, general repair
work, grease and oil changes, and also pumps Sunoco gas-
Forrest started working as a mechanic and service at-
tendant at Condon's Service Station, Streator, lU., at the
uge uf 24. Prior to that, he was in the Motor Pool in the
U.S. Army tor 2 years. He was then employed by Peter-
sens Car Clinic, Streator, III., for 5 years as a radiator re-
pair man and mechanic. He went into business for him-
self in 1961. He operated a Phillips 66 station in Streator,
111., and then took over Condon's Station for a few years.
He operated a ludiator shop in Streator for a short time
before moving to Cornell, 111., in 1963. He worked at
Johnson Press in Pontiac, 111., before starting to work for
Hamilton's Mobil Station as a mechanic and station at-
tendant. He then took over the Cities Service Station
located on Main St. in Cornell, 111., for 8 years. During
that period of lime the station changed from Cities Serv-
ice to Citgo to Gulf. He left the Gulf Station and went to
work as a carpenter for a short time. During that time
he built his own concrete block building at home, which is
his present place of business.
Forrest is married to the former Patricia Partridge.
They are the parents of five sons: Mark, David, Daniel,
Thomas and Timothy, all at home.
Hamilton Service Station History
In the summer of 1927, Dot and John M. Blue purchased
some lots from Guy Patterson on which Mr. Blue con-
structed a small brick building. This property was lo-
cated on the corner of East Main and 6th streets or the
south side af Main street, now known as state route 23
going through Cornell. A lease on products to be sold
was obtained from the Roxanna Oil Co., and a gasoline
filling station opened for business on June 1st, 1928. Sales
and business was conducted in the front of the building
with a living area being in the back. Two years later, the
merchandise sales contract was changed to Shell Oil Co.
The Blues kept ownership for about three years, then they
sold to Leona and B. E. Chattin in 1931.
Ivan and Hazel Orr purchased this same property and
stock from the Chattins in October 1946. During Mr.
Orr's operation of the business, two more lots, which ad-
joined to the east, were purchased. There was a building
on one lot and these were added to the brick building
first built by Mr. Blue, thereby enlarging the station. Mr.
Orr also enlarged the living area in the back, thus making
a comfortable apartment. The brand of products was
changed to Mobil with Mobil gas, oil and accessories be-
ing sold. After Mr. Orr's death, Mrs. Hazel Orr con-
tinued to own the property and kept a contract with Mobil
Oil Corporation but leased the building out. The mer-
chandise was owned and public served by a renter. Dif-
ferent operators of the station during this period were
Keith Mills and Gene Hamilton.
Elmer Hamilton and wife. Pearl, purchased the stock
and equipment from Keith Mills then started operation
of the Hamilton Service Station on September 3, 1959.
Soon another change took place with Elmer and Pearl ac-
quiring possession of the property and building on Oct.
31, 1961. Right after this purchase, remodeling of the
building was started by the Hamilton's. A complete new
front was put on the building. The living area was chang-
ed from an apartment to storage space and used for the
business. To date the building has been completely re-
modeled and modernized inside as well as outside. Elmer
continued to manage the business with the aid of part
time employees. At present they are Keith Mills and
Charles Cashmer. His place of business is open seven
days a week, being closed for only three holidays during a
year. Some new services added are the selling of news-
papers, ice and fishing equipment. During his thirteen
years in business he has continued to seU Mobil products.
He enjoys meetng and serving the public.
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Livingston Service Company Highlights
Livingston Service Company, a farmer-owned and
farmer-controlled cooperative, was organized in March,
1930 to service Livingston County farmers with high
quality petroleum products.
In 1954, the company added a petroleum bulk plant in
Cornell to better serve the farmers in the northwest por-
tion of the county. 1964 saw the addition of an anhydrous
ammonia and liquid fertilizer installation with our pe-
troleum facility. In 1968, the Smith Lumber Yard was
purchased by the farmer-owned company to give our
patrons storage for steel equipment, a scale and office.
Clark Burkett has served the Cornell area petroleum
patrons since January 1, 1947 and has made an outstand-
ing contribution to farmers in his territory over the years.
Dave Gilmore is serving the area with FS plant food pro-
Since our modest beginning in 1930, the company has
shown tremendous growth. The first year of operation,
sales totaled $111,900.00 and has grown to the last fiscal
year's volume of $3,300,000.00. The past 42 years the
company has returned over $3,500,000.00 in stock divi-
dends and patronage to its patron owners.
Cornell Water System
In 1950 the village board decided to investigate a water
system in Cornell. The board members at that time were:
Mayor, W. W. Wayman; clerk, Sam Pond; other members.
Keith Turner, Virgil Ross, Roy Barton, Arthur Koltveit,
They contacted the engineering firm, Caldwells and
Rhodes, to make a survey and estimate of a water system.
After several meetings and discussions, they held a bond
issue election. The issue passed and in 1953 bids were
let for a water system. This system included a 50,000
gallon water tower 96 feet high, and a well that could
produce at least 100 gallons of water per minute. This
capacity was found 99 feet deep at a site on Bradley St.
The contractor started to put the water mains in during
the fall of 1953. They were constructed of cement as-
bestos pipe with cast iron tees and elbows. The con-
tractor finished the contract in 1954 with 25 fire hydrants
and about three and one-half miles of water mains.
There were 150 water services. Since that time there
have have been 5 blocks of new mains put in and two
more hydrants. There are now 217 water services. The
water was turned on in the mains Sept. 1, 1954.
Judy Pickworth Beauty Salon
The Judy Pickworth Beauty Salon in Cornell came into
being when it became luiown that I had operated a shop
prior to my marriage, "The Judy Mills Beauty Shop" in
Since I received several calls for appointments, I de-
cided to open a shop, which is now known as the Judy
Pickworth Beauty Salon.
I feel greatly honored that my first customer was Mrs.
Mary Gaspardo, a senior citizen of Cornell, and she still is
one of my many cherished patrons.
1 intended on operating the shop two or three days e
week, but it became fairly steady. Since it was planned
for one operator, the shop consists of one unit with two
The shop uses all brand name products which are pur-
chased from reputable dealers. It features facials, mani-
cures, permanent waves, colorings, stylings of wigs and
wiglets, as well as all styles of Bouffant Coiffures.
To each and everyone of my patrons, I express a deep
We are greatly honored to be citizens of Cornell, and
extend our sincere congratulations on attaining their 100th
I opened in March 1969.
Cornell Mobile Milling Service
W. R. TAYLOR AND GLENN W. FINKENBINDER
On May 20th, 1958 Mr. and Mrs. WOliam R. Taylor and
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Finkenbinder drove to Lancaster,
Pennsylvania and attended school at Daffin Manufactur-
ing Company. Then Glenn and Bob drove a 1958 Chev-
rolet truck with a Daffin Mobile Feed MUl mounted on
the chassis to Cornell and so the partnership began.
They also became feed dealer for FoxbUt Feeds, which
was manufactured in Des Moines, Iowa.
On January 1, 1960 the building located at 509 Main
Street, which was formerly Lottie Weinberg Grocery store,
was purchased from Lottie Weinberg. The building is
used for feed storage and office. The secretary is Mrs.
Glenn (Tootie) Finkenbinder.
from Cornell to teach the Centennial school IVi mUes
west of Manville. In Harry's high school years, Vesta
Miner, Robert Rucker and Reynold Lindquist were also
Streator High School students. Harry boarded at the
Dimmick flag stop, the train on which they travelled daily
from Cornell. Fellow travelers also were Harry Noel,
Bertha States and Frank Morrison, who went to Brown's
Business College. Reynold Lindquist and Harry Har-
wood graduated together from Streator High School in
Mrs. Kristinger, wife of Dr. W. F. Kristinger, who wa3
a Cornell village and countryside physician from 1911 to
1924, was the only sister of O. C. Harwood, who was
Harry's father. Harry's youngest uncle, Ben Harwood,
married Harriet Gates of Cornell in 1911. The Kristin-
gers and Ben Harwood, now in their eighties, have lived
more than forty years in California. Harry, as a teenage
school teacher, taught the Excelsior school northeast of
Cornell 1914-1916. A few of his former pupils stm live
in this general area. Harry Hohenshell, a longtime music
instructor in Joliet, was an eighth grade pupil of Harry's.
Glenn Finkenbinder, "Tootie" Finkenbinder, Bob Taylor
On January 22, 1963 another Baffin Mobile feed mill
was purchased. They also have a feed delivery truck.
The Mobile feed mill operated by Bob Taylor carries
heated molasses and does on the farm grinding and mix-
ing. The mill runs a daily route covering about fifteen
miles each direction from Cornell. The feed store is open
daily from 9 to 5 and sells Triple "F" Feeds (formerly
Foxbilt Feeds) Honeggers Feeds, medications and other
The Harwoods, from Illinois and Ohio, met as classmates
in A,sbury College, Wilmore, Ky., from which they grad-
uated in 1920. In the same year they were accepted as
missionary candidates by the Board of Foreign Missions.
They were married in October 1920 and left New York on
their first voyage to Burma in January 1921. Rangoon
was their home city from that year until 1951. Their
service was principally among Chinese dwellers in Bur-
ma. They got back to this country three times in the
thirty year period. They served about two years in
India in the World War II period when the Japanese
Our Retired Missionaries
The Rev. and Mrs. H. J. (Harry and Alma) Harwood
are not natives of the Cornell community. Mrs. Harwood
was of Quaker parentage, was bom in Winona, Ohio and
grew up in Alliance, Ohio. Mr. Harwood was born on a
REV. AND MRS. H. J. HARWOOD
farm near ManviUe. His eighth grade teacher was Jesse
Wayman, who at age nineteen traveled daily by train
After most of a year on a special assignment with the
Missions office in New York, Mr. Harwood served three
pastorates in Illinois, at Kansas, in Edgar county, at Mar-
seilles and finally in Joliet. On their retirement from
active service in 1953, the Harwoods occupied their pre-
sent home, newly built at the corner of Main St. and
Western Ave. In several years of fairly active retirement
here, Mrs. Harwood was president for four years of the
WSCS of the local Methodist Church; Mr. Harwood was
Cornell village clerk 1965-67. Their retirement activities
included some 'supply' pastoral posts with churches in
Joliet, Wenona and Meriden, a part time chaplaincy at
Evenglow Lodge, Pontiac — all served from Cornell — and
a two year period in West Bend, Wisconsin as asst. minis-
ter of the United Methodist Church there.
The Harwoods have two sons: Oliver P. is an aeronau-
tical engineer and designer in space rocketry with the
MacDoimell-Douglas Corp. in California; Robert F. is
chairman of the Entomology Dept. of Washington State
University in Pullman, Wash. There are ten grandchil-
dren and two great-grandchildren in the family. The
parents of the great-grandchildren live in Brooklyn, N. Y.
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Ross Hardware and Repair
On March 15, 1949, Virgil Ross purchased the old
original Blacksmith Shop and property in Cornell, Illinois,
which was owned and operated at that time by Max and
Jack Husted. It had previously been owned and op-
erated by Bert Sullivan and Bill Jameson. Now it was
to become known as Ross Hardware and Repair.
The daughters are married — there are two grandchildren
— ,Tnd Robert is a student at Eureka College in Eureka,
The new business consisted of electric and gas welding
and all kinds of repair work and still does. On March 15,
1949, Mr. Ross received a Roof dealership and as to date
still sells Roof lawn mowers and repairs all kinds of lawn
equipment. Having a Poulan chain saw dealership, he
also sells and repairs chain saws.
On September 2, 1972, the old building, known to be at
least one hundred years old, was torn down and replaced
by a new building, which was completed about December
Ray W. Roth
Ray W. Roth is manager of the Pontiac Hicksgas, Inc.,
propane plant in Pontiac, Illinois. He has been with the
company eighteen years, beginning his employment in
Bloomington as a bottle truck driver. Experience on the
bulk truck followed and he was a company salesman be-
fore his promotion to manager. In 1963 his duties in-
creased when he supervised the building of the Hicks-
gas Propane Plant at Blackstone, Illinois. Expanding
further that year, Hicksgas, Inc., purchased Yordy Gas
Company of Flanagan. The two new plants remained
under his supervision until they became independent.
During WW II Ray served forty-four months in the
Army — with his overseass tour of duty in the European
The Roths moved to Cornell in 1962. At present, Ray
is a member of the Village Board and a member of the
Grade School Board of Education. He and Roberta are
the parents of three children Nancy, Barbara and Robert.
Monroe's Garage, located at 507 Main Street, was
started in November of 1955. Harold H. Monroe is own-
er. He repairs cars, trucks, tractors and school buses.
Harold started working as a mechanic at the age of 17.
He worl-ced for Bradley Motor Co. in Pontiac for several
years. He also worked for the Chevrolet and the Dodge-
Plymouth Garage in Pontiac and for Marion Mitchell in
garages both in Pontiac and Cornell.
Harold started his garage on the north side of Main
Street in a building now torn down. He then rented the
building he is now in on the south side of Main Street
from Lyle Chester. This building was formerly Chester's
Garage. Mr. Chester passed away and the buildings
were then purchased by Harold. He does all his own
repair work, assisted part-time by Clark Husted. His
bookkeeper is his wife, Aldine.
Harold and Aldine are the parents of three children:
Mrs. Larry (Pauline) Gourley of Peru, Illinois; Bill of
Cincinnati, Ohio and Terry of Peoria, Illinois. They
also have five grandchildren.
CLARK HUSTED AND HAROLD MONROE
Johnnies Easy Wash
The building of Johnnies Easy Wash Laundromat was
built about 1880 by George Whiton. Henry George and
Theodore Miner ran a general store in this building until
about 1919, then A. R. Gourley moved his hardware store
in the building. Then about 1920, when A. R. Gourley
passed away, his son, Kenneth, took over the hardware
business. About 1938 the building was sold to George
Schlaughter. He remodeled the building and put in a
locker plant. They rented out boxes to anyone that
wanted to store meat or vegetables. The box would hold
200 lbs. of meat or vegetables for $12.00 per year. In
those days most all farmers raised their own hogs and
beef. They would butcher the hog or beef and cut it
up and wrap it in packages then store it in these boxes.
Each renter would have a key to the box he had rented.
JOHNNIES EASY WASH
This building was again sold in 1942 to John McGrath.
He took out all of the storage boxes and made this into a
large storage room and used it to store frozen foods.
They are still using it for this purpose today. In 1958
Gone Pasterik rented the front part of this building and
put in the Cornell Laundry. Then in 1969 John Gaspar-
do bought the eqiupment and put in some new equipment
and changed the name to Johnnies Easy Wash. Johnnies
Easy Wash Laundromat is in this building at the present
The Old "Santee" Building
In the early days of Amity Township when this town-
ship was becoming one of the most generally settled, the
officers of the village of Cornell decided on improve-
ments. One was a brick building which was built on the
site where Johnnies Laundromat now stands. When it
was built, it was named for I. P. Santee, an early set-
tler. The building was to serve as a meeting place for
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows which was in-
stituted in 1876. Then the Cornell Lodge A F and A M
was instituted in Dec. 1877 and held their meetings there,
following their organization. Another order meeting
there was the Good Templar Lodge, both men and wo-
men belonged to this order. So the Santee building be-
came a place for meetings, also dancing and other amuse-
ments. The early settlers enjoyed speakers from ad-
jacent towns and a good crowd was bound to turn out
for the various forms of amusement. Later the building
H. A. Rhodes Building
The above building, 18 rooms, built by H. A. Rhodes in
1904 was purchased from the Rhodes Estate in 1942 by
Mr. and Mrs. James M. Myers. Mrs. Myers operated a
restaurant in the front for 3V& years. It was then made
into an apartment. The following have occupied the
apartment: Mr. and Mrs. Amer Mills, Mrs. Grace Mills,
Mrs. Priscalla Barton, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Patterson and
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Delheimer. It is now occupied by
Mrs. Mary Mills.
Some of the "old timers" who have roomed there since
the Myers ownership were John Hohenshell, Frank Cu-
sick, Jim Brown, Roscoe Hammell, William Tiffany, Jim
Cashmer, Clifford Louderback and Acil Miner. Virgil
Ross, who still resides there, moved there in 1946 and
Russell Morris. Mrs. Ruth (Graves) Johnston, now of
Odell, operated a beauty shop from 1940 to 1948 in the
room to the north of the front of the building.
Past Cornell Mayors
H. M. Cornell, B. R. Johnson, S. M. Myers, Liberty
Louderback, S. B. Miner, D. W. Blake, Dr. Morgan, F. H.
Rucker, C. F. Lishness, J. E. Shackelton, Will Gmelich,
Edward Santelman, Winnie Wayman, Virgil Ross, Col.
Henry P. Whitcamp, John H. Cave.
Amity's Only Murder
Mr. Gus Richter owned the farm where Mr. and Mrs.
John Snyder now reside. In the faU of 1903, three young
men, Jim Thompson, Sam England and Jim Nicholson
were gathering butternuts in the pasture when Mr.
Richter found them, after being forbidden to be there.
Mr. Richter shot at them. Jim Thompson was killed and
49 shots were removed from the body of Sam England
and Nicholson got away without injury. On November
16, 1903, Mr. Richter was indicted for murder and was
sentenced to Joliet Penitentiary for life.
The Cornell Journal
The Cornell Journal was started by Arthur E. Tiffany.
Later Mr. Tiffany purchased the Long Point Advocate
and was assisted by his son, Ralph Tiffany, who joined
his father in the business in 1910. Ralph attended the
Academy of Wesleyan University, residing with his
grandmother and two aunts in Normal.
Above: Cornell Journal composing room. One of the
Tiffany boys is shown using the Unitype typesetting ma-
chine. Individual letters were stored in the 90 channels
of the machine, and as the operator fingered the Iteys, the
type was assembled. Word spacing had to be added later,
manually, and the lines of type justified.
He was married to Marie Smith in Streator, December
16, 1915. They were the parents of one daughter, Miss
Margie Tiffany, who is now a teacher of commerce in
Genoa High School, where she has been for several years.
In 1941, Mr. Tiffany purchased both newspapers from
his father's estate. From 1910 until 1946 he was respon-
sible for the publications of the Cornell Journal. His
wife preceded him in death in 1958. He died in 1960.
His enterprise of the Cornell Journal will always be re-
membered in this village. Mr. Tiffany was always a
partaker to be depended on in every undertaking both in
the church, schools and the village. H was also famous
for his good humor and "jokes".
Weinberg Creamery and Produce
In 1919, Morris Weinberg came to Cornell from Long
Point and operated a creamery in a building on the north
side of Main Street until the buUding burned down in the
1930's Mr. Weinberg then moved his creamery to the
back of Weinberg's Grocery Store. After the building
was sold, he moved his creamery to a small building
next to the Village Hall which was formerly the office of
the town physician. Dr. Sawyer. Later this building was
sold to Gus Koch, who lived there until the buUding was
destroyed by fire. The building has previously belonged
to D. Blake and was used for a drug store, a post office
and then the creamery.
In the early 1920's Cornell had a good business going
for the farmers. Everyone was raising stock and this
made a good business for the stock buyers, and had our
stock yard located north of the depot, west side of the
There were several stock buyers located near the
vicinity of Cornell, Brede Miner, Tom Gourley, Thee
Miner, Abe Mills, Bert Louderback, Guy Patterson,
George Cassidy, Merlo Turner, Amer Mills, Clifford
Louderback and Gerald Gourley.
Many times the remark was stated Cornell shipped
more stock to Chicago than any neighboring commimity.
At one time Mr. Miner, Mr. Gourley and George Cas-
sidy shipped twelve oar loads of cattle and hogs to Chi-
The stock was at first taken to our stock yards, in Cor-
nell, driven by men on horse back, driving as many as
200 hogs at one time.
As time marches on the trucks started serving the
farmer loading them at the farm, shipping them to Chi-
cago via stock cars.
Some of our depot agents at that time were, George
Myers, George Gregory, Mose Moore, Herschel Grable
and Bob Marshall.
After the stock yards at Cornell closed, the buyers took
their business to Pontiac. George Cassidy helped organ-
ize the stock yards at Pontiac.
Pontiac District Basketball Winners
The following teams were entrants in the District
Tournament: El Paso, Chenoa, Eureka, Pontiac, Dwight,
Fairbury, Chatsworth, Gridley, Saunemin, Minonk, Piper
City, Lexington, Flanagan. Forrest and Cornell.
Cornell defeated Fairbury in the finals with score Cor-
nell 19, Fairbury 10. Cornell was district winner in 1923,
1924, 1926. On March 8, 1924, the Wabash Railroad ran a
special train to Cornell so all who wished to go to tourna-
ment could go. No roads were passable for a car. Over
500 people from Cornell and vicinity were aboard the
train and saw the final game.
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Top r ,■ , left to right: Coach F. O. Grounds, Merideth
Johnson, Archie Locke, Don Golden, Al Garretson, Ralph
Barton, Elmer Wellman and Asst. Coach Frank Partridge.
Second row: Kenneth Mills, Lewis Mounts, Howard
Grimm, Hugo Lindquist, Fred Husted and Richard John-
Back In "The Good Old Days"
In 1900, Cornell had three wells, with hand pumps, on
its main street and a sixty foot flag pole which held our
flag on high for proper occasions. On Halloween, a
lantern, or almost anything, could be found hanging at the
top of this same flag pole. The roads were of dirt, the
side walks were all made of wood. Hitching racks, to
tie horses to, were on the uptown streets.
Each summer the Jessie Colton tent show would spend
a week with us and perform to a full tent each night.
A two story town hall stood at the east end of Main
Street. Round and square dances were held here, with
midnight lunch being served at Bill Butler's restaurant,
located in the same building now occupied by Harold
Traveling shows often rented this hall for a night or a
weekly stand. Here Steve Dunbar ran a roller skating
rink and Ralph Tiffany had a movie show.
Boys and girls basketball was played here, both up-
stairs and down. Some of the boys on the team were:
Charlie Meyers, Vic Lindquist, Dutch Henry, Sam Sul-
livan, Jodie Murphy, Pup Lishness and others.
Miss Crawford, a grade school teacher, started girls
basketball in Cornell in this old hall. She organized a
blue learn and a red team. Their uniforms were a blouse
and bloomers. They played down stairs and to a full
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left on north side and the town hall and the flag pole in
the distance on the south side.
house each time. Some of the girls who were on these
teams were: Edna Shackelton, Gladys Gates, Rena
Springer, Ann Hasel, Dora Sullivan, Lill Walker, Ruth
Springer and the Cain sisters.
In the old days Cornell had one of the best baseball
teams in this area. They played one afternoon each week
and all places of business closed during the games. They
met all the surrounding towns' teams, including four or
five teams from Streator. Special games were played
against traveling teams, such as Japanese, Indian and
The ball park was in Ed Beamans pasture first and
later in Andy Leonards lot. Both were just east of the
present Andy Leonard home. When the ball parks were
being used. Will Wellman lived in the house.
Some of those who played on the Cornell team during
this period were Dr. Gardner, Sherm Johnson, Jack Mc-
Cain, Ralph "Dad" Sawyer, Carl Tiffany, Gene "Kelly"
Shackelton, Clarence Tiffany, Tom Richards, Marvin
Fonger (pitcher from Odell), Grant Davis, Henry Sch-
neider and a pitcher from Dwight by the name of Mickel-
Both Carl and Clarence Tiffany and a younger brother,
Wid, later played in the Minor Leagues. Carl was
awarded for being the best second baseman in the League.
Every fall Cornell had a "Gala Day" celebration. Cash
prizes were given for foot races, bicycle races, sack races,
wheelbarrow races and horse races. All races, except
the horse races were run on Main Street. The horse
races were run from one mile south of Cornell to the out-
skirts of the city limits where Pete Donze now lives.
CorneU had two good running horses at this time, "Old
Blaze", once owned by Abel Gourley and later by Les
Phillips. She ran the half mile distance. The other was
"Telegram" owned by Abel Mills, and was best at one
quarter mile. Abel bought "Telegram" from the gypsies,
who came through Cornell each summer and camped
around the "Old Mile Tree" west of town. They traveled
in covered wagons, traded and raced horses and stole
anything they could get away with.
Will Wayman had a pony called "Nubbins" and he was
never beaten in the pony races. Roy Mitchell and Pat
Murphy rode the horses.
Another event which took place each year in Cornell's
north park was the Chautauqua. Four afternoons and
evenings of entertainment. Hawaiian music was very
popular at this time and Chatauqua had a good group.
Then there was the "Old Settlers Picnic" held at
Bradley's Grove in September. All you could eat suid
usually Cornell and Short Point played baseball. Some of
the players at this time, which was much later than Cor-
nell's first town team, were Howard MUls, Jodie Mur-
phy, Hugo Lindquist, Claude Hoobler, Myron Lishness,
Vic Lindquist and others. Short Point had Nate Springer,
Herman Stepp, Jess Locke, Bud Bradley, Francis Spring-
er and Ott and Frank Grimm.
Along about 1930, softbaU became popular. CorneU
organized a league of local area teams and played three
games a week. Money was raised to have electric lights
installed on the Ernest Manly lot just west of the north
park. AU games were played at night on this diamond.
Baseball was played here during the old soldiers "Big
Bend Reunion", which was held fifteen or more years
One of the buildings located on Main Street in Cor-
nell is presently familiar to most of the town's residents
as the office for Cornell Mobile Milling. However, the
structure has served in many capacities since it's con-
The early history of the store is known only vaguely.
It was built by the CorneU Chapter of the Odd FeUows in
1907. It was leased to a Mr. Blumenshine, who operated
a bakery. Then, around 1927 or 1928, Jacob Solma
leased the building and continued with the bakery. In
1929, Mr. Solma turned the building over to his son-in-
law and daughter, Arthur and Lottie Breiholz, who then
opened a grocerj' store. After Arthur died in 1931, his
widow continued to operate the business. In 1933, Lottie
married Morris Weinberg and in 1935 they purchased
the building from the Odd Fellows.
Mr. and Mrs. Weinberg and daughter. Donna Burkett
The store was open from 6 A.M. to 10 P.M. Monday
through Saturday and a half day Sunday. During the
threshing season, it was not uncommon to see the Wein-
berg's and other store employees delivering groceries at
5 A.M. to insure the threshers of a good meal.
In 1947 Mr. and Mrs. Weinberg ceased operation of their
store and sold the building to Carl Scurlock in 1948. Mr.
Seurlock in turn sold the building to a Mr. Quigby in
1951. Morris Weinberg repurchased the store in 1954,
operated a store for one year, then leased it to Bob Lee.
In 1956 Morris died, and in 1960 his widow sold the
buUding to its present owners, her son-in-law, Wm. Ro-
bert Taylor and Glen Finkenbinder, who, under the name
of Cornell Mobile Milling are now operating a feed store.
From aU of this, young people of today, will know that
Cornell had plenty of entertainment in the "GOOD OLD
Cornell's "Big Bend" Reunion
One of the big events in the Uves of young and old alike
was the Big Bend Reunion held each summer for four
days in August at the North Park.
According to the Aug. 29, 1913 Cornell Journal, the
first Big Bend Reunion held in Cornell was the week of
Aug. 18, 1913. We gather from the publication that the
Big Bend had been held in some other towns before Cor-
The first morning of the Big Bend saw Civil War vet-
erans arriving from far and near to spend the four dajs
meeting old friends and reminiscing of by-gone days.
Cornell Civil War Veterans attending the Cornell Big
Bend Reunion in 1914 are from left to right, bottom row —
Mr. Lucas, Mr. Saxon, ? ?, Mr. Gingrich, Mr. Setzer, Mr.
Erickson. Center row — Mr. Ammonds, ? ?, Rev. Janes,
Mr. Springer, ?, Mr. Partridge. Back row — Mr. Myers,
Mr. Bennington, Mr. Cornell, Mr. Lundy, ? ?, Mr. Carrol,
Mr. Lilly, Mr. Gregory. At top — Mr. Cummings, Mr.
Fleming ? ? Distant right— Mr. Calder, Mr. Husted, Mr.
The North Park, where the event was held was describ-
ed by the Cornell Journal, as being "transformed into an
ideal camp ground and with its orderly arrangements of
tents and the different amusements and concessions de-
corated with bunting and hundreds of flags presented a
very beautiful appearance by day and by night. Its
hundreds of electric lights added to the effect and caused
it to look like fairyland". The article continues in say-
ing that "even our citizens who have known this pretty
park for years, could hardly believe the transformation
was real". Prior to the opening day, tents had been set
up, wood gathered for cooking facilities and water sup-
plies made ready for the campers.
Mornings were spent mostly in visiting and then at
1:30 p.m. a well known speaker would take to the grand-
stand and share the spotlight with a local clergyman, the
mayor and other dignitaries. The Cornell Concert Band
comprised of Myron Lishness, Elmer Blue, Grant Con-
nett, Ralph Tiffany, Horace Johnson, A. G. (Goff) Lind-
quist, Sharon Johnson and Earl Husted would preform.
Sometimes it would be the Drum and Bugle Corps, who
would favor with numbers. This group of talent con-
sisted of Ralph Tiffany, Z. F. Carroll, Charles Lishness
and Myron Lishness. Groups of school children would
often preform as well as other local talent. Miss Jessie
Calder (Mrs. Marion Louderback) was well known for
her readings and Miss Florence Calder (Mrs. Clsurence
Beaman) favored with numerous vocal selections. A
different program was presented each day and was well
Official programs were printed for each day's pro-
grams We were able to obtain a program for Friday,
Aug .27, 1920 through the courtesy of Mrs. Howard Gar-
retson of Cornell, (Doris Patterson).
10:30 A.M. — Music Martial Band Entertainment fur-
nished by Old Soldiers
1:30 P.M.— Band Concert, Long Point Band
Reading — Miss Bessie Klotzache
Solo — Miss Florence Calder
2:30 P.M. — Address, Hon. Frank Gillespie of Bloomington
Music — Martial Band
Solo — J. R. Shackelton
4:00 P.M. — Baseball — Winners of Wednesday and Thurs-
days games — Graymont Greys and Cornell Colts
7:30 P.M. — Band Concert, Long Point Band
8:30 P.M.— Music, Streator Male Quartette
Reading — Miss Bessie Klotzache
Solo — Miss Gladys Husted
Motion Pictures — Lina Cavaliere in "The Two Brides"
Official Pianist— Todd V. Richards
One could purchase a season ticket or a single ticket
daily. Season tickets in 1922 were $1.35 with an ad-
ditional 15c war tax making a total of $1.50.
Baseball games were scheduled for each afternoon.
Band concerts and motion pictures each evening as well
as dances. The baUgames were played in Manly's pas-
ture. Other attractions included a Ferris Wheel and
The CORNELL JOURNAL mentions that on one par-
ticular day, "every veteran and his wife and members of
the W.R.C. were taken as guests of the local committee on
a 20 mUe auto ride in cars that were kindly donated by
their owners of Cornell and vicinity. The auto parade re-
turned to the park at 2 p.m. happy over the treat".
One afternoon, "Company F. entertained with snappy
military drill and maneuvers for an hour".
Several weeks before the Big Bend, a caravan of cars
containing Cornell people would start out early in the
morning and visit surrounding towns to advertise the
coming event. The men would get out of their cars, play
several instrumental numbers, hand out posters and
place some in store windows and then move on to an-
other town and repeat the same performance.
Food concessions were plentiful and operated by the
Cornell Methodist Ladies Aid Society. They also served
meals to threshing "runs" in addition to serving Big Bend
patrons. Others who operated food concessions included
Mrs. Lottie Weinberg, Charlie Lishness, Murphy Bros.,
Members of the Big Bend Association Board of di-
rectors were: Wyley Wayman, president A. R. Gourley,
T. B. Gourley, Charles Lishness, Will Blue, Dick Blue,
Dr. F. L. Gardner, R. R. Tiffany and Emanuel Gingrich.
Emanuel Gingrich worked at the gate each day selling
tickets and reported an average of $600 to $800 a day
was taken in. Abel Gourley worked with Gingrich at the
The exact date of the discontinuance of the Big Bend
has not been determined but it is thought to have been
in the early 1930's.
Beckwith Harness Shop
It was in the spring of 1919 my father, A. M. Beckwith,
bought Husted Brothers Harness Shop on Main Street in
Cornell. He had traveled a great distance to wind up in
the little village of Cornell. He started, a young man,
as a riverboat captain on the Hudson River and the Erie
Canal in New York State, where he was born. He moved
with his family to Illinois, going into the harness shop
and livery stable business in Streator. After he was
married and had one son, he moved to Grand Rapids,
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Mich., working for a wholesale harness company. He
was injured at work there causing him to seek employ-
ment elsewhere. He and my mother ran a restaurant
in Belding, Michigan for sometime. After a disastrous
fire they decided to move back to Streator. He held a
number of jobs, then decided to go into business for him-
self, buying the harness shop. He moved his family,
consisting of wife, daughter and youngest son to Cornell,
his oldest son already married and living in Michigan.
While waiting to rent a house, he boarded at Mrs.
Blake's boarding house, commuting weekends by Wabash
Railroad. Business was good, as everyone traveled with
horses and farmers were especially busy in spring and
fall. He made many new sets of harness, being very
proud of his hand-stitched heavy leather. He decorated
with fancy rivets of all kinds. As cars became more
common, he and his bachelor brother, Charles, made side
curtains, and still oiled and cleaned harness.
In 1925, he started to branch out into the hardware
business. He had one of the first artificial Christmas
trees with electric lights in his window. He remained in
business until 1944, when he lost his sight. He died in
Cornell was good to him. He raised and educated two
children, Harold of Jackson, Michigan, who has two chil-
dren and myself, Eola, married to Kenneth Mills, parents
of John, married to Betty Miller, parents of four chil-
dren, residing in West Chicago; Mary Margaret, married
to Robert Busey, parents of four children, of North
Canton, Ohio, and Helen, married to Bruce Gloss, parents
of two daughters of Streator.
When Cornell had three elevators, three ice houses and
There was an old elevator standing where the Jacob-
son Elevator is now located. The grain was elevated by
horse power, one horse doing all the work.
To the north was an elevator owned by the Rogers
Grain Co. and operated by Frank Evers. The office and
scales of this elevator was directly across the railroad
tracks from the depot. Years later, Charles Lishness
and Merritt Wayman operated this elevator for the Farm-
ers Grain Co., a picture of which is shown. This elevator
was later torn down, as was the old one on the south; the
best part of the lumber from these was used to build the
present Jacobson building.
The two men pictured
right, Merritt Wayman.
above are left, Chas. Lishness,
Col. Sands operated this new elevator for the Farmers
Grain Co. for several years, until it was sold to Homer
Crum. George Duder purchased it from Crum and Har-
ry Henry from Duder, who sold it to Jacobson, the pre-
The third elevator was to the south of Jacobsons and
was owned by James Shaughnessy. Jim Henninger work-
ed for Shaughnessy who sold out to Al DeBoer. The final
owner was the Farmers Co-op with Frank Leonard as
This elevator burned down with considerable grain in
it and never was rebuilt.
Cornell had three ice houses in the old days. One was
located across the alley from where Harold Monroe's
garage is at the present time, another one on the north
side of Main Street where Nettie Murphy's trailer stands.
These two were owned by Perry Murphy, who ran a
butcher shop and grocery at this time and needed the
ice to keep the meat. He usually cut his ice from the
Vermillion River or Rooks Creek. Perry delivered meat
and groceries to north Cornell when the coal mine was in
It might be of interest to know that the old vUlage jail
stood just east of this ice house.
The third ice house, owned by D. J. Foley, was much
larger than the other two. It stood just north of the
north tile pit, which is just west of the Otto Blue home in
the north part of Cornell. Foley and Trainor ran a
butcher shop and grocery at this time and also needed
the ice for their meat. They cut their ice from the tUe
pit. Foley, in later years, put up ice and sold it around
town. Remember how the pan under your ice box, put
there to catch the water, often was forgotten and water
ran over the floor?
The three saloons I remember, were Jack Ryan on the
north side of Main Street in the old John Shackelton
buUding (Grant Davis tended bar for him). Billy Grimes
on the south side of Main Street in an old brick building,
on same location as Harold Monroe's garage, and Tom
Kelly on the corner where Elmer Hamilton' service sta-
tion is at present. This building later was used for hard-
ware stores. Tom Kelly was later Chief of Police in
The Cornell Bank Robbery
The Farmers State Savings Bank of Cornell started in
1899. B. R. Johnson was president and a son, Wm. R.
Johnson was cashier. The bank was in a frame building
located on the south side of Main Street where the Gireu'd
Antique Shop is at the present.
The bank had ordered a Corliss safe with a hoUow re-
volving globe within a heavy outer rounded shell. It was
supposed to be burglar proof. The Corliss Company
loaned the bank a square door safe while the burglar-
proof one was being manufactured.
On the night of Dec. 5th, 1899, four men from Chicago
came to Cornell. They broke into the bank building and
while one man worked at blowing open the safe, the
others were stationed at different locations on the street
outside. Earl States, who had been calling on one of
Henry Cornell's daughters in the northern part of town,
was returning to his home in the southern part of town,
which made it necessary for him to cross Main Street. As
he approached the bank on the north, he was taken by one
of the robbers to the back room of the bank, where he
was gagged and bound. There was just an ordinary
frame partition between him and the safe which was
After the explosion, Dennis Foley, who had a room in
the Harlo Rhodes hotel just south of the bank, fired a
gun out of his window, apparently to frighten whoever
was causing the trouble.
The sheriff was notified of the robbery and the next
day the four were captured as they were trying to leave
Pontiac on a north bound freight train. They had stolen
the Wabash hand car in Cornell to get to Pontiac. Only a
few thousand dollars was taken from the bank and most
of it was recovered. One amusing item is that they
carried away a bag of pennies and left most of the gold
coins scattered on the bank floor. The leader of the
group was said to be tubercular and died later in prison.
When the new safe arrived, it required a concrete
foundation to be built under it, due to the extreme
weight. This was done and safe installed on it in the old
building. In 1901, Johnson Bros, had a new brick
building erected to house the bank and also a store.
The safe was left on its original foundation and the
building built around it. It is still in the building and
can be seen n Girard's Antique Shop.
The bank closed during
the national depression of
The Village Blacksmith
In the late 1800's and for sometime after the turn of
the century, when man depended upon the horse for his
transportation, his hauling and his farming, the village
blacksmith was a much needed man.
Horses traveling many miles on the road needed shoe-
ing regularly. Farm horses especially needed to be
sharp shod in the winter when roads were slippery and
they were used in hauling grain to the elevators.
Tires had to be set on buggies and wagons and plows
had to be sharpened. Machines had to be repaired, etc.
With all this to do, the blacksmith was a busy, hard
Cornell had many over the years, who worked at this
trade, but the one who was here for the longest time, and
the best known, was B. C. Sullivan. He is shown in the
picture in his shop with Jim Blake and Ed Sullivan (a
brother) who were hired to help.
B. C. Sullivan had his blacksmith shop in the building
recently torn down by Virgil Ross, from 1890 until he
sold out to Max Husted and son. Jack, in 1947. Max be-
came ill and Virgil Ross bought him out in 1949.
During the 57 years Sullivan ran the shop, many work-
ed for him. To name a few — Shorty Anderson, a Mr.
Lehew, John Hardin, Ed Sullivan and Jim Blake. Mil-
burn Lamb, a nephew, worked for him and later bought a
half interest, which he kept until he moved away from
Cornell. Will Jamison then bought a half interest. In
the early years a Mr. Baxendale had an interest in the
At an early date a Peter Barber and John DeBoer ran
a shop in Cornell and in later years a Mr. Wilson and
Jay Anthony had a shop here.
B. C. Sullivan's father, John Sullivan, ran a shop here
for 35 years, until he died.
I wonder how many remember how the blacksmith
helped start off the 4th of July celebration early on the
morning of the 4th. They would place an anvU on the
road out in front of the shop, on this they would put
some powder with a sheet of paper over it, then place an-
ther anvil upside down on the powder making the an-
vils face to face. Next, they would heat an iron rod red
hot on one end, the rod being about 20 feet long. This
they would take out of the shop and touch to the powder.
The result was a tremendous explosion, sounding like a
cannon and blowing the top anvil a foot in the uir. This
was repeated for an hour or more. They really cele-
brated in those days, giant firecrackers, and torpedoes.
How many remember? ? ?
Cornell Football Team-1901
Who remembers the Cornell football team of 1901? Who
organized it or where they played is beyond my know-
All I know is that my father, Grant Davis, would hold
out his bent and gnarled hands and say to my football
playing son, "See those hands, that's from football".
The members of the team (as nearly as my mother
could recall were —
Back row — 2nd and 3rd from left, Tom and Jeff Rich-
ards, 4th, Chas. Whitam. Middle row — 1st and 2nd from
left. Perry Lundy, Carl Tiffany. Front row — left to
right, Grant Davis, Pat Murphy, Art Mitchell. Maybe
someone will recognize the others or recall more of the
Past Supervisors of Amity Township
Reason M. Douglas, Moses Allen, Walter Cornell, Lib-
erty Louderback, W. D. Blake, D. H. Snyder, Eben Norton,
John Shackelton, Frank Barton, Charles Patterson, Floyd
Rucker, Harlo Iverson, Aldene Myers, John Gourley,
LAST TELEPHONE OPERATORS
Following the changing to dial, the operators were
entertained at a dinner, hosted by Mrs. Loren Redfern,
in her home. The hostess was assisted by her daughter,
Mrs. Berge. After the dinner, the group were busy
reminiscing and playing games. Guests were Mrs. Ruth
Corrigan, Mrs. Madeline Earp, Mrs. Mae Chester, Mrs.
Lela Morris, Mrs. Claire Leonard, Mrs. Venus Spaniol.
Another guest was Mrs. William Redfern,
CORNELL'S FIRST BEAUTY SHOP
The above picture was the place of the first beauty
shop located in Cornell. It was operated by Florence
Gregory, now Mrs. Robert Girard. She graduated from
Liberty Beauty School in Peoria and started her shop in
fall of 1938 in the home of her mother, Mrs. Mae Gregory.
Florence operated her shop until 1948.
The last horse-drawn mail carriage on Cornell Rural
Route — 1916. Harry Rucker, mail carrier and his son,
A race on Gala Day, 1923. Sct-iie in ii
I he Alva
KLINZMAN GARAGE— 1915
Unknown, Jess Klinzman, Bill Beaman. Don Klinzman,
The High School Faculty of the first 4-year High School
in Cornell held in the League rooms of Cornell Metho-
dist Church in 1921. Left to right— Principal-coach F. O.
Grounds; Science — Lester Shay; Math— Lillian Arends;
English — Amanda Johnson.
Shown above i Wiixi.-h passenger train and depot with
dray team, waiting for express to be delivered. The train
made two round trips a day in the early 1900's, hauling
large loads of express and mail, as well as many passen-
gers. There was also a freight train making one round
trip a day, which hauled many car loads of cattle and
hogs as well as groceries and other freight for the stores.
George Myers was depot agent at this time.
THREE GENERATIONS OF LAWRENCE'S— 1918
Left to right- John, Elmer and Knute Lawrence. Elmer
served in U.S. Navy, 1917-20.
BIG BEND REUNION P.MiADE 1913— Main St., Cornell
Prizes were given for best decorated horse-drawn ve-
hicle and best decorated car. Todd Richards and Irving
Miner in first pony-drawn cart.
MAHN STREET IN CORNELL, HORSE SHOW— 1910
Third from left, Harry Dicken; 4th, Archie Dicken;
5th, Phillip Corrigan; 6th, Billie Wayman
H. H. Ide at his gas pump,
ter, Mary Ellen Ide Mc-
MISS LIVINGSTON COUNTY WINNER— 1961
Miss Linda Girard was named Miss Livingston County
of 1961 in ceremonies held at Fairbury on June 3, 1961.
Also State Talent winner at Aurora, 111. Linda's talent
was a gymnastic act, done on a single rope. She was a
junior at Illinois State University, Normal. She is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Girard of Cornell, now
married to Robert Steppe. She has a son, Robert, and
girl. Barbara, and now living in Okinawa. Linda has a
brother, Wesley of Payson, Arizona and a sister, Wendy
Cooper, of Cornell.
The Planning Committee For Cornell Methodist
Front row, left to right — Jessie Louderback, Ralph Tif-
fany, Rev Biehl, Lula Barton. Back row — Freida St. John,
Rodney Tiffany, Beulah Shay.
Nigh Chapel Mite Society
CORNELL CORNET BAND— 1890
Top row, left to right — Francis Girard, Mabel Patterson,
Lottie Gingrich, ? ?, Minnie St. John, ? ?, Ethel Wibben-
host Cool, Dot Blake Blue, Parthina Willis, Joe Bradley,
2nd row — (seated) Mrs. T. K. Barton, Eliza Long, Mrs.
William Wertz, Grandma Snyder, Cynthia Patterson, Mrs.
Chris Munson, Mrs. Will Snyder, Mrs. Lucas, Mrs. WiU
3rd row — (seated) Mrs. William Antrim, Mrs. WiUiam
Antrim, Iva Louderback, Ollie Winters, Fern Snyder,
Cora Louderback, Will Snyder, John H. Louderback.
4th row — (seated) ? ?, MoUie Dicken, Mrs. Hans Hansen,
Mrs. Eick (Kit) Wibbenhost, Mrs. Dick (Kate) Blue, Mrs.
John (Mary) Louderback, Mrs. Lucius Blue, Mrs. Charlie
Lishness, Mrs. John Gates.
5th row — (seated on side walk) ? ?, Mrs. W. Kowalsky,
Kowalsky's daughter, Nellie Patterson, Priscilla Barton,
Dick Blue, Francis Barton, Florence (Munson) Wertz.
Dorothy Delheimer, Vic Lucas, Robert Girard.
Rev. Kowalsky was pastor at the Nigh Chapel from
1922 to 1924.
The group was the "old" and "new" members of
the Nigh Chapel Mite Society. They had meetings once a
month in the afternoons at members homes. They kept
very busy piecing and quilting quilts and making gar-
ments for chUdren and aprons, etc. Mr. and Mrs. Jones
Blue invited the group to their home in April 1924 for q
potluck dinner and a social afternoon. The group was
from various towns around. The home is the one now
owned by Paul Griffith on west Main Street.
Then and Now
Left to right— Hannah Bruwii Flavel, AUIl-uo Patterson
Myers, Agnes Mills Grimm, Stella Wayman, Fleda Marko
Girl's Physical Ed started in 1923-24 at Cornell High
School, taught by Kitt Antrim, now of Pontiac. The
girls played basketball using the boy's rules. They had
the Reds and the Blacks teams. They wore white middys
and black bloomers with red or black ties. In 1924-25
the classes played against one another. In April in the
tournament, the Sophomores defeated the Seniors in a
3 minute overtime. An all star team was chosen: Helen
Lindquist, center; Fleda Marko Stephey, forward; Gladys
Santelman, forward; Aldene Patterson Myers, guard; Iris
Davis Bowers, guard.
Print Shop Opens In Cornell
Following nearly ten years without a printing estab-
lishment, Cornell has been selected as the site for a new
printing business. A former Cornell resident has lo-
cated a printing firm here at 506 Short Street, directly
north of the CorneU High School. Dean Hamilton of
Pontiac, owner of Village Printers, reports his newly re-
modeled facilities contain offset equipment as well as
letterpress to assure quick service and to offer printing
of any quantities. He also offers a complete line of wed-
ding invitations and accessories.
According to Mr. Hamilton the shop will be open eve-
nings and all day Fridays and Saturdays and may be
reached by phone at 815-358-2959.
Mr. Hamilton says he is looking forward to again serv-
ing the CorneU and surrounding area.
THE SPONSORS AND PATRONS LISTED IN THIS
BOOK HELPED MAKE THIS PUBLICATION POS-
SIBLE. YOUR PATRONAGE OF THEIR PRODUCTS
AND SERVICES IS APPRECIATED
_,-_ i.. L i.Jucation taught by Anita Hulsal.
Left to right— Kaye Kelly, Linda Leach, Donna Schlueter,
Sally Fitzgerald, Mary Peters.
Voigts Manufacturing Company
Once again necessity proved to be the mother of inven-
tion. When as a young man Ralph Voigts worked for a
truck tire dealer repairing flats and installing new tires.
The only way to do the job was by hand. The changing
of truck tires had not been mechanized. As he labored,
he thought there must be a better way.
In 1952 he entered the U.S. Army and in Korea was a
Battalion Motor Officer with 80 vehicles under his com-
mand. Again, as he watched his men struggle with the
hard task of fixing truck tires he thought there should
be a way to do the hard work with machinery.
When returning from service he started farming and
feeding cattle in the Cornell area. Again he was plagued
with the problem of fixing truck tires. Being mechan-
ically inclined he began to develop a tool to help him.
After exploring many methods that were not satisfactory,
he made a machine that really was a help. Many visitors
came to the Beaman Farm feedlots, and noticed the ma-
chine et work would ask where they could buy one.
When the cattle feeding business was phased out of the
operation, Mr. Voigts began to think about a wintertime
job and again he thought of the tire machine. He de-
veloped and perfected the machine and applied for a
patent in 1966.
Having worked for different manufacturers, and being
familiar with sales techniques, Ralph started VOIGTS
MAJTOFACTURING CO. He manufactured the equip-
ment in his farm shop and sold machines in the midwest
Eirea. As the machine's reputation spread, the sales area
increased. In 1971 a full-time salesman was employed
and the product was nationally advertised in trade mag-
azines and at national trade shows. A patent was issued
In 1972 the business had developed to a point where
Ralph could no longer just manufacture in the winter-
time and during slack periods. He decided to discontinue
farming and to devote fulltime to sales and manufactur-
Sales are now being made in every state but Alaska.
The product is now being exported to Canada, Central
America, South America and the West Indies. Plans are
now being made to export to Europe and Asia. In 1972
the VOIGTS BEAD BREAKER was the top selling truck
tire tool in the U.S.
There are now eight full and part-time employees and
three full-time salesmen and factory representatives cov-
ering the United States.
March 12, 1973
Cornell Centennial Committee,
It was suggested that I write a few lines about the
early history of Cornell as I heard it as a boy about 1912.
As we were plowing in the field east of the Old corn
crib, we struck what seemed to be a large stone. On dig-
gmg it out of the ground, it proved to be a grave stone.
Both my father, Edward Partridge, and grandfather,
William Partridge, told us boys that a grave yard had
once existed there. Most of the grave stones and caskets
that could be moved had been transferrd to the present
grave yard south of Cornell.
We were also told that a post office and store had also
been located there on the bank of Mud Creek. A small
building with a partition was said to be the old post of-
fice. The name of the small settlement was said to be
Oak Dale, and my father called our farm by that name.
It was further stated that when the Wabash railroad
came through the area, it missed Oak Dale by about two
miles. This caused the community to leave Oak Dale
and start a new town which was called Cornell after the
name of a family who owned a large tract of land in the
new area. A railroad station, general store, hotel, and
oLher buildings, including a grain elevator, were buUtand
Cornell was on its way.
Perhaps there are some old settlers still living in the
area who have also heard about Oak Dale.
E. F. PARTRIDGE
Cornell During World War II
WORLD WAR II PLAQUE
This plaque, located just east of the village hall was
dedicated in 1942, with Father Farley being guest speak-
er. Pictured are Mrs. Cora Rarame, who was the presi-
dent of Mothers Service Club and Mrs. Mable Wayman,
with most sons in the service of our country. They were
Frank, Clark and Glen. Each boys name was placed on
the plaque as he entered service.
GENERAL E. L. RAMME
Air Force Brigadier General Ernest L. Ramme, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Ramme, Cornell, Illinois spent 30
years in military service. He was around the world 11
times, was on 6 continents, in 42 countries and at the
North Pole. He is now retired and is Corporate Group
Vice-President of Management Services of Dart Indus-
tries, Inc., in Los Angeles, California.
General and Mrs. Ramme have four daughters.
PARENTS SERVICE CLUB5lFREECANTEENSTREAT0R.IU.
Ml? .-VTlON-.. ;5^ Tt-iS^O''-fR'"TieS
PARENTS SERVICE CLUB
Parents Service Club mothers are pictured at the
Santa Fe Depot, Streator, where they served lunch to our
service men when they stopped, going through Streator.
The group served free sandwiches, cookies, doughnuts
and coffee twice a month from 4 A.M. to 9 P.M. during
World War II.
Left to right — Ruth Stassel Baker, Pat Svenson, Lottie
Weinberg, Bernadine Zimmerman, Mazie Lawrence, Em-
ma Bennett, Vada Ide, Donna Burkett, Lola Turner,
Mable Patterson, Cora Frailey, Mamie Burkett, Frances
Barton, Mable Wayman, unknown.
The Memorial Stone pictured above was erected in 1947
by the people of this community in remembrance of the
men of this area who served their country in time of
war, especially those who gave their lives.
Much credit must be given to Max Husted, a Cornell
veteran of World War I, who started the memorial pro-
ject, to the Cornell Ladies Service Club and to the Cor-
nell High School students, all of whom collected a total
of almost $600.00 in donations from the good people of
this commimity to make this display of gratitude pos-
Let us not forget the Village of Cornell who donated
the ground to make this Memorial Park, located a few
yards west of the Fire Dept. Building. The monument
and park were dedicated on Memorial Day, 1947, with
the help of the Streator American Legion of which Er-
vin Burkett was a member at that time.
Each year a Memorial Day program is held at this
park under the direction of the Cornell American Legion
with the help of the Cornell High School band and others
in the community.
Left to right — -Pfc. Arthur Spires
and James Louden.
a M. Shanks
Arthur Spires, born April 27, 1925 was killed in action
in Germany, January 21, 1945. He was a son of Arthur
and Ora Spires and a graduate of Cornell High School.
Burial was in Pontiac South Side Cemetery.
Tech Sgt. Harold M. Shanks, born Nov. 18, 1922, son
of Mrs. La Vera Griffiths, of Streator, was kUled in ac-
tion May 19, 1943. He made his home with his grand-
father, F. C. Cusick, of Cornell. He was a graduate of
Cornell High School. He was buried in Ardennes
American Military Cemetery, NeuviUe En Condors, Bel-
James Loudon, born July 24, 1927, son of Sam and
Merle Loudon, enlisted January 20, 1952, discharged
1954, served in the Korean conflict in Territory of Alaska.
FN William A. Garretson— July 26, 1931 - April 23,
1953. Served in the U. S. Navy 1950-53. KiUed while
serving aboard the USS Bennington, stationed off the
coast of Cuba, by an explosion in the engine room where
he was on duty.
VICTOR EUGENE RUSH
Born: January 4, 1923. KUled in action in Italy on April
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Andrew (Velma Wibbenhost) Rush
Brothers: Albert, Charles and Robert.
Sisters: Mrs. Daniel (Charlene) Oilman; Mrs. Clayton
Pfc. Rush, an infantryman was attached to the 10th Div.
This poem was written by
Mrs. Etta Nelson Beckwith
Somewhere in Italy is a soldier's grave,
Where our Victor rests among the brave,
He never shunned his country's call,
But gladly g-ave his life, his all.
He was buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Streator, III.
CPL. LY1.E F. raOHLAND
Cpl. Lyle F. Highland, son of the late George Highland
and Mrs. Agnes Wolf, of Odell, was born February 1,
1925. Died in service March 3, 1945. He was buried
in Henride Chapelle Cemetery in Belgium.
COLONEL H. PAUL WHITCAMP
Colonel Henry Paul Whitcamp was born in 1901 at
Nilwood, son of Charles and Lena Whitcamp. He was
married to Mary Madalene Gourley, St. Louis, Missouri,
May 1, 1926. He died in March, 1971. He was a re-
tired Air Force Colonel, having served in the European
and Pacific Theaters during World War II. He retired
in 1955. He served as Mayor of Cornell from 1959-
SERGEANT WILBUR JOHN DeROSSETT
Sergeant Wilbur John DeRossett was born October 7,
1920. He entered the armed services in 1940 and was
killed in action on the Island of Leyete, February 27,
1945. He was the son of James Wesley DeRossett and
Helen Barbara Yentz. Brothers, Cecil and Vernon are
both deceased. Sisters are Mrs. Mabel Boshart, Silvis,
Illinois and Mrs. Hazel Freeman, address unknown.
From the Pen of Our Country Doctor
DR. H. L. SHAFER
careers seemed equally important to me, one was that of
a locomotive engineer, the other was that of a physician.
The first had been fostered in my constant environment,
and the second was being inspired by a life-long friend
and neighbor, Dr. Edward F. Daw, now our family physi-
cian. Dr. Law had been one of our home boys who had
made good and returned to his boyhood community to take
up practice as a country doctor. Too, he had been my
third grade teacher in our rural schools. To me he was
an ideal. In considering these two ambitions of mine, I
found that each had its requirements as well as its satis-
factions. To be an engineer, one had to have above-
average stature; and to study medicine one had to have
money. Since I was short in both stature and cash, I
settled for embalming school.
I was born on a farm in Livingston County, Illinois, on
May 28, 1887.
Among my early impressions is a faint recollection of a
6 horsepower Nichols and Shephard engine and a six-hole
Sandwich spring corn sheller. This outfit was owned by
my Dad, who did custom shelling for the neighbors along
In 1893, Dad and two of his brothers purchased a new
10 horsepower Nichols and Shephard engine and sep-
arator. This new separator was equipped with a self
feeder, the first one in our community. They also pur-
chased a new Ottawa corn sheller. This particular type
broke the cobs into smaller pieces than the previous ones.
Since long cobs were better for kindling household stove
fires, many farmers preferred the old sheller. One of
these farmers is still living today on the same farm on
which he was living back in the 90's. He is nearing his
four score and ten years.
About 1895, Dad became the sole owner of the engine
separator sheller outfit when his brothers disposed of
I recall my earliest ambition was to pull the whistle on
the engine. This persistence got me into frequent
troubles and brought me a few well deserved paddlings.
Too, I loved the tangy aroma of the smoke and grease.
As time brought improvements in all the machinery,
more power was needed. The blower, which was a new
addition to the separator, especially required a bigger and
more powerful engine. Since news broadcasts, our needs
soon reached the agents of different companies. One of
the outstanding salesman was Harry Cook of Falrbury,
111. He called on us quite frequently to give his high
pressure selling points of the Huber.
ENGINEER OR PHYSICIAN
Nearing the close of my high school days, I began to
think seriously of choice of a vocation. Two different
My first pay as an embalmer was $40 per month, the
weeks being of six and one half days, on call both day
and night. After a year I changed to a position which
paid $60 a month. However, within several months I
found myself out of work, and with the old problem —
At this time the streets in front of this last employment
was being resurfaced. I noticed that one of the rollers
was standing idle. Having previously made a speaking
acquaintance with several of the paving crew, I called to
the foreman, "Why is that roller not working?" He an-
swered, "No engineer." "How about letting me have the
job?" I asked. "Got a license?" he inquired. I said with
great confidence, "No, but I can get one, and I've had lots
of experience with an engine". "All right," he said, "Get
one and be back here at one o'clock today. Oh, yes, bring
•a pair of overalls with you."
With amazing speed I contacted a city hall friend, and
by noon I was back with license and overalls ready for
All I had to do was sit on the seat under the shade of
a big umbrella, run the paving roller up and down the
block of new pavement, and collect my $20 per week of
six days. The work was really nil. Of course, I had to
reverse the engine at the end of the block. A colored
boy was there to do the firing, so that I could put all my
efforts to keeping the roller rolling. At the end of the
outfits contract job, I terminated both my connection
with the crew and any plans for an engineering career.
Within a short time I again secured employment as an
About this time I met a pretty stenographer, Miss Mae
Woods, formerly of Wisconsin, and now with an enter-
prising Chicago business firm. In fifteen months we
were married on May 3, 1911. Now I had a life-time boss!
With her good business management, I found myself en-
rolled in medical school, thus on my way to my desired
career. In 1915 I graduated as an M.D. After passing
required state board examination, I obtained my Illinois
State license to practice medicine.
In that eventful week of graduation from medical
school and of taking the state board exams, occurred the
terrible Eastland catastrophe, the sinking of that excur-
sion boat with its holiday crowd took the lives of over 800
people. Since I was with the Chicago Health Depart-
ment, I was soon on the scene helping to save any lives
possible. There with all available medical help, I worked
for two days and nights.
PART II— COUNTRY DOCTOR
After two years of private practice, my wife and I de-
cided to move to my boyhood community, where I would
become a country doctor.
Again my admiration for our family friend, Dr. Edward
F. Law seemed to guide me, for I was to take over his
office. Dr. Law had decided to retire. He and his wife
and their son and daughter moved to their farm in a
nearby community. His son, Dr. Otis H. Law, has fol-
lowed his father's profession, and now is one of the out-
standing physicians and surgeons of Pontiac, 111. He too,
is my personal physician, intimate friend, and real pal.
My six years of peddling piUs as a country doctor in the
Weston, 111., community were begun in those influenza
times. I began to realize that I had been born "30 years
too soon" for there was still too much horse and buggy
practice. There were no improved roads, and certainly
no pavements — just plenty of mud. During the winter
months practically all trips were by horse and buggy or
sleigh. In that winter 1917-1918, three feet of snow cov-
ered the ground. Many days temperatures fell to 15 or
20 degrees below zero. Often we drove over hedges and
fences covered with high drifts of snow.
Here was my re-introduction to my boyhood winters.
In the fall of 1918 the influenza really struck the coun-
try. World War I had taken so many physicians into
service that communities often were nearly, or absolutely
without medical service.
This epidemic taxed the few available physicians be-
yond safe endurance. It was not uncommon to drive ten
to twelve miles to take a call, then be asked to stop at a
nearby home — and then the next — and on and on until
a doctor often extended his trip to include as many as
15 or 20 caUs and his few hours to a whole day or more.
Being young and wiry, I could endure the "25 hour a
day" schedule. This meant irregular meals and only
short snatches of sleep. The community soon learned of
my love for black coffee and every household kept a
ready supply for me. Likewise my wife kept a warm
meal awaiting me any hour I could be home.
This severe weather was followed by the real January
thaws and rains which left the roads bottomless. Again
I spent my days and nights on calls. This added to my
wife's duties, too. She became office nurse, stenographer,
and general manager. These duties included supervi-
sion of stable help to care for my six driving horses need-
ed on those frequent long trips. Too, there were office
and house furnaces to keep going.
In a radius of 20 miles and over a period of three
month's time, I served a total of 500 flu patients alone.
The regular patients, the new babies, broken bones, in-
grown toe nails, etc., became secondary to flu demands.
Many of the flu patients developed pneumonia. Several
became complicated with empyema. This usually de-
manded surgery. One particular night, Dr. J. Glen
Young, a Pontiac, 111. physician — my bosom friend and
colleague — and I operated on three such cases. This
meant removing a section of rib so as to drain out the
offending pus. These operations were each performed in
the patients home, kitchen-table surgery style.
At the height of this flu epidemic aU public gatherings
were stopped. Schools and churches were closed and
even the United States Post Office often lacked enough
personnel to keep open the usual hours. Nursing care was
at a premium and hospitals were filled beyond capacity.
By March the epidemic had spent itself, leaving the
patients low in vitality and slow in recovery.
Physicians, too, fell victims to the "germs", so that we
often were reciprocal in our services.
A LUCKY CRISIS
In helping out a nearby colleague, I had occasion to
take over the care of a seriously ill baby, a child of for-
eign parents, who still clung to their old country reme-
dies. Their sure cure for pneumonia was greasing the
chest. That "grease on the chest" was one of my pet
"nots". I had had all the grease on my hands that I
wanted back in my embryo engineer days. That meant
no grease to act as a sealing coat. When I explained the
fallacy of chest-greasing, the mother remarked, "But
I have to do something".
Noticing that she was preparing some bacon (pork side
meat) for supper, I answered, "All right, put some of
that fat bacon on the soles of the baby's feet. Bind them
up well and keep it on all night".
Luckily the crisis of the illness came at midnight. With
the consequent drop in body temperature, the baby was
on its way to recovery.
Imagine my relief and satisfaction! The parents were
deeply grateful. They told the neighbors of my prescrib-
ed "cure" and I became the "fat on the feet" hero-physi-
cian of that foreign community. Consider, too, the raz-
zing I got from my good friend and coUeague when he
again took over the family's care. Furthermore, he car-
ried his good joke to the Medical Meetings and gave
the physicians a hearty laugh at my expense. Such is the
life of a country doctor.
The flu germ gradually lost its virulency, and after two
years of uneventful practice, my wife and I began hoping
for a more normal living schedule.
1923— WE MOVE TO CORNELL
The opportunity for better living came, we thought,
when I entered partnership with a physician, Dr. Kis-
tinger, in Cornell, a small town amid a good surround-
ing practice. This arrangement is one of which every
physician dreams, as it affords some time off — call, yet
leaves his patients in the care of a known partner.
However this arrangement was short-lived. At the end
of two years, the partner-physician moved to California
to escape the severe Illinois winters. This once again
left me on 24-hour call in practically the same driving
conditions as I had experienced during the flu epidemic of
the 1918-1919 years. The Cornell roads were really bot-
tomless, and the mud more clogging to the wheels of my
Model T Ford. However, with the coming of the hard
roads and some gravel surfacing of side roads, transpor-
tation troubles did lessen by the late 20's.
Several high points in Medical experiences during the
next few years stand out in my recollection. A polio
epidemic broke out and within one square mile I had
seven cases, all of whom responded postively to the new
One winter I had five cases of pneumonia in one house-
hold. While I made at least two visits daUy there for
several weeks, I felt that they recovered in spite of me.
According to the rules on pneumonia, none warranted
hopes of recovery.
Another real issue I met was a severe case of Vincent's
Angina (trench mouth) in a 7-year-old boy. His badly
diseased throat fairly sloughed its whole Lining. The of-
fensive odor could be detected more than sixty feet from
the house. This was such an extraordinary case that a
number of physicians from surrounding towns came to
see the patient. Again, even against the odds, the patient
Kitchen table surgery popped up several times again.
One case in particular was that of a 75-year-old woman,
who became seriously ill with a gall bladder attack. With
the aid of nearby doctors, the operation was performed
successfully — kitchen table surgery style. Illinois mud
roads being bottomless at that time, it was impossible to
move the patient to the hospital 12 miles away. The at-
tending physicians came via hand car on the towns one
A bi gpart of every country doctors practice is that of
obstetric cases. Thinking back over the years, I recall
that I delivered 2200 babies. It is satisfying to know
that I never lost a mother and better yet — I never lost a
father! About 99 7o of those babies were delivered in the
PART III— CIVIC CONTRACTS
Rural communities provide many opportunities for a
good life along with the many hardships. Among these are
the associations found in different church, political, fra-
ternal and professional groups.
As to church affiliation, I am a Methodist, because my
Politically, I am a member of the party that elected
Lincoln, freed the slaves, put down rebellion, re-united
the States, and established our nation's financial credit
above that of any other country in the world.
Fraternally, I am a member of the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows; the Modern Woodman; The Ancient Free
und Accepted Masons; the Knights Templar; the Mystic
Shrine; The Order of the Eastern Star; and The White
Shrine of Jerusalem.
The Star and the White Shrine include both men and
women in their membership. This gave my wife and me
opportunity to share in our associations with its members.
We served in various offices, she as Worthy Matron of
the Eastern Star, and as Worthy High Priestess in the
Shrine; and as Watchman of the Shepherds.
Professionally, I am a member of the American Medical
Association and of Emeritus Membership of the Illinois
State Medical Society and the Livingston County Medical
The years 1936-1940, I served as Coroner of Livingston
County. This office brought me into contact with various
local, state and federal government leaders, all of whom
I thoroughly enjoyed.
However, with these added duties to my regular prac-
tice, I began to slow down Ln strength, and to find my-
self confined more to office calls than to the active prac-
tice I had formerly preferred.
On November 13, 1940, I suffered a severe heart attack
of coronary emboli. After six months as a bed patient, 1
began a slow partial recovery. The attack marked my
last day of office practice. During the next ten years I
also underwent operations for the removal of a cataract
from each eye. Arthritis, too, has joined the series of
More than three score years of my life-time have
passed. It was my good fortune to have been reared in
a good American home. My parents, my one brother,
my three sisters, and I enjoyed the privileges, and ac-
cepted the responsibilities found in rural mid-western
communities. Of our family, only my two sisters and I
remain. They and their families have retired from active
farm life and now live in Pontiac, 111.
My brother and my oldest sister and our parents have
passed on. Mother and Dad both spent their last days of
their lingering illness in my home.
Along with the changes over the years, I have had a
number of permanent relationships — that pretty steno-
grapher, whom I first met over forty years ago is still
my secretary, though her hair is more silver than bru-
nette, and she added a few pounds, she can still sit on my
lap and take dictation. My wife never reprimands me
for this breach of etiquette. She still has her first hus-
band — that country doctor.
Since our home is located in a small town within easy
driving distance to several large cities, we can enjoy the
comforts and advantages of both country and city life.
Likewise we have always had the companionship of
our respective families, located so that we can observe
holidays in traditional American family fellowship.
Our mutual affection for animals has given us the con-
stant interest and pleasure afforded by "Mans Best
Friend" a faithful dog.
Recalling the days of the steam traction engine and
the progress and changes made through the years, helps
one to appreciate the many advantages of our Democracy.
While "embryo engineer to country doctor" was my par-
tjculcu: path, others can find just as satisfying goals.
If progress brings changes in our way of life, then —
(paraphrasing General McArthur) "the place of the
steam engine and of the country doctor just fades away."
"So Mate It Be".
By the pen of H. L. Shafer, M.D, Cornell, 111.
Memories of 45 years of Teaching
Ending in 1961
My career as a teacher started in the year of 1915 at
the Jones School, seven miles east of Pontiac, an the
"Saunemin Road". The school itself, which is now used
as a tool shed on the Paul Tronce farm, half a mile south
of its original site, was in very good shape; but the fur-
niture was somewhat antique. It consisted of a row of
double seats on each side of the room, a tall unjacketed
coal stove, a recitation bench, a teacher's desk, a swivel
chair and an organ.
I had high hopes of hiring out at $50 per month, but
the school board wanted me to accept $45— we eventually
settled for $47.50. I had a total of nine pupUs and six
grades at the beginning of the year. There was no first
Krade until March, when a little lad came to me from a
parochial school. His ability to read a little was a life-
saver to me, for I hadn't the faintest idea what to do with
a first grader. I remember, too, that the little fellow
called me "Sister".
While teaching at the Jones School I boarded with the
Lutheran Minister and his family about a half-mile west
of the school. In order to get home to Cornell for the
weekend, I walked a mile and a half from the school to
the station at Rugby, where I took the 9 P.M. I.C. train
to Pontiac. I returned on the train Monday morning
early enough to get to the school a little before 9 A.M.
In bad weather, the minister drove me to the station in
his horse and buggy, but otherwise, I walked. Some of
the nights were very dark during my walk to the station.
In those days we had no flashlights; and while some of
the people had kerosene lanterns, I was not one of the
fortunate ones. I think that sometimes I literally felt
my way along in the dark, but it was Friday night, and
that meant being home for the whole weekend — how I
suffered from homesickness!
I recall that a few times during that year at the Jones
School, I wanted to get to Pontiac earlier than the train
would take me; so I started walking west, hoping that
I might get a ride, and after two or three miles my hopes
were rewarded. In undertaking the seven mile walk to
Pontiac, I think I drew my courage from Miss Aima Mur-
phy, who taught two miles west of me. Miss Murphy,
who was then middle-aged, walked out on Mondays and
back on Fridays; and said she could walk a mile in
seventeen minutes. If she could do it, I could! However,
though my age was less than hers, my speed was con-
In the spring we took a half day and all of us pitched
in to clean the school. Then in the fell we had "corn-
husking vacation" when the County Superintendent re-
leased the larger boys to assist with this important work.
A note of interest here is that Mrs. William FoUmer of
Forrest, who was recently chosen "Illinois Mother of
1961" is married to a member of the FoUmer family who
lived in my first school district, and Mr. FoUmer's sister
was my second grade pupil.
From the Jones School I went closer to home — out to
Champion School four and one-half miles northwest of
Cornell. Monday morning found me walking out to
school, taking the railroad track for all but part of a mile.
However, in bad weather, Mr. Will Wayman drove me
out. On Friday afternoon school was dismissed at 3:30
and I walked a mile and a half to ManviUe to take the
train home again. Once, when I was late, I was almost to
Manville, when I saw the train coming. Downheartedly,
I stepped off the track and started walking homeward.
To my joy, the train stopped when it reached me, and the
Manville Station Agent, Mr. George Gregory (father of
Mrs. Robert Girard) said to me, "Why did you turn back?
Never do it again. You should know we wouldn't pass you
During one two year period of my rural teaching, I
rode three different ponies. The first was a brown and
white one belonging to Kenneth and Mildred Gourley
(now Mrs. Mildred McMenamin, my co-teacher of the
first grade in Cornell). This pony's favorite trick was to
come to a sudden stop, squat, and then attempt to roll,
complete with saddle and rider. As I was the rider, this
idea didn't appeal to me, so I engaged Amer Mill's pony,
which was a good one except for one fault — he was weak
in the knees. He would stumble and be up again as soon
as he was down, but I felt this to be dangerous. I then
rode Howard Wayman's pony "Star". Star and I got along
magnificently with only one mishap — he collided with
Myrtle Gingrich's car on the Vermillion River Bridge
(between what is now Selmer Highland's and Clark
Husted's) when w-e were returning home to Cornell from
Lily School. The car grazed Star and he turned and
kicked at it. Star got the worst of the deal, for he was
limping so badly the we barely made it home That hap-
pened on Friday, and on Monday he was as good as new;
While teaching at Sutcliff School, two and one-half
miles west, I walked — once again cutting off part of the
distance by going down the track. High snow banks,
floods, and deep mud were always challenging to say
the least, but somehow 1 always made it.
In those early years, we taught History in Illinois,
Civics, and Domestic Science in the upper grades. At Sut-
cliff School, we had hot lunches, with everyone, boys and
girls alike, pitching in to do the dishes and the general
"after lunch clean-up". I think I might mention here,
that naturally enough, the boys did not in the least ap-
preciate this valuable domestic training.
In 1925, when I came to the Cornell Grade School,
there were three teachers — Miss Irma Hewitt (who left
in 1930 to go to Dwight, where she is at this time), Mr.
Charles Koerner and myself. 1930 found but two teach-
ers; 1935, again three; 1946, four teachers; and in 1950,
six. In 1950, two rooms were added to the south with a
new lunch room beneath. In 1952, we had eight teachers
and added two more rooms above the first addition. 1955
found us with eleven teachers and the addition of three
more new rooms: a gj'm, restrooms, lockers, an office, and
a supply room. 1956 brought a principal, who was not a
full-time teacher; and 1958 showed a roster of thirteen
teachers and brought the addition of two more rooms to
the north, a secretary, and two music teachers. This pre-
sent school year (1961) brought us the services of a kin-
dergarten teacher and a speech teacher.
grade and high school. From 1925-1928, Mr. Frank
Lutyen was the school custodian Elmer Blue came to us
in 1928; and he and his wife, Florence, are stUl serving us.
My first school directors in the Cornell system were:
Dr. F. L. Gardner, Nels Lindquist, and Sidney Johnson.
The district at that time was less than two miles square.
Around 1942, we consolidated and added much more ter-
ritory; and we are now known as District 426, Cornell
On my present board of directors are three of my for-
mer pupils: Don Cashmer and Irvin Burkett from the Sut-
cUff School, and Carl Swanberg from lily School. At
one time, it was my privilege to serve under a principal
who was a former pupil in the primary grades, Mr. L.yle
Miner, now of CooksvUle.
During my very first year of teaching, I purchased a
Brownie camera, with which I took nearly all of my
snapshots; and this camera is still in use.
In the 36 years that I have spent in the service of the
Cornell Grade School, 34 of those years were spent teach-
ing in the same room, and I moved from that room to my
present one only two years ago, in 1959.
I have always felt that school should be a happy place
with a balance of work and play; and the work itself
should be fun in joyous activity, especially in the case of
small children. Some of the activities through the years,
which in themselves are a very real part of the educa-
tional program and which are happy remembrances,
are — school parties and programs at Halloween, Christ-
mas, February parties, our Rhythm Band, Maypole
dances, spring festivals, drills, activity songs, a trip to the
woods in the fall and spring combining nature study and
pleasure, and of course, the picnic lunch; perhaps a few
walks around town observing changes in the seasons, and
now and then a movie or film strip having some connec-
tion with our lessons.
The preceding words have been happy and nostalgic
remembrances of the past 45 years. How our schools
have grown and changed! In these years of teaching I
have had over 1,000 children, each of them dear to me
for his or her own individuality. In closing, let me say
that an essential to good teaching is to love one's work
and to love the children with whom one works.
I would give a tribute to all sincere teachers every-
where, in whom it is said rests the hope of Democracy
and the security of world peace. "The glory of the
teacher lies in his or her power to mold and shape young
lives for worthy and useful citizenship. What greater
calling? What greater challenge? Dare we fail?"
Miss Blake is now a resident of Evenglow Lodge of
In all my years of teaching, I have always had a first
grade, and since 1952, 1 have taught first grade only.
I would like to mention at this point, that Mr. O. W.
Smith was the first Superintendent in charge of both the
We wish to thank those who have made this book
possible by the loan of their historical pictures,
those who have given their time and talent in
preparing the written material, and to all those
who have assisted in any way in the preparation
of this book.
Sorry, but space did not permit all the contributed
material to be used in this booklet.
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