Cornwell, Orville (1831 - 1907)


Scott M. Dorn





----Source: Clark Co. Republican and Press, Sept. 12, 1907


Orville Cornwell (1831-1907)

"Death of Orville Cornwell"

Orville Cornwell, one of the oldest residents of this locality, died at his home in Pine Valley, Sept. 5, 1907. Mr. Cornwell was born at Theresa, Jefferson County, N. Y., Dec. 20, 1831.


He was married to Ann Elizabeth Palmer in Lewis County, N. Y., Dec. 23, 1852. In 1866 they came to Neillsville and the next year moved to their farm on which they have lived ever since. To them were born four children: Emmaline, now Mrs. E. J. Spooner of Lents, Oregon Alice, now Mrs. H. F. Ferguson of Minneapolis Adelbert of Livingston, Mont., and Leland who lives on the home place.


Mr. Cornwell was one of the best of citizens, industrious, honest, and progressive. During his younger years he was active in all public affairs, being a supervisor of his town several terms and looking after the community's interests in a most efficient and faithful manner. He was a leader in temperance reform, and in every movement for good citizenship, he was always found on the side of right. He was a prominent member of the Odd Fellows, having joined the order over forty years ago in the State of New York.


Besides his children, grand children and great grand children he is survived by his wife who for nearly fifty-five years has been his faithful helpmeet, not alone in the development of their farm and home but in all the public affairs in which he took an interest. To her and the other relatives are offered a community's sympathy. The funeral was held at the home Sunday, Rev. W. P. Burrows officiating, and the local I.O.O.F. lodge escorting the procession to the cemetery and observing the rites of the order at the grave."

Also from the same paper:

"Card of Thanks. We wish to thank the members of the I.O.O.F. and the kind friends and neighbors who so ably assisted us in our late bereavement.-Mrs. Ann Cornwell and Family."



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