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Charles A Cornell
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Birth: Nov. 11, 1841
Ionia County
Michigan, USA
Death: Oct. 1, 1927
Los Angeles County
California, USA

The Ionia Sentinel-Standard, Monday, October 23, 1927

Word was received here Monday of the death in Los Angeles, Cal., on Sunday of Charles A. Cornell, native of this city and prominent in G.A.R. and O.E.S. circles. Mr. Cornell was born here and would have been 86 years old on Armistice day.

His parents were Thomas and Orpha Beckwith Cornell, among the original settlers of Ionia in 1823.

At the opening of the Civil war he enlisted in Berdan's sharpshooters, staying with that organization until incapacitated by typhoid fever and discharged. After spending the summer of 1863 here, he re-enlisted in Custer's band, which was commanded by his brother-in-law, John H. Axtell. This band was at Appomattox, where Lee surrendered to Grant and announced the surrender by playing Star Spangled Banner and Yankee Doodle.

During part of his enlistment his brigade was commanded by the late Gen. James H. Kidd. Following his discharge he returned here and worked in the brickyard for his father, later operated by the VanDerHeydens.

He was secretary of the Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance company for many years, resigning in 1887 to accept the position of chief clerk to the state labor department under the late A. H. Heath of Ionia.

The family returned here in 1891 and he was deputy clerk and deputy county register of deeds, moving again to Lansing in 1901 as state armorer of the national guard when James H. Kidd was made quartermaster-general. He remained in this department until his retirement in 1917, since which time he had made his home at Los Angeles, but spent part of it at Salt Lake with his son,

Thomas C. Cornell, state editor of the Desert News, and in Washington with his daughter, Mrs. Edwy B. Reid.

Always interested in sports, Mr. Cornell was a member of the famous old Custer baseball team of the early seventies, playing as fielder in the first no-run no-hit game recorded in baseball. This team was managed by General Kidd. At the age of 65 he took up big game hunting and for a decade spent every fall in the northern peninsula hunting deer.

Following retirement, he took up smaller game hunting and spent nearly every fall with his son in Utah, adding many
beautiful trophies to his collection.

During the early nineties he was grand patron of the Michigan O.E.S. which organization recently granted life membership to him and his wife. He was one of the first commanders of Stevens Thompson Mason post of the G.A.R., and was state quartermaster-general of that organization when Gen. James H. Kidd was state commander.

Although holding membership in the Soldier's home at Sawtelle, Los Angeles, Cal., Mr. and Mrs. Cornell maintained a home where many former Ionians have been entertained. Although in feeble health the past six moths, Mr. Cornell had remained at his home until Tuesday, where he was taken to the soldiers' home hospital.

Researched and provided by Bonnie Hoy ID #47000652
Thank you Bonnie.
Family links: 
  Thomas Cornell (1806 - 1883)
  Orpha Beckwith Cornell (1807 - 1892)
  Harriet Emma LaDow Cornell (1853 - 1936)*
  Thomas Custer Cornell (1880 - 1960)*
  Bess Marie Cornell Reid (1885 - 1961)*
  Mary Eliza Cornell Axtell (1836 - 1918)*
  Charles A Cornell (1841 - 1927)
  Edwin E. Cornell (1852 - 1903)*
*Calculated relationship
Los Angeles National Cemetery
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: 33 D 15
Maintained by: Jim
Originally Created by: Marvin & Samme Templin
Record added: Nov 11, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80282202
Charles A Cornell
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