Orlando Burrell was 8 years old when his family arrived in Carmi, Illinois. Within two years both his parents were dead. Even at the age of 10 he worked hard. He chopped wood for 25 cents a cord in order to pay for his schooling. When he was older he farmed and learned the carpenter's trade.
In 1859 he, along with 12 other wagons, headed west to make their fortune in gold. He remained in California for 1 year then returned to Carmi. Over the years he had many responsible and respectable jobs.He was an officer in the Civil War, a Judge in the county, Mayor of Carmi, Sheriff for the county and served as U.S. Representative in the 54th Congress for one term. Burrell represented Carmi and White County well in all of these jobs.
In 1921 at the age of 94 Orlando Burrell died. In his will, Burrell bequeathed 40 acres of ground to the "town" "for use as a park". Along with the 40 acres he deposited $9000 in the White County Bank (at 2% interest) to provide a fund for the park's maintenance.
The Burrell Family Cemetery is located near the park.
- Added: 18 Oct 2010
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2374425
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