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 Milton Cornia

Milton Cornia

Woodruff, Rich County, Utah, USA
Death 23 Dec 1984 (aged 92)
Evanston, Uinta County, Wyoming, USA
Burial Woodruff, Rich County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 146503 · View Source
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Milton Cornia was born April 3, 1892 in a log cabin, on the homestead ranch home of his parents, Peter C. Cornia and Lucy Helen Dickson Cornia. It was located about two and one-half miles south of Woodruff. At that time the family consisted of Jeannette (whose mother had died when she was small), six year old Carlos, and four year old Helen who passed away in young womanhood. When Milton was 14 months old, his mother passed away and he was cared for by hid Grandmother Dickson until he was 5 years old when his father married Sarah Reed. Their home was later blessed with three more sons and a daughter. They were Edwin, Ouis, Reed and Ruth.

Milton attended school at Woodruff in the red brick school hose. He was a good student but being a fun-loving boy, he and a friend, Oliver Buck went skating one winter day and were expelled from school for doing so. Therefore they were not permitted to graduate from the 8th grade with their class. Although he was very young he began working away from home soon after getting out of school.

He was intrigued by the steam locomotives which puffed through the nearby town of Evanston, Wyoming. He wanted to seek employment on the railroad and dreamed of being an engineer. However his father felt that it was not an honorable occupation, and encouraged him to do farm and ranch work. He worked for Chapmans, Reese, Hopkins, the B and Q, the Desert Livestock Co. south of Woodruff as a blacksmith and mechanic. While he was working there he built the first power push-rake and beaver-slide stacker around Woodruff.

Milton became interested in blacksmith work and during his young manhood was employed in the shop of Frank Rosenstein in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Many horses were used at that time in the coal mines there and they were also the chief means of transportation so a large share of the time was devoted to shoeing them. It was quite and exciting job at times. Some of the horses were very much against being shod, so they put up quite a battle. During the fall and winter of 1914-1915 he ran a blacksmith shop in woodruff, located across the street from the theirs Cornia home. It was owned by Bert Eastman.

On November 15, 1915 he married Marintha Longhurst at her parents home in Woodruff. It was Thanksgiving Day and a family celebration was made of the affair. They made their first home in Kemmerer and Milton worked in the Rosenstein shop there. during their stay in Kemmerer a little girl named Elma joined their family. She was born on October 4, 1916 at the Longhurst home in Woodruff, and during a visit there in the winter of 1918 she contracted pneumonia and died on March 2, 1918. At this time Kemmerer consisted mostly of non-English speaking emigrants who worked in the mines. It was a lonely life for Marintha and after the loss of their little girl, she felt that she cold not return there. They moved back to Woodruff and purchased the little home which had been built for Carter and Helen Cornia. On December 14, 1918, Gordon Claude was born. While he was small they lived for a time at the Desert Livestock ranch, then returned to their home in Woodruff. Lenore was born on June 3, 1923 and Mary Lou joined the family on October 3, 1926.

During the summer of 1932, Milton drove a Caterpillar and broke a trail for the building of Monte Cristo Road--moving large tree stumps and making the first road-bed by pulling a grader behind the Caterpillar. The grader was operated by Joseph Wamsley of Randolph.

He has always loved nature and animals and was an expert horseman in his youth. He leaned his way around in the mountains and became familiar with the habits of all the animals in the region, also with every road and trail and ridge and hollow. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and still hunts deer with his son, grandsons, and sons-in-law each fall.

Marintha was born in a log cabin near the home where Asael Lonhurst now lives. Her parents were Betsey Jane Dean Longhurst and William Henry Longhurst. She was their 5th child. As a girl she loved to ride horseback, and spent much time herding the family cows in the foothills near their home. She also attended school in the brick school house and graduated with honors from the 8th grade. She loved school and was anxious to learn more so she obtained permission to attend an additional year. Marintha had a nice soprano voice and enjoyed singing in the ward choir and later in the Singing Mothers.

During the summer of 1960, Milton, Claude and Mary Lou's and Lenore's husbands (Bird and Wright) Bruce enlarged and remodeled the family home, but Marintha's health had been failing for some time and she passed away on December 19, 1960 without having enjoyed it. Milton lives there now and enjoys fairly good health.
written by Lenore Bruce

Taken from the book "The First 100 Years in Woodruff"

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  • Maintained by: A.Bell
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 146503
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Milton Cornia (3 Apr 1892–23 Dec 1984), Find A Grave Memorial no. 146503, citing Woodruff Cemetery, Woodruff, Rich County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by A.Bell (contributor 46518784) .