Biography of William T. Cornell
Broome County, NY Biographies





WILLIAM T. CORNELL - The business now known as the Cornell Dibble Undertaking Company, was established fifty three years ago (1870) in Port Crane, New York, by John C. Cornell, father of the present head of the business. Three years later he removed to Castle Creek, where he remained five years, moving thence to Port Dickinson, where he continued in the undertaking business eight years. He then moved to Binghamton and there continued on the North Side until April 23, 1895, when he sold his interests to his son, William T. Cornell, by whom it was conducted as a personal business until 1920, when he, with Elwin R. Dibble, incorporated under the firm name of the Cornell Dibble Undertaking Company, Inc.

William P. Cornell, son of John C. and Mary A. Cornell, was born at Charlotteville, Schoharie county, New York, February 10, 1866. He was twelve years of age when Port Dickinson, New York, became the family home, and there he attended the public schools as he had in the other towns in which he had lived. In Port Dickinson he began learning the undertaker's business with his father, and after the removal to Binghamton, New York, in 1886, continued as his assistant until April 23, 1895, when he purchased the interest of Mr. Cornell, Sr., and bacame the managing head. In 1920 the present partnership, the Cornell Dibble Undertaking Company, Inc., was formed and still continues. Mr. Cornell is a member of the First Baptist Church; is a thirty second degree member of the Masonic order; and a member of the Binghamton Club, and the Binghamton Country and Kiwanis Clubs, being a director of the last named.

Mr. Cornell married, at Port Dickinson, New York, June 1, 1886, Etta M. Holt, daughter of Walter and Lydia Holt. Mr. and Mrs. Cornell are the parents of a daughter, Etta W.

From:
Binghamton and Broome County
New York
Editor in chief: William Foote Seward
Libarian for the Binghamton Public Libraey
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York and Chicago, 1924


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