Biography of Rev. Joseph E. Corner
North Central Ohio Biographies

Rev. Joseph E. Corner. One of Ashland County's most highly esteemed and best known citizens is Rev. Joseph E. Corner, who is conference superintendent of the East Ohio Annual Conference, United Brethren in Christ Church. He is a native of Jackson County, Ohio, born near Oak Hill, Aug. 7, 1871, the son of Harrison T. and Susanna (Cummins) Corner.

Harrison T. Corner was born at White Sulphur Springs, Va., and died at Oak Hill, Ohio, in 1905. He was well known in Galia County during the early days as a stage coach driver between Oak Hill and Galia. His wife, who was born at Galia, resides in Columbus. Mr. Corner was a Republican and held membership in the United Brethren Church. They were the parents of five children: Joseph E., the subject of this sketch; W. D., who died at St. Louis, Mo. in 1925; Lola, married John Nicholas, lives at Columbus; Rose, married H. Mouch, lives at Columbus; and Curtis, who died in infancy.

Joseph E. Corner remained on the Corner homestead in Jackson County until he was 16 years of age, and received his education in the rural schools. As a young man he was granted a quarterly conference license as a minister, and in 1894 joined the Scioto Annual Conference. After completing a four years course of study he was ordained as a minister of the United Brethren Church in 1897. He spent six years at Portsmouth, Ohio, as pastor of the United Brethren Church, being the first English pastor in that charge. Reverend Corner has also been located at Circleville, Barberton, Lorain, and Akron, and in 1910 came to Ashland, where he served the church of the United Brethren in Christ for four years. He then spent several years in Mansfield and in 1918 was elected Conference Superintendent of the East Ohio Annual Conference. He resigned, however, at the beginning of the third year, and returned to his original charge at Portsmouth, Ohio, where he remained for one year. He has since engaged in active ministry at Ashland, and has again been elected as Conference Superintendent in 1927. He has complete supervision of 63 charges, and is a member of the Ohio Council of Churches. In 1924 Rev. Corner served as a delegate to the World's Sunday School Convention at Glasgow, Scotland, and at that time traveled extensively throughout the continent.

In 1893 Rev. Corner was united in marriage with Miss Frances Crawford, of Adams County, Ohio, the daughter of George W. and Margaret (Holmes) Crawford. Mr. Crawford, who died in 1925, was a direct descendant of the famous Indian fighter, Colonel Crawford. Mrs. Crawford died in 1919. Both are buried at West Union, Ohio. To Reverend and Mrs. Corner six children were born: 1. Paul C., born in 1894, is a veteran of the World War, having served in France. He was married in 1919 to Miss Helen Jurgens, of St. Louis, Mo., and they have two daughters, Dorothy Jane, born in 1922, and Ruth Ann, born in 1927. They live at Ashtabula, Ohio. 2. George Emerson, born in 1896, also a veteran of the World War. He was married in 1921 to Miss Marjorie McClure, of Mansfield, and they have two children, Caroline, born in 1922, and Curtiss, born in 1927. 3. Ralph E., born in 1900, died in 1913. 4. Howard R., born in 1902, died in 1925. 5. Ruth C., born in 1905, a graduate of Kenmore (Ohio) High School, married Ned Grindle. They live in Ashland. 6. Lois N., born in 1910, a graduate of Ashland' High School, lives at home.

Rev. Corner is affiliated with Portsmouth Lodge, F. & A. M.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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