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Titel: Eriksson Holm Anders & Persdotter Inga Stina utv 1855 - Varifrån ?
Skrivet av: Thomas Ek skrivet 2010-01-28, 12:29
Nu fick jag lite info om familjen Cornell också. Tyvärr får man inte fram något om varifrån i Sverige de kom - men lite rolig läsning ändå.
 
ANDREW L. CORNELL.
 
The career of this prosperous and successful Watertown township farmer furnishes a fine illustration of what a poor immigrant can accomplish by industry, frugality and thrift in this country of great opportunities. He came to the United States and Carver county, Minnesota, without capital in money, and now he owns an excellent farm in a condition of abundant productiveness and enriched with commodious, comfortable and attractive modern buildings and other improvements of a high standard, located in section 19, Watertown township, two miles south of the village of Watertown.
Mr. Cornell was born in Sweden, October 7, 1846, and came to this country in 1869. He is a cousin of Alfred J. Brown, of Watertown, and came here under the persuasion and through the assistance of that gentleman. His brother Charles followed him to this county in 1870, and in 1871 together they purchased the farm which Andrew now owns, but which they owned and operated in partnership for a few years. During the two years before the purchase of his farm Andrew worked for Mr. Brown.
When Mr. Cornell and his brother bought their land only five acres of it had been cut over, and that was not wholly cleared. They were obliged to go in debt for nearly all of the purchase price, as Andrew had sent his earnings to his native land to bring his father and mother, one sister and his brother Charles to this country. The father and brother arrived in the spring of 1870 and the mother and sister in the following fall. The sister now lives in the state of Washington, and Charles resides near Watertown.
The parents of the brothers helped them clear some, of their land and Andrew worked at his trade of stonemason six seasons in Minneapolis and also for a time at Watertown and other places in this county. He was able to leave the farm and do this work, and it helped him and his brother to clear up the indebtedness on their land. They succeeded in getting about thirty-five acres cleared and broken up, and then Andrew bought his brother's interest in the place. He kept on sending for friends in Sweden, who would come over and work for him to repay the cost of their transportation to this country, and go his progress was rapid. Some eight or ten men came to this neighborhood through his assistance, and they are all now loyal American citizens, proud of their adopted land and its progress and possibilities, and earnestly interested in everything that promotes its welfare and the substantial and enduring good of its people.
Three different dwellings have sheltered Mr. Cornell and his family on this farm. The first one he occupied was later transformed into a barn. The second, which was constructed of logs with frame additions, was destroyed by fire after being used fifteen years, very little of it or its contents being saved, and the third, which is now occupied by the family, was erected in 1898. It is a large house, of attractive design, and stands on an elevation overlooking the surrounding country for a considerable distance. The farm is a fine one, too, with about 100 acres of cleared and cultivated land and some sixty acres yet in timber.
Mr. Cornell's farming is general in its scope, but devoted mainly to raising grain. He also raises live stock in quantities, and has bred some swine of superior strains. As he is a stockholder in the Co-operative Creamery company, he keeps regularly about twelve cows for furnishing milk to the creamery. He has taken no part in the public life of the township or county as an officeholder, but has been callous in the discharge of all the duties of citizenship, and in political faith follows the principles of the Republican party. His religious connection is with the Watertown Swedish Lutheran church, which he has long served as a deacon.
Mr. Cornell was married in 1883 to Miss Christine Carlson, who came to this county in her girlhood with her parents, Charles and Anna Christina (Swenson) Carlson and began to make her own living as soon as she was large enough. Seven children have been born of their union. Carl Oscar Alexander is connected with the Watertown Auto Company garage (operates a garage) at Watertown. He is a graduate of a business college. Selma Wilhelmina is living with her parents. Carlotta Caroline is the wife of Christian Johnson, a dairyman in Minneapolis. Andrew John is also connected with the Watertown Auto Company (his brother's) garage at Watertown. He also attended the Minnesota Business college, and Oscar was assistant station agent at Osakis, Minnesota, until injured by an engine. Reuben Stefanus, deceased. Dorothea Eleonora is living at home, and Martin Luther Herman is a student at Minnesota college. The daughters are musicians and have been well educated in science and art of music, and all the children of the family are active in the work of the Young People's Society of their church.
 
/Thomas