Born: April 25, 1858, Whiteford, Michigan. The 1860 census for Monroe County, Michigan, indicates his birth name was Hascal Warren Cornell. By 1880, though, he was going by the name Warren Donald Cornell.
Died: April 9, 1936.
Buried: Rienzi Cemetery, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Warren was the son of Joehida Cornell and Olive Slusser, and husband of Jennie Estelle Roberts (married 1880, Gainesville, Texas).
As of 1880, he was in Denton, Texas, identified in the census as a
Minister of the Gospel.
Rev. Warren D. Cornell, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Berlin, and Secretary of the Union Council of the Paving Cutters’ Union, is a native of Michigan, having been born in the town of Whiteford, Monroe County, April 25, 1858.
His parents were Joehida and Olive (Slusser) Cornell. His father was born near White Lake, Vt., of English parentage, and removed to Monroe County, Mich., in an early day, where he became acquainted with and married Miss Slusser, a native of Whiteford.
Our subject was reared in his native State and in his youth attended the common schools, that course being supplemented by a partial course in Raisen Valley Seminary.
When nineteen years of age, in 1877, he went to Dallas, Tex., where he had charge of the colored schools of the First and Fourth wards of that city. Beginning in the fall of 1878 he taught until early spring of the following year, when he went to Fort Worth, of the same State, and was licensed by the Methodist Episcopal Church as a minister of that denomination, and assigned to Denton as his first charge.
He was there maintained until the fall of 1880, when he was transferred to [Gainesville] in the same State, where he discharged the duties of pastor until the autumn of 1881, when he came North and joined the Wisconsin Conference at Berlin.
He was first sent to Iola and Ogdensburg, Waupaca County, and in addition to his duty as pastor of those churches, he conducted a revival in Union, of the same county, with great success. His labors in that community were productive of much good, and he continued until 1882, when he took charge of the church in Parfreyville, Waupaca County, where he labored two years at a salary of $450 a year.
In the fall of 1884 he was assigned to Hortonville and Medina, in Outagamie County, Wis., where he spent the two succeeding years, when in the fall of 1886 he went to Rosendale, and was pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church in that village until the fall of 1888, when he came to Berlin, and has since served as pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church of that city.
In November, 1889, he took charge of the Methodist Home Journal, was publisher and editor, a State illustrated religious monthly newspaper. Twenty-five hundred copies of this paper have been issued ever since November, and the list of subscribers has constantly increased, and the paper promises to be of great service to Wisconsin Methodism, and the charges in general.
Mr. Cornell was united in the holy bonds of matrimony in Gainesville, Tex., July 31, 1880, with Miss Jennie E. Roberts, daughter of Henry and Mary Roberts. She was born in Seneca Falls, N. Y., and in childhood removed to Lenawee County, Mich., with her parents. She is an accomplished lady, having graduated from the High School of Sylvania, Ohio, in the class of 1871.
To Mr. and Mrs. Cornell there have been born a family of five children, four sons and a daughter—Gerald Arthur, Lona Gladys, Louis Jacquot, Warren D. and William Collins.
Mr. Cornell is Secretary of the Paving Cutters’ Union, and since Jan. 1, 1888, has edited a monthly journal in the interest of that organization at Berlin. The paper has a circulation of 2,000 copies, and is rapidly growing in popularity and circulation. The Paving Cutters’ Union of America has sixty different branches, representing nearly every State in the Union, and a total membership of more than 2,000.
Mr. Cornell possesses vigor and well trained intellectual powers, is eminently practical in his views, and earnest and dramatic in delivery. His hearers are always entertained and instructed and all speak in high terms of his ability and earnestness in his work.
Acme Publishing, p. 696–97
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