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I Can’t Believe They are Buried in Southwest Kansas – Henry W. Corner, Garfield Cemetery


The Corner story begins with the birth of Henry William Corner. He was born in a log cabin on October 26, 1812 in Ohio. His wife, Lucinda Robb, was born on October 28, 1811 in Pennsylvania. The War of 1812 was fought on American soil from June 18, 1812-February 18, 1815.


Henry was apprenticed as a cabinet maker. Lured by adventure and tales of the West, he and two companions traveled by wagon from St. Joseph, Missouri to Portland, Oregon along the Oregon Trail. Henry stayed there for four years applying his trade. He returned home by way of the Isthmus of Panama.


Henry and Lucinda were the parents of six children with four surviving to adulthood. Their daughter, Selina married and remained in Ohio. Their oldest son, Whitney, brought his family to Garfield, Pawnee County in 1877.


In 1879, Henry and Lucinda followed their second son, Robert, and his family to the same area. Lucinda passed away in 1886 and Henry died in 1897. They are buried in Garfield Cemetery with two of their grandsons.


The story of Robert and Whitney will be published in two weeks.

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