Old Newspaper Clippings

Hamilton Co., IL

*Contributed by Don Carter.  Thanks, Don!

From: Daily Register, September 23, 1999
by Staff Writer, Sara Bean

     At the dusty crossroad of two gravel roads in northwestern Saline County, on the Saline / Hamilton County line, stands an old concrete lock building that used to serve as a feed store.  
    Through the broken and dirty windows of the building, one can see piles of old farm equipment assorted other knick-knacks.  Around the building old farm implements and weeds serve as a sold barrier between the building and the road.
     The abandoned building serves as one of the few surviving reminders of the former community of Cornerville.

Charles Mitchell, who lives on the Cornerville Road just East of the crossroads, said he has lived in the area all of is life.
    He remembers years ago when Cornerville was more than just a name, and was an actual community.  remnants of these memories still exist.The house he lives in at one time served as the one-room Cornerville school house.  Mitchell attended the one room school when he was a child.  The final year of school, he said, was 1952.  Until that time the school taught all eight grades.

     The home he was in still stands across the road, though it has been empty for years.
     Mitchell said the community just kind of disappeared through the years, as people moved away and passed on.
     "About everybody's gone now," Mitchell said.  "Most of them have passed on--a few old widow women are still around."
     He still remembers an old general store, owned by Leo Tate.  The store, he said, has not been open in years though.
     He passed on in 1961, the store's not been open since then.
     Cornerville, Mitchell said, was a small community-a farming community, with a couple of general stores, and the feed mill that Herman Carter built.
     It was just a country community--a farming community, Mitchell said.
     One of the old stores was used to house a post office, but that closed many years ago.  The community used to have a telephone switchboard, Mitchell said but that has also disappeared.
     "I growed up here and it was a farming community", Mitchell said.  "There used to be a house on about every 40 acres.  It's not like that any more--there are about 2 or 3 farmers that own all the land now."

Note from Don Carter: I am the son of Herman Carter and I was raised there.  The larger store was Pat Yearky's.  A lot of the land has been bought out by larger farmers and the Mine at Galatia, but my mother, age 85, still lives there.  Her land will never be sold while she still lives there.  It is Home!

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