Cornell native digs into cemetery history

Sgt. Lawrence Gilbert was the first Cornell soldier killed in World War II, and was first buried in Africa, before his remains were repatriated to the Cornell Cemetery in 1949. That, along with other forgotten or obscure facts, will be added to a book that Mary (Flood) Carlson plans to compile on the cemetery’s history. (Submitted Photo)

The Cornell Cemetery sits on a triangle of land just west of town where State Highway 178 and State Highway 64 meet. You may have driven by it any number of times and wondered what its story was.

Now, thanks to Doug and Mary (Flood) Carlson, Eau Claire, that history will be brought to life.

“Mary is interested in documenting the history of that cemetery,” said Doug, adding that his wife grew up in Cornell, and has strong roots and connections to the town. “Her parents and family are all buried [there]…Over the years, she’s been very interested in helping with history and documentation.”

See Thursday, April 20, 2017, issue of the Courier Sentinel for more on this story. Newspapers can be purchased at our Cadott office or Cornell office.

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