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CORNELL, Harold Edward

Author: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1923, Vol. III pg.351
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CORNELL, HAROLD EDWARD was educated for a career as a civil engineer,
followed that profession in the North for several years, but since coming to
Florida has employed his technical skill largely in the nursery industry, and
is now vice president and active manager of one of the largest fruit
propagating corporations in the state, the Glen Saint Mary Nurseries Company
at Winter Haven.
Mr. CORNELL was born at Dubuque, Iowa, June 21, 1888, son of GEORGE B.
and FANNIE (BANGHART) CORNELL his father a native of New York and his mother
of Iowa. Mr. CORNELL is the younger of two sons. He was reared and educated
in the Fox River Valley of Wisconsin, attended the Kaukauna High School in
Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin. After finishing his education he
was a civil and construction engineer in Chicago from 1907 to 1911. In the
latter year he came to Florida, located at Pensacola, but soon afterward went
to Glen Saint Mary, where he formed his first connection with the Glen Saint
Mary Nurseries Company in the capacity of a laborer. He rapidly familiarized
himself with the business and his promotion came steadily. He was made
foreman, in October, 1912, came to Winter Haven in charge of the plant of the
company at that point, a year later was promoted to manager, in 1916 was made
assistant secretary and since 1920 has been vice president and general manager
of all the company’s South Florida interests.
Mr. CORNELL, who is unmarried, is a director in the Winter Haven
Citrus Exchange and Supply Company at Tampa, and has a number of other
business connections to indicate the substantial progress he has made since
coming to Florida. At one time he was president of the Town Council at Winter
Mr. CORNELL is an accomplished aviator, and in company with another
flier, made the longest civilian cross-country trip up to the present time,
going from Dayton, Ohio, to Seattle, Washington, back across the continent to
New York and to Florida. He uses his plane for business trips all over
Mr. CORNELL has had a very active part in the citrus industry, and in
the up building of the community, working for good roads and civic betterment.

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