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CORNMAN, Wilson S., manager of the Commonwealth Hotel, was born at the hotel of his grandfather, George Sponsler, one mile east of Carlisle, on the Carlisle and Harrisburg pike, September 18, 1837, son of Jonathan and Jane (Sponsler) Cornman. When two years of age he removed with his parents to Centre county, Pa., where he received his education in the public schools. They located on a farm belonging to Dr. Wilson, one mile north of Potterís Fort, Centre county, where he lived until his mother died in 1852, and then lived with his father at Spring Mills, Centre county, a short time, after which he removed to Carlisle, where his father died in 1855. He served an apprenticeship of three years at the printing business in the office of George Zinn, editor of the Carlisle American, and on November 1, 1858, became clerk for James Raymond at the Cumberland and Perry Exchange Hotel, at Carlisle, where he remained until April 2, 1862, when Mr. Raymond sold out and bought the White Hall Hotel at Harrisburg. Mr. Cornman then became clerk at the White Hall anc continued there for some time. He made three attempts at enlistment in the Untied States army and was as many times refused by the recruiting officers, because of being under the required size in height, (sic) He then went to Philadelphia and enlisted in the Keystone battery No. 2, of that city, and served his term of ninety days.

After his discharge from the military service he resumed his position as clerk at the White hall Hotel and served in that place until Mr. Raymond sold the hotel July 2, 1866. Mr. Cornman then became the night clerk at the Lochiel on July 9, 1866, and served in that position until April, 1881, when he was promoted to chief clerk. He performed the duties of this place until August 1, 1891, when he resigned to accept the management of the commonwealth Hotel, which position he has occupied since that date.

Mr. Cornman is prominently identified with the fraternities, holding membership in Dauphin Lodge, No. 160, and Dauphin Encampment, No. 10, I. O. O. F.; Phoenix Lodge, No. 59, K. of P., and Central Lodge, No. 19, A. O. U. W. In his political views he is a Republican. The family are members of the Market Square Presbyterian church. Mr. Cornman was married, November 8, 1883, to Harriet Susanna Raymond, born at Elizabethtown, Lancaster county, Pa., January 12, 1845, daughter of James and Sarah Ann (Ross) Raymond.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Linda Mockenhaupt for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project -

Date of Transcription: 25 June 2001

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