Was Maurice Cornell the Greatest Golfer in Carleton Place?



George Cornell, Sr. – 1833/1924

Assessor for 40 years.


Who was Maurice Cornell?  Maurice was the son of Carleton Place resident George Cornell born in 1882. According to Terry Skillen’s site  Maurice’s father George Cornell was born in 1834, and came to Carleton Place in the 1860’s. He married a local gal Elizabeth Burke, and raised a large family. Cornell was also the proprietor of a hotel, owned rental property, ran a woolen mill, and was the property assessor for Carleton Place for 40 years and also a school trustee.


Photo from the Carleton Place Canadian files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


In 1915 The Mississippi Golf Club was formed and acquired the old Patterson farm and stone farmhouse on the Appleton road. Well the story is that Maurice finally realized the ambition and dream of every golfer to make a hole in one. One day the teacher at the Collegiate Institute in Fort William was on the 5th hole of the Mississippi Golf course, and didn’t the miracle of “a hole in one” occur.

Not that special you say? Well, what makes it more interesting  was the fact that Maurice only had one arm!


The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
03 May 1898, Tue  •  Page 2



Descendants are Blaine Cornell (photo below) and Sheila  McCallum of Carleton Place



Blaine with photographer Michael Gauthier at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.



A Few Memories of Blaine Cornell

Source Information:

1901 Census of Canada
Subdistrict: Carleton Place (Town/Ville), LANARK (South/Sud), ONTARIO
District Number: 81
Subdistrict Number: d-2
Archives Microfilm: T-6478
Family or
Name of each person in family or household on 31st March, 1901. Sex. C
ship to head of family or household.
or divorced.
Month and date of birth. Year of birth. Age at last birthday.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
3 20   21 Cornell George M   Head M Oct 1834 66
3 21   21 Cornell Elizabeth F   Wife M Jun 3 1845 55
3 22   21 Cornell Nettie F   Daughter S Aug 10 1871 29
3 23   21 Cornell Mary F   Daughter S Sep 4 1873 27
3 24   21 Cornell George M   Son S May 29 1875 25
3 25   21 Cornell Nellie F   Daughter S Mar 16 1881 20
3 26   21 Cornell Maurice M   Son S Dec 5 1882 18
previous household


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Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 1 Dec 1924, MonPage 7

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston —Blaine’s father Herbie Cornell was the chief of police here – the day before I got married I stayed too long in the dress shop picking up my going away outfit hence a $2 parking ticket. My Dad thought it was terrible and took the ticket down to Herbie and came back with a $1 ticket and both of them were happy. My Dad paid for me!


About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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