Sunday, May 18, 2008

Cornett & Co. Idea

The name for this blog was taken from a fascinating piece of family history.

Sometime in the early 1900's, my great grandfather, John Cornett, came to settle in Prineville, Oregon. He worked with his uncle "Mac" Cornett to run a stagecoach line and mercantile store that served the surrounding farms and communities. Some years ago I was on a college research project about Prineville, and ran across this advertisement in the local newspaper from 1921.

I passed this around to friends and family members, because it seems like such . . . poetry? I don't pretend to understand the people who wrote it, or even its purpose. Is it a mission statement? An inspirational speech? Did my earlier progenitors write it, sitting up at night, by candle? It reads like a Nike ad, and feels a bit over the top. But sometimes the Cornetts can be a bit over the top.

Linden and I both have a copy hanging in our offices. To do the Right Thing? To work for the love of the work? To do some things better than they were ever done before? On our good days? You bet we do.


Eric said...

hey, this could be next wedding's outlaw initiation rite! and what a find! -eric

Janell said...

My parents are trying to do research on the Cornett Family and were just in Prineville trying to find more information. Do you have more information on the Cornett family and how they ended up in Prineville. My grandmas maiden name was Cornett and the were from Virgina.

Janell Vigil