BIOGRAPHIES OF TRAILL COUNTY
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WILLIAM J. CANTRALL

Records have various spellings of his surname, i.e., Cantrull, Cantrell, and Cantrall.
In the 1890 Veterans Federal Census he is living in Hillsboro.
On 20 September 1861 he enlisted from Atlanta, Illinois as a Private and mustered in Company C, 66th Infantry Regiment on 9 November 1861. He received a disability discharge on 10 August 1862. This unit was originally the Western Sharpshooters-14th Missouri Volunteers. The application for a government furnished headstone indicated he died on 17 April 1896 and he was in Company C, 66th Illinois Regiment. He is listed on the 1883 Pension List as William J. Cantrull (chronic diarrhea) and it indicated he started receiving a pension ($4.00) in December 1870 although later records indicated he started receiving a pension on 17 July 1869. His wife, Emma (Emma was his third wife), started receiving a widow's pension on 28 April 1896 in Minnesota. Later she filed a request for a Remarried Widow pension under the name Emma E. Morton.
William secured land in Section 32, Township 146 (Caledonia), Range 49.
He is buried at Hillsboro #1 Cemetery
Burial, Tombstone Picture.


JOHN CARMODY

North Dakota History and People - Outlines of American History
Volume II
The E. J. Clarke Publishing Company
1917 - Chicago

John Carmody, an ex-member of the supreme court of North Dakota and for thirty years a prominent representative of the bar of Hillsboro, has carved his name high on the keystone of the legal arch of the state, being prominently connected with a profession which has important bearing upon the progress and stable prosperity of any section or community and one which has long been considered as conserving the public welfare by furthering the ends of justice and maintaining individual rights. A native of Wisconsin, he was born at Granville, Milwaukee county, January 6, 1854, a son of John and Mary (Purcell) Carmody, natives of Ireland, who came to the new world with their respective parents, the two families being established in Wisconsin. Mr. and Mrs. Carmody removed to Waseca county, Minnesota, in 1868, and upon the farm which the father secured in that year he is still living at the remarkable old age of ninety-six years.
Judge Carmody spent his youthful days under the parental roof and supplemented his district school training by a term's study in the high school. He afterward engaged in teaching for twelve terms in the country schools and utilized the summer months in farm work, spending seven summer seasons in the employ of one man. It was his purpose and desire, however, to turn his attention to a professional career and in 1878 he took up the study of law in the office of Hon. James E. Child, of Waseca, Minnesota, who directed his reading until his admission to the bar in 1880. He then entered upon the practice of his profession in Waseca, where he remained until 1885. In the summer of 1884 he visited Dakota territory in search of a location and the following year removed to Hillsboro, where he has now been engaged in the active practice of law for three decades. In 1909 he was elevated to the bench, being appointed by Governor Burke a member of the state supreme court, in which connection he served for two years. He had previously been city justice of the peace and municipal judge of Waseca, Minnesota, and in Hillsboro has filled the offices of city attorney and mayor. He has likewise been states attorney of Traill count}', has been a member of the state board of control of penal and charitable institutions, has been assist- ant attorney general and at the present writing is tilling the office of assistant United States district attorney. His public service has been of the utmost benefit and value to the state, as in all his duties he has been actuated by a public-spirited devotion to the general good.
On the 12th of July, 1886, Mr. Carmody was united in marriage to Miss Anna Madden, of Waseca, Minnesota, [Hillsboro Postmaster] by whom he has three children, namely: Winifred Mary, a Dominican Sister located at Sinsinawa, Wisconsin; Irene Frances, the wife of J. G. McClintock, of Rugby, North Dakota; and George Christie, who is a teacher in the College of St. Thomas at St. Paul, is pursuing the night law course and reports the St. Thomas athletics for the Pioneer Press. He also played on the St. Thomas football team for three years, during which time the -team never lost a game in which he participated.
Judge Carmody and his family are all members of the Catholic church and the Judge belongs to Grand Forks Lodge, No. 255, B. P. O. E. He is likewise a member of the Knights of Columbus, of which he served as state advocate for three years, and of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, of which he has been grand master workman for the state and a member of the board of directors for eleven years. He also has membership with the Degree of Honor, the Independent Order of Foresters and the American Yeomen. He has been the president and the vice president of the Volunteer Firemen's Association and he has served as president of the State Bar Association. He ranks with the distinguished and eminent members of the North Dakota bar, his ability bringing him prominently to the front in the trial of important cases before the courts. His interests and activities are many and have been of a far- reaching and beneficial character, but most of all he is known in his profession and is regarded as a distinguished and able lawyer by his colleagues and contemporaries.
Both John and Anna are buried at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Fargo.


CHESTER M. CLARK

Chester was born 25 April 1845 in Peacham, Vermont and died 8 May 1885 in Traill County.
In the 1890 Veterans Federal Census he is living in Caledonia (listed as McClark).
On 15 August 1864 he enlisted as a Private in Company D, Vermont 1st Cavalry Regiment. He mustered out on 21 June 1865.
Chester secured land in Sections 10 and 11, Township 146 (Caledonia), Range 49 and Section 26, Township 146, Range 50.
Chester was the first sheriff of Traill County years 1875-1879. He also owned a saloon in Hillsboro called "Headquarter's."
He was married in Traill County to Tena Olson on 12 May 1878. Widow Tena marries William W. Marsh on 16 December 1891 in Traill County.
He is buried at Caledonia Cemetery
Burial, Tombstone Picture.

See Vermont in the Civil War for more information.


WILLIAM PITT CLEVELAND

From the Red River Valley History published by The Old Settlers Memorial Monument Association, Inc. in 1963/64:
"Dr. W. P. Cleveland was a pioneer resident of Caledonia, North Dakota where he practiced medicine from 1879 to 1901, when he moved to Fargo, North Dakota, where he resided until his death. Dr. Cleveland was born in Madison, Sumerset County, Maine, August 10, 1848 and was a lineal descendant of the same family from which President Grover Cleveland sprang.
Graduating in medicine June 4, 1879, he spent nine months in the General Hospital at Portland, Maine, acquiring an invaluable experience. At this time he was the best educated physician in North Dakota. In September of 1879 he came to Caledonia, North Dakota. He held the first license granted to a physician to practice medicine in North Dakota. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Fraternity of the Caledonia Lodge. This was the first established in North Dakota.
Dr. Cleveland was married at Anson, Summerset County, Maine, Jan uary 5, 1878, to Miss Sarah G. Pinkham. The Doctor and Mrs. Cleveland were the parents of one son; Willie Elmore Cleveland, born May 8, 1881.
Mrs. Cleveland died at Fargo, North Dakota on July 25, 1916. Both Dr. and Mrs. Cleveland are buried in the Caledonia Cemetery."

Dr. Cleveland died on 30 May 1916 in Cass County, North Dakota.

Burials: William and Sarah

A More Extensive Biography of William Cleveland
Source: Illustrated Album of Biography


ALBERT W. COATS

Albert was born in 1847 in New York and died prior to November 1915.
In the 1890 Veterans Federal Census he is living in Hatton. In the 1900 Census his family, without him, is living in Otter Tail County, Minnesota. In the 1910 Census he and his family are living in Miami, Dade County, Florida.
On 13 August 1862 he enlisted as a Private and mustered in Company D, Illinois 95th Infantry Regiment on 4 September 1862. He mustered out on 17 Aug 1865. He started receiving his pension on 29 January 1891 in North Dakota and his wife, Rozina, started receiving a widow's pension on 16 November 1915 in Georgia.


ANDREW C. COLE




EDWARD F. COMBS

Edward was born in January 1847 and died 16 June 1915 in Hennepin County, Minnesota.
In the 1885 Dakota Territory Census he is in Traill County and in the 1890 Veterans Federal Census he is living in Buxton.
On 4 December 1863 he enlisted as Trumpeter from Cazenovia, New York. On 10 January 1864 he mustered into Company E, New York 22nd Cavalry Regiment. He mustered out on 28 June 1865. He started receiving his pension on 27 February 1895 in North Dakota and his wife, Emma, started receiving a widow's pension in Minnesota on 18 September 1916. Edward was held by the Confederacy in the Prisoner of War Camp at Andersonville, Georgia (Camp Sumpter). The records have his first name as Edwin and a alternate spelling of his last name as Coombs. He was captured at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia on 8 May 1864. He was paroled at Savannah, Georgia on 30 November 1864 and mustered out with his Regiment on 28 June 1865 at Winchester, Virginia.
Edward is recorded as being buried in two different places; one at Reeve Cemetery which records his burial but with an unmarked grave and the other is in Red Wing, Goodhue County, Minnesota.
Burial, Memorial.
Burial, Tombstone Picture.


WILLIAM J. COOPER

North Dakota History and People - Outlines of American History
Volume II
The E. J. Clarke Publishing Company
1917 - Chicago

William J. Cooper, an able and successful practicing attorney of Westhope, was born in Ontario, Canada, March 9, 1875, his parents being Thomas and Janet (Robertson) Cooper, who were natives of that country and of Scotch descent, their respective parents having removed from Scotland to Ontario. In 1878 the father left Canada accompanied by his wife and four children to establish his home in the United States. He filed on a claim in Traill county. North Dakota, and for twenty years remained a successful farmer of that locality. In 1898, in order to give his children better educational opportunities, he removed to Mayville and there resided for five years or until 1903, when he established his home in Alexandria, Minnesota, where he now resides.
William J. Cooper had the benefit of instruction in the Mayville Normal School, and then determining upon law practice as a life work, he began studying with that end in view in the University of Minnesota. He did not complete his course there, however, but turned his attention to banking and in 1904 arrived in Westhope as cashier of the First National Bank, in which important position he capably served until the business was closed out in 1910, it being absorbed by the Bank of Westhope. Subsequently Mr. Cooper entered into partnership with V. Ormsby Soule for the practice of law, under the firm style of Soule & Cooper, and in the past six years has given his undivided attention to his law practice, being regarded as one of the leading barristers of the Bottineau county bar. His partner died in 1915, since which time he has practiced independently, and on many occasions he has given demonstration of his power to successfully cope with involved and intricate legal problems. He studies closely every phase of a case, possesses comprehensive knowledge of the law and ably applies its principles to the points in litigation. While largely concentrating his energies upon his work as a member of the bar, he also gives supervision to his farm of two hundred acres of well improved land a mile and a half north of Westhope.
Mr. Cooper married Miss Emma Nettcrficld, of Wingham, Ontario, by whom he has five children, namely: Amy E., William Ross, Thomas George, Dorothy Jean and Frances Elizabeth. Fraternally Mr. Cooper is connected with Westhope Lodge, No. 74, A. F. &. A. M.; Phoenicia Chapter, Xo. 17, R. A. M.; Lorraine Commandery, No. 13, K. T., and the Modern Woodmen of America and he stands as a loyal supporter of the principles of Masonry, which rests upon a recognition of the brotherhood of mankind. His political views accord with the teachings of the republican party and his life is guided by his connection with the Methodist Episcopal church, in which both he and his wife are devoted members. In all branches of the church work they take an active and helpful interest and Mr. Cooper is now serving as a member of the board of trustees and as superintendent of the Sunday school. In all his business affairs he has been thoroughly reliable, never taking advantage of the necessities of his fellowwmen and ever careful to conform his practice to a high standard of professional ethics.


ALBERT ALDEN CORLISS

Albert was born February 1845 and died 19 December 1923.
In the 1880 Dakota Territory Census he is living in Township 146 Range 49 (Caledonia area). At this census his mother Mary A. [born 1817], is living with him and as a widow is listed on the "List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883, 1812 to 1883. She is the widow of Stephen Corliss. In the 1890 Vets Census and the Federal Census reports of 1900, 1910, and 1920 he is living in Caledonia.
He enlisted in Company E, Vermont 8th Infantry Regiment. He was promoted to Full Corporal on 8 June 1864 and to Full Sergeant on 20 March 1865. He mustered out on 28 June 1865 at Washington, D. C. He started receiving his pension in North Dakota on 27 February 1890 and his widow, Eliza A., started receiving a widow's pension on 8 February 1924.
Albert secured land in Section 24, Township 145, Range 50.
He is buried at Caledonia Cemetery
Burial, Tombstone Picture.

See Vermont in the Civil War for more information.


LEONARD BRIGHAM CORLISS

Leonard was born 11 September 1841 in Lamoille County, Vermont and died 16 August 1916 in Benewah County, Idaho.
In the 1880 Dakota Territory Census he is living in Township 146 Range 49 (Caledonia area). In the 1890 Vets Census and the Federal Census reports of 1900 he is living in Caledonia and in the 1910 Census he is in Ransom County.
He enlisted as a Private in Company I, New Hampshire 2nd Infantry Regiment on 7 June 1861 and mustered out on 5 April 1865 at Camp Parole, Annapolis, Maryland and in that same record it indicates he enlisted on 22 May 1861. There are other records which indicate he was enlisted in Company A, Regular Army 2nd Cavalry (no dates). His pension and one record show the two enlistments and his headstone shows only the 2nd Cavalry. He started receiving his pension in North Dakota on 8 August 1890.
He is buried in Benewah County, Idaho.
Burial, Tombstone Picture.

See Vermont in the Civil War for more information.