The Cornish family were well-known in the days of Omaha's infancy. Joel N. was the first Parks Commissioner of Omaha, and brought in the designer to begin Omaha's park system. Joel's gorgeous 1886 Mansard-style mansion, at 1404 South 10th Street, is one of the very last of Omaha's grand houses left standing. It is still in decent shape, and is a wonderful sight to drive by. An apartment structure was added to the back of it in 1911 (which probably helped save the mansion from demolition, since houses of that size had gone out of fashion), but this doesn't detract from the view of the house from the front and south side. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places, and deserves a visit if you're in the area. Click here for photos of this wonderful old house.

Edward was a prominent lawyer around the turn of the century, who married Selina Coe Carter, the widow of Levi Carter, a successful businessman and owner of the Carter White Lead Works and the person for whom Carter Lake, Iowa was named.

Rob Yasinsac has an extremely interesting page on his Hudson Valley Ruins site which chronicles the known history of the estate Edward and Selena owned in the Hudson Valley Highlands from 1917 to their deaths. Click here to read this great information.


Edward J. Cornish