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Cornelia Pratt Lane Anderson The first wife of Sherwood Anderson of Winesburg Ohio

Cornelia Pratt Lane Anderson
1st wife of
Sherwood Anderson
A dedicated Public
Shool Teacher

Cornelia Pratt Lane Anderson
Name: Cornelia Platt Lane
Born: May 16, 1877 Toledo Lucas County Ohio
Died: April 29 1967 Gilmore, Guilford County North Carolina
Spouse: Sherwood Anderson
Parents: Robert Herber Lane, Kate Pepple
Occupation: Public School Teacher
Social Security: 230-42-3234
Cause of Death: Arteriosclerosis Heart disease
Age at Death: YRS: 89
Date of Burial: May 1, 1967
Certificate #: 12339
Informant: Mrs. Russell Spear [Daughter Marion Mimi Anderson Spear]
Interment: Woodland Cemetery Madison Rockingham North Carolina

Married: May 16, 1904 Toledo, Lucas County Ohio
Separation: March 1914
Divorced: July 27, 1916

July 30, 1916 days later he marries Tennessee Mitchell
Political View-Mrs. Cornelia Platt Lane Anderson was a socialist.
The mother of Sherwood Berton Anderson
only Three Children

Issues: Robert Lane Anderson, John Sherwood Anderson, Marion Mimi Anderson [Spear]

1. Robert Lane Anderson
Alias: Bob, Zip Coon
Born: August 16, 1907 Cleveland, Cuyahoga County , Ohio Died: June 7, 1951 Marion Smyth County Virginia
Death: June 7, 1951 Marion, Smyth County Virginia
Spouse: Mary Leigh ChrystParents: Sherwood Berton Anderson
Cornelia Pratt Lane
Occupation: Editor/ Journalist
Cause of Death: Heart attack playing golf
Date of Burial: June 9, 1951
Social Security #: 227-03-3065
Interment: -Death Record Pending
Location of ObituaryBasic information for person:
Last Name: ANDERSON First Name: ROBERT Middle Name: L Spouse Last Name: CHRYST Spouse First Name: MARY State of Death: OH Year of Death: 1951 Other Names None listed for this person. Newspaper Source There is 1 newspaper source: 1.) Order From Brumback Public Library (Van Wert, Ohio) «Add To Notebook Source: Van Wert Times Bulletin Month: 6
Day: 13 Year: 1951 Page: 12

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5. Robert Lane Anderson [1908-1951], oldest child of Sherwood Anderson, who was living in Marion and operating the two county Newspapers that his father had owned; Robert Lane Anderson married Mary Chryst, who taught English at Marion College

Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962 for Robert Saul Anderson

Name: Robert L. Anderson Gender: Male Baptism/Christening Date:
Baptism/Christening Place: Birth Date: 16 Aug 1907 Birthplace: Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio Death Date: Name Note: Race: White Father's Name: Sherwood Anderson Father's Birthplace: Father's Age: Mother's Name: Lane Cornelia Mother's Birthplace: Mother's Age: Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C03952-8 System Origin: Ohio-EASy Source Film Number: 1294335 Reference Number: v 5 p 2

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Death Record of Robert Lane Anderson

Sherwood Secert Love Letters Page 13

Social Security Death Index about Robert AndersonName: Robert Anderson SSN: 227-03-3065 Born: 16 Aug 1907
Died: Jun 1951 State (Year) SSN issued: Virginia (Before 1951)
Source Citation: Number: 227-03-3065;Issue State: Virginia;Issue Date: Before 1951.

TimesFor the past four years in the hilly little town of Marion (pop.: 4,156) in south-west Virginia, shaggy Sherwood Anderson, author of A Story Teller's Story, Many Marriages, The Triumph of the Egg, has been publishing two thriving weekly papers, the Marion Democrat and the Smyth County News (Republican). Editor and business manager of the papers has been Author Anderson's redhaired, 24-year-old son Robert Lane ("Bob") Anderson. Last week, a fortnight after his marriage to Mary Leigh Chryst, an English instructor in Marion Junior College, Son Robert bought control of the weeklies from Father Sherwood.

The new publisher is the child of Cornelia Lane Anderson, first of Author Anderson's three divorced wives.
Educated in a Michigan City (Ind.) high school. Bob attended University of Virginia for a year, worked as a newsgatherer and rewrite man on the Michigan City News, New Orleans Item-Tribune, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Indianapolis News, Vincennes (Ind.) Sun, Roanoke (Va.) Times, Philadelphia Bulletin. In the Marion papers he writes under the signature of "Zip Coon" (the elder Anderson signs himself "Buck Fever of Coon Hollow"). He has had nothing published except a small pamphlet relating the astonishing adventures of a romantic steer in its effort to find congenial com pany. He refuses to dress up on week days, goes about his business clad like a laborer, but is described as a "mighty sweet little advertising solicitor."

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The Press: Father to Son
Monday, Jan. 11, 1932


PG 12 Times-Bullletin Van Wert
Wednesday June 13, 1951
Husband of Former Resident Dies Suddenly
Word was received here of the death of Robert Lane Anderson of Marion VA. husband of the former Mary Chryst of Van Wert.

Death, which was attributed to a heart attack, occurred suddenly on the golf course.

Anderson was the publisher of the Smyth County News, noted for its excellence in the field.
Obituary: Bob Anderson Marion Mayor, Dies Suddenly
Robert Lane Anderson, 44 year old Mayor of Marion and newspaper publisher, died unexpectedly late yesterday afternoon while on the golf course at Marion. He was well known throughout this section.
Anderson, editor and publisher of the Smyth County News, was the son of the late Sherwood Anderson, novelist and playwright. A native of Ohio, he had been Marion’s Mayor for the Past three years. [1948-1951]

Serves In Navy”During World War II, he served with the Navy in the Pacific area as an air intelligence officer. He was a Lieutenant Commander in the naval reserve.

Active in civic affairs, he was a former president of the Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club.

Anderson was also active in the Virginia Press association for many years and was a contributor to the Lee memorial journalism foundation at Washington and Lee University. He was the first president of the Mountain Empire Broadcasting Corp. which operated station WMEV at Marion. He also was secretary—treasurer of the Marion Transit Co.

Active 20 YearsHe was editor and publisher of the Smyth County News for 20 years having succeeded his father. Anderson was a member of the staff of the Roanoke Times and also worked on a Philadelphia newspaper. He also was president of the Young Democratic Clubs in Virginia.

The Marion publisher maintained an active interest in sports circles. He was one of the founders of the Rich Valley horse show, was president of the Marion bowling league, and was on the board of directors of the golf club here.

Funeral SaturdayHe is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Cryst [Chryst] Anderson; two daughters. Margaret Anderson and Elizabeth Anderson Marion; his mother, Mrs. Cornelia Lane Anderson, Marion; a brother John Anderson, Abingdon Virginia; a sister, Mrs. Russell Spear, Madison N.C.

Funeral Services will be held tomorrow at 2:30 at Marion and will be attended by several Pulaskians.

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Issues: Elizabeth, Margaret Anderson
Cornelia's first child, a boy named Robert Lane after his Toledo grandfather, was born August 16, 1907. Certainly his business worries of the winter and spring, the frustration, anger, guilt, dismay he presumably felt about the incubator disaster, would have been reinforced by concern for his wife's first pregnancy and the pressure of an approaching new family responsibilty, a final triumph of the egg. Deeply disturbed, Anderson then had some kind of temporary nervous breakdown.

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John Sherwood AndersonBorn: December 31, 1908 Cleveland, Cuyahoga County , Ohio
Died: July 7, 1995 Chicago Cook County Illinois
Spouse: Mrs. Eleanor Crist or Chryst [Jubell]Parents: Sherwood Berton Anderson
Cornelia Pratt Lane
Occupation: Journalist /Painter
Social Security #: 224-12-6203
Cause of Death: Death Record Pending
Date of Burial:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1. John Sherwood Anderson [1908-] Second Child of Sherwood Anderson

Source:Sherwood Anderson Secret Love Letters
Page: 20

Social Security Death Index about John S. AndersonName: John S. Anderson SSN: 224-12-6203 Last Residence: 60637 Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States of America Born: 31 Dec 1908 Died: 7 Jul 1995 State (Year) SSN issued: Virginia (Before 1951) Source Citation: Number: 224-12-6203;Issue State: Virginia; Issue Date: Before 1951.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------THE DREAM OF SUCCESS--A second son was born, John Sherwood, was born on December 31, 1908 at the Maternity Hospital in Cleveland, page 139
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Marion Mimi Anderson [nee' Speare]

3. Marion Mimi Anderson
Born: October 29, 1911 Elyria Lorraine County Ohio
Died: January 20, 1996 Madison, Rockingham County North Carolina
Spouse: Russell Mayo SpearParents: Sherwood Berton Anderson
Occupation: Housewife
Cause of Death: Death Record Pending
Date of Burial:
Social Security #: 243-48-3964
Date of Burial:
Interment: Woodland Cemetery Madison County North Carolina

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Spear, Marion "Mimi" Anderson: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Miami Herald, The (FL) - January 24, 1996
Deceased Name: Spear, Marion "Mimi" Anderson

Spear, Marion "Mimi" Anderson, 84, a newspaperwoman and the only daughter of author Sherwood Anderson; in Madison, N.C. During her life as a newspaperwoman, she helped Anderson scholars build biographies of the writer known for his novels and short stories, most notably his collection Winesburg, Ohio.Edition: FINAL
Page: 4B
Copyright (c) 1996 The Miami Herald
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5. Marion "Mimi" Anderson Spear [1911- ] Sherwood's only daughter, then a student at the University of Chicago

Source: Sherwood Anderson's Secert Love Letters Page 16
Edited by Ray White Lewis
North Carolina Death Index About Marion Anderson Spear
Name: Marion Anderson Spear [Marion Anderson Anderson] Gender: Female Race: White Marital Status: Widowed Social Security Number: 243483964 Father's Last Name: Anderson Age: 84 Date of Birth: 29 Oct 1911 Residence City: Madison Residence County: Rockingham Residence State: North Carolina Date of Death: 20 Jan 1996 Death City: Madison Death County: Rockingham Death State: North Carolina Autopsy: No Institution: Home Attendant: Physician Burial Location: Cremation in state Source Vendor: NC Department of Health. North Carolina Deaths, 1993-96 Source Citation: Source Vendor: NC Department of Health. North Carolina Deaths, 1993-96; .
Married: April 2, 1932 North Amhurst Massachusetts
Issues: Karlyn, David M. and Michael M.
The Death Record of Cornelia Pratt Lane Anderson
Certificate #: 12339

North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975 about Anderson Cornelia Robert Name: Anderson Cornelia Robert [Anderson Cornelia]
Gender: Female Race: White Age: 89 Birth Date: 6 May 1877 Birth Place: Toledo, Ohio, United States Death Date: 29 Apr 1967 Death Location: Glboro, Guilford Spouse's name: Anderson Sharwood Father's name: Lane Robert Mother's name: Unk Residence: Madison, Rockingham, North Carolina Source: North Carolina Death Certificates. Microfilm S.123. Rolls 19-242, 280, 313-682, 1040-1297. North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Social Security Death Index about Cornelia AndersonName: Cornelia Anderson SSN: 230-42-3234 Last Residence: 27025 Madison, Rockingham, North Carolina, United States of America Born: 16 May 1877 Died: Apr 1967 State (Year) SSN issued: Virginia (1951-1952)


United States Federal Census

1900 United States Federal Census about Cornelia P Lane
Name: Cornelia P Lane [Comelia P Lane] Home in 1900: Toledo Ward 10, Lucas, Ohio [Toledo, Lucas, Ohio] Age: 23 Birth Date: May 1877 Birthplace: Ohio Race: White Gender: Female Relationship to Head of House: Daughter Father's name: Robert H Lane Father's Birthplace: Connecticut Mother's Birthplace: Ohio Marital Status: Single Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Toledo Ward 10, Lucas, Ohio; Roll: T623_1298; Page: 18A; Enumeration District: 84.

Date Taken: June 1900Source:
1910 United States Federal Census about Cornelia L AndersonName: Cornelia L Anderson Age in 1910: 32 Estimated birth year: abt 1878 Birthplace: Ohio Relation to Head of House: Wife Father's Birth Place: Connecticut Mother's Birth Place: Ohio Spouse's name: Sherwood Anderson Home in 1910: Elyria Ward 4, Lorain, Ohio Marital Status: Married Race: White Gender: Female Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Elyria Ward 4, Lorain, Ohio; Roll: T624_1206; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 114; Image: 880.

Date taken: April 19, 1910
1920 United States Federal Census about Cornelia AndersonName: Cornelia Anderson Home in 1920: Michigan City Ward 5, La Porte, Indiana Age: 38 Estimated birth year: abt 1882 Birthplace: Ohio Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)[Head] Father's Birth Place: Connecticut Mother's Birth Place: Ohio Marital Status: Divorced Race: White Sex: Female Home owned: Rent Able to read: Yes Able to Write: Yes Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Michigan City Ward 5, La Porte, Indiana; Roll: T625_447; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 151; Image: 867. Occupation: Public School Teacher

Date Taken: January 9, 1920
1930 United States Federal Census about Cornelia Anderson
Name: Cornelia Anderson Home in 1930: Michigan City, La Porte, Indiana View Map Age: 52 Estimated birth year: abt 1878 Birthplace: Ohio Relation to Head of House: Head Race: White Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Michigan City, La Porte, Indiana; Roll: 604; Page: 16A; Enumeration District: 52; Image: 247.0. Occupation: Public School teacher

Date Taken: 1930

Married: May 16, 1904 Toledo Lucas County OhioSource:

1904: Married Cornelia Lane, well educated daughter of an Ohio Manufacturer, and continued in Chicago working in and writing about the advertising profession

1907: Moved to Elyria Ohio, to operate another goods-distribution company and to continue an upwardly mobile life; in Elyria, the first of his three children was born:

1916: Became divorced from Cornelia Lane Anderson, married Tennessee Mitchell, and continued writing advertising copy and Winesburg, Ohio Stories; published his first novel, Windy McPherson’s Son, about an industrialist who has wealth but not happiness

Divorced: July 1916 [Some day in July three days later he marries Tennessee Mitchell]

For lack of information, even the most complete existing biographical sources on Sherwood Anderson pass directly from an account of his marriage to Cornelia Platt Lane in Toledo, Ohio, on Monday, May 16, 1904, to their setting up housekeeping at 5854 Rosalie Court on the South Side of Chicago some weeks later. Although the Toledo Daily Blade reported on the day of the wedding that "Mr. and Mrs. Anderson will leave this evening for a wedding journey," no information about the honeymoon period has been known to exist, despite the unusually large amount of documentation of Anderson's life and career that has been retained or uncovered, much of it preserved in Chicago's Newberry Library.

Several years ago, however, Mrs. Marion "Mimi" Anderson Spear, daughter of Sherwood and Cornelia, discovered among some papers left by her mother a unique and revealing document: a holograph manuscript that includes, along with several previously unknown early stories and sketches by Anderson, his detailed personal journal of the wedding trip itself, which between May 16 and June 2 took the Andersons by train to Cincinnati; to Oakdale, in southern Morgan County, Tennessee; to Chattanooga; and to Memphis, from which they traveled by steamboat on the Mississippi to St. Louis and the World's Fair. This document not only fills a previously existing gap in Anderson's biography but also, in both the journal and non-journal sections, provides early examples of Anderson's imaginative writing from a period when almost nothing beyond some business-oriented essays in the house organ of his advertising agency has been known to survive.

"Social" column of that day's Toledo Daily Blade, the wedding was small but traditional
Cornelia Platt LaneThe essentials of Sherwood Anderson's life, from his birth into a family of limited means in Camden, Ohio, on September 13, 1876, to his situation in 1904 as an up-and-coming Chicago advertising man of modest social and educational background, have been reasonably well documented and need not be repeated here. Little has been recorded, however, about the quite different background of his bride.

Cornelia Platt Lane was born May 16, 1877, into a well-to-do family of Toledo, Ohio, with ancestral ties to New England. Her first recorded American ancestor, William Lane, had arrived in Boston in 1651. She was the namesake of her paternal grandfather Cornelius B. Lane. Her father was Robert Heber Lane (called Heber), a prosperous Toledo wholesaler in shoes and rubbers; and her mother was Kate Pepple Lane, who had died in 1892 when Cornelia was fifteen. She was the eldest of five children, including Robert McNeill Lane (b. 1884), Margaret Lane (b. 1886), and two others who died in infancy or early childhood. Robert Heber Lane would marry his second wife Georgia ("Georgie") Lacy in 1901 and father a second, much younger family of four sons.

After graduating from Toledo High School and spending a year at Shepardson College, Cornelia had entered the College for Women of Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1896, where she received the Ph.B. degree in June 1900. While in college, she showed pronounced literary and historical interests, taking a substantial number of courses in English, history, and Latin, serving as a literary editor of the college annual, joining the Browning club, and writing for the college literary magazine. In June 1901, about a year after her graduation from college, she boarded the Red Star Line's S. S. Vaderland in New York, bound for Cherbourg and Antwerp. During her eight months of travel and study in Europe, she would add a significant dimension to her acquaintance with the literature, language, and history that she knew previously only from college textbooks.

Landing at Antwerp about July 6, she was in Brussels the next day and reached Paris July 9. After a few days there, she left for Lugano, Switzerland; and by July 20 she was at Como in Northern Italy, with a railway pass that would take her to Milan, Genoa, Pisa, Naples, Rome, Florence, and Venice before she left Italy on August 7. She then passed through Innsbruck, Munich, Nuremberg, Frankfurt, and Cologne, and devoted August 21 through 29 to touring the Netherlands.

After spending the month of September in London, Cornelia was by early October back in Paris, where she lived at 7 Rue D'Assas until mid-February 1902. Judging from the programs and notes retained in a scrapbook, she seems to have attended concerts and theaters regularly and to have led an active social life among a circle of friends and acquaintances. She obtained admittance as a reader at the Bibliotheque Nationale; and it is likely that, beginning in November and December, she attended several classes at the Sorbonne during the winter. In mid-February, 1902, she toured Brittany before sailing from Cherbourg for home on the U.S.M.S. St. Louis.

Back in Toledo, Cornelia resumed living with her family in the Lane home at 2428 Robinwood Avenue, a quiet upper-class street. Her meeting Sherwood Anderson around May 1903, came about through a connection with Clyde, Ohio, where Anderson had grown up. A friend of Anderson's from Clyde named Jane "Jennie" Bemis had married a man from Chicago named Charles Weeks; and the couple had settled in Toledo next door to the Lane home. Jennie Bemis Weeks and Cornelia became good friends; and when Sherwood, on one of his advertising trips, stopped off in Toledo to see Jennie, she introduced him to her friend Cornelia Lane. She and Sherwood corresponded after his return to Chicago, and presumably he made other visits over the following months. By early 1904 they were engaged to be married. On Saturday, May 7, the couple were honored at an "informal evening" given by Cornelia's friend Eunice Alexander and attended by fifteen other couples.

Although Anderson's social and educational attainments were at the time inferior to those of his intended bride, not only did his prospects in the world of advertising and business seem rosy; but he by this time had literary ambitions himself, and he and Cornelia shared strong interests in such authors as Stevenson, Carlyle, Browning, and Borrow. They were both attractive young adults in the bloom of early maturity. And as some of Anderson's early writings printed here for the first time will show, his love and respect for Cornelia at the time were even more intensified by his idealized and romanticized idea of "woman" as something more unfathomable, "greater," and more "earnest" than man.

Sadly, within a few years the great expectations of the spring of 1904 would fade for both, as her instincts for insuring a secure and respectable future for their three children came more and more into conflict with his equally strong urge to become an artist. Separation in 1914 would be followed by divorce in 1916. Although not part of the present story, it is worth remarking that Cornelia, who never remarried, went on through life with dignity, grace, and determination. She supported her children by teaching school, graciously encouraging them to respect and honor their father. She spent her last years living quietly near her daughter Marion Spear in Madison, North Carolina, where she died near the end of her ninetieth year in the spring of 1967 and where she is buried on a pleasant hilltop.But all this was in the future when the young couple were married on May 16, 1904, (Cornelia's twenty-seventh birthday) in her father's house in Toledo. Featured prominently as the lead item in the "Social" column of that day's Toledo Daily Blade, the wedding was small but traditional. The pastor of the First Baptist Church performed the ceremony, and Eunice Alexander at the piano played "the Lohengrin and Mendelssohn wedding music." Margaret Lane, Cornelia's sister, "attired in white," was the bridesmaid; and Marco Morrow, Sherwood's close friend and Chicago advertising agency associate, was best man. Anderson's artist brother Karl came from New York and his sister Stella from Chicago to represent the Anderson family. Among the few other guests was Jennie Weeks, who had introduced the couple a year earlier. Cornelia's gown was "a handsome creation of white chiffon," and after the wedding supper, which followed the ceremony, she changed to "a dark blue tailored costume" for the wedding journey.

The Wedding JourneyThe newlyweds boarded a late evening train for Cincinnati, where they stayed at the St. Nicholas Hotel and were "out about the city" on Tuesday, May 17. On Wednesday the 18th they traveled by the Cincinnati Southern Railway -- the busy main line between Cincinnati and Chattanooga -- to Oakdale, Tennessee, where they spent a full week of their honeymoon. Oakdale was in 1904 the site of the Cincinnati Southern's main switching yards, on the east bank of the Emory River (earlier name "Babahatchie") at the foot of Walden's Ridge, one of the towering peaks of the Cumberland Mountains in rural Morgan County west of Knoxville.

Oakdale owed its prominence on the line to the fact that, in the days of steam engines, long trains going north from Chattanooga had to be broken up at Oakdale before attempting the steep grades north between Oakdale and Somerset, Kentucky. Since at the time as many as twenty trains an hour passed through Oakdale, it was the scene of much activity. Workers' small frame homes and boardinghouses nestled thickly on the hillsides above the river and the tracks.

The Andersons stayed at the Babahatchie Inn, Oakdale's most prominent hostelry and landmark. Situated facing the railroad tracks with a bend in the river at its back, this rambling, three-story Victorian structure with its distinctive square steeple mainly existed to house and feed the many trainsmen in Oakdale. Although the Babahatchie Inn became after 1906 for many years one of the most famous, largest, and best-kept of the Railroad YMCA's, before that it was apparently an unkempt and unruly place. Before its cleaning and renovation under YMCA operation beginning in 1906, the Babahatchie is reported to have been the scene of drunken brawls, gamblings, and shootings; a place where the sheets might or might not be changed every thirty days; an inn where "Practically the only women who dared to enter ... were those picked up by men along the road."

It seems surprising that Anderson would have taken his cultured young bride to such a place. Although he reports in the journal that Cornelia did complain mildly about the place being "southern," Anderson does not dwell on any negative aspects of their stay. Either the prevailing accounts of lawlessness and lack of respectability are exaggerated or the Andersons were not aware of all that went on. One reason for stopping may have been Anderson's previous acquaintance with Oakdale. He would have passed through this hamlet more than once during his army service a few years previous, in 1898, as his unit was shuttled by train among encampments in the vicinity of Chattanooga and Knoxville. And he may have passed through Oakdale even more recently in his travels by rail as an advertising solicitor. Perhaps his earlier observations of the great natural beauty in this environment outweighed the consideration of less-than-ideal lodging accommodations.

Anderson seems to have been idyllically happy during the week in Oakdale: obviously much in love, waxing lyrical about the majestic natural beauty of the region, fondly mesmerized by the "little river Babahatchie," tender and solicitous of his bride, confidently self-congratulatory about the life prospects for himself and Cornelia as a devoted married couple. Given the unhappiness to come within a few years, there is something sadly ironic in Anderson's noting with satisfaction the contra>

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1st Wife Cornelia Platt Lane

There is some evidence that Mr. Lane did not approve of the marriage between them; but any objection must eventually have been overcome or silenced, for on March 6, 1904. Sherwood wrote to borhter Karl’s fiancĂ©e, Helen Buell, wishing her happiness in that approaching marriage and telling her of his own wedding set for May. The public announcement of Sherwood’s marriage was made in the Social Column of the Toledo Daily Blade for April 25, 1904. On May 7, a Saturday, Sherwood was in Toledo for an “informal evening” honoring Cornelia and him, given by Cornelia’s friend Eunice Alexander and attended by fifteen other couples.

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Cornelia Lane and Sherwood Anderson were married on May 16, 1904, at eight O’clock in the evening at the Lane Home. The pastor of the First Baptist Church performed the Cermony.

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Toledo Daily Blade
Location: Society Page

Married: May 16, 1904 Toledo, Lucas county Ohio
Date of Desertion: March 1914
Date of Divorce: July 27, 1916 Berrien County Court House by Circuit Court Judge George W. Bridgman

Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958 Sherwood AndersonGroom's Name: Sherwood Anderson Groom's Birth Date: 1876 Groom's Birthplace: Groom's Age: 28 Bride's Name: Cornelia P. Lane Bride's Birth Date: 1877 Bride's Birthplace: Bride's Age: 27 Marriage Date: 16 May 1904 Marriage Place: Lucas, Ohio Groom's Father's Name: F.M. Anderson Groom's Mother's Name: Emma Smith Bride's Father's Name: R.H. Lane Bride's Mother's Name: Kate Pepple Groom's Race: Groom's Marital Status: Groom's Previous Wife's Name: Bride's Race: Bride's Marital Status: Bride's Previous Husband's Name: Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M02335-5 System Origin: Ohio-EASy Source Film Number: 909010 Reference Number: #7022 P#247

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Sherwood Anderson A Writer in America Volume 1 By Walter B. Rideout Introduction By Charles ModlinApril 8 Cornelia L. Anderson of Union Pier Michigan

Sherwood Anderson A Writer in America Volume 1 By Walter B. Rideout Introduction By Charles ModlinDivorce Documents Cornelia L. Anderson, Plaintiff, vs Sherwood Anderson, Defendant, in Docket L 3025-8 filed in the Circuit Court for the County of Berrien [Michigan], In Chancery. The County Seat of Berrien is St. Joseph.

Berrien County Court House811 Port Street, St Joseph, MI 49085
Docket L 3025-8
Date of Divorce: July 27, 1916
Berrien County Court House by Circuit Court Judge George W. Bridgman
Cost $26.00

Application for Request:

Denial—Cornelia Anderson as to the reason for the judge’s denial of alimony, for in the TRTW [p. 237] he merely states: “The tenor of the documents pertinent to the action is amicable [though accusative through legal necessity], and it seems likely that is was understood that no alimony was expected.”

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April 8, 1916 Cornelia L. Anderson of Union Pier, Michigan, file in the Circuit Court for Berrien County a Bill of Complaint against her husband for deserting her “in the last of March, 1914…without any reasonable Cause” and persisting in the desertion for two years. Although Sherwood was now earning $50 a week averred in 1916

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Sherwood Anderson A Writer in America Volume 1 By Walter B. Rideout Introduction By Charles ModlinOn April 17, Circuit Judge Bridgman on June 19 ordered that “testimony be taken in open court.” On July 27, 1916, the Case of heard and the judge found for the plaintiff. The divorce was granted as of that day, and since the defendant was regarded as “an unsuitable person to have the care, custody and maintenance of the children, the plaintiff was awarded custody and maintenance of the children, the plaintiff was awarded custody of them “Until each shall become fourteen.” Surprisingly, given the Bill of Complaint, Judge Bridgman decreed that Cornelia should “not be entitled to, or receive from the said defendant … any alimony, maintenance or support. One can only guess that in her testimony in open court Cornelia had, characteristically, been more generous toward Sherwood’s irregularities than the necessary legalisms of the Complaint had implied.

The defendant had not been present in court on July 27. At some time ealier he and Tennessee had already left Chicago for a summer at Camp Owlyout in the extreme north end of the Adirondacks, she previous summer having prepared the way for his coming there.

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Ink is not Dry? Three days later Sherwood Anderson marries Mitchell
Upper Chateaugay Lake NY—Marries Tennessee Mitchell Three days after divorce from Cornelia

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Note: Confirm Location of Sherwood Anderson: as to where He married Tennesse Calflin Mitchell from
Secret Love Letters
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