Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     HERMAN CORNEHL is one of the very busy men of Douglas county.  Possessed of energy, push and enterprise, a good physique and plenty of spirit, he has found in this western country an arena for operation congenial to his make up.  At the present time he is operating a large mercantile establishment in company with Mr. Valentine, who is mentioned in another portion of this work.  In 1898, he started in business at Bridgeport with a small stock of goods but the firm now carries between twelve and fifteen thousand dollars worth of goods on their shelves and in their warehouses.  They are the largest merchants north of Waterville and do an immense business.
     Herman Cornehl was born in Hamburg, Germany, on November 23, 1863, the son of Henry and Annie K. (Schmidt) Cornehl, natives of Hamburg.  Educated in the schools of his native land, our subject there grew to manhood, and in 1883, came to the United States.  He soon crossed this continent to San Francisco and engaged in general work for three and one-half years, then went into business for himself in Alameda, handling coal, wood and feed.  Two years later, we find him in Fresno, selling real estate.  After that, Mr. Cornehl went to Oklahoma and participated in that excitement.  Not being pleased with the country, he sold out and journeyed to Guthrie, then to Arkansas City, after which he made a visit to Germany, then came to the Big Bend country.  He took government claims in the fall of 1890, at the head of West Foster creek, where he now owns one section of land, highly improved and cultivated.  Mr. Cornehl immediately gave his attention to stock raising upon arriving here and has continued in the same until the present time, having large herds on his farm which he oversees from his home in Bridgeport.  As stated before, he began business in Bridgeport in 1898, having as a partner, Mr. McLean.  In 1899, Mr. McLean sold to Mr. Valentine and since then, these two enterprising men have conducted the business.  They buy grain and handle agricultural implements, in addition to general merchandise.  Mr. Cornehl has the following brothers and sisters, Heinrich, William, Gustavus, Hinrich, Ernest and Ferdinand.
     On May 18, 1904, Mr. Cornehl married Miss Pearl Galbraith, daughter of G. W. and M. T. (Weaver) Galbraith, natives of North Carolina and Texas, respectively.  Mrs. Cornehl has the following named brothers and sisters, George R., William N., Claude, Percy, Lottie and Mandie.
     Mr. Cornehl is a member of the M. W. A. and also belongs to the Lutheran church.  He is active in educational matters and also is a member of the county central committee of the Republican party.  He has so conducted himself in the business that he has won the respect and confidence of every one who knows him and stands among the leading business men of Douglas county.