Jack and Edith Cornell

Jack Wilborn Cornell graduated from Fallbrook Union High School in 1936. While in high school, Jack was one of the founders of the Palomar Amateur Radio Club.

Jack 1937

In 1937 Jack joined the navy and served eight years. Jack was on Midway Island during the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941. He earned a citation for his dedication to duty while operating a Radio Direction Finder throughout the attack, despite the fact that the building was pierced by shrapnel. While in the navy, Jack also earned:

Jack later in Naval enlistment
  • The American Defense Medal (1 star)
  • A commendation by the Chief of Naval Operations for service in communications work
  • Asiatic-Pacific Medals (2 stars)
  • Good Conduct Medal

At the end of WWII Jack returned to Fallbrook and started a radio repair service, later called Cornell’s TV and Electronics.

Jack was an early member of the Fallbrook Volunteer Fire Department. In 1948 he obtained an army surplus radio set and kept it operating while the truck maneuvered along wet or dusty rough roads.

Jack operating Radio for Fire Department

Jack & Edith
Wedding Day

On September 5, 1953 Jack married Edith Gracey Hansen at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jack and Edith both served their community. Jack was active in the Fallbrook Merchants Association and served a Vice President of the California State Electronics Association in 1973.

Bill Hatfield, Jack Cornell, Larry Ward
Merchants Association 1966
Fallbrook United Methodist
Jack and Edith with Lorena Harris
Retirement from Church historians
May 26, 1994

Both Jack and Edith were the historians for the Fallbrook United Methodist Church from 1976 through 1994. Jack installed and maintained 2 sound systems in the United Methodist Church, one in the old church and one in the new building. Jack and Eidth Cornell were also active in the Fallbrook Historical Society. They installed and enhanced the Somacal Fallbrook model village and train at the Historical Society.

Somocal Fallbrook Village, enhanced by the Cornells
Josephine Moll Cornell
Josephine (Moll)
George Nelson Cornell
George Cornell (inset)
Back: George Jr., Esther
Front: Dorothy,
Richard Eugene,
Gram, and Jack
George F. &
June Peck Cornell
with children
Forrest Wm,
Hope, Virginia
Peggy and Kathy
The Cornells:
George F., Gram
June Peck, Jack
Peggy (Margaret)
Hope, Gram,
Jim Fitzpatrick,
Forrest Wm. ,
Kathy, Virginia
and JoAnn
Jack Cornell
The Cornell home in the 40s & 50s
built 1884
Jack in Projection room
Jack Cornell, Morse McDonald,
Jack Geyer, Doris Marshburn,
Don Anthony, Bill Thurber
FUHS Oldtimers Reunion
Edith and Jack Cornell
Cornell's TV and Electronics
Edith with one of her Dolls
Bill, Ed & Bob Hansen
ready made family
Jack & Edith Cornell
Pioneers of the Year
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