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Posthumous Profile – Cornelius McLaughlin

by Jennifer Jones
Posthumous Profile - Cornelius McLaughlin
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Cornelius McLaughlin is buried in one of Utah’s most beautiful cemeteries, Glenwood Cemetery in Park City. Glenwood Cemetery was established in 1885 as a private burial site. Spread out on five acres, the land is grassy and lightly wooded, on a sloping hillside with a stream running diagonally through it.

In 1885, a local businessman sold three acres of land to the fraternal organizations in Park City for a total of $100. Each of these lodges paid $25 to purchase the ground and also contributed to any improvements made. The other two acres were later donated.

There were eight plots assigned to the organizations that helped to form this cemetery. The Masonic Order, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Knights of Pythias, Loyal Order of Moose, Modern Woodmen of America, Woodmen of the World, and the Ancient Order of United Workmen.

Cornelius McLaughlin, who was known as Mac, lived in Park City from 1876 until his death in 1893. He was born in New Jersey in 1827 and had moved to the west coast following the California Gold Rush. He spent 6 years in Australia mining for gold prior to moving to Park City.

Mac owned shares to quite a few different mines including the famous Silver King Mine.  Due to these shares, Mac was quite well off and unfortunately for him, he kept all of his money in the Park City Bank. When the bank failed, he lost $21,000 which today is equivalent to $523,256.86.

Cornelius McLaughlin died from pneumonia on November 28th, 1893 and was buried in Glenwood Cemetery on November 30th. He was described as being a quiet and unostentatious man. His brother successfully sued the Park City Bank in 1894 and was awarded $21, 372.86 ($567,904.02).

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