This is the twenty eighth in the series on the Presidents of EWGS leading up to the 75th anniversary in 2010. See the previous posts on Samuel Pool Weaver, Leora Cookingham Thiel, Susan Marie West Jack, Ruth Churchill Austin, Alfred Denman, Florence Ballou Brown, Harriet Jefferson Pinkham, Mary Elizabeth Dow Maltbie, Achsah Maltbie Rawlings, Lee DeGolyer Patchen, Susie Elliott Faubion, Edith Webb Nelson, Carrie Teats Lartigue, Guy Alfred Clumpner, Grace Ellis Woodward, Mabel Rue Frederick, Nell Hartman Peel, Edwin Allan Poole, Mabel Enid Rice Conrad, Helen Elizabeth Osborne Rowe, Dr. Herbert Hoover Osborne, Jane Merritt Logie Webster, Beatrice Cutler Mitcham, Marie E. Stone Larson, Lorena May Saylor Wildman, Raymond J. Fisher, and Grace E. Kelso Garner
Catherine P. Cornehl Hyslop was the EWGS President 1979 and 1980. Since Catherine is still alive I will not give her birth year, but she is listed in two open census. The History of the Big Bend page 667 has a biography on her father Herman Cornehl of Douglas County. Herman was born in Hamburg, Germany, November 23, 1863 son of Henry and Annie K. (Schmidt) Cornehl, and in 1883 he came to the USA. He lived in San Francisco, Alameda and Fresno in California before moving to Oklahoma for the land rush. Then to Guthrie and Arkansas City, a short trip back to Germany and them to the Big Bend country. He was a merchant at Bridgeport, Washington and also raised stock on his farm near Bridgeport. May 18, 1904 he married Pearl Galbraith, daughter of G.W. & M.T. (Weaver) Galbraith from North Carolina and Texas. The Washington State Digital Archives has a lot of information on Herman Cornehl, but some was indexed as Herman Cornell, and after I notified the archives they have changed all the indexes to Herman Cornehl. April 12, 1938 Catherine married Thomas Hyslop here in Spokane at the First Presbyterian Church (more on that church later). Thomas was born in Deep Creek, Washington in May 30,1915 to V.R. & Esther J. (Hatch) Hyslop. He graduated in 1933 from Reardan High School and in 1938 from Washington State College. (Catherine was a student of WSC in 1938 also). Thomas served in WWII in the Army Air Corps and retired as a major. After the war he assumed management of the family farm until he retired in 1986. He was a member of Eastern Washington Historical Society, Westerners, Eastern Washington Genealogical Society, Spokane County 4-H, Inland Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the Spokane Downtown Rotary Club. He died December 14, 2002 and is buried at Fairmount Cemetery.
In the 1979 Bulletin was a tribute to Carrie Lartigue. Carrie had joined EWGS in 1954. Carrie had been President. Treasurer, Librarian, Trustee, library helper and project chairman. Carrie was the person that commented on most of the earlier EWGS Presidents, but due to poor health stopped the comments before Catherine became EWGS President. Linda Shiflett became the new editor of the Bulletin, and the October workshop was held at the Red Cross Building and it cost $6.00 for a day long seminar. EWGS had grown to 303 members by 1980.