Early Settlers

Warren and Mary Helen Corning

Corning Drive

Warren Holmes Corning was born on February 18, 1841, in Painesville, Ohio. The family moved to Cleveland in 1846, then moved to Newark, Ohio returning again to Cleveland in 1853. Corning graduated from Cleveland High School. On leaving school he went to work at the age of sixteen for the firm of Gordon, McMillan & Company, wholesale grocers. His three years there provided him with thorough and methodical business training.

Corning married Mary Helen Wick on December 7, 1864. Mary was born May 24, 1841, in Youngstown, Ohio the daughter of Henry and Mary Sophia Wick. She was educated at Glendale College in Glendale, Ohio. Warren and Mary had six children: Leslie Solon born 1866, Henry Wick born on January 13, 1869, Mary Almira (Audenried) born on April 1, 1871, Adele (Chisholm) born on July 17, 1874, and Olive Payne (Pearson) born in 1882.

Warren entered the distilling business in association with his father. Since Cleveland was remote from the grain belt where the business obtained its raw material, a plant was established in Peoria, Illinois with Corning as the manager, though he maintained his home in Cleveland. About 1887 he sold the Monarch Distilling Company of Peoria and retired from the distilling industry.

Corning then made large investments in the Standard Sewing Machine Company, the Wick Banking & Trust Company, the First National Bank, and the Guardian Savings and Trust Company, all of which he was a director and actively concerned with management.

Corning was generous with his time and influence in furthering the best interests of the Republican Party in state and national campaigns. Genial and affable among friends he had many prominent social connections in Cleveland as well as eastern cities. He was a member of the Metropolitan and New York Clubs and the Ohio Society of New York. In Cleveland, he belonged to the Roadside and Union clubs and was a charter member of The Country Club.

Warren Corning died on September 3, 1899, at the age of 58 after a long illness. Mary Helen Corning lived until age 88 having died on September 12, 1929. Both are buried in Lake View Cemetery.