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L.C. CORBETT, who is well known as a dealer in grain and fuel and a fire insurance agent of Huntsville, Columbia county, was born in Canada, October 19, 1851. An account of the lives of his parents, John and Jane (LEWIS) CORBETT, is found elsewhere in this work. Our subject was reared in the Dominion and recieved excellant educational opportunities, graduating from Toronto University. For five years he was engaged in public school work, and for twenty years he taught in high schools and collegiate institutes in Canada as instructor in modern languages. In 1904 he came to Columbia county, Washington and became bookkeeper and secretary for CORBETT Brothers, at Huntsville. In 1907 he was joined by his family and has since made his home in Hunstville. He was in partnership with his brother until 1915, when their business connections were severed and Mr. CORBETT of this review took over the warehouse which he now owns. He enjoys a large patronage as a dealer in grain and fuel, and has also built up a good insurance business. He owns an attractive residence surrounded by beautiful grounds, and is recognized as one of the substanial men of Huntsville.

Mr. CORBETT was married in Canada to Miss Sarah KIRK, a native of England and a daughter of Robert and Fannie (HOLLAND) KIRK, both of whom were born in Ireland and were married in Canada. The father, who was in the English army, subsequently was stationed in England for some time but at length went to Canada and there both he and his wife passed away. They were the parents of ten children, of whom five survive. To Mr. and Mrs. CORBETT have been born five children: Lewis H., a graduate of Toronto University, in which he was an instructor for four years and is now teaching modern languagees in Harbord-Street Collegiate-Institute, Toronto, Canada; Edith, the wife of Wade H. WOLFE, who is associated with Mr. Corbett in business; Sarah Christabel, a graduate of the Ellensburg, Washington, normal school, who for three years followed the teacher's profession but is now taking training at Berkeley California, for deaconess work; Alice Kathleen, also a graduate of the Ellensburg normal school, now teaching in Walla Walla county; and Frances Enid, a high school student, at home

Mr. CORBETT takes the interest of a good citizen in public affairs but has never sought office. He is well known fraternally, belonging to the Masonic order, and to the Foresters. Both he and his wife are members of the Protestant Episcopal church, in which he holds official position, and both are always willing to give of their time and means in the furtherance of its work. Although they have resided in Huntsville for only a few years they have already won the unqualified respect of their fellow townsmen and have made many warm friends.

Source: Book: Lymans HISTORY of OLD WALLA WALLA, COLUMBIA, GARFIELD, and Asotin Counties. by. W.D. LYMAN, M.A., Lit.D Illustrated Volume 1 Chicago, The S.J. CLARKE PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1918 Pages 572-575, picture is on pg. 573 John and Jane CORBETT, L.C.'s parents Bio are in Volume 2. (assuming for they are not listed in this volume.)