The Wonder Manufacturing Company of Syracuse, New York

| February/March 1996

Phil pitt 20 Buckner Avenue Hicksville, New York 11801

The Wonder Manufacturing Company of Syracuse, New York was formally incorporated April 6, 1909 at 10:18 a.m.

The stated business of this firm was to manufacture 'gasoline, kerosene and steam engines of all kinds, motors and dynamos, motor boats, making and repairing of automobiles and dealers in all kinds of electrical and motor boat supplies; also manufacturers of a coal mining machine' 1.

Incorporation documents list the directors as William D. Boyle, George T. Hurd and Bertha C. Cornwell.

Bertha C. Cornwell (nee Bertha Coon), was married to Ray Merton Cornwell February 27, 1897 in Marcellus, a suburb of Syracuse. It is with this union that the story of this firm unfolds.

Ray Merton Cornwell, better known as R.M. Cornwell, was born in 1875 in Cayuga County, New York. Mr. Cornwell appears to have been a man of multiple talents. He was a farmer in his early life and later operated a barber shop.2