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On Sunday, May 5, historical artifacts and drawings will be displayed at Cornelius Elementary School.

On May 5, 1893, Cornelius held its first City Council meeting as an incorporated city in Washington County.

And next week, on Saturday, May 5, Cornelius will celebrate 125 years of cityhood.

Cornelius Elementary School will play host to a celebration put on by the city from 3 to 7 p.m. Memorabilia of Cornelius history from the Washington County Museum and the city's own archives will be on display both inside and outside the school, including a 1910 fire pumper and a hat owned by Col. Thomas R. Cornelius, the city's founder and namesake.

Cornelius Mayor Jef Dalin will make some remarks and cut the cake at 4 p.m. Winners of a drawing contest for Cornelius students in categories of kindergarten through fourth grade, fifth grade through eighth grade, and ninth through 12th grade will also be announced.

The theme of the drawing contest is "What Did Cornelius and its Residents Look Like in 1893?" Entries are being judged by the Cornelius Youth Advisory Council.

Cornelius Elementary is located at 200 N. 14th Ave., across the street from the Cornelius Public Library and City Hall.

Nearby Beaverton and Sherwood also mark their 125th years as incorporated cities this year. According to the Oregon Blue Book, all three Washington County cities officially incorporated on Feb. 10, 1893, although Cornelius has timed its celebration to coincide with the May 5 date.

Cornelius Elementary itself actually predates the city's incorporation by more than four decades. A wooden sign outside the modern school's entrance proclaims it was originally established in 1851.


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