The Cornell brothers, William and Charles, were owners and operators of several creameries in the area in the early 1900s. The creamery pictured in Huntley was one of their largest. Creameries were in the business of separating milk from cream. If they produced other dairy products, such as cheese, they often were called factories. Milk was bought from local dairymen either on the basis of a semi-annual contract or on the daily market price. A series of difficulties struck the company. In 1906, its creamery in East Coral was destroyed by a fire caused by sparks from a chimney. The Huntley creamery also burned down in a fire in 1907. The Cornell brothers filed for bankruptcy in 1913, citing liabilities of nearly $100,000.
– McHenry County Historical Society