William Robert Korns photo, Somerset County PA

The above photograph of Dr. William Robert Korns is from the 1949 book “The Genealogy of Michael Korns, Sr. of Somerset County Pennsylvania" by Charles Byron Korns.

He submitted an autobiographical statement to the book “Mongst the Hills of Somerset". The bullet items below summarize data from that submission:

  • His parents were Ernest and Stella (Glessner) Korns.
  • He was born in 1915.
  • He graduated from Somerset High School in 1931.
  • He was a Somerset Deputy Sheriff early in his working life.
  • He was a CCC cook early in his working life.
  • For 3 years, he attended Johnstown Center, University of Pittsburgh.
  • He graduated with a V.M.D from the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, in 1939.
  • He met Frieda Louise Weland, while working at Berkey’s Locker Plant of Somerset, and married her in 1939.
  • He started a veterinary practice in Somerset in 1939, and specialized in large animals.
  • After retiring from the veterinary practice, he worked for the U.S.D.A.
  • He was once President of the Somerset Area and Somerset County School Boards
  • He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1956-1964.
  • He was a member of the board of the Somerset Community Hospital.
  • He was an Elder of Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ
  • He was overweight, and lost 200 pounds through dieting
  • Frieda ran the office of the veterinary practice.
  • Robert and Frieda had five children; Barbara Ann (Swanson), Richard Edmund, William Preston, Roberta Louise (Miller) and Linda Jeanne (Troll); all college graduates.

    Links to more information on William Robert Korns
    William R. Korns Political Poster
    William R. Korns veterinary bottle
    Marriage announcement of William R. Korns, veterinarian
    William R. Korns obituary (third-party website)

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