Of the firm of Corbit & McClees, grain dealers, Commerce, was born in Berks county, Pennsylvania, April 6, 1849, and in the spring of 1870 came from there to Des Moines, this county, and has been a resident of the county since. For a time he was engaged in teaching school in East Des Moines, and in July, 1876, he came to this place and commenced the grain business. The firm has been very successful, as they shipped for the year ending June 4, four hundred and sixty cars containing two, hundred thousand bushels of grain.
Mr. Corbit has been twice married; first, August 15, 1871, to Miss Mary Chamberlain, a native of McComb, county, Michigan; she died February 24, 1876, leaving three children: Frank P., May M. and Emily.
Was married again in Bureau county, Illinois, to Abby N. Dennis, January 16, 1878.