The town of Cornland was laid out in 1871 by Joshua Day, soon after the completion of the Gilman, Clinton & Springfield, now the Springfield branch of the Illinois Central railroad. It was surveyed in August of that year by James M. Bourne, surveyor, and contained 16 blocks.
Joshua Day and Dr. Phinney opened the first store in the village, which they sold in 1873 to the Capps Brothers. Thomas Bell erected a grocery store in 1871, but discontinued business in 1873. R. W. Jess also opened a general store in 1871, but sold out three years later. Andrew Wilkinson was the first mechanic in the town; A small grain warehouse was erected in 1871, which was succeeded by a large elevator in 1876. A school house was erected in 1877. In 1875, the Methodists built a church and the same year the Christian society moved a church edifice into the town from a point three miles north of town. Cornland is located in Elkhart township and has a population of about 150.