Charles Morton Cory was elected Probate Judge of Nobles County in 1892 and re-elected thirteen times thereafter. He died in September 27, 1919, at age fifty three, having spent half his life on the bench. According to his obituary in the Worthington Globe:
"Judge Cory was a man of fine mental abilities, a classical scholar, well read in the law and considered the most informed and most capable judge of probate in Minnesota. A number of his decisions were carried to the supreme court, but each one was sustained. Every time he stood for an election he had little or no trouble in being returned. For several terms during the later part of his life Judge Cory had no opposition, as it was generally conceded that he was to pre-eminently the man for the place and that it would be useless to stand against him. His death causes genuine and deep regret among the legal fraternity, who all held him in the highest esteem. Every attorney who had cases before him---and their name is legion---testified to his ability, his fairness and his expeditious handling of the work."