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Cunningham, Loren L.
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 183-184


Loren L. Cunningham is one of the public-spirited men of Hardin township, serving as assessor at this writing, in 1906, while his activity and devotion to the general good have made him a man of worth to the community. He is also an active and thrifty farmer, operating one hundred and sixty acres of land. His birth occurred in Hardin township, on the 2d of February, 1881. His father, John A. Cunningham, was also a native son of Pike county, first opening his eyes to the light of day in Hardin township, where he was reared to manhood and acquired his education. In 1878 he was married to Miss Mary E. Mitchell, whose birth occurred in the same township. Her father, John W. Mitchell, was a native of Ohio and when a young man came to Illinois, where he was married to Miss Nancy E. Sitton, who was born in Missouri but was reared in Pike county, her people having located here at an early day in the development of this part of the state. John A. Cunningham became a substantial farmer who owned and operated a tract of land of nearly one hundred acres. He improved this tract and spent his last days upon the farm, his death occurring here in December, 1881. He left a wife and two children: Lola, the wife of Charles Willard, now one of the substantial farmers of Hardin township who is mentioned elsewhere in this volume; and Loren L., of this review.

The latter spent his youth in the usual manner of farm lads, living upon the old homestead and dividing his attention between the duties of the schoolroom, the pleasures of the playground and the work of the fields. Following his father's death he remained with his mother upon the farm and later took charge of the property. He was married in Hardin township, February 22, 1903, to Miss Clyde A. Cox, a daughter of Robert Cox, a farmer of Hardin township. Mrs. Cunningham spent her girlhood days in her parents' home and is indebted to the public schools for the educational privileges she enjoyed. By her marriage she has become the mother of two children, Thelma L. and Jaunita, the latter now deceased.

Following his marriage Mr. Cunningham located upon the old home farm, where he yet resides, and in connection with the cultivation of this place he also operates other lands. He is a good business man and largely devotes his attention to raising good grades of stock. His labors are attended with a gratifying measure of prosperity for he is thoroughly familiar with the best methods of tilling the soil and preparing his stock for the market. He has always been an earnest republican and he was appointed com-missioner to fill out an unexpired term. He was elected and is now serving his first term as assessor of Hardin township and the trust reposed in him is well merited as is indicated by his faithful performance of the duties that thus devolve upon him. He is a Master Mason, belonging to the lodge at Time. One of the young men of the county, he has already made for himself a creditable name and a good position in business circles.

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