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Cunningham, Robert E.
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 352-353


Robert E. Cunningham, living on section 25, Hardin township, is one of the active and thrifty farmers and stock-raisers of the community, in which he has long made his home, and, in the control of his farm of two hundred acres he shows thorough familiarity with modern methods and their practical utilization in the every-day affairs of business life. His birth occurred in Pike county, June 17, 1865. His father, Thomas Cunningham, was one of the early settlers of the county and assisted in the material development of this section of the state at a time when progress and improvement had scarcely been begun. He married Miss Sarah Edmondson, a native of Ireland. He owned and operated land near Griggsville for several years and after selling that property, bought two hundred and eighty acres where he now resides, continuing to devote his entire life to agricultural pursuits. He passed away upon this farm in February, 1902. His wife survives him, and now resides in Baylis.

Robert E. Cunningham is the third in order of birth in a family of eight children, four sons and four daughters, and with the exception of one of the daughters all are yet living. He spent his youth in the usual manner of farmer lads, attending the common schools and working in the fields through the summer months. His father was given the benefit of his services until he attained his majority when he started out in life on his own account, and made arrangements for having a home of his own by his marriage to Miss Margaret Hunter, whom he wedded in Pittsfield on the 10th of February, 1904. She was born and reared in Newburg township near Pittsfield and was a daughter of Robert Hunter, one of the early settlers and substantial farmers of the county, who came from Ireland to the new world when a lad of nine years. Prior to his marriage Mr. Cunningham had purchased the place upon which he now resides and had made some improvements there. He has built a good barn, also erected a substantial residence, and by well kept fences has divided the place into fields of convenient size. Through the careful rotation of crops, the use of good seeds and the proper cultivation of the soil he is enabled to gather annually good harvests; and in connection with his farming he raises good grades of stock, feeding and fattening each year a large number of swine for the market. Mr. Cunningham commenced life empty-handed, and has accumulated what he possesses through his own efforts, becoming a substantial resident of the community.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham have been born two daughters, Helen Edith and Sadie J. Politically he was a democrat where national issues were involved, but he is now independent in politics, having supported Theodore Roosevelt at the last election. Locally he votes for the men best qualified for office without regard to party affiliation. He belongs to the Odd Fellows lodge at Milton, and the Mutual Protective League. As the years have passed by his circle of acquaintances has been extended and the circle of his friends has grown proportionately. He possesses good traits of character which insure kindly regard; and his genial nature has won for him the friendship of many with whom he has come in contact.

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