WILLIAM CUNNINGHAM GRAVESTONE PHOTO
The Humboldt Union, Saturday, Feb. 8, 1908
Died: Feb. 6, 1908
END OF A LONG AND USEFUL
CAREER OF HONORED CITIZEN.
Well Known to Many in the
Will be Held at
Thursday morning the sad news was passed from lip to lip that an old and esteemed citizen, William Cunningham, was dead, and it was a great shock to his friends and to the city in general, because, although he had been suffering for years with asthma, yet he had been attending to business the day before he died, and while many have expected him to pass away suddenly, yet the shock was none the less severe.
Mr. Cunningham occupied a room by himself, and it is supposed he passed away while suffering with a worse attack of asthma than usual. He was found in the morning.
William Cunningham was born in Alleghaney county, Pa., Feb. 26, 1837. The family moved to Beaver county the following year, and when he was old enough he entered Beaver Academy for two years, afterwards teaching in the public schools. He graduated from the Iron City Commercial College, of Pittsburg, and was proofreader and mailing clerk on the Presbyterian Banner and Advocate for two years. He attended the Western University of Pennsylvania two years, and then taught school in Pittsburg until the outbreak of the Rebellion.
In 1862 he enlisted in Battery G, Pennsylvania Artillery, and served through the war, and was discharged at Harrisburg in June, 1865. After the war he again taught school in Pittsburg, until his health failed when he acted as traveling salesman for the publishing house of Sheldon & Company, of New York, having his headquarters at St. Louis. He followed this business for two years. In 1871 he came to Humboldt and was employed by Col. S. H. Stevens as head man in his lumber business, where he remained two years, and then went to Kalida, the then county seat of Woodson county, and engaged in mercantile business. Afterwards he taught school in Woodson county and then engaged in farming, until the Citizens Lumber Co. of Humboldt, was organized when he was installed as manager of that concern. In 1880 he engaged in the mercantile business under the firm Neal & Cunningham, and continued in this business until elected county treasurer of Allen county, which office he held for four years, and then engaged in the lumber business under the firm name of Cunningham & Son, and they were succeeded by the Hurley Lumber Co.
In April 1871, Mr. Cunningham was married to Miss Etta A. Phelps, of Windsor, Mo. Their only child is A. W. Cunningham of this city, editor of the Humboldt Herald.
During Mr. Cunningham’s business career in our city and county, he has ever been actuated by the highest principles of honesty and integrity, and was ever wide-awake for the best interests of the town and community. His friends will miss him greatly as he has been a central figure in our community for many years, and they will extend deepest sympathy to the bereaved wife, son and other relatives in this sad and sudden affliction.
The funeral services of Mr. Cunningham will be held at the Presbyterian church Saturday afternoon, Feb. 8th, at 2:30. Friends wishing to see him will please call at the home Saturday morning from 10 o’clock to 1.