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Robert M. Cunningham 1

  • Born: 1874, Patoka, Gibson Co., IN 2
  • Died: 30 Nov 1925, Gibson Co., IN 2


Jane Kirk, a relative of the family sent several items relative to Robert M. Cunningham. The first is photograph of Mr. Cunningham while he was in the service in the Spanish American War. Secondly, she sent a calling card for the "Madison Square Quartet, Season 1906 with New York Burlesque Co.," of which Mr. Cunningham was a member along with William Gorman, William Ward and Joe Nelson. Finally, Mrs. Kirk sent copies of two obituaries, one of which is transcribed below:

Robert M. Cunningham

Patoka, Ind., Nov. 30. --- (Special) --- Robert M. Cunningham, age 51 years, son of Mrs. Mary Cunningham, died at 4 o'clock Monday morning at the home of his mother here floowing a lingering illness of tuberculosis which he contracted following an attack of flu during the World War. Funeral services will be at the Presbyterian church Wednesday at 2 p.m. by the pastor Rev. G.W. Holmes. Burial in the Patoka cemetery. Spanish-American War veterans will be pall bearers, and a veteran of the World War will be Guard of Honor. Surviving is the mother, two sisters, Miss Celesta, at home, Mrs. J.A. Davidson, of Hazelton, and two brothers, Elmer, of Emison, Ind., and John Cunningham, of Detroit, Mich. The father, W.G. Cunningham, died several years ago. He was a nephew of Nat Hitch, of Princeton. Mr. Cunningham was a veteran of the Spanish-American war, having served eighteen months in Cuba and eighteen months in the Phillippine Islands. He served in the United States army during the Boxer rebellion in China. During his service in the Spanish-American war he was a member of Company K, Second Infantry, from 1899 to 1902. On July 18, 1918, Mr. Cunningham enlisted in the Thirteenth Recruit, and was stationed at Ft. Thomas, Kentucky during the entire World war as a training officer.


1 "A Hitch Orchard", Volume III, Daisy Hitch Davies, 1931.

2 Correspondence from Jane Kirk. 241 Byrann Lane, N. Vernon, IN 47265, dated December 31, 1999.

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