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Joseph Cunningham (1933)

BEAM, BRAZILL, CAHILL, CUNNINGHAM, MULVIHILL, RICE, ROACH

Posted By: Treva Patterson
Date: 2/3/2007 at 10:40:57

The Winterset Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, November 23, 1933

JOE CUNNINGHAM DIES

Prominent Crawford Township Farmer Dies After Short Illness

Joe Cunningham, well known resident of Crawford township, died at his home Wednesday evening, November 15th after an illness of a week and a half. Mr. Cunningham who was 80 years of age, was stricken at his home on Saturday, November 4th with a paralysis and was critically ill, until the time of his death.

The deceased was a son of John and Julia Cahill Cunningham. He was born in Racine county, Wisconsin, May 22, 1853 and came with his parents to this county, arriving here August 1, 1855. They settled on the farm in Crawford township that has since been their home. The youth's mother died in 1865 and his father later married Miss Kate Brazill.

In June 1885, Joe Cunningham was married to Miss Margaret Rice. They were the parents of two daughters, one who died in infancy and Margaret. Miss Margaret was married to Martin Roach and they were the parents of six children. She died a number of years ago and Mrs. Joe Cunningham died March 19, 1931.

Mr. Cunningham is survived by his six grandchildren, Joe, Martin, Eleanor, Dan, Kiran and Mary Roach and by one brother and 3 sisters; Peter J. Cunningham and Mrs. T. Walter Beam of Winterset and Mrs. Julia Mulvahill and Miss Mary E. Cunningham of Cumming.

Mr. Cunningham had always made his home on the one farm. By his work and thriftiness he was able to accumulate a large amount of land. He enjoyed raising cattle and kept at his work on the farm until his final illness. He was well known over this part of the state. Since the death of his wife, her sister, Miss Kate Rice served as his housekeeper.

The Rev. M. F. Dugan conducted his funeral services at St. Patrick's church in Lee township, Friday morning, November 17th at 10 o'clock and burial was in the church cemetery. Two of his grandsons and three nephews and a friend served as pallbearers; Joe and Martin Roach, Tom Kelleher, D. J. Murphy, Peter Cunningham Jr., and James Mulvahill. The church and church yard was filled with friends who came to pay their final respect.
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The Winterset News
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, November 23, 1933
Page 1, Column 6

LAST RITES FRIDAY PIONEER RESIDENT

Joseph Cunningham Dies At Crawford Township Home.

Joseph Cunningham, wealthy farmer and stockman, died Wednesday night, November 15, at his home in Crawford township. Death followed a paralytic stroke, the result of hardening of the arteries.

Mr. Cunningham was a lifelong resident of Madison county, a member of a pioneer family that came to Madison county in 1855, settling on the Crawford township farm where he spent his entire life. He was the son of John and Julia Cunningham, and was born at Burlington, Wisconsin, May 22, 1853.

Shortly after coming to Iowa Mr. Cunningham’s mother died and his father was later married to Kate Brazill of Des Moines, daughter of the Rev. John F. Brazill.

Mr. Cunningham was married to Margaret Rice in June 1885. Their two daughters, Mary Julia and Margaret Louise, (Mrs. M. J. Roach), are deceased. Mrs. Cunningham’s death occurred in 1931. His sisters, Miss Mamie Cunningham, Mrs. James Mulvihill and Mrs. T. Walter Beam, a brother, P. J. Cunningham and other relatives survive.

High mass was said at St. Patrick’s church there, and Friday morning at ten o’clock by the Rev. M. F. Dugan. Pallbearers were Peter Cunningham, James Mulvihill, D. J. Murphy, Thomas Kelleher, Joseph and Martin Roach.

Those from out of the state who attended the services Friday were Mrs. Donald Kiplinger of Omaha, Nebraska; Mrs. E. J. Donahoe & John, L. J. Kelleher, Peter and Thomas Murphy, all of Des Moines.

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