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Title: C. V. Cunningham
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Reared to the sturdy discipline of the homestead farm, C. V. Cunningham, of Mound township, Warren county, Indiana, during the mature years of his life has not wavered in his allegiance to the great basic art of agriculture. To the public schools he is indebted for the early educational privileges that were afforded him and he duly availed himself of the same, while he has effectually broadened his knowledge through active association with men and affairs in practical business life.

C. V. Cunningham was born in 1861 on the old homestead where he now lives and has therefore been identified with the same immediate tract of land all his life. He is the son of Cyrus and Mary T. (Oliphant) Cunningham. The paternal grandfather, Thomas Cunningham, lived in Vermilion county, Indiana, about two miles from the home of the subject. Cyrus Cunningham was born on December 15, 1829, in Vermilion county, Indiana, and died on July 4, 1903. He was raised in Vermilion county, but later moved to Warren county, where he afterwards made his home. He was the owner of about fifteen hundred acres of fine land, lying in Vermilion and Warren counties. On December 17, 1855, he married Mary T. Oliphant, who was born January 2, 1836, the daughter of Thomas and Rhodie Oliphant, the latter having been born near Circleville, Ohio. She is now living with her son, the subject of this sketch. Cyrus and Mary Cunningham became the parents of the following children: Horatio, deceased; Reuben, deceased; Walter, who is a farmer, married Lulu Rogers and they live in Vermilion county, Indiana; the subject of this sketch is next in order of birth; Harriet is the wife of Charles F. Lowe, of Covington; Malinda, who was the wife of Augusta Clem, a farmer of Warren county, died November 11, 1912, leaving one daughter, Mrs. William Fox, and a granddaughter; James married Ivy Green and lives in this county.

The subject of this sketch followed farming all his life and is the owner of two hundred acres of fine land, of which about forty acres is devoted to pasture and good second growth timber. The cultivable land is maintained in good condition and is very productive, no tiling or draining being needed. Mr. Cunningham is a man of practical ideas and employs up-to-date methods in his farming operations. Most of the permanent improvements were placed there by the subject's father and all are substantial and well built.

On December 26, 1906, Mr. Cunningham was married to Margaret H. Rogers, who was born in 1864, in Fountain county, she being the daughter of William and Catherine (Hegley) Rogers. A brother of the subject's mother, Smith Oliphant, was a soldier in the Civil war, but shortly after his enlistment he was taken sick and being ordered home, he was placed aboard the ill-fated "Sultana," which blew up on the Mississippi river, with a terrible loss of life, he being among those who were drowned.

Politically, Mr. Cunningham is a Republican, while his fraternal relations are with the Improved Order of Red Men at Covington. As a farmer, Mr. Cunningham is diligent, self-reliant and independent, and as a citizen he aims to discharge his duties as they appear to him, honestly and in a spirit of candor and fairness. Because of his splendid personal qualities he has earned the universal respect which is accorded him.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001066
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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