Janice Williams

George Washington Cunningham

In George Washington Cunningham, Original 12 Cunninghams on August 13, 2011 at 12:42 am

I stopped at the Mills County Museum on the way to the Cunningham reunion today. A very helpful volunteer, Richie Reed, showed me all sorts of wonderful books and collections about Mills County residents. George Washington Cunningham, the youngest son of James and Susannah Cunningham, and was the first elected sheriff of Mills. Here is the transcription of his obituary from the Goldthwaite Eagle on Friday, August 6, 1926:

GEORGE W. CUNNINGHAM

George W. Cunningham died at his home in San Angelo Wednesday morning at five o’clock and was buried in that city in the afternoon of the day.

Mr. Cunningham was a native of Comanche county and was 68 years old. His parents, James and Susan cunningham, were typical pioneers who settled on Mountain Creek in 1855, where they raised a family of twelve children. When Mills county was created, he was elected sheriff and was three times reelected. He served at a time when the duties of the office were more exacting than now and when danger was to be encountered. He never failed in his duty to the public.

Mr. Cunningham had lived in San Angelo for the past twenty years.

He is survived by two sons and four daughter.

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