Obituaries - Cu

Wm. Cumbrick, a well-to-do farmer living near Carrollton, committed suicide on Sunday last by taking paris green. No reasons can be assigned for the act. [Jerseyville Republican 1868]

Clara M. Cummings, 97, fomerly of Greene County, died at 12:45 a.m. Sunday, January 3, 1988, at Jersey Community Hospital, Jerseyville. Born in Greene County, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary E. Price Walter. She married Ornan Cummings on October 25, 1911. He died in 1965. Surviving are six daughters, Jessie Sponsler of Tuscolla, Ill., Geraldine Krauschaar of Eldred, Wilma Thorton of Greenfield, Viola McCormick of Mulberry Grove, Mabel Rutherford of Rock Falls, Ill., and Imogene Cook of Propletown, Ill., two sons; Howard Cummings of Delhi and Ornan Cummings of Rock Falls; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and a brother Charles Walter of Eldred. She was preceded in death by three sisters, two brothers, two sons, a daughter, a grandchild, a great grandchild, and a great-great grandchild. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Carrollton, where services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday by the Rev. Daniel Meade. Burial will be in Borlin Cemetery near Carrollton. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral rites for Mrs. Cora E. Cummings, 91, of Dow were held Monday afternoon, December 31, from Gubser Funeral Home with interment in the Newbern Cemetery. Stanley Strissel, Salvation Army captain from St. Louis, officiated. Her death occurred at 5:30 p.m. on December 27 at Garnet's Nursing Home. She was born March 18, 1882 in Carrollton the daughter of Charles and Sophia Briney Drumh. Survivors are four sons, Alfred Cummings of Godfrey, Charles, Chester, and George of Dow; two daughters, Mrs. Pearl Gibson of St. Louis and Mrs. Isabelle Stage of Nachez, Wash.; two sisters, Mrs. Ida [remainder of article unavailable] (1974)

The funeral of Mrs. Harriet George Ann Cummings, 58, of R. 2 Godfrey will be held at 2 p.m. May 31 at Jacoby Bros. Funeral Home with burial in the Newbern Cemetery. She died at 5:20 a.m. May 29 at the Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis. She was born May 22, 1919, in Greene County, the daughter of Carrol P. and Bertha Ann Cone Ladd. Her survivors are her husband, Theodore Alfred Cummings of R. 3, Edwardsville; two brothers, Charles Ladd of Stockton, Calif. and Arnold Ladd of Cottage Hill; one sister, Mrs. Josephine Long of Monticello, two grandchildren. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. (1978)

Funeral rites were held at the Gubser Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon, April 25, at two o'clock for Henry Cummings whose death occurred Friday morning, April 21, at his home in Jerseyville. Reverend Louis Kappler conducted the services and interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery. Mr. Cummings was the son of the late William and Sarah Cummings. He was seventy-eight years old. Surviving him is one son, Leo of Seattle, Wash., three brothers, John of Jerseyville, Jake of Alton and William of Waterloo, Iowa, and a sister, Mrs. Fred Linker of Carrollton. (1950)

John Thomas Cummings of Jerseyville died at his home at 717 Hickory Street at three-fifty o'clock Thursday morning, November 11. Although he had not been feeling well his death was unexpected. Mr. Cummings was a son of the late William and Sarah Nelson Cummings, and was born in Greene County, May 4, 1877. His age at the time of death was seventy-seven years, six months, and seven days. The deceased is survived by his wife Mrs. Zada Cummings; three sons, Elmer and Truman Cummings of Jerseyville and Jasper Cummings of Harrison, Indiana; two daughters, Mrs. Alice Lyles and Mrs. Effie Pummill of Jerseyville; two brothers, Jacob Cummings of Alton and William Cummings of Waterloo, Iowa; fourteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. One son, Raymond and two daughters, Mrs. Raymond Bates and Lucille Cummings preceded him in death. Friends may call at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home where services will be held at two o'clock Saturday afternoon, November 13. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. (1954)

Thomas Cummings born in the American Bottom, entered his first 80 acres nearly a mile SW of the main road from Jerseyville to Alton in 1824, adding another in 1828 and in 1833 he entered the east half of SW quarter of section 2, Twn. 7, range 11 and built on the west side of what is now called State Road. This was first on Alton road this side of the Piasa Creek, and built a small cabin on the end of the 80 on which A. Davis lived, until the road entered the timber of where Old Kane is now located. Consequently Mr. Cummings and his noble wife were of necessity compelled to entertain wayfarers passing from the cities and older counties south of them in search of homes on the sparsely settled prairies. No person can relate that any traveler was ever turned away, or deprived of sharing shelter, fare and fire with Mr. and Mrs. Cummings, whether they had or not money to pay in return. No one that ever knew the worthy pair (one of whom God leaves with us yet) could ever believe the griping selfishness abode with either. Even a stranger, at the first glance of the eye, taking in its vision that opened and benevolent countenance of Thomas Cummings would have impressed on the mind, there is a man that would divide with his fellows his meal, yes, if necessary give all, and grow fat and more cheerful between that and the nest, by the pleasing reflection coming up now and again in his mind, that he had relieved one in distress. The countenance of every child this worthy citizen has left around us, bespeakes this noble feature of their parents. When our county was set apart from Greene, and in its first organization, Mr. Cummings, in 1839 was elected one of the three county commissioners. He represented this county in 1848 in the Legislature of our State, he died in 1856 at his residence, now occupied by his worthy widow, leaving a large and valuable estate to his heirs, the real estate being mostly bought of the government form 1824 to 1837. Written by a citizen.

Thomas Jefferson Cummings, 85 year-old resident of Jerseyville, died Wednesday afternoon, August 26, at 5:45 o'clock at the Watson Funeral Home in this city. The aged man was a retired employee of the Steel Mill in Alton. He was a son of the late Marion and Caroline Brannen Cummings and was born in Greene County on January 18, 1868. His age at the time of death was eighty-five years, seven months and eight days. Mr. Cummings is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Rufus Cusic of Brighton; three sons, Davis LeRoy Cummings of Wood River, Lloyd L. Cummings of Alton and George Cummings of Altadina, California; one brother, Marion Cummings of Alton and one sister, Mrs. Lillie Smith of Alton. He also leaves sixteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. The body is at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home where friends may call after 4 p.m. today (Thursday) until noon Friday, then at the Alton Gospel Tabernacle. Final rites will be held at the Alton Gospel Tabernacle in Alton, Friday afternoon, August 28, at two o'clock. Reverend Melvin D. Clain of Jerseyville will officiate at the services and burial will be in the Upper Alton Cemetery. (1953)

Final rites for Mrs. Alma Theresa Cunningham of this city were held at the Holy Ghost Church with Requiem Mass celebrated by Rev. Robert Heintz. Burial was in the St. Francis Cemetery. Visitation hours were held at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home where the Rosary was recited on Friday evening. The death of Mrs. Cunningham occurred Thursday morning at 5:50 o'clock at Jersey Community Hospital where she had been a patient for three days. Mrs. Cunningham's health had been impaired for sometime. Until recently she held a secretarial position with the Jerseyville Mutual Fire Insurance Company. She was a daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth Wagner Kleffner and was born September 28, 1908, at Godfrey. Her age was 61 years and 8 months. Mrs. Cunningham, widow of Maurice Cunningham, is survived by two sons, Donald Cunningham of Roodhouse and Paul Cunningham of Jerseyville, one daughter, Mrs. George (Marilyn) Medford of Godfrey, fourteen grandchildren, one brother, John Kleffner of Jerseyville, and three sisters, Miss Catherine Kleffner of Jerseyville, Miss Josephine Kleffner and Sister Gualbert of the Notre Dame Order, of St. Louis. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one daughter, two sisters and two brothers. (May 28, 1970, Burial May 30, 1970)

Mrs. Celist Wilba Cunningham, wife of Levis Cunningham, died suddenly Thursday afternoon, January 27, at 3:30 o'clock. Mrs. Cunningham, who resides on Route One, east of Jerseyville was stricken ill at her home. She was pronounced dead on arrival at the Jerseyville Community Hospital. Final rites were held at the Bethel Baptist Church Sunday afternoon, January 30, at two o'clock. Rev. Ray Snow, pastor of the Bethel Church of which Mrs. Cunningham was a member and Rev. Wm. Greet conducted the rites and interment was in the Kane Cemetery. She was a daughter of the late Jerome Hildred and Mrs. Lora Baldridge Hildred and was born in Rosedale Township, Jersey County on April 23, 1903. At the time of death she was aged 62 years, 9 months and 4 days. Surviving her in addition to her husband and mother are two daughters, Mrs. Robert Krause of Jerseyville, and Mrs. Lewis Ruyle of Medora; two sons, LeRoy Cunningham of Tularosa, New Mexico, and Jay M. Cunningham of Alton; two grandchildren; one brother, Henry Hildred of Jerseyville, and one sister, Mrs. Etta Hutchinson of Fort Collins, Colorado. One daughter, Wilba preceded her in death. (1965)

Final services for Mrs. Elsie A. Cunningham, 62, of 701 Page St., Jerseyville will be conducted tomorrow afternoon, July 18, at 2 p.m. from the Jacoby Funeral Home. The Rev. L. E. Hutchinson will officiate. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Her death occurred at 2:55 a.m. on July 15 at the Jersey Community Hospital. She was born August 7, 1912 in Greene County, a daughter of John C. and Effie Berger Winters. Mrs. Cunningham was a member of the State Street Baptist Church. Her survivors include her husband, James L. Cunningham; four sons, James C. Cunningham of Spotsylvania, Va., Robert L. and Kenneth E. Cunningham of Jerseyville and Lt. Wilbur L. Cunningham, San Diego, Calif., one daughter, Mrs. Paul (Joy V.) Vice of Belle Fourche, S. D.; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Warren (Eileen) Pence of Palmyra; twenty-one grandchildren; five great grandchildren; two brothers, Charles R. Winters of Auburn, and Roy Winters of Middleton, Mo.; three sisters, Mrs. Lester (Celia) Edward, Mrs. Hilda Mohr and Mrs. Frank (Dimple) Corbett of Springfield. Her father, two brothers, one son and daughter preceded her in death. The family designated the building fund of the State Street Baptist Church as a memorial. (1975)

Services were held at the Warner-Targhetta Funeral Home in Medora on January 4 for Harry (Mike) Cunningham, 76, of Fidelity with burial in the Witt Cemetery, Rockbridge. He died at 1:40 p.m. on January 1 at Boyd Memorial Hospital in Carrollton. He was a telephone lineman for 47 years with Medora Telephone Co. and General Telephone Co. before retiring. He is survived by five sons, Harry of Summerville, Marion of East Alton, Larry of Brighton, Donald and Robert both of Fidelity; eight daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Cope of Staunton, Mrs. Bernice Buck and Mrs. Nellie Taylor, both of Medora, Mrs. Helen Goodman and Mrs. Wanda Wallace, both of Fidelity, Mrs. Doris Shae of Moro, Mrs. Moreland of Chesterfield; a sister, Mrs. Linera Corbin of Perryville, Ohio; fifty-seven grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. His wife, the former Grace Meredith died in 1972. (1977)

J. O. Cunningham died at the St. Louis hospital Wednesday morning following an operation several days ago for cancer of the liver.
Funeral arrangements have not been completed as we go to press but the funeral will be held at Patterson.
Cunningham had been a resident of Jerseyville for a number of years since his marriage to Mrs. Leslie Crese. He was identified with the livestock business interests of East St. Louis where he was quite prominent.

Twenty Year Ago - Luman C. Cunningham died at his home in Wrights where he was engaged in the barber business. He was aged 59 years and a wife and two children survived. [01 Oct 1948]

Mrs. Nancy Cunningham born January 27, 1844 in Davy, Co. N. C. married Reuben W. Cunningham in 1863 to which union six children were born, two preceding her in death, Lizzie aged two and John thirty-four years. Mrs. Cunningham died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Mohr, six miles east of Kane, she was 71 years old. Funeral services were held May 3 with Rev. T. J. Roady officiating. She leaves two sons; Philip of Fidelity and James M. of Kane, two daughters; Mrs. Sarah J. Mohr of Hampton, LA and Mrs. Laura Mohr of Kane, twenty-three grandchildren, five great grandchildren, one brother Z. L. Gaither of Jerseyville. (May 1915)

Funeral services for William Levis Cunningham, 75, of R. R. 1, Jerseyville were held Monday afternoon, November 25, at the Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Earl Clagg officiating. His death occurred at 12:55 a.m. on November 23 at Greenwood Manor. Burial was in Kane Cemetery. He was born September 10, 1899 in Greene County, a son of James M. and Sarah Grizzle Cunningham. Mr. Cunningham was self-employed at Cunningham Bookkeeping, and was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church. His wife, Verlie Freeman Cunningham died in 1971. His first wife, the former Celista Hildred died in 1966. He is survived by one son, Jay M. Cunningham of Bethalto; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Melba) Krause of Jerseyville and Mrs. (rest of article missing).(1974)

Catherine Curran, 87, died at 10:40 a.m. Monday, October 2, 1989, at Jersey Community Hospital, Jerseyville. She taught elementary school in the Jersey Community Unit School District No. 100 and St. Francis Xavier School of Jerseyville. Born in Carrollton, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Julia Keoghan McDonough. Preceding her in death were her husband, Gus Curran; four sisters, Helen and Sarah McDonough, Mary Browning and Julia Misgades; and a brother, James McDonough. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at Jacoby Brothers Funeral Home in Jerseyville with a wake service at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Jerseyville with Rev. Henry Schmidt as celebrant. Burial is in the church cemetery. Memorials may be given to St. Francis Xavier School, Jerseyville, or masses.

James J. Curran, 63, of Alton, former Jerseyville resident, died Thursday morning, August 28, at 9:30 o’clock at St. Anthony’s Infirmary in Alton where he had been a patient for the past week. Mr. Curran had been in ill health since November.
He was the son of the late John and Catherine Barron Curran and was born February 23, 1878 in Jersey county. For several years he engaged in the shoe business in Jerseyville in partnership with the late William Powers. After disposing of his business, Mr. Curran was employed as a salesman in the Fred Scheffer Shoe Store. In recent years Mr. Curran has been a traveling shoe salesman and had made his home in Alton for the past fifteen years.
Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Margaret Curran, and one daughter, Miss Jane Curran of Alton; one sister, Mrs. John Fitzpatrick of St. Louis and four nieces and four nephews.
Friends may call at his home, 600 Bond Street, Alton, until eight o’clock Saturday morning. The body will be brought to Jerseyville and funeral services will be held at 9 o’clock Saturday morning at St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Requiem High Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Father J. J. Clancy and interment will be in St. Francis Xavier’s Cemetery. [Jersey County Democrat News 29 Aug 1941]

Died - At Otterville, March 10th of whooping cough, Arthur [sic], infant child of Dr. Curtiss of that place. [Jersey County Democrat 13 Mar 1869]

William D. Curtis, son of Hiram and Eliza A. Curtis (nee Dougharty), was born January 18th, 1836 on the farm now known as the Cadwallader farm, east of Otterville, and was the eldest of six children, four sons and two daughters. In 1845 the family moved to Jo Daviess County in this state, where his father engaged in mining and smelting lead ore; in which business he continued until his death in 1850. Soon thereafter, John G. Dougherty, a brother of the widow, erected a cottage upon his home farm near Otterville and removed his sister and her family to it, where they continued to reside until about 1855; William and his brothers assisting their uncle upon his farm during the summers, and attending school at the “Stone School House” during winters. In the year 1855 their Uncle John bought the farm now owned and occupied by Wm. Dougherty at Otterville, for the widow and her family, and assisted them in commencing farming on their own account, William being the older, taking the responsibility of leader. In the course of a few years of earnest, diligent labor the farm was paid for, and as the other children grew up and left the farm, William purchased their interests, and thus became the owner of the farm, whereon he resided until some years after his marriage. He was a careful, intelligent, industrious farmer and business man, and no person in the community stood higher in the esteem and confidence of his neighbors than did he. After paying for his home farm he bought the “Hull Farm” west of Otterville in 1873. During all these years he had the advantages and influences of a Christian home; his mother being an earnest and devoted member of the Methodist Church, and a woman of a beautiful, gentle and lovely Christian character, and whose pure life was a benediction to her family and to the community in which she dwelt. When he was in school he was a diligent student, and at the age of 17, in the winter of 1852-53, he successfully taught the Salem school in this county. At a political meeting in Jerseyville in the presidential campaign of 1868, while the Otterville Band, of which the subject of this sketch was a member, were upon the awning in front of Leigh & Brinton’s restaurant, the awning fell, and Mr. Curtis’ leg was badly broken from which he suffered severely for many months and from the effects of which he never recovered. In 1877 he was married to Miss Sarah Dodson, his surviving widow, and leaves two daughters--Misses Edna and Ethel, as the fruit of said marriage. In 1883 he sold his home farm to William Dougherty, and removed to Jerseyville. At this time he was out of debt and was worth from $20,000 to $25,000. Later he purchased a farm near Abilene, Kansas to which he removed his family and remained in Kansas for about 7 years during which time he was induced to engage in the “Milling Business” in Jerseyville, which venture proved disastrous and his financial ruin. In 1891 he returned to Jerseyville to try to save something from his investments here, but in this he was unsuccessful. His entire fortune as well as his physical health was irretrievably gone. His is a striking example of a man of ample means and comfortably situated, leaving a business in which he has been successful, and engaging in enterprise of which he knows nothing, followed by the usual results. After his return to Jerseyville, Bro. [Jersey Daily Democrat 23 Mar 1906]

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