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Robert Gordon "Robley" Cantonwine
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Birth: Jan. 16, 1909
Death: Jun. 18, 1954

Robert Gordon Cantonwine was the son of Hannibal Lincoln ("W. S.") & Mary E. (Actor) Cantonwine, the grandson of George C. & Mary Malinda (Lewis) Cantonwine, and the great-grandson of Charles and Mary Magdalena (Scholl) Cantonwine.

Charles, the patriarch of the Cantonwine family, immigrated to America from Prussia in 1806, arriving in Philadelphia, Penn., aboard the ship Orlando. The ship's passenger list shows Chr. Kuntentwine, single man. The name Kuntentwine later evolved to Cantonwine, and Charles appears to be the only surnamed Kuntentwine/ Cantonwine to immigrate to America. Eight or so years after his arrival in Philadelphia, in about 1814, Charles married Mary Magdalena Scholl, daughter of Charles Jacob Scholl, in Bedford county, Pennsylvania.

On August 24, 1929, in Walla Walla, WA, Robert married Margareta Lydia Huntington, daughter of William H. & Lydia L. (Hasbrook) Huntington. She was later married to John Selander.

East Oregonian [Pendleton, OR], June 19, 1954, Monday

Robert G. Cantonwine, about 45, native of Walla Walla and foreman for the Francis McGee Construction Co., was electrocuted about 4:30 p.m. Friday on the Dr. C. A. Miller ranch three miles west of Pendleton. Cantonwine was driving a truck on which a derrick had been rigged, when it contacted both wires of a 7200-volt power line. He apparently was not hurt until he jumped from the truck, the power coursing thru his body when his feet struck the ground, it was theorized.

Aid Summoned
Two other workmen were some distance away at the time and they rushed to his aid, and then called for help—but one of them had to go nearly a mile to find a telephone. The PP&L crew and the county ambulance rushed to the Miller ranch, and Cantonwine was given artificial respiration from 4:50 for about an hour and a half, after which a physician pronounced him dead. Cantonwine appeared to be dead when the artificial respiration was started, but the crews tried in every way possible to restore life. The derrick pole was mounted on the back of a flatbed truck and fastened to the body of the truck with cables.

Funeral Pending
Cantonwine's body was taken to Folson's and while funeral arrangements had not been made Saturday morning, it was believed burial would be at Walla Walla where his mother resides. Cantonwine had been in Pendleton several years and was residing at 507 S.W. 13th St. This was the second electrocution of a somewhat similar nature in this area the last few weeks.

East Oregonian [Pendleton, OR], June 21, 1954, Monday

Cantonwine, Robert Gordon, late of Pendleton. Survivors are his son, . . . ; mother, Mrs. Mary E. Cantonwine, Walla Walla [d. 1/22/65]; three sisters, Mrs. Bessie Wendler, Walla Walla [d. 10/5/72]; Mrs. Holly [Hallie]Kennedy, Yakima [d. Nov. 1972]; Miss Nell Cantonwine, Seattle [d. 9/21/68]. Services will be Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. Folsom's Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Rodda of the Nazarene church of Walla Walla officiating. Bearers will be Arthur Wrinkle, R. W. Leonard, George Runyan, Gilbert Pettys, Dale Callahan, Vern Lewis. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery, Walla Walla.

Family links: 
  Hannibal Lincoln Cantonwine (1861 - 1920)
  Mary A. Actor Cantonwine (1866 - 1965)
  Margaretta Lydia Huntington Cantonwine Selander (1910 - 1987)
  Patricia Lula Cantonwine (1930 - 1933)*
  Bessie E. Cantonwine Wendler (1891 - 1972)*
  Dilce B. Wendler (1891 - 1983)*
  Leslie D Cantonwine (1894 - 1910)*
  Ruth Cantonwine (1902 - 1902)*
  Harriett Evelyn Cantonwine Kennedy (1906 - 1971)*
  Robert Gordon Cantonwine (1909 - 1954)
*Calculated relationship
Mountain View Cemetery
Walla Walla
Walla Walla County
Washington, USA
Created by: Ann Koch
Record added: Oct 23, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12139903
Robert Gordon Robley Cantonwine
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Robert Gordon Robley Cantonwine
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