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John Robert Cunningham

American Fork, Utah County, Utah, USA
Death 28 Feb 1925 (aged 27)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot 06 062 8
Memorial ID 128258 · View Source
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1925 Utah Death Certificate
Fell, broke neck (possible methane poisoning)

John Robert Cunningham age 27
Truck driver

1900 Census American Fork, Utah
Robert Cunningham 35, farmer
Alice Cunningham 25, 3 children, 3 living
Eleanor Cunningham 5
John Cunningham 3
Margarett Cunningham 1
Laura Cunningham 14
Robert A Cunningham 12

1910 Census

1918 Salt Lake City, Utah
No. 154 First to Affect S L Men
Salt Lake Telegram 1918-06-27, page 3.

3074 Utah Men Given Places in Draft Call
Results of Yesterday's Selective Draft Drawing
Registrants of the "Class of 1918" seeking to find their eligibility position should proceed as follows: First ascertain... .
WWI Draft Registration
Drawn No. 10
John Robert Cunningham, 124 W 7th South
Salt Lake Tribune, 1918-06-28, Page 1.

1920 Census Salt Lake City Ward 2, Utah
Robert W Cunningham 56, farmer
Alice A Cunningham 56
John R Cunningham 22, chauffeur, truck
Margaret Cunningham 20, telephone operator
Mark W Cunningham 19
Alice Cunningham 15
Renting 124 West 7th South

1925 Death Notice: Salt Lake City
Falls in Faint, Man's Neck Broken
Falling backwards, apparently in a faint, J R Cunningham 27, of 232 West Fifth South street, struck his head on a four-inch plank, breaking his neck, in the back yard of his home Saturday evening and died before a doctor could arrive and render assistance.

The man was shoveling fertilizer with his brother Mark Cunningham, and Dallas Billingsby, both of the same address, when he declared that he did not feel well. A few seconds later he toppled over backwards.

Mark Cunningham and Billingsley picked the injured man up and summoned a doctor. Before the doctor arrived Cunningham was dead. The accident happened shortly before 7 o'clock.

The doctor notified police headquarters and the case was investigated by Dectectives L L Larsen and J A Egbert.

Larsen reported that Cunningham had complained frequently during the day to his brother and Billingsley that he did not feel well. Neither of his fellow workmen heeded his remarks especially, they told Larsen. When Cunningham dropped his shovel and fell with a groan his brother and Billingsby stepped over a pile of fertilizer and picked him up.
The exact spot where Cunningham was standing when he fell would cause his head to strike the plank, which probably caused his neck to be broken, Larsen said. Both officers stated, however, that they intended investigating the accident further and might find it necessary to ask for an autopsy or an inquest in the case.

This course if taken, would be for the purpose of-establishing the manner and cause of death, it was said, although there were no marks upon the man's body to indicate violence.
Utah; The Salt Lake Telegram,
Sunday, March 1 1925, Page 12.

1925 Funeral Notice
Cunningham--The funeral service over the body of John Robert Cunningham, aged 27, who died February 28, will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Seventh ward chapel. Friends are invited and can view the body at the parlors of Joseph Wm. Taylor day of funeral from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Interment in Murray cemetery.
Utah; Salt Lake Telegram,
Wednesday Evening, March 4, 1925, Page 12

Margaret Cunningham Smith 1899-1978
Mark William Cunningham 1900-1960
Alice Cunningham Werner 1904-1987

Half sister Laura Cunningham Billingsley




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