Freddie Cunningham was born in Manorville, Pa the son of Westley Cunningham and Elizabeth A. (Lizzie Shaul) Cunningham. His Mother passed away when he was 10 years old. His Father was a painter of coal tipples and high places and began to take him with him on the job. Freddie became quite adept at the height and at age 13 embarked on a career as a high wire artist appearing with the Rutherford Shows. His Father traveled with him on his tours. At age 17 during WWI he joined the Army HQ Cavalry and while stationed in Texas, his Father and his brother fell from a coal tipple at the Mohawk Mine in East Franklin Twp., Pa. His Father was killed and his brother Chester seriously injured. He was discharged as a Cpl in 1919. He returned to touring as a high wire artist. In 1923 he traveled to San Juan,P.R. where he met and married his wife Providenzia Lopez who survives.
He is also survived by two sisters, Armintha Wolfe, Manorville, Pa and Eva Miller, Chicago, Ill. and one brother Chester L. Cunningham of Kittanning, Pa.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Frank Wesley Cunningham who died in 1909.
Providence M. Cunningham
1889–1976 (m. 1923)
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