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Robert Cunningham

As one of the popular, well-known men of the Blucher valley, Sonoma county, mention belongs to Robert Cunningham, a rancher of this locality, and a factor in financial circles through his association with the Analy Savings Bank as vice-president.

For generations the Cunningham family had been identified with the Emerald Isle, and it was there, in County Monaghan, that Robert Cunningham was born August 31, 1853. Although born in Ireland he has no recollection of his birthplace, for soon after his birth his parents removed to Scotland, remaining there until 1860, when they set sail for the United States, their family consisting of three other sons besides Robert. California was their destination, and in Bodega, Sonoma county, which was their first location, young Robert attended school. A later move brought the family to Big valley, in the Bloomfield section, the father there putting his agricultural knowledge and experience to good account on a ranch which he devoted to dairying and general farming. Since 1882 the elder Mr. Cunningham has owned the property on which he now lives in the Blucher valley, in close proximity to the thriving village of Sebastopol. Here he has two hundred and seventy-five acres of fine, productive land, in the cultivation of which he has the help and co-operation of two of his sons, Joseph and Robert, the latter of whom has from boyhood been associated with his father in all of his agricultural undertakings.

His accomplishments as a rancher do not represent all that has occupied the thought and attention of Robert Cunningham, for it is possible that his record as a financier exceeds his agricultural record. In him the Analy Savings Bank of Sebastopol has a vice-president who is conservative, and yet wide-awake to grasp any opportunity for forward the interests of those who have intrusted their savings in his institution.

In 1905 Mr. Cunningham formed domestic ties by his marriage with Miss Katherine E. Morse, and two children, Helen and Lucile R., have been born to them. Personally Mr. Cunningham is highly respected, and has the entire confidence of all who know him.

History of Sonoma County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011