Bio- Sawyers

A successful orchardist of Santa Clara, who crossed the plains when only a small boy of nine years and who with his parents settled in Santa Clara County, was the late Joseph Carson Cunningham, who passed away at his home October 27, 1918. He was the son of Joseph Cunningham, a native of Tennessee, while his mother, Mary Jane Goodding, was a native of Missouri. Joseph Cunningham was the fifth generation of the Cunningham family who followed farming for a livelihood. In 1863 he sold his farm and removed to California, settling first in Solano County in 1864 and remained there until 1881, when he removed with his family to Santa Clara County. He purchased at that time a ranch containing about thirty-two acres and set it out to orchards of prunes, pears, apples, apricots, and grapes. Here he and his wife resided until their death.

Joseph Carson Cunningham was born in Missouri, November 2, 1849, and was but a small lad when his parents brought him across the plains to California. He came to San Jose in 1881, and here he was married to Miss Nancy J. Easterday, who was born and reared in San Jose, a daughter of Solomon W. Easterday, one of the early business men of San Jose. After her husband's death, Mrs. Cunningham resided on the farm until she passed away, February 21; 1921. Their union was blessed with two children: Vida L. is the wife of Roy E. Graves and they reside in San Jose; Frank L., since his father's death has had charge of and operates the orchards. He is a member of Saratoga Lodge No. 428, I. 0. 0. F., of which he is a past grand. Joseph C. Cunningham took a deep interest in the affairs of the community in which he resided for so many years, and served as school trustee of the Saratoga district for nine years. His home place in which he took much pride consists of fifteen acres of the finest soil and the best improvements that years will produce and he made a splendid success as an orchardist. Always enthusiastic over the resources of Santa Clara County, he supported all movements for its advancement and prosperity.

Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1249


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