OREN E CUNNINGHAM

1893-1982

 

Researched and compiled by Faye Bell (2014) SLC

 

                  Oren E Cunningham’s beginnings are obscure and the records are meager.  He was born 20 September 1893 and I believe he was a WW I veteran.  This will have to be a memory of Oren only.  As a child, I knew that he was well known in the community of Ten Sleep and worked at odd jobs like the Moses sawmill, even that is faint in my mind.  However, when I read Red Lodge, MT records in doing my own family research where my mother (Fae Caines Rogers) lived and where my father Millard F Moses worked for a short time, Oren Cunningham was there, too!  It seemed that they knew each other at that time ca. 1915.  They both appeared to be working in the timber for Bronson Rogers.  Funnybacon” my father called Oren and it was never done disrespectfully, only in light fun with the play on Oren’s name.  Ica. 1938, Oren married the widow of Melvin G Caster (also listed on the Ten Sleep cemetery registry).  She had two small daughters:  Emily and Junie Caster and they lived in Ten Sleep proper with Oren as their stepfather.  The marriage was dissolved shortly and Oren resumed his bachelor existence.  Sometime in the 1950s, he married Selma R Sturdevant an employee of Leo Rhodes Hardware Store.  For a number of years, Oren was a caretaker at the T.S. cemetery.  He died 1 January in Thermopolis, Hot Springs County, WY.  He  was survived by his widow, Selma.