BRIDGES, Cullen T.
April 1913
C. T. Bridges Answers Last Call After Lingering Illness Was Prominent Citizen, Baptist, Mason and Confederate

After an illness dating back for two years or more, from which he gradually grew worse, Mr. Cullen T. Bridges answered the final summons Monday night at his home at Maple Grove, Ky., about seven miles south west of here.

Mr. Bridges was born not far from where he had always lived and where he died, on August 12, 1844, and was the youngest son of a large family of children of William and Mary Bridges. When a young man he was united in marriage to Miss Virginia Thomas, daughter of Peyton Thomas, who preceded him to the grave about two years. To this union was born ten children, seven of whom are still living as follows: G.A. Bridges, John T. Bridges, Mrs. L. Cunningham, Mrs. Ben Grigsby, Mrs. Robert H. Thomas and Jessie C. Bridges, all of this county. He is also survived by one brother, Drew Bridges.

Mr. Bridges was a Christian gentleman, and had been a member of the Donaldson Creek Baptist church for over forty years. He had also been a member of the Canton Masonic lodge no. 242 for nearly fifty years with the exception of about two years that he held his membership with the Linton lodge, when it was first organized. He had served as Master of his lodge a number of times, and was a frequent attendant upon the meetings of the Grand Lodge. He also belonged to the Odd Fellows many years ago.

During the Civil War he served as a member of the Confederate army under Forrest's command, and ever remained loyal to the "Lost Cause,". In politics he had always been a staunch Democrat and had frequently served his party as committeeman and in other capacities.

He also had the distinction of being one of the oldest postmasters in Kentucky. He had served as postmaster of the Maple Grove post office since it was first established in 1873.

He had always been recognized as one of the foremost citizens of the county, and was generally active in every movement for the up building and improvement of his county and community, and will be greatly missed by his relatives, friends, neighbors and the citizens of the county generally.

His remains were laid to rest yesterday about noon in the family burying ground near his late residence with Masonic honors in the presence of a very large crowd of sorrowing friends and loved ones.