J M FUNK PERSONAL DETAILS
In 1933, J M Funk published a
pamphlet titled The Cycles of Prosperity and Depression which
promoted the 56 year cycle in US economic activity. The
concept gained some recognition during his lifetime, although it was overlooked
by academia and mainstream economics. The 56 year cycle only survived
into the modern era, because it was extensively covered in written works
by a leading financial astrologer David Williams (1947, 1959, 1982).
Otherwise J M Funk's important contribution to economic cycles would have been
lost to humanity. By extrapolating from his cycle, J M Funk was one of the
few people, who predicted the turmoils of the early 1930's and the
recoveries in 1933 and 1935. Funk considered his 56 year
cycle to be so important that it justified the presentation of numerous lectures and the publication of a
J M FUNK'S ORIGINAL 56 YEAR CYCLE.
From Funk's work, major US financial panics tended to take place in a grid
with 20 years on the horizontal and 56 years on the vertical. In the 100
years to 1930, this grid contained 6 years in which occurred 5 of the worst financial disasters in US history in 1837, 1857, 1873, 1893 & 1929.
20/56 YEAR PANIC CYCLE DERIVED FROM FUNK'S WORK
US Banking Panic
US Black Friday
US Black Wednesday
US Black Tuesday
(a) This panic occurred in the
following year. The New York stock market was closed on July 30,
1914 following the outbreak of WW I and it did not reopen until mid
concept was expanded into a more complete theory involving the
9/56 year cycle by McMinn (2004, 2006). This consists of a grid with intervals of 9 years horizontally and 56 years
vertically, that has been linked to the timing of various phenomena - financial
and Category 5 Atlantic hurricanes. This 9/56 year cycle was
found to correlate exceptionally well with Moon
Sun tidal effects.
The Correct Title of J M Funk's Pamphlet
Funk, J. 1933. The Cycles of
Prosperity & Depression. Ottawa, IL. 14p.
NB: No publishing date was given in pamphlet, but from newspaper articles
it appears to be early 1933.
This title was referenced from a copy of the pamphlet kindly provided
by one of Funk's grandchildren.
There was some confusion about the actual citation of J M Funk's
pamphlet in the writings of David Williams.
Williams, David. 1982.
Page 70 Funk, J M.
1932. Philocracy. (no publishing details available).
Page 233 Funk, J M. 1932. The 56
Year Cycle of American Business Activity. Ottowa.
Williams, David. 1959.
Funk, J M. 1933. The Cycles of Prosperity & Depression. Ottumwa. Illinois.
Evidently J M Funk published another
reference titled Philocracy in 1932, but alas a copy of this could not be
Some Newspaper references
La Salle Post Tribune. January 1933
The Kankakee Bulletin Febraury 1933
The following gives the available information about J M Funk. It was kindly sourced
from Harvey Hahn
(primarily via Ancestry.com and Google Patents), as well as J M Funk's
input was very much appreciated.
James Morris Funk (however, he signed his name as J M Funk)
Dec 29, 1892 in Illinois
Feb 25, 1941 in Ottawa, Illinois (aged 48)
- J M Funk
Obituary - J M Funk
He was the second of three sons of Charles and Julia Funk;
Karl Funk, James M Funk & Quirk Funk (youngest - drowned in 1908)
His father was a meat dealer who owned his own house in town in
Ottawa at 1612 Champlain Street;
The Funk family (except for J M Funk) still lived at this address in both
1937 and 1939.
J M Funk married in 1911 at age 18 to Florence, who was 20;
They had four children:
James C Funk, Kenneth (Quirk) Funk, William R Funk & Eileen N Funk.
James C Funk was born on May 11, 1911.
Kenneth (Quirk) Funk was probably born during the first three months of 1914,
based on calculations from the 1920 and 1930 censuses. He became a priest.
William R Funk was born on August 27, 1916 and died on October 13, 1987.
William's wife died in the autumn of 2009.
Eileen Funk appeared in a 1937 Ottawa city directory, issued when she was
17 or 18.
By the time of J M Funk's death in 1941, she had married and become Mrs
In 1917, J M Funk lived at RFD #30 (RFD = Rural Free Delivery postal route)
In 1920, he lived in a rented home at 317 DeLeon St., Ottawa;
In 1930, he lived in his own home (worth $5000) at 1610 Champlain St.
In 1917, he was a salesman for an oil company in Kansas City, Mo;
In 1920, he was a yard clerk in the railroad yards;
In 1930, he may have been an aviation engineer (census taker's
handwriting is not completely legible)
In the 1937 Ottawa city directory, he was listed as 'aero dynamic eng'.
In the 1939 Ottawa city directory he is listed as 'elec wkr'.
A 1941 newspaper article on his death mentioned that he was employed by
Advanced Aluminum Co of Chicago.
He was a private for 3 years, perhaps in the state militia (prior to
His WWI draft registration (1917) indicated that he was 6 ft 1 with
a slender build,
brown eyes and dark hair.
Although claimed a draft exemption in 1917, on the
1930 census he
indicated that he had military service in WW I.
United States Censuses: 1900, 1920, 1930. (Funk not found in 1910 census).
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.
Illinois Statewide Death Index 1916-1950.
M Funk Patented Several Inventions:
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
JAMES MORRIS FUNK, OF OTTAWA, ILLINOIS, ASSIGNOR OF ONE-HALF
TO THOMAS H. BELROSE, OF
1,327,543 Specification of Letters Patent. Patented Jan. 6, 1920
Application filed October 16, 1918. Serial No. 258,363.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, JAMES M. FUNK, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Ottawa, in the county of La Salle and
State of Illinois, have invented a new and Improved Aeroplane, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description.
The invention relates to the stabilizing and controlling of aeroplanes by means additional to ailerons and the like. ...
Patent number 1,327,543 can be looked up at
to find full details.
Harvey Hahn did research on name variants (J M Funk, James
M Funk, and James Morris Funk) in Google Patents (except for patent
numbers, dates, and classifications, the U.S. Patent Office has NO indexes
for anything prior to 1976). He established that there were more patents
awarded to Funk. Here is as complete a list in order of their invention, that is, patent application
||Aeroplane (1/2 to Thomas
H. Belrose, Ottawa, IL)
(Pat Ofc error: George D. Roper Corp; corrected to J. M. Funk
||Gas-fired hot air
(George D. Roper Corp, Rockford, IL)
||Design for an air
propeller for electric fans
(Marathon Electric Mfg Corp, Wausau, WI)
||Design for an impeller
(Airmaster Corp, Chicago)
||Air conditioning &
(Lonergan Mfg Co, Albion, MI)
||Air conditioning &
circulating apparatus (Lonergan Mfg Co, Albion, MI)
||Air moving apparatus
(Aluminum Castings Corp, Chicago)
||Suction fan unit (Advance
Aluminum Castings Corp, Chicago)
||Design for an air
circulating propeller (Reynolds Electric Co, Chicago)
|* James M.
Funk, Rockford, IL (Same person? Temporarily lived/worked
Please note: Of his 12 known patented
inventions, half of the patents were awarded posthumously.
You can find all of J M Funk's patents at
Disclaimer: Genealogical research often can deal only in probabilities
and possibilities rather than in absolute certainties; thus, although the
information here about J M Funk is believed to be correct and based on
solid documentary evidence, it may contain inaccuracies.
Funk, J M. 1933. The Cycles of Prosperity and Depression. Ottawa. IL.
McMinn, David. 2006. Market Timing By the Moon & The Sun. Twin
McMinn, David. 2004. Market Timing By The Number 56. Twin Palms
Williams, David. 1947. Rhythmic Cycles in American Business.
Henry George School of Social Sciences. New York. Apr 16.
Williams, David. 1959. Astro-Economics. Llewellyn Publications
Williams, David. 1982. Financial Astrology. American Federation of