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Memorable Manitobans: Caroline Cumming (1885-1979)

Educator.

Born in the RM of Argyle on 5 September 1885, one of eight children of Manitoba pioneer farmers John Cumming (1842-1931) and Lena Morrow (1855-1925), she was educated at Huntly School. She taught school for many years, including service as Principal of Crandall School (1923-1929), Green Ridge School (1930-1931), McConnell School (1931-1936), Snowflake School (1938-1948), Neelin School (1948-1949, 1951-1952), and Grosse Isle School (1949-1950). She retired to St. Vital in 1957. In 1969, Cumming self-published a memoir of pioneers days in the vicinity of Neelin, Manitoba entitled I Remember: Lights Along the Valley and Huntly. In 1970, she received a Centennial Medal from the Manitoba Historical Society for her long-term contributions to education in the province. She died unmarried at Winnipeg on 5 November 1979 and was buried in her family’s plot in Neelin Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registration [Caroline Cummings], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

I Remember: Lights Along the Valley and Huntly by Caroline Cumming, 1969.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 November 1979, page 84.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 January 2014

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