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Memorable Manitobans: Hugh Duncan Cumming (1879-1942)

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Hugh Duncan Cumming
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Educator, school inspector, naturalist.

Born at Cumming’s Mountain, Nova Scotia on 7 April 1879, son of William Cumming and Agnes MacMillan, he taught school in Nova Scotia before coming to Manitoba in 1904. He taught at Netley School then was Principal at Teulon High School (1908-1919). In 1920, he was appointed a School Inspector and, other than a three-year period from 1923 to 1925 when he was Superintendent of the Industrial Training School at Portage la Prairie, he remained in the position, serving at Teulon. He served as President of the Manitoba Educational Association (1921-1922).

On 1 July 1909, he married Olive Lyle Archibald (1882-1935) at Winnipeg and they had six children: William Archibald “Bill” Cumming, John Creelman “Jack” Cumming (1913-1992), Helen Bell Cumming (1915-2009, wife of Frank Leith Skinner), Agnes Ramsay Cumming (1918-?), Jean Isobel Cumming (1920-?), and Lois Cumming (?-?). An enthusiastic birdwatcher, he contributed to the column “Chickadee Notes” in the Winnipeg Free Press for more than 20 years.

He died at Teulon on 5 January 1942 and was buried in the Windsor Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cumming School No. 2076 (RM of Armstrong)


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

“H. Cummings dies, aged 65, at Teulon,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 1942, page 18.

The History of the Manitoba Educational Association by Ernest Butterworth, MEd thesis, Faculty of Graduate Study and Research, University of Manitoba, 1965.

100 Years of History: Rockwood Municipality by Rockwood Municipality History, 1982.

Obituary [John Creelman Cumming], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 May 1992, page 43.

Obituary [Helen Bell Cumming Skinner], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 December 2009, page 50.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Curt Belton for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 April 2021

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