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Memorable Manitobans: J. F. Cumming (1874-?)

Fuel and building supply merchant.

Born in Dalhousie Township, Ontario on 24 July 1874, son of John Cumming and Jane Purdon, he quit school at the age of 13 to work on the family farm. He came to Manitoba in 1901 to build bridges for the provincial government. He then became associated with Robert Purdon in the fuel and feed business. Seven years later, Purdon retired and Cumming became senior partner and manager of the fuel and building supply firm of J. F. Cumming & Company, located at 233 Ninth Street in Brandon. On 24 July 1907, he married Frances McTavish of Kent County, Ontario. They resided at 2037 Princes Avenue. He was a member of the IOOF.

Sources:

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 April 2010

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