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Memorable Manitobans: Carl Toreson Kummen (1885-1970)

Businessman.

Born at Skjaak, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway on 14 September 1885, he came to Winnipeg and founded and was President of the electric business of Kummen-Shipman Limited. He served as President of the Manitoba Electrical Association and Vice-President of the Canadian Construction Association. He and wife Mary Emily Olsson (c1888-1952) had five children: Guro Emily Kummen (1915-2006, wife of James Arthur Shields Jackson), Harold Thorvald “Bud” Kummen, Alice Christine Kummen (1918-?, wife of R. B. McKinnon), Carl Torrance Kummen (1921-?), and Marion Kummen (?-?, wife of Henry Johnsen). He was Consul of Norway at Winnipeg for many years, for which he was invested as a Knight of St. Olav by the King of Norway. He was a member of the Norwegian Glee Club, Masons, Kiwanis Club of Winnipeg, and Winnipeg Executives Association. He died at his Winnipeg home, 240 Elm Street, on 3 June 1970 and he was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Norwegian Consul's wife dies in city,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 October 1952, page 31.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 June 1970.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 5 June 1970.

Obituary [Harold T. Kummen], Winnipeg Free Press, 1 April 2006.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 December 2021

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