Biography of Edward H. Cummings
Marion County, IA Biographies





Edward H. Cummings for a number of years has lived in Knoxville in quiet retirement from the cares of active life. He was born in Clay township, this county, October 26, 1860, a son of Hugh and Agnes (Loynachan) Cummings, both natives of Argyleshire, Scotland. The father went to Ohio when about twenty one years of age and was married to Miss Loynachan near Marietta, that state, she having emigrated to this country with her parents a number of years before. In the '50s they left Ohio and removed to Iowa, settling in Clay township, this county. The father secured a fine farm and resided there until his death, which occurred July 14, 1899, when he was seventy nine years of age. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and a republican in his political belief. His wife was a daughter of David Loynachan and was also a Presbyterian. She died October 30, 1899, when seventy five years old. To them were born nine children, eight of whom survive, the youngest having died when a child. Those living are: Isabel, the wife of John Dunlap, of Ulysses, Nebraska; Robert, of Fremont, that state; David, residing in Pella, this county; Mrs. Barbara Weir, of Longmont, Colorado; Mrs. Nettie Beard, who is a widow and makes her home in Knoxville, Iowa; Edward H., of this review; William, residing upon the home farm in Clay township; and Mrs. Sarah McVey, who also resides in Clay township.

Edward H. Cummings was reared in his native township and remained at home until he attained his majority. He then. removed to Knoxville township and began farming there and so continued until he retired. He had but a small amount of capital when he began his independent business career and the first residence upon his farm was only a log house. The necessity of enduring hardships and of living frugally did not dismay him, however, and as he was industrious and enterprising and a man of sound judgment his resources steadily increased and he became prosperous and well to do. He gave especial attention to the raising of stock, breeding registered Polled Angus cattle and also Poland China hogs of good grade. He was recognized as one of the up to date and prosperous stockmen of the county. He still owns a farm of one hundred and forty seven acres of land as well as his residence in Knoxville.

Mr. Cummings was married in this county in February, 1884, to Miss Rachel McClain, who was born in Knoxville on the zest of August, 1861, a daughter of James and Martha (Huron) McClain. Her parents, natives of Kentucky and Indiana respectively, removed from the Hoosier state to Wapello county, Iowa, where they were numbered among the early settlers, and subsequently came to Knoxville. They eventually located upon a farm in Knoxville township, where they lived until called to their final rest. Here the father died in December, 1910, aged seventy four years, having survived his wife for almost a year, her demise occurring January 13, 1910. Mr. McClain had three children by a former marriage, Martha, Sarah and Rosetta, the last named being deceased. Seven children were born of his second union, namely: Mrs. Mary Dennis, of Park Rapids, Minnesota; Mrs. Cummings; Eli and George, both farmers of Knoxville township, this county; Rilla, deceased; and two who died in infancy. Mrs. Cummings was reared in this county and is indebted to the public schools for her education. By her marriage she has become the mother of four children. Roy, who was born December 25, 1884, is operating the home farm. He married Miss Dessie Whitlatch and they have one son, Raymond, aged five years. Fay, born February, 16, 1891, is a school teacher in the county. Beryl, born August 7, 1898, and Hugh, whose birth occurred March 10, 1904, are both at home. Mrs. Cummings is a member of the Presbyterian church. Mr. Cummings is a republican in politics and fraternally belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His wife is a member of the Rebekahs. His life has always conformed to high standards of conduct, and he enjoys the respect and good will of his fellowmen.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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