submitted by Phyllis Hazen, Novmeber 26, 2007

Feb 23 1896 (hand written)

At his home on East Ninth street, early Sunday morning, from paresis, occurred the death of Thomas Henry Cummins, a long-time and highly respected resident of this city, at the age of 56 years. Mr. Cummins had been in failing health for the past year, but it was not until about five weeks ago that he was compelled to seek his couch. During the latter period his condition became very encouraging at frequent intervals, and it was thought by those around him that his wonted vigor and strength might be restored. This was not to be, however, for latterly he began to sink until the end came.

Deceased was born in West Brookfield, Ohio, in 1839. He came to Iowa a young man in 1856, and settled in Muscatine, where he obtained a position as pharmacy clerk in Dr. Watters’ drug store. Later he was employed as salesman with G. A. Garrettson, who was then conducting a wholesale grocery and dry goods establishment. While occupying this position the war broke out and Mr. Cummins was among the first to fly to his country’s aid, enlisting in the First Iowa regiment as a drum major, the company being commanded by Captain Marko Cummins. After his term of service had expired he returned to Muscatine and engaged in the wholesale grocery business, being associated with Mr. S. Shammo, under the firm name of Shammo & Cummins, which enterprise was pursued until the year 1888, when, by mutual agreement, the co-partnership was dissolved, after which Mr. Cummins retired from active life. In 1859 he was united in marriage with Miss Anna Martin and seven children blessed their union. His widow and four children still survive him, the latter being Fred. And Harry, Cora and Elizabeth. Socially he was a member of the Masonic fraternity, being affiliated with Hawkeye Lodge, No. 30, and Shelby Norman Post, G. A. R.

Mr. Cummins was a good citizen—not officious or aggressive, but always on the right side. When a mere boy, he enlisted in the army to fight for his country and always showed an interest in public matters and for the public good. His activities, however, were mostly in business life, where he made a success, but it was in the quiet of home life where he took the most comfort and where in the later years of his life he spent most of his time.

The funeral services will be held from the house to-morrow (Tuesday) afternoon at 2 o’clock and will be in charge of the Masons, with the Post acting as escort.

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