Cummings, Charles Victor (1880-1933)

Charles Victor Cummings, Who’s Who in Canada, 1928-1929, page 235

Charles Victor Cummings, Who’s Who in Canada, 1928-1929, page 235

Charles Victor Cummings was a building contractor and corporation director. He lived at 1919 Robson Street in 1917.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1917, page 449

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1917, page 449

He was born on September 17, 1880, in Stirling, Ontario. His father was Hiram Anson Cummings (1853-1944). His mother was Helen Jordan McMurchy (1853-1895).

Charles went to school in public schools in Manitoba, followed by a period at a business college in Winnipeg. He worked as a railway surveyor for two years.

From 1900 to 1904, he worked with A.C. Mackenzie, until Mr. Mackenzie and A.R. Mann started the Northern Construction Company.

On April 21, 1906, in Toronto, Ontario, Charles married Louise Kathleen Reynolds. She was born about 1880. Her father was William Truman Reynolds (1852-1881). Her mother was Louisa Boyd (1852-1887).

In 1911, he was living at 877 Grosvenor Street in the Fort Rouge district of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Henderson Directories, Winnipeg, 1911, page 607, http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/921.3.12/633.html.

Henderson Directories, Winnipeg, 1911, page 607, http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/921.3.12/633.html.

 

877 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Google Streets, searched October 26, 2015; image dated April 2009.

877 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Google Streets, searched October 26, 2015; image dated April 2009.

The 1912 directory for Edmonton, Alberta, showed that Charles was “residing” in room 603 of the brand-new Tegler Building, which then had an address at 675 First Street (later the corner of 101st Street and 102nd Avenue).

Henderson's Edmonton city directory. Winnipeg: Henderson Directories, 1912, page 370; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/2962.7/376.html.

Henderson’s Edmonton city directory. Winnipeg: Henderson Directories, 1912, page 370; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/2962.7/376.html.

 

Tegler Block, showing original structure before its expansion in 1913. http://archiseek.com/2012/1911-tegler-block-edmonton-alberta/

Tegler Block, showing original structure before its expansion in 1913. http://archiseek.com/2012/1911-tegler-block-edmonton-alberta/

The Tegler Building was an office block, however, and it seems likely that Charles would have been living elsewhere in Edmonton.

In 1913 and 1914, Charles’s home address was 1162 Victoria Avenue in Edmonton, which was near the intersection with 13th Street.

Henderson's Edmonton city directory, 1913, page 381; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/2962.8/355.html.

Henderson’s Edmonton city directory, 1913, page 381; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/2962.8/355.html.

This photograph from the early 1900s shows the neighbourhood, although probably not the exact house.

Victoria Avenue (after 1914 called 100th Avenue); Edmonton, Alberta; Edmonton’s Lost Heritage, Edmonton Historical board, 1982, page 29.

Victoria Avenue (after 1914 called 100th Avenue); Edmonton, Alberta; Edmonton’s Lost Heritage, Edmonton Historical board, 1982, page 29.

By 1916, Charles was at 226 Oxford Street in Winnipeg.

226 Oxford Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Google Streets, searched October 26, 2015; image dated July 2009.

226 Oxford Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Google Streets, searched October 26, 2015; image dated July 2009.

When Charles arrived in Vancouver about 1917, he was the secretary-treasurer of Northern Construction Company.

Northern Construction Company, advertisement, Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1917, page 58.

Northern Construction Company, advertisement, Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1917, page 58.

In 1917, he was occupying Roger Henry Carleton Green’s house at 1919 Robson Street.

In 1918 and 1919, Charles was at 1531 Beach Avenue. (Joseph Anderson, the manager of the Union Bank, who was at 1860 Comox Street from 1914 to 1916, had lived at 1531 Beach Avenue in 1913).

After A.C. Mackenzie died in 1919, Charles became the vice president of Northern Construction. He was also the vice president of J.W. Stewart Limited.

From 1921 to 1923, Charles was at 3690 Osler Street in Shaughnessy Heights.

3690 Osler Street, Vancouver, “In Memoriam,” Heritage Vancouver Newsletter, volume 12, number 8, August 2003, page 2; http://www.heritagevancouver.org/pdf_newsletter/hvs-news-2003-08-screen.pdf.

3690 Osler Street, Vancouver, “In Memoriam,” Heritage Vancouver Newsletter, volume 12, number 8, August 2003, page 2; http://www.heritagevancouver.org/pdf_newsletter/hvs-news-2003-08-screen.pdf.

Charles did not appear in the Vancouver directories after 1923.

Sometime, probably by the mid to late 1920s, Charles was divorced, and he married for a second time.

Louise Cummings did not re-marry. She died in Toronto, Ontario, on July 1, 1946. She was buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Mrs. Charles V. Cummings, obituary, Toronto Globe and Mail, July 2, 1946, page 5.

Mrs. Charles V. Cummings, obituary, Toronto Globe and Mail, July 2, 1946, page 5.

 

Louise Kathleen Cummings, death notice, Toronto Globe and Mail; July 2, 1946; page 24, column 1.

Louise Kathleen Cummings, death notice, Toronto Globe and Mail; July 2, 1946; page 24, column 1.

Charles’s second wife was Rebecca Mae Nickson, the ex-wife of Thomas Ralph Nickson (“Ralph”) of Vancouver. (Ralph Nickson was a builder and contractor. T.R. Nickson and Company was at 1919 Georgia Street in 1912 and at 1901 Georgia Street in 1913 and 1914.)

Rebecca Mae Nickson was born in St. Catherines, Ontario, on May 27, 1885. Her father was John Joseph Banfield (1856-1934). Her mother was Harriet Oille (1863-1959). Rebecca married Ralph Nickson on September 9, 1908, and they had three children: John, Allen and Rex. Ralph died in Vancouver on March 17, 1939. (Further information appears on the page for Thomas Ralph Nickson.)

In January 1929, Charles became a director of the Toronto Casualty Company.

By 1930, Charles and Rebecca had moved to the Gleneagles Apartments on Cote des Neiges Road in Montreal, Quebec.

Gleneagles Apartments, Montreal, Google Streets, searched October 24, 2015; image dated June 2015.

Gleneagles Apartments, Montreal, Google Streets, searched October 24, 2015; image dated June 2015.

Charles belonged to several clubs, including the Vancouver Club, Shaughnessy Heights Golf Club; Vancouver Golf and Country Club; Vancouver Rowing Club; Garrison Club (Quebec); Royal Thames Yacht Club, St. James Club; Royal Montreal Golf Club and the Mount Stephen Club.

In the fall of 1933, Charles and Rebecca went to California. Charles was preparing Northern Construction for a large contract to bring water into the towns surrounding Los Angeles.

On November 4, 1933, Charles died in Palm Springs, California. He was buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto.

“Charles Cummings Dies in 54th Year,” Montreal Gazette - November 7, 1933, page 5, https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=mhYvAAAAIBAJ&sjid=TqgFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3335%2C789750.

“Charles Cummings Dies in 54th Year,” Montreal Gazette – November 7, 1933, page 5, https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=mhYvAAAAIBAJ&sjid=TqgFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3335%2C789750.

 

Charles Victor Cummings, death notice, Toronto Globe, November 15, 1933, page 12, column 1.

Charles Victor Cummings, death notice, Toronto Globe, November 15, 1933, page 12, column 1.

 

Rebecca Mae Cummings died in Montreal on December 1, 1969. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

 

Charles and Louise had the following children.

 

William Franklin Anson Cummings

William Franklin Anson Cummings was born in Toronto, Ontario, on March 21, 1907.

He attended Trinity College in Port Hope, Ontario, from 1921 to 1925. He also served as captain in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps.

He was still living in 1946.

 

John (Jack) Dowswell Cummings

John (Jack) Dowswell Cummings was born on August 29, 1909 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

He may have died around 1931, possibly in a car accident. He was not living in 1946.

 

Charles Donald Cummings

Charles Donald Cummings was born on April 7, 1912, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

He was still living in 1946.

 

Sources

 

Hiram Anson Cummings (father of Charles Victor Cummings)

Hiram Anson Cummings, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/hiram-anson-cummings_67652047?geo_a=r&o_iid=41015&o_lid=41015&o_sch=Web+Property.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVY-ZHB : accessed 26 October 2015), Hiram Cummings, M, Macdonald, Manitoba, Canada; citing p. 2, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZBK-GHL : accessed 26 October 2015), Hiram A Cummings and Emma J Ferguson, 24 Feb 1902; citing registration , Sophiasburgh, Prince Edward, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,871,279.

“Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1954,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK3B-9G86 : accessed 26 October 2015), Hirane[sic]  A Cummings, 1912; citing M1464, Soundex Index to Canadian Border Entries through the St. Albans, Vermont, District, 1895-1924, 198, NARA microfilm publications M1461, M1463, M1464, and M1465 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, publication year); FHL microfilm 1,561,284. [Includes reference to son: Charles Cummings, Edmonton, Alberta.]

“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHQQ-Q4L : accessed 26 October 2015), Hiram A Cummings, Township 2, Madera, California, United States; citing sheet 14B, family 204, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,820,101.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLVT-YWR : accessed 26 October 2015), Hiram Anson Cummings, 1944.

 

Charles Victor Cummings

Charles Victor Cummings, Arnold Weirmeir Associated Families; http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=arnoldvw&id=I11840.

Charles Victor Cummings, Who’s Who in Canada, 1928-1929, page 235 (includes photograph of Charles Victor Cummings)” “Cummings, Charles Victor—Vice-President, Northern Construction Company, Limited, Vancouver Block, Vancouver, B.C.; Director, Traders’ Finance Corporation, Limited; Director, Canadian General Securities, Limited; Director, Canadian General Securities, Limited; Director Home Oil Company, Limited; Director, Home Oil Distributors, Limited; Director, Canadian General Investment Trust, Limited. Born Stirling, Ont., September 17, 1880, son of Hiram Anson and the late Helen (McMurchy) Cummings. Educated: Public Schools, Manitoba; Business College, Winnipeg, Man. After leaving College worked for two years on railway surveying; was associated with the late A.C. Mackenzie, Contractor, 1900—04, when in conjunction with Mr. A.R. Mann, Northern Construction Company was formed. On the death of Mr. A.C. Mackenzie in 1919, was appointed Vice-President. Member, Vancouver Board of Trade. Married Louise Reynolds, daughter of the late William Reynolds, April 21, 1906; has three sons. Clubs: Vancouver; Shaughnessy Heights Golf; Vancouver Gold and Country; Vancouver Rowing; Garrison (Quebec). Recreation: Golf. Presbyterian. Residence: Vancouver Club, Vancouver, B.C.”

CV Cummings of Canadian Northern Construction — On A Parallel Track; February 12, 2014; https://oppositethecity.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/cv-cummings-of-canadian-northern-construction-on-a-parallel-track/.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VNLR-493 : accessed 26 October 2015), Charles Victor Cummings, 1880.

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVFZ-RV3 : accessed 26 October 2015), Charles Commings [sic] in household of Hidom Commings, Tiny, Simcoe North, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 83; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13251, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,887; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/e/e328/e008185974.pdf.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-XNMK : accessed 25 October 2015), Charles Cummings, 1911; citing Census, Winnipeg Sub-Districts 1-29, Manitoba, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,671; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=33075&highlight=28&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Charles+F.+Cummings; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/pdf/e001953241.pdf.

Henderson’s Edmonton city directories: 1912 to 1915. (Edmonton changed its street numbering scheme in 1914. Victoria Avenue became 100th Avenue, although it was still called Victoria Avenue for some time. Thirteenth Street became 113 St.: the new house number for 1162 Victoria Avenue was 11229. Henderson’s Edmonton City Directory, 1915, pages 91 to 97: http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/2962.10/79.html?qid=peelbib|%22victoria%20ave%22|(peelnum:002962.10)|score. Victoria Avenue street listing: http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/2962.10/124.html?qid=peelbib%7Cvictoria%7C%28peelnum%3A002962.10%29%7Cscore: New number: 11229; old number 1162; I.W. McClung). John Wesley McClung, the son of Nellie McClung, the Alberta writer and activist, gave 1162 Victoria Avenue as his address in 1915, when he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the First World War.)

“Canada Census, 1916,” database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMP4-C4D : accessed 25 October 2015), Charles Cummings, Manitoba, Canada; citing p. 42, line 33; Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,434,949; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/006003/t-21934/pdf/31228_4363963-01094.pdf.

1921 Canada Census; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 19; Census Place: Point Grey (Municipality), Vancouver South, British Columbia; Page Number: 6; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“California Death Index, 1905-1939,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKSM-YVT5 : accessed 24 October 2015), Charles V Cummings, 04 Nov 1933; citing 61367, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento.

Charles Victor Cummings, death notice, Toronto Globe, November 15, 1933, page 12, column 1: “Cummings—At Palm Springs, Cal., on Monday, November the 6th, 1933, Charles Victor Cummings, in his 54th year. Funeral Friday, November the 17th, 1933, at 3 o’clock, from A.W. Miles Funeral Chapel, 30 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Montreal papers please copy.”

“Charles Cummings Dies in 54th Year; Prominent Local Contractor Had Gone to California on Business,” Montreal Gazette – Nov 7, 1933, page 5, https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=mhYvAAAAIBAJ&sjid=TqgFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3335%2C789750:

“The death occurred suddenly at Palm Springs, California, on Sunday, last, of Charles Victor Cummings, aged 53 years, vice-president of the Northern Construction Company and the J.W. Stewart, Limited, Dominion Square Building. Mr. Cummings, accompanied by Mrs. Cummings, had gone out to look over a large contract which the company had received to bring water into the towns surrounding Los Angeles.

He was born at Stirling, Ont., and attended the public school and business college at Winnipeg, Man. He worked for two years on railway surveying and, on starting his business career, became associated with Mackenzie and Mann. In 1904 they formed the Northern Construction Company and J.W. Stewart, Limited, with headquarters at Vancouver, B.C. Mr. Cummings became vice-president of this concern in 1919. The firm was awarded many large contracts throughout the Dominion and the United States during the last 20 years and was one of those engaged in the excavation work on the C.N.R. terminal.

Mr. Cummings was a member of the Vancouver Club, the Royal Thames Yacht Club, the St. James Club, the royal Montreal golf and the Mount Stephen Club.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

Burial will be in Vancouver [sic] on Saturday.”

 

Louise Kathleen Reynolds (wife of Charles Victor Cummings)

1901 Canada Census, Lavina [sic] Reynolds; Age: 41 [sic]; Province: Ontario; District Name: Toronto East (City); Sub-District Name: Ward 2; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=17999&highlight=3&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Louise+Reynolds; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z003/pdf/z000106260.pdf.

Mrs. Charles V. Cummings, obituary, Toronto Globe and Mail July 2, 1946, page 5: “Mrs. Louise Kathleen Cummings, widow of Charles Victor Cummings, died yesterday at the Wellesley Hospital. Born in Markham, she had been a resident of Toronto since childhood. She was a member of Deer Park United Church and active in the women’s organizations. Surviving are two sons, William A. and Donald Cummings.”

Louise Kathleen Cummings, death notice, Toronto Globe and Mail; July 2, 1946; page 24, column 1: “Cummings, Louise Kathleen—On Monday, July 1, 1946, at the Wellesley Hospital, Toronto, Louise Kathleen Cummings, wife of the late Charles Victor Cummings, dear mother of William A. and Donald Cummings. Resting at the Funeral Chapel of A.W. Miles, 30 St. Clair Ave. W. Service in the chapel Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment. Mount Pleasant Cemetery.”

 

Rebecca Mae Banfield (wife of Charles Victor Cummings)

Mae Badfield [sic] Cummings, Montreal Gazette, December 3, 1969, page 49; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=lfwtAAAAIBAJ&sjid=PaAFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1160%2C699852: “Cummings, Mae Badfield. At the Montreal Convalescent Hospital on Monday, December 1st, 1969, in her 85th year, beloved wife of the late Charles Victor Cummings, dear mother of John, Allen and Rex Nickson. Funeral was held privately at the William Wray and Walton Chapel, 2075 University Avenue.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVK9-GBNH : accessed 24 October 2015), Rebecca Mae Banfield Cummings, 1969; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 35288853, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=35288853.

 

 

William Franklin Anson Cummings (son of Charles Victor Cummings)

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9H-85PB : accessed 24 October 2015), Wm Franklin Anson Cummings, 1907.

Trinity College School Old Boys at war, 1899-1902, 1914-1918, 1939-1945; by Trinity College School (Port Hope., Ont.). Old Boys’ Association; page 97; https://archive.org/stream/trinitycollegesc00trinuoft#page/97/mode/1up: CUMMINGS, W. F. A.; Cummings, W. F. A. C21-’25), served as Captain in the R.C.A.S.C.

 

John Dowswell Cummings (son of Charles Victor Cummings)

Manitoba Birth Registrations; Registration Number: 1909-006161; John Doswell [sic] Cummings; date of birth: August 29, 1909; place of birth: Winnipeg; mother: Louise Kathleen Reynolds.

 

Charles Donald Cummings (son of Charles Victor Cummings)

Manitoba Birth Registrations; Registration Number: 1912-010869; Charles Donald Cummings; date of birth: April 7, 1912; place of birth: Winnipeg; mother: Louise Reynolds.

 

Mackenzie and Mann (Contractors)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLLT-Z7H : accessed 27 October 2015), Alexander Robert Mann, 1943.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-QRVT : accessed 27 October 2015), Alexander R. Mann, 1943; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26286608, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26286608.

“Alex. R. Mann, Noted Railway Builder, Dies,” Vancouver Sun, October 25, 1943, page 15 (includes photograph of Alexander R. Mann).

Donald Mann, Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Mann.

William Mackenzie (railway entrepreneur), Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Mackenzie_(railway_entrepreneur)

Theodore D. Regehr, “Mackenzie, Sir William,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 15, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed October 27, 2015, http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/mackenzie_william_15E.html.

Sir William Mackenzie 1849-1923, http://www.ontarioplaques.com/Plaques/Plaque_Kawartha17.html.

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