Norm Cummings lived to be 106 years old. He was born in March 1906 and passed away December 7, 2012. Wow! Not many people make it to that age. But don’t quote me on the March 8th birthdate. I kind of think he was born on Feb. 29 and was a leap year baby, which I’ll need to confirm.
As a youth in high school, Norm was quiet and reserved. His inquiring mind got him interested in that “new thing” called radio. He had his own crystal set and was also interested in amateur radio. His “ham shack” was in an upstairs bedroom, and he strung his antenna out a window to a tall, straight tree in the yard. He built his own transmitter and receiver; and his call was 9ATZ. As the years went by, his interest turned to photography; and during his many years at General Litho, his job was closely associated with photography. As his father’s health declined, more responsibilities of the family home fell on Norm’s shoulders. In 1942, he was drafted into the U. S. Army and he served in North Africa, Italy, and France. (Information provided by his cousin Elva Bainbridge Anderson).
Known Siblings: Genevieve Cummings Powell, Lucille Cummings Hopkins