Pioneer Residents Honored By Their Relatives And Friends

Frank and Nettie celebrated their 60th anniversary in conjunction with another couple they knew at the Roscoe Methodist Church.  Approximately 250 persons were at the church to fete the couples.  There were brief talks, numerous congratulations, and each couple received a gift – an expression of genuine friendliness and regard – to four persons who served their community and church long and well.

As published in The Beloit Daily News, Monday, March 21, 1938:

Roscoe Couple Observes 60th Anniversary

A host of relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cummings at Roscoe yesterday.  They observed their 60th wedding anniversary.

Community Pioneers

Mr. and Mrs. Cummings are Roscoe’s oldest couple.  They are pioneers of the community and their years of wedded life eclipse those of any other couple in the village.  There was a dinner at the Cummings home, and their sons, Roy and Leon and their families, Mr. and Mrs. Carry Phelps, Mr. and Mrs. Will Trimmer, of Rockton, Mrs. L. M. Rhodes, Beloit, and Mrs. Ida Steward of Roscoe, all relatives, were present.

Mr. Cummings is 83 years old.  He was born in Oneida county, New York, and he came to Roscoe with his parents when he was three months old.  The family returned to New York and again moved to Roscoe when he was six years old.  He has retired now but he was a farmer, stock and implement dealer before he discontinued his business career.

Reception at Church

Mrs. Cummings was born in Canada near Niagara Falls.  She came to Roscoe with her parents when she was eight years old and has been a resident of the community for 72 years. Absent from the event yesterday was a daughter, Mrs. Bertha Yoakam and her children who live at Pasadena, Calif.  They were home last year.



Meat Market Renovation

F. B. Cummings is renovating and remodeling the building formerly used as a meat market, in which he is going to place a fine stock of harness, robes, blankets &c.

Rockton Herald November 1, 1900 found on page 4 of 8 in the Roscoe section for County Correspondence

Little Old Lady From Pasadena

Mrs. Frank B. Cummings, 89, a former resident of Roscoe (Illinois), died last Saturday at Pasadena, Calif.  She is survived by a son, R. L. Cummings of Roscoe, and a daughter, Mrs. Bertha Yocum of Pasadena. Mrs. Cummings was born Sarah Antoinette Lundy and people called her “Nettie”.

Death notice was published at bottom of page 1 of: Rockton Herald Thursday January 30, 1947

My Sister Gets All the Good Stuff


1878 – It was her older sister’s 30th wedding anniversary (actually it was her half-sister), so Phebe gifted Mary Jane with a “Linen Shirt Bosom” which was in keeping with the cotton and linen theme of the celebration.

There were many attendees with about 120 persons assembled to celebrate alongside Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Phelps. But there was ample room for them all including  the Shirland band that played several pieces of music.  The feast was sumptuous with bountiful edibles and tempting viands. The company did not break up until the small hours of the new day.

Given how long the party lasted, Phebe likely did not bring her 3 month old daughter May.  But little did she know, May’s future in-laws Ephraim and Nancy Powell were in attendance and brought towels as a gift.screen-shot-2017-02-20-at-5-57-25-pm


She wore Ashes of Roses


Last Friday the post office was well filled with envelopes containing invitations from Mr. and Mrs. W. N. Lundy to attend the marriage ceremony of their daughter, Wednesday evening, March 20, at 8 o’clock, F. B. Cummings and Miss Nettie Lundy.  Another envelope contained an invitation for Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Cummings’ reception on Thursday evening, March 21st.screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-7-46-38-pm


Early Wednesday, March 20th, Dr. Lundy’s house was filled to overflowing by the friends to witness the marriage of Nettie Lundy and Frank Cummings.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. H. Reeves, who has great tact in that line of business, making every thing pass off so nicely and pleasantly.  The bride was dressed in ashes of roses colored dress, and the groom in conventional black suit.


After the ceremony, supper was served, and then a pleasant sociable time was had.  The company all dispersed before midnight.  About $150 worth of presents were received, among which were the following:
Two large family bibles, a silver tea set of six pieces, a walnut extension table, an easy chair, silver spoon holder and syrup dish, silver castor, solid silver sugar ladle, pair silver napkin rings, camp chair, glass sauce dish, glass tea set and pitcher, toilet set, vaces, goblets, brackets, chromos, maps, and numerous other articles of less value.

Thursday evening following a large company assembled at Mr. A. B. Cumming’s.  The evening was spent as such parties usually are, and the supper at both places was the best that could be gotten up.  There were from 135 to 150 at each party. The happy couple go to house keeping on Mr. Benedict‘s old place. May they live long and be happy.

Seventeen of Nettie Lundy’s scholars went up to Beloit, last Saturday, and had their pictures taken in a group to present to her.


Flood of 1918

cummings house

The Roscoe, IL homesite of the Roy Cummings family, directly north of the bridge on the east side of Main Street, had a steep bank and several feet of level land next to the creek, which flooded to more than twice its normal size in February 1918.

This post is taken from information in the book, Roscoe by Dorothy Hunter with Doris Hunter Tropp, published in 2013 by Arcadia Publishing


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King Winter

In Nature's Byways

According to the book “Roscoe” by Dorothy Hunter 2013, Genevieve Cummings was in an operetta entitled “In Nature’s Byways” by Florence Lovejoy.  She was fourteen years old at that time.  It was performed at the Methodist church on May 29, 1921 and was later published. Mary Parker as Sunshine, Inez Richardson as Spring, Annie Burch as Birds, Louisa Wilcox as Rain, Genevieve Cummings as King Winter, Hazel Hendershott as Ice, and Florence Belden as Snow.

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