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Humboldt H. "Hum" Cummins


[Source: Johnson, Frank W., and Ernest William Winkler, A History of Texas and Texans (Chicago and New York: American Historical Society, 1914), 3: 1421.]

Grayson County can boast of many members of the bar who have won distinction in their profession, but among this number there are few who carry their honors with a more quiet dignity than Humboldt H. Cummins, of Denison, who is no less respected by the community than by the clients whose interests he protects. Coming to this city some twenty years ago, he has steadily advanced to a position of prominence among the legal men of North Texas, and his connection with numerous important cases of jurisprudence has made his figure a familiar one in the courts of this section.

Mr. Cummins is a native son of Grayson County, and was born March 12, 1873, a son of James H. and Helen (Morrison) Cummins. His father, a native of Missouri, of Scotch-Irish descent, came to the Lone Star state in 1861, and almost immediately thereafter volunteered for service in the Confederate army. He became a member of General Price's army, operating in Missouri, and toward the close of the Civil war was made quartermaster of his regiment. Upon his return to peaceful pursuits he adopted the vocation of agriculturist, and continued to be engaged in tilling the soil in Grayson County during the remainder of his life. He died July 23, 1890, with the respect and esteem of all who knew him, while the mother still survives, and makes her home in Denison. She is a remarkable woman in many ways, and is very alert and active in mind for one of seventy-three years. There were four sons and six daughters in the family of James H. and Helen Cummins, and the greater number of these still reside in Texas.

Humboldt H. Cummins is the youngest son of his parents. His early education was secured in the public schools of Grayson County, this being supplemented by attendance at the University of Texas. Austin, where he was graduated with the class of 1894, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Laws. He immediately opened offices in Denison, and this growing and flourishing city has continued to be his field of endeavor to the present time. Mr. Cummins has contributed greatly to the development of the city and with its prosperity he has prospered. As his abilities have become recognized, he has entered more actively into the important avenues of his calling, and at one time and another has been retained in cases the outcome of which has made local and county history. His office is located at No. 223-1/2 West Main Street. Mr. Cummins has served as city attorney for two terms, and as assistant county attorney of Grayson county for four years, and in each capacity has shown his high ideals of the responsibilities of public service. Always a Democrat, he is known as one of the influential party men of his section. Mr. Cummins is connected fraternally with the Elks, and holds the chair of esteemed knight in the local lodge. As a member of the Chamber of Commerce he has done much to advance the business interests of Denison, and his influence in all lines of civic activity has been most markedly for the good.

On September 22, 1904, Mr. Cummins was married at Denison, Texas, to Miss Nellie Moore, daughter of L. B. and Virginia Moore, the former of whom was in the jewelry business for a number of years but is now retired and a resident of Denison. Mr. Moore, while a resident of Illinois, volunteered for service in the Federal army during the war between the North and the South, subsequently participated in a number of battles during the four years of his service, and in one fierce engagement received a severe wound in his face. He came to Texas in 1880, and since that time has been a resident of Denison. Mr. Cummins generally spends his vacations in travel, principally in the western states. He has found no locality, however, which he feels measures up to the healthful climate of North Texas, with its medium of altitude and even temperature. His confidence in the continued prosperity and growth of Denison has been evidenced by his investments in realty, which includes his pleasant and attractive home at No. 901 West Woodard Street.

Cummins Rites Held

[Source: Denison TX Herald, October 5, 1961]

Funeral services for H. H. (Hum) Cummins, veteran attorney who died at his home here Tuesday evening, were held at 10:30 a.m. today at Johnson-Moore chapel. Rev. David A. Jones, rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, officiated.
Burial was in Fairview Cemetery with A. P. Linn, Hugh Kolbert, Charles Harris, Walter Lebrecht, Charles Gullett, and Mark Cummins as pallbearers.

Members of the Grayson County Bar Association served as honorary pallbearers. 




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