|Birth: ||Mar. 6, 1893|
|Death: ||Jan. 3, 1947|
Private, Company I, 35th Infantry, 18th Division. Son of Mr and Mrs IB Cummings; born March 6, 1892 in Galesburg, IL. Entered at Detroit, June 1, 1917; sent to Yuma, AZ; award for being Expert Rifleman, April 8, 1918; in August, 1918 transferred to Camp Travis; September 3, 1918 transferred to Company D, 86th Infantry, 18th Division; in service 20 1/2 months; discharged February 12, 1919.
BEN CUMMINGS DIES OF HEART ATTACK TODAY
Ben Cummings, 660 Willard Street, a veteran of the First World War, died unexpectedly of a heart attack late this morning while conversing with two neighbors as he was standing in the driveway at his home.
Mr. Cummings suddenly collapsed and his friends immediately carried him within his home, but apparently death had been instantaneous.
Last October 8, Mr. Cummings had been stricken by a heart attack and during a period of convalescing had made apparent improvement. Following a medical examination his condition had been considered so improved that Mr. Cummings was to return to his work tomorrow as a switchman for the Peoria and Pekin Union railroad at Pekin, a job he had held the last two years.
Previously Mr. Cummings had spent four years in railroad work at the ordinance plant in Burlington, IA. Formerly he was engaged as a home decorator.
Born in Galesburg, March 8, 1892, Mr. Cummings was graduated from the local high school. He enlisted at Detroit, MI, June 1, 1917, and was sent to Yuma, AZ, where he obtained an award for expert marksmanship. In August, 1918, Mr. Cummings was transferred to Camp Travis and later saw service in other camps before his discharge February 12, 1919.
His marriage to Miss Lola Babbitt of this city took place November 7, 1923.
Mr. Cummings was a member of the First Methodist church, Elks, the Masonic fraternity and the American Legion.
Survivors are the wife and two sisters, Mrs. Bert Melin, Glendale, CA, and Mrs. Roy Willsie, city.
Services probably will be held Monday afternoon, but a definite time has not yet been decided upon.
GALESBURG REGISTER-MAIL: JANUARY 3, 1947
Services for Ben Cummings, 660 Willard Street, whose unexpected death occurred late Friday morning, will be conducted Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Kimber and West mortuary where friends may call tonight and Sunday. Burial will be in Memorial Park.
GALESBURG REGISTER-MAIL: JANUARY 4, 1947
Masonic services for Ben Cummings, 660 Willard Street, whose unexpected death occurred Friday, were held at the Kimber and West mortuary this afternoon at 2PM with John R Bridge as acting master and Sam Hinchman as secretary, representing Alpha Lodge.
At religious services Dr. TE Newland officiated with a quartet composed of Will Lawrence, Eschel Johnson, Arvid Erlandson and Dave Swedenberg, accompanied by Mrs. Ralph D Lucas, singing two selections.
Pallbearers were Paul Davis, Edward Watkins, Frank Hinchman, Lawrence Camp, Harry Edmundson and Robert Egstrand. Burial was in Memorial Park.
GALESBURG REGISTER-MAIL: JANUARY 6, 1947
Lola Irene Babbitt Cummings (1893 - 1950)
Memorial Park Cemetery
Created by: Talbot Fisher
Record added: Aug 21, 2011
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