Memoir of a Minnesota Farmer
A fascinating account of life
at the turn of the last century.
Part I: 1846-1903
Part II: 1904-1937

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Readings & Interviews:


To schedule a reading

contact Sandra Wilcoxon


Listen to Sandra's interview

on AARP's Prime Time Radio broadcast

during the week of May 22 - 31, 2001.


Readings on the second Monday of each month at:

Molly Malone's Pub (7:30 PM)

7652 W Madison Ave, Forest Park, IL 60130


Click on one of the links below

to hear a reading of Fred's Poetry

(by Sandra Wilcoxon) recorded at an

open mic that took place on

Jan. 8, 2001 at Healy's West Side

in Forest Park, IL.

[ Stream | Download ]

Featured Excerpts:

Cholera-infested Riverboat
Civil War Years
Our Wedding
Rose's Cancer
Death's Harvest
1903 Personal Ad

Preview Part II: 1904-1937
Sad Intelligence
Bank Failure
Song Birds
Poems to Rose

Research & Notes:
Isaac Cummings Family Tree
Fred Cummings Family Tree
Custer's Speech
Names & Spelling

About the Authors
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Fred Cummings was a not-so-simple farmer who struggled to clear new land, raise crops, and feed his family and livestock.   He survived through sheer hard work, tenacity, and ingenuity.  Born in 1846 in Vermont, his aunt and uncle took him in after his mother's death.  In 1855, they moved to Minnesota to homestead new land.

Fred kept journals, almost continuously, from 1868 through 1937 shortly before his death at the age of 92.   He was a thoughtful man who subscribed to eight newspapers, read many books, and wrote poetry to express his feelings.   He comments on politics, natural disasters, news items, and family activities.

The journals include: details about the weather that so critically affected a farmer's livelihood; accounting of income, expenses, and barters; local news from the south-eastern corner of Minnesota near Preston; the trials of homesteading up by Lake Itasca; national news items such as elections and politics, the Chicago fire, the Johnstown flood, the Titanic sinking, and much, much more!

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