Over 111 years later, Cummings’ heroics were remembered during a family reunion at Milwaukee’s Irish Fest, the world’s largest festival celebrating all things Irish. Cummings’ father, Hugh, immigrated from County Waterford, Ireland in 1849 and settled in southwestern Wisconsin. Photos of John and his daughter, with a 1950 newspaper article describing his snowy ordeal, were among displays featured at the reunion.
I heard the story through the years,” said Joan Cummings about her great uncle’s courage. “It’s a very touching story.”