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Looking Back to Look Forward: Part 4

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Arthur Cummer, The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Archives.

Mrs. Cummer gave birth to a daughter on November 13,1909. Named DeEtte Holden Cummer, she sadly lived only seventeen days. With the death of their only child, the Cummers threw themselves into civic and charitable work. Mr. Cummer, who had become president of the Cummer Lumber Company upon his father’s death in 1909, served as a director and vice president of Barnett National Bank, as well as a leading member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and the Southern Cypress Manufacturing Association. Other interests included the Evergreen Cemetery Association, the National Recreation Association, Children’s Home Society of Florida, St. Luke’s Hospital, and the Home for the Aged of Jacksonville. Mr. Cummer also collected rare antique weapons, which he bequeathed to the University of Michigan upon his death on January 2, 1943.

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