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Memorable Manitobans: Carl Toreson Kummen (1885-1970)


Born at Skjaak, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway on 14 September 1885, he came to Winnipeg and founded and was President of the electric business of Kummen-Shipman Limited. He served as President of the Manitoba Electrical Association and Vice-President of the Canadian Construction Association. He and wife Mary Emily Olsson (c1888-1952) had five children: Guro Emily Kummen (1915-2006, wife of James Arthur Shields Jackson), Harold Thorvald “Bud” Kummen, Alice Christine Kummen (1918-?, wife of R. B. McKinnon), Carl Torrance Kummen (1921-?), and Marion Kummen (?-?, wife of Henry Johnsen). He was Consul of Norway at Winnipeg for many years, for which he was invested as a Knight of St. Olav by the King of Norway. He was a member of the Norwegian Glee Club, Masons, Kiwanis Club of Winnipeg, and Winnipeg Executives Association. He died at his Winnipeg home, 240 Elm Street, on 3 June 1970 and he was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Norwegian Consul's wife dies in city,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 October 1952, page 31.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 June 1970.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 5 June 1970.

Obituary [Harold T. Kummen], Winnipeg Free Press, 1 April 2006.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 December 2021

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