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MILTON "MIKE" McCUMBER (1877-1962)

(Last Updated: September 01, 2014)


Milton “Mike” McCUMBER was born Oct 1, 1877 in Napanee, Ontario, the youngest child of Hannah ASSELATINE and Daniel McCUMBER (1824-1906).


In the census records for 1881 and 1891 Mike was recorded with his parents in Napanee, Ontario (age 4, then 14).


Katherine “Kate” KNAUS was born on May 25, 1890 in Winnipeg, d daughter of Whilhemina “Minnie” STADTLANDER and John Konrad KNAUS (1840-1912) who was born Aug 12, 1840 in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany.


In 1901 Katie KNAUS (age 10) was recorded with her parents in Selkirk where her father, John KNAUS, was a hardware merchant.


At some time after 1901, the KNAUS family moved to Beausejour, and in October of 1905 Kate KNAUS (about 15 years old at the time) gave birth to a daughter who was named Wilhelmina “Minnie” (after her grandmother). Apparently Mike McCUMBER (age 28) was the father. It seems that baby Minnie was raised by her grandparents and in census 1911 and 1921 her name was recorded as Minnie KNAUS. In 1926 when she married my Uncle Nelson CONROD in Selkirk, her name was indicated as Minnie McCUMBER.


Mike McCUMBER formally marries Kate KNAUS
Kenora, Ontario


On July 12, 1907 Mike McCUMBER formally married Katherine “Kate” KNAUS in Kenora, Ontario. At that time Kate’s parents (Minnie & John KNAUS) were living in Beausejour.


The McCUMBER family in Beausejour, Manitoba


Census 1911, Beausejour, MB: Milton McCUMBER, age 28; wife Catherine, age 20. Children: Harold (age 2) and baby Kathleeen (8 months). In this census, daughter Minnie KNAUS was recorded with her KNAUS grandparents.

On Apr 30, 1912 Kate’s father, John KNAUS died in Beausejour.


World War I


On Aug 4, 1914 Great Britain (Canada on Aug 5) declared war on Germany and Austria-Hungary to uphold treaties with France and Belgium which were under German attack. This marked the beginning of World War I.


On Dec 8, 1915 Mike enlisted for War service in Selkirk. He was described as a 32 year-old “Trainman”; age 32, height: 5’ 4 ¾“, clear complexion with hazel eyes and light brown hair. He gave his next of kin as his wife Kate of Beausejour.


In the 1916 Census the family was recorded on Robinson Avenue in Selkirk: Milton McCUMBER, age 33, a Railroad Engineer; wife Kate, age 26. Children: Harold (age 7), Kathleen (5), Martin (4), Roy (2) and baby Milton (8 months).

November 11, 1919, Armistice Day (Remembrance Day) marked the end of the First World War.


Census 1921: Now the family is on Strathnavor Avenue in Selkirk: Milton McCUMBER, an Attendant at the Selkirk Mental Hospital), age 38; wife Catherine, age 32. Children: Harold (age 12), Martin (9), Roy (7), Milton (1) and baby Guy (age 4 months).
Interestingly in this census, daughter Minnie (age 15) was recorded as Minnie KNAUS, and she was a ‘servant’ at the Eveline Street address of a Broker named Mr. FORSETH (age 33) from the USA.


In 1926 daughter Minnie (now McCUMBER) married my Uncle Nelson Aubrey CONROD in Selkirk, son of Susan Maud GRAHAM & Nelson CONROD SR (1860-1946). ** MORE ABOUT NELSON CONROD SR


In 1930 eldest son Harold married Mildred ADAMS, youngest daughter of Hattie JOHNSTONE & Joseph Charles ADAMS (1868 -1953). ** MORE ABOUT JOSEPH CHARLES ADAMS


In 1939 son Milton marred Jenny Margaret HICKES, daughter of Josephine LAUGHTON and Frederick William HICKES (1868-1939).


Around 1940 son Martin married Lenora MAYO, daughter of Agnes KENNEDY and Wallace MAYO (1893-1965).


From Obituary: On Apr 1, 1948 Katherine McCUMBER the Selkirk General Hospital; buried in the St Clements Churchyard at Mapleton. She was born in Winnipeg and resided in Selkirk for the past 26 years. Surviving are her husband, Milton; four sons: Harold and Milton Jr., both of Selkirk; Martin of Calgary and Roy of Trail, BC; and one daughter, Minnie CONROD of Winnipeg.


From Obituary: On Oct 4, 1962 Milton (Mike) McCUMBER died at the Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg at the age of 85; buried in the St Clements Cemetery at Mapleton. He was then a resident of 1845 Logan Avenue, formerly of Selkirk. He was predeceased by his wife, Catherine in 1948 and survived by four sons, Harold and Milton of Selkirk, Martin of Calgary and Roy of Traill, BC and a daughter, Mrs. Nelson CONROD (Minnie) of Winnipeg.


Comments and queries at this link: FORUM DISCUSSING the MIKE McCUMBER FAMILY


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1. Oct, 1905 WILHEMINA"MINNIE" (born KNAUS) McCUMBER (m1. Nelson CONROD, m2. Alfred Roy EVANS)


2. Jun 22, 1908 HAROLD ALBERT McCUMBER (m. Mildred ADAMS)
3. Sep, 1910 KATHLEEN VIOLA McCUMBER (Died age 9)
4. Apr 12, 1912 JOHN MARTIN "MUGS" McCUMBER (m. Lenora MAYO)
6. 1915 MILTON PERRY (1ST) McCUMBER (Died in Infancy)
7. Feb 1, 1920 MILTON PERRY (2ND) "MICKEY" McCUMBER (m. Jenny Margaret HICKES)
8. 1921 GUY PERCIVAL McCUMBER (Died age 21)