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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
made the asylum what it was designed to be, one
of the noblest and most useful of the State's institutions.
He attributes his success in the conduct
of the asylum more to his estimable wife than to his
own management. They have labored together to
make it as near a model home for the State's helpless
orphan children as possible. Every child
seems contented and happy. Col. Wortham and
wife feel that they are most happily rounding off
their long and useful lives in the care of helpless
children and stimulating them with just pride
to become useful men and women and to love
God, themselves, Texas, and their whole country.
JOSEPHUS CUMMINGS, M. D.,
The late Dr. Cummings was one of the leading
physicians of the State, and an honored and useful
citizen of Austin.
His father, Stephen Cummings, was a native of
Maryland and his mother, Nancy G. (Rowe) Cummings,
a native of North Carolina.
His father was a Texas pioneer, resident at
Austin as early as 1840. Dr. Cummings was a
native of Austin and was born November 30, 1849.
During boyhood and youth he led an active outdoor
life, which gave him a robust physique and he absorbed
the spirit of patriotism and valor that permeated
the atmosphere during these exciting days
of struggle between the founders of Austin and
hostile Indians. He attended the schools of his
native city, took a course of study at Round Rock
(Texas) Academy, was an apt and thorough student,
and at the age of twenty years (1869) entered
Jefferson Medical College, at Philadelphia, Pa.,
and graduated from that institution with the highest
honors of a large class in 1871. August 5th,
1872, he married Miss Texas, daughter of Thomas
Glasscock, one of the bravest and most chivalrous
defenders of the cause of the " Lone Star Republic
" in her struggle for independence. More extended
mention is made of Mr. Glasscock elsewhere
in this volume. Mrs. Cummings, like her husband,
was born and grew up in Austin, and she there received
an excellent education. She seems to have
inherited from her parents that love of country, that
zeal and patriotism which finally secured to the
founders of this great commonwealth their rights,
viz., their liberty and their happiness, and there are
very few, if any, who hold in more grateful remembrance
the glorious and heroic deeds of her immediate
ancestors and their allies, than does Mrs.
Cummings. She lives, in the prime of womanhood,
at her home in Austin, with a beautiful and accomplished
daughter, Miss Penina Browning Cummings,
and a promising son, Josephus, in the enjoyment of
a comfortable competency.
Dr. Cummings immediately after his return to
Austin in 1872 entered upon the practice of his
profession. He paid especial attention to surgery
and was called to perform many difficult and wonderful
operations and so phenomenal was his success
in surgery that reports of his skillful work have been
recorded in the works of medical science and will
live in history to instruct these who seek to attain
perfection in the science of surgery.
He, therefore, became prominent and essentially
a leader of the profession in his section of the State,
and later in the State at large. He was for three
years secretary of the Travis County Medical Society,
and afterwards president of the same. He
was also a valuable and influential member of the
Austin District Medical Society, and. the Texas
State Medical Association, before which latter body
he read several valuable papers on surgical science.
He held the responsible office of city and county
physician, and it was mainly due to his influence
that the spacious and comfortable city hospital was
built. He was a busy man, with active brain and
willing and ready hands. Aside from his various
contributions to the medical journals of his day and
papers read before the various medical associations
of which he was a member, he was at the period
of his untimely death collecting data and compiling
material for a contemplated work on surgery,
selections from which appeared from time to time
in the St. Louis Courier Medical Journal. Few
men took greater interest in the benevolent and
fraternal interests of his city and State than he
did, and he gave much of his valuable time to such
organizations. He was a charter member of the
orders of Knights of Honor and Knights and La
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