Hott Synopsis


As James recounts the memories he has of his family and his life he takes readers through the many facets of living. His highs and lows as so similar yet so different from many others.

Walk with James though his teenage years and remember when life was simpler, harsher, and yet so much more.

Hott Review

Reading this book brought back thousands of memories for me. I grew up in a town not very far from Harper’s Ferry, and though it was several years later, not so very different.

There is just something a bit different about being in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. In some ways you’re so close to the city but there seems to be a line that holds you and the past in place. There is a peacefulness that prevails. When I go home and cross that state line the stresses seem to melt away and a feeling of a simpler time prevail.


Author: John Michael Cummings
Grade: B+
Ages: 16+

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    George Franklin Cummings, 84, of Harpers Ferry, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

    Born Feb. 23, 1928 in Harpers Ferry, he was the son of the late George Mahoney Cummings and Nellie Irene Mitchell Cummings.

    He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town.

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    Frank was a rural letter carrier for the Harpers Ferry routes for over thirty years. Upon the death of Dr. Anthol Shewbridge, Frank was the oldest known living male born in Harpers Ferry. As a native, he had a great knowledge of early 20th century town history, commerce and daily life. As his father before him, he was a church sexton at St. Peters, where he rang the bell as a youngster. In the early 1960’s, he owned and operated a Harpers Ferry pottery shop called “The Sutler”. He retired to the Mount Mission area with a great love for nature-with plenty of time to tinker. He was known as someone who could fix almost anything from cars to clocks.

    He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Jane Cummings, at home; one daughter, Nancy Cummings Brooks, of Hamilton, Va.; two sons, David C. Cummings and John M. Cummings, of Harpers Ferry; one sister, Nancy Jane Mock, of Harpers Ferry; one brother, Thomas Cummings and wife, Pat, of Harpers Ferry; and grandson, Gregory C. Brooks, of Hamilton, Va.

    He was preceded in death by one son, Joseph Andrew Cummings and one sister, Helen Louise Ferguson.

    A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Harpers Ferry with the Rev. Fr. John Ledford as the Celebrant, assisted by Deacon David Galvin. Interment will be in St. Peters Catholic Cemetery in Harpers Ferry.

    The family will receive friends at the Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry/Charles Town, WV from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow evening with a prayer vigil at 8:30 p.m.

    Condolences to the family may be expressed at his obituary at

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