Mary Katherine Horony-Cummings

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Mary Katherine Horony-Cummings was born in Erekujvar, Austrian Empire back in 1849 to Mihaly and Katharina. In 1869, the family arrived in the United States, settling in Davenport, Iowa. Both parents died just three years after arriving in Davenport. She was first sent to live with her husband’s brother-in-law and then left in the care of attorney Otto Smith.

She ran away when she was 16 travelling as a stow away arriving in St. Louis Missouri where she entered the Ursuline Convent but she didn’t stay long before leaving. The next time there is any record of her she was working as a prostitute in Dodge City, Kansas. In 1876, she moved to Fort Griffin, Texas. Her travels continued to Valdosta, Georgia Trinidad, Colorado and Las Vegas, New Mexico. In 1887, she traveled to Redstone, Colorado to visit her brother Alexander. She married an Irish blacksmith George Cummings in Aspen in 1890. She died in Prescott, Arizona in 1940, she was 90.

What you may not know about Mary is that during most of travels she was with someone who all of you know as Doc Holliday. She was in Tombstone when the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Maybe you know her by her nickname Big Nose Kate.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray  I've heard of the OK Corral.... that's about all.

Dec 29, 2019 03:45 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - this my introduction to Big Nose Kate.  I bet she had many stories to tell.   But did she?

Dec 29, 2019 04:00 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Mary and I must have drank at different bars. Never heard of her but have heard of her friend Doc. Enjoy your day!

Dec 29, 2019 04:34 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I did not know of her but would say she got around!

Make yourself an astonishing day.


Dec 29, 2019 04:55 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is good history that I did not know.  It threw me off early on as it states that she first went to live with her husband's brother in law.

Dec 29, 2019 06:11 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Well, I've heard of Doc Holliday, but not of Big Nose Mary or Mary Katherine. Quite a journey from being a nun to a prostitute!

Dec 29, 2019 06:52 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This one is a really amazing one to me. Have a great day.

Dec 29, 2019 07:03 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a story--from nun to prostitute and then I had heard of Doc Holliday.  You outdid yourself with this post. A

Dec 29, 2019 07:35 AM #8
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  O.K. Corral,  lots of great movies  made of this one and now I should remember her.


Dec 29, 2019 09:03 AM #9
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I had to google that one! I guess there wasn't many options that she had back in the day!

Dec 29, 2019 09:44 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- not a very flattering nickname, is it?!

Dec 29, 2019 10:07 AM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I had a funny suspicion she was Big Nosed Kate!

Dec 29, 2019 10:19 AM #12
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well that was sure a change in lifestyle. I have to see if I fine the role the next time the movie is on.

Dec 29, 2019 11:10 AM #13
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

She certainly led a colorful life! I have heard of Doc Holiday and the OK Coral but the rest of the story was new to me!


Dec 29, 2019 12:29 PM #14
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

She certainly did march to the beat of her own drum. The stories she could tell! 

Dec 29, 2019 03:26 PM #15
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this interesting story - she sure tried a variety of things.  Big Nosed Kate - one to remember.

Dec 29, 2019 05:17 PM #16
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

What a fun read James Dray . The movie "Tombstone" is one of my favorites and I do remember Kate sitting on Doc's (Val Kilmore) lap and looking out for him. The actress that played Kate had a couple of BIG features but they were a little lower then her nose .

Dec 29, 2019 06:18 PM #17
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James and she had  Hungarian parental names... keep in mind this was the Austro Hungarian Empire, but who knew about Doc Holiday?:))Endre

Dec 29, 2019 09:39 PM #18
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I have seen just about every movie and TV show about Earp and Holliday.

Dec 30, 2019 01:02 PM #19
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I did a quick internet search and I am surprised that apparently no one has made a movie about the life of "Big Nose Kate".

Jan 02, 2020 05:05 PM #20
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