(13) 1.1.7.2.1.3.4.12.3.1.1.1.2 ANDRES FELIPE CUSHMAN 9963, 12701
FlagsGen#13
(Gregory, Arthur,Lester, Elmer, Silas, Barnabas, Barnabas, John, John, Eleazer, Thomas, Robert.) Son of Gregory Todd Cushman and Mima Yanet (Cabrera) Cushman

(12) 1.1.7.2.1.3.4.12.3.1.1.2 MELISSA RENEE CUSHMAN 9963, 10730
FlagsGen#12
(Arthur,Lester, Elmer, Silas, Barnabas, Barnabas, John, John, Eleazer, Thomas, Robert.) Daughter of Arthur Robert Cushman and Carolyn Rea (Bisegear) Cushman.
SpouseEDDY PALACIOS9963 , 10731
Family ID7453

(11) 1.1.7.2.1.3.4.12.3.1.2 SYLVIA LOUISE CUSHMAN 9963, 10726
FlagsGen#11
(Lester, Elmer, Silas, Barnabas, Barnabas, John, John, Eleazer, Thomas, Robert.) Daughter of Lester Harvey Cushman and Pauline Marian (Hemphill) Cushman.
SpouseGEORGE VERNON FINCH9963 , 10727
Family ID7451

(9) 1.1.7.2.1.3.4.12.4 CLINTON ROBERT CUSHMAN 9966,9963, 7222
Birth8 Jun 1869, WI9966,9963
Death3 May 1963, Riverside County, CA, age: 939963,184,1917
FlagsGen #9
(Silas, Barnabas, Barnabas, John, John, Eleazer, Thomas, Robert.) Son of Silas Cushman and Mariette (Unknown) Cushman. He and his cousin, Everett Cushman, started the Cushman Motor Company. More here: http://www.mocavo.com/visit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.n...2Fmnh%2Fcushman1.htm

The Beginning
Everett Cushman was born in 1878 in Urbana, Illinois. His parents came to Nebraska seeking better farmland and ended up in Lincoln. In 1899, he enrolled at the University of Nebraska as an engineering major. His grandson, Robert Cushman, remembered hearing that Everett "went through the University of Nebraska in the front door and out the back... He went there long enough to pick up some math subjects and that was all he was interested in higher education."
 
Everett Cushman, ca. 1901.
 
Clinton Cushman, 1902

Everett's cousin Clinton was born in 1869 in Wisconsin to a farm family that also ended up in Lincoln. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in electrical engineering in 1902, the same year the cousins' first patent was issued.
With limited financial resources, the young men worked out of the basement of a building on the northwest corner of 24th and O streets. They focused on improving light-weight, two-cycle engines, the greatest drawback of which was significant power loss. The cousins perfected a new type of seal to prevent the compression leaks that caused power loss in the small engines. They were awarded a patent in 1902 and filed articles of incorporation as the Cushman Motor Company with the Nebraska Secretary of State on Sept. 18, 1902.
Engines for Farming and Fishing
The Cushmans focused their first engines on farm applications, struggling to make a living. The two cousins were fond of boating and competed for a prize for the fastest boat powered by a single-cylinder motor. The Cushmans modified their two-cycle engine into a high output boat engine and won the competition. They received orders from manufacturers of fishing and pleasure boats who heard about the engine. Business increased signinficantly after The Rudder, a publication about powerboats, published an article about the race and the Cushman engine-powered boat that won it. Cushman marine engines became known for their reliability, but the overall demand was not large enough to make Cushman a major manufacturer. They continued to expand into the farm market for stationary engines.

The Cushman 2 h.p. Boat Engine
The Black
By 1906, they were in deep financial trouble. Financial success came after they reorganized the corporation and brought in Everett Brown Sawyer as general operations manager in September 1909. Combining a salesman's enthusiasm with an engineering background, he quickly turned the Cushman Motor Company into a profitable business. He recognized that the growing mechanization of American farms was creating a new market, one that would vastly outnumber the people seeking boat engines, and he pushed to position Cushman to take advantage of it. Under Sawyer's leadership, the company developed a new four-cycle, high-speed, water-cooled engine. Cushman sold nearly a thousand of the new engines in 1910, giving the company its first real profit of $12,000.
 
Everett B. Sawyer, 1898.
 
Ad for Cushman products in the
Nebraska Farmer. January 4, 1919.
I think that had Mr. Sawyer not arrived in 1909, I believe the company would have probably gone bankrupt about 1910 or 1911. --Ron Anderson
Business boomed. Farmers used the Cushman engines to power corn pickers, grain binders, potato diggers, and farm sprayers, and the company expanded its line to include 8-, 10-, 12-, and 20-horsepower models. The company was renamed Cushman Motor Works, Inc. In 1913 and by 1914, to keep pace with demand, it built its own foundry and a new factory on 21st Street.
 
4 h.p. binder engine
 
Cushman Motor Works, Inc.
new plant. 1919.
World War I
World War I opened military and foreign markets for Cushman engines, in addition to the continued booming farm market. The era was marked by a dramatic increase in demand for electricity. Modifications in the binder engine created what were then known as electric light plants, which the company sold to small electric companies and the government, as well as to individual farmers. By 1918, sales rose to $1.5 million. The company expanded its operation by opening a Canadian branch in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The end of the war nearly marked the end of Cushman. Demand for military engines dried up. A farm depression in the early 1920s affected U.S. and Canadian farmers, halting sales of engines for agricultural applications
Innovation
As early as 1922, the firm developed a two-cycle, air-cooled engine for washing machines, small pumps, and lawn mowers. It proved impractical and eventually was replaced by a similar four-cycle air-cooled engine, the Cushman "Husky." First used on the Bob-A-Lawn lawnmowers, the engine became a company standby.
Even at that point, [Sawyer] was continuing to introduce a new engine every year or so. And in 1926 he rolled out a lawnmower called the Bob-A-Lawn. Again, the genius in that was that Mr. Sawyer was recognizing that the company was an engine manufacturer and an engine builder. And things such as the Bob-A-Lawn lawnmower were merely platforms on which to sell engines. --Ron Anderson
 
The Bob-A-Lawn lawnmower.
 
An undated ad for the Bob-A-Lawn lawnmower.
 
Cushman Motor Works, Inc., letterhead, 1919.
 
Cushman engine mounted on a washing machine.
 
15 h.p. Cushman engine mounted on a saw, 1920.
 
Cushman engine mounted on a power sprayer, 1910s.
The End of an Era
But Sawyer's salesmanship wasn't enough to get the company back on its feet. Everett Cushman left in 1919. He and his son, Clifford Eugene Cushman eventually started the Cushman Engineering Company in Riverside, California. Everett Sawyer, whose name was never linked to the products of the company he rescued from financial disaster, was forced out by creditors in 1927. He moved to California, raised sheep, grew oranges, and worked as a marine electrician in shipyards during World War II. After Sawyer left, a management firm controlled by outside creditors took control of the once booming Cushman Motor Company. Clinton Cushman's fate is unknown.9971


SpouseNONA PEARL C OSBORN9963,9972 , 10733
Birth14 Oct 1877, Iowa9963,184
Death29 Apr 1971, Riversie Co, CA, age: 939963,184,1917
Daughter of Ritchea Osborn and Unk Sonner.9973
Family ID5010
Marriage12 Sep 1914, Los Angeles Co. CA2910
Children(Living, Female) , 10734
 ROGER , 10736 (1920-1920)

(10) 1.1.7.2.1.3.4.12.4.1 (Living, Female) 9963, 10734
SpouseLEROY WILLIAM WEEKS9963 , 10735
Birth23 Aug 19149963
Death6 Feb 1969, age: 549963
Family ID7454

(10) 1.1.7.2.1.3.4.12.4.2 ROGER CUSHMAN 9963, 10736
BirthAug 19209963
DeathAug 1920, age: <19963
FlagsGen#10
Clinton, Silas, Barnabas, Barnabas, John, John, Eleazer, Thomas, Robert.) Son of Clinton R Cushman and Pearl Osborn.

(9) 1.1.7.2.1.3.4.12.5a ESTELLA CARRIE CUSHMAN* 9966,9963, 7223
Birth22 Jun 1872, WI9966,9963
Death11 Mar 1957, Los Angeles Co. CA, age: 849963,184,1670
FlagsGen #9
(Silas, Barnabas, Barnabas, John, John, Eleazer, Thomas, Robert.) Daughter of Silas Cushman and Mariette (Unknown) Cushman.
SpouseIRA MUSE , 10737
Birth23 Aug
Family ID5011

Other spouses: PERCY BEACH

(9) 1.1.7.2.1.3.4.12.5b ESTELLA CARRIE CUSHMAN* (See above)
SpousePERCY BEACH9963 , 10738
Birth24 Aug 18859963
Death22 May 1932, age: 469963
Family ID7456
Marriage17 Jul 19249963

Other spouses: IRA MUSE

(9) 1.1.7.2.1.3.4.12.6 LESLIE SILAS CUSHMAN 9966,9963, 7224
Birth6 Dec 1875, WI9966,9963,9974
Death3 Feb 1942, San Bernadino Co., CA, age: 669963,1930
FlagsGen #9
(Silas, Barnabas, Barnabas, John, John, Eleazer, Thomas, Robert.) Son of Silas Cushman and Mariette (Unknown) Cushman.
SpouseELVA GRACE WALKER9963 , 10739
Birth23 Sep 1880, IL9963,9975,184
Death19 Apr 1975, age: 949963
Family ID5012
Marriage13 Oct 19049963,184
Marr Memoor abt 1881, IL. Had daughter in 1897, well before marriage ??
ChildrenMARY AMEILIA , 10740 (1897-1957)

(10) 1.1.7.2.1.3.4.12.6.1 MARY AMEILIA CUSHMAN 9963, 10740
Birth22 Oct 18979963
Death22 Aug 1957, age: 599963
FlagsGen#10
(Leslie, Silas, Barnabas, Barnabas, John, John, Eleazer, Thomas, Robert.) Daughter of Leslie Silas Cushman and Elva Grace (Walker) Cushman.
SpouseAVERY THOMAS ELLIOTT9963 , 10742
Birth31 Dec 18949963
Death8 Sep 1980, age: 859963
Family ID7457
Marriage19 Apr 19179963

(9) 1.1.7.2.1.3.4.12.7 LUCY SARAH CUSHMAN 9966,9963, 7225
Birth18 Jun 1879, WI9966,9963,9976
Birth Memoor 1877
Death13 Oct 1936, age: 579963
ResidenceLos Angeles Co. CA - in 19109977
FlagsGen #9
(Silas, Barnabas, Barnabas, John, John, Eleazer, Thomas, Robert.) Daughter of Silas Cushman and Mariette (Unknown) Cushman.
SpouseFRANK MAYNE , 10741
His second marriage.9963
Family ID5013
Marriage14 Dec 19169963

(8) 1.1.7.2.1.3.4.13a HARVEY CUSHMAN* 9783,9797, 3176
Birth29 Oct 1839, Waterford, PA9783,9791,9978
Death20 Oct 1914, age: 749783
BurialLos Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA9979,4695
Burial MemoPlot 25, 11 RF
FlagsGen #8
(Barnabas, Barnabas, John, John, Eleazer, Thomas, Robert.) Son of Barnabas Cushman and Polly (Cora) Cushman. Had four children. See research notes.
There is a book by a Harvey Cushman containing drawings and maps of early western Pennsylvania, described, as follows: Pen Pictures of Early Western Pennsylvania, Maps and Illustations by Harve Cushman.
Hardcover
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh, 1938
Collectible, very good, Very Good with no dust jacket; Hardcover; 1st Edition; Reprint; University of Pittsburgh Press; 1938; This compilation of early travels in the Pennsylvania county includes excerpts by George Washington, Nicholas Cresswell, Henry Brackenridge, John Melish, and a host of others. With a map and a very useful bibliography. Dust jacket now in Brodart mylar protective (clear) cover. Fully indexed with surnames. Scarce.We provide delivery tracking on US orders.; 8vo; 337...
SpouseMARIA A BURTON995 , 6371
BirthMar 1858, WI184
Daughter of William and Jan A. Burton. 9980
Family ID2255
Marriageabt 1881184,9981
ChildrenAMY J. , 6372
 HARVEY R. , 6373 (->1901)

Other spouses: CARRIE (CAROLINE) Mc CORD

(9) 1.1.7.2.1.3.4.13a.1 AMY J. CUSHMAN 995, 6372
FlagsGen #9
(Harvey,Barnabas, Barnabas, John, John, Eleazer, Thomas, Robert.) Daughter of Harvey Cushman and Maria A (Burton) Cushman.
SpouseUNKNOWN WEBER9982 , 8170
Family ID4366

(9) 1.1.7.2.1.3.4.13a.2 HARVEY R. CUSHMAN 995, 6373
BirthNew York1617
Birth Memo1835/1847
Deathaft 1901, Baker, Oregon1617
FlagsGen #9
(Harvey,Barnabas, Barnabas, John, John, Eleazer, Thomas, Robert.) Son of Harvey Cushman and Maria A (Burton) Cushman.
SpouseCAROLINE McCORD995 , 6374
Birth14 Apr 1846, Mercer, PA1617
Death12 Mar 1881, Iowa County, Wisconsin, age: 341617
Family ID4367
Marriage1866, Mercer, PA1617
ChildrenADELIA R , 6895 (->1909)

(10) 1.1.7.2.1.3.4.13a.2.1 ADELIA R CUSHMAN 1617, 6895
BirthIowa County, Wisconsin1617
Birth Memo1867/85
Deathaft 1909, Rewey, Wisconsin1617
FlagsGen#10
(Hary R, Harvey,Barnabas, Barnabas, John, John, Eleazer, Thomas, Robert.) Daughter of Harvey R. Cushman and Caroline (McCord) Cushman

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