|Birth: ||Oct. 22, 1829|
|Death: ||Feb. 1, 1921|
Death date and location of death from the CA Death Index.
Orland Unit, Friday, 4 February 1921:
NONGENARIAN PIONEER IS DEAD
LYSANDER CUSHMAN PASSED AWAY IN OAKLAND AND BURIED ON OLD HOME RANCH
Lysander Cushman, one of the earliest pioneers in this part of the valley, passed away at his home in Oakland on Tuesday. Mr. Cushman's death was the result of an injury which he received some four months previously, when he fell, fracturing his hip, from which injury he was not able, owing to advanced age, to recover.
He was born on October 22, 1829, and was thus ninety-one years, three months and nine days old at the time of his death. Of this long span of life he had spent nearly sixty-eight years in California.
Mr. Cushman was one of the well known early settlers of this part of the country. He was born in Massachusetts, where he was reared to early manhood, and where, at the age of twenty-one he was married. The call of the Golden West was then strong, and together with many others he joined the exodus, coming to California when twenty-two years of age, leaving the girl wife to follow when he had provided a home for her from the fortune which he hoped to make in the new El Dorado. For some time he worked in the mines, and later went to San Francisco, where he labored at the trade of ship blacksmith. A few years later he came to the Sacramento valley and established a blacksmith shop near where Paskenta is now located. Mrs. Cushman, and the baby which she then had, came from the East and joined him, and soon thereafter they settled on what became known as the Cushman ranch near Floyd, and which in time became, and still is one of the prosperous and well known real estate holding of this section of the valley. Nearly fifty years Mr. and Mrs. Cushman lived together, till death separated them, some twenty years ago. Four sons were born to them, Fred, James and Charles, all of whom still live on the old home place, and Lysander, whose home is at Los Angeles, and all of whom were present to attend the funeral of their father.
Shortly after the death of his wife Mr. Cushman gave up the active superintendence of his ranch to his sons and moved to San Francisco. About sixteen years ago he was married again and established a home in Oakland, where he spent the remaining years of his life. The widow is left to mourn his loss.
Mr. Cushman was an Odd Fellow from early manhood, a member of the lodge at Tehama, and when the Red Bluff lodge was formed was a charter member of that body and was one of the oldest Odd Fellows in years of membership in the State at the time of his death.
The remains were brought to Orland on Wednesday evening, and yesterday morning were taken in charge by the Odd Fellows lodge and escorted to the old home on the ranch, where funeral services were held, and from there to the family cemetery on the Cushman ranch and interred with appropriate rites of the order.
Orland Register, Saturday, 5 February 1921:
EARLY PIONEER OF NEWVILLE PASSES
Lysander V. Cushman, one of the earliest pioneers of the Orland country, died at this home in Oakland last Tuesday morning. He was ninety one years old at the time of his death. For the past sixteen years he had made his home in Oakland. The funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the old homestead near Newville, the Red Bluff Odd Fellows being in charge of the services. Mr. Cushman was a charter member of the Red Bluff lodge and during his many years residence in the Newville country never missed going to Red Bluff twice a month to attend the lodge meetings. Interment was in the private cemetery on the Cushman ranch, where the deceased's first wife is buried.
Mr. Cushman was born in Massachusetts in 1929. During the gold rush he joined the exodus to California, arriving in the gold fields in 1853. In a few years, however, he turned to the less exciting life of farmer and was one of the first settlers in the then thriving Newville section. Mail arrived but once a week at that time, coming across the barren plains from Colusa to Newville. He continued ranching until the gold rush to the Klondike when he again joined the rush for gold. He stayed in the north for a time and when he returned decided to make his home in Oakland and give up ranching.
Mr. Cushman is survived by his wife, Adalia Cushman, and four sons, Fred, Charles and James Cushman of the Newville country and Lysander Cushman of Los Angeles. - Transcribed by E.
Hetty Cummings Booth Cushman (1829 - 1896)*
Charles Mott Cushman (1862 - 1933)*
Frederick Nesmith Cushman (1864 - 1947)*
Note: Research and photo of Lysander courtesy of O.K. Wheeler.
Plot: Cushman Plot Line facing west
Created by: A Canon
Record added: Feb 25, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18068723