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C. E. Cushman
Source: The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol. II  pg.133-4  1923
Author: The History of Florida:  Past & Present

    CUSHMAN, C.E.  The oldest and largest house in Florida engaged in the fruit and vegetable packing and shipping business is Chase & Company.  Its facilities and service have been built up through thirty-five years of experience, and producers all over the state appreciate the high character and standing of this firm.    The district manager of the company, located at Homestead, in Dade County, is C.E.CUSHMAN, a young man of thorough training and experience in transportation as well as in the fruit and vegetable shipping industry, and also a veteran of the World war.

    Mr. CUSHMAN was born at Rockport, Massachusetts.  He was educated in seamanship and navigation in the Massachusetts Nautical Training School at Boston.  He graduated there in 1906.  This school trains young men particularly for service in the United States Merchant Marine.  He was on the training ship “Enterprise”, with which he made two cruises to European waters.  After graduating he became quartermaster on the steamship Persian in the Boston-Philadelphia service.  Leaving the sea in 1907, Mr. CUSHMAN lived at Boston for several years, and in 1911 he came to Florida.  During the winter of 1911-12, he joined Chase & Company at Jacksonville.  His first duties were as agent on the west coast of Florida.  Subsequently the firm transferred him to Palm Beach County, on the east coast, and following his service in the World war he was put in charge at Homestead as district manager.

    At the beginning of the war with Germany Mr. CUSHMAN enlisted at West Palm Beach in the Navy in the Seventh Naval District.  He was commissioned an ensign, his early education and training qualifying him for immediate duty in that office.  He was in active service with the navy for twenty-six months, being first assigned to Key West and later on to the U.S.S. Maine, and later was transferred to the U.S.S. Shawmut in the mine-laying service.  While overseas he was employed in this very dangerous duty with the North Sea Mine Laying Squadron.  Mr. CUSHMAN was released from active duty June 26, 1919, at Newport, Rhode Island, and on July 1, 1919, began his duties as district manager for Chase & Company at Homestead.

    Mr. CUSHMAN organized at Homestead the John S. Salley Post No. 143, American Legion, and is at present commander.  He is also affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias.  Mr. CUSHMAN married Miss FLORENCE EDNA MASON, of Sussex, New Brunswick.  They have one of the most attractive homes and take an active part in the social life of Homestead.

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