Josiah W.B. Cushman, Superintendent of the Mt. Carroll Water-Works, was born in Essex County, N.Y., Oct., 25, 1833, where he lived until he was twenty years of age. Mr. Cushman received his education in the common schools, and then engaged in the machine business. In 1858 he came to York Township, this county, with his parents. They located on wild land, where they lived for a few years, when they removed to Racine, Wis. Here Josiah was employed in a large machine and reaper factory, working there two years, when he returned to York Township. His parents here purchased a partially improved farm, with only a small house, and but little of the soil broken. They made all the usual improvements that an enterprising farmer would, and remained here until 1864, in which year Josiah enlisted as a Sergeant in Company A, 146th Illlinois Infantry. He remained in the service until the war closed. He was present at Abraham Lincolnís obsequies at Springfield, and is proud of the fact that he guarded the martyred Presidentís remains while they lay in state in the rotunda of the Capitol.

After the war closed the subject of this sketch returned to Thomson and engaged in the manufacture of wind-mills with his father, scoring a large success. He worked at this business until 1883, when he removed to Mt. Carroll, and proceeded to build up a business of his own. Later he went on the road selling farming implements. When the water system was first introduced at Mt. Carroll, in the summer of 1888, Mr. Cushman was selected as the Superintendent, which position he has held and satisfactorily filled until the present writing.

Mr. Cushman is not an office-seeker, but all the positions he has held have been thrust upon him by reason of his peculiar ability. He was President of the Village Board at Thomson three years, and has also held the office of School Director, and other positions. He married Miss Ellen A. Tomlinson, June 2, 1866. She was born in the town of York, where her parents, Charles and Eliza Tomlinson, were prominent people.

Transcribed & Contributed by Carol Parrish - Portraits & Biographical 1889 Pg 1006

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