"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Kushman, Adolph G. present chairman of the town of Enterprise, Oneida County, was born at Schofield, Marathon County, Wisconsin, May 23, 1887, son of Julius and Anna (GENZ) KUSHMAN. The parents were natives of Germany and came from there to the United States as young people; they were married at Wausau, Wis. In 1900 the family removed to Oneida County and located in the town of Enterprise, first taking a homestead but later selling it and buying 80 acres of cutover land in the same town. Here by hard work and sacrifice on the part of the whole family they succeeded in building up a fine agricultural property, and on this land the father followed farming until 1922, when he sold the place; he is now living retired at Oshkosh, Wis. Adolph G. KUSHMAN attended school at Schofield, at Merrill, and in Oneida County. He remained at home, assisting his father in the operation and development of the farm and logging in the woods during the winter months, until he was 21 years old. He then served in the United States Navey for 18 months, after which for two years he worked as a freight brakeman on the "Soo" line. He next engaged in the general mercantile business at Enterprise in partnership with R. SCHOENECK, their establishment being known as the Enterprise Cash Store. Selling out in 1917, Mr. KUSHMAN went into the business of buying tracts of timber land, logging off the timber, and selling the logs, which business he has ever since followed in addition to other lines. A man of ability far above the average, he has been eminently successful in all his operations at present he owns more than 500 acres of land in the town of Enterprise. In 1920 he set to work to building up a farm on a 120-acre tract of his land bordering on the village of Enterprise. He had previously built a good residence there, and in 1921 he erected a fine barn; he has brought a good portion of his farm under cultivation and has been very successful in its operation, as in all his other fields of endeavor. This place is in Section 21, town of Enterprise, and all his land holdings are within two miles of the village of Enterprise. Mr. KUSHMAN is one of the leading citizens of this locality; he has been a member of the township board of supervisors for 10 years, and he was elected chairman of this body in 1916 and again in 1923, being the present incumbent of the office, which office carries with it membership on the county board. He also served on the school board of his district, and in many other ways has used his natural powers to the advantage of his community. Mr. KUSHMAN was married June 3, 1914, to Emma BEYERS, who was born at Big Rapids, Mich., May 13, 1891. Mr. and Mrs. KUSHMAN have three children: Gertrude A. M., born April 3, 1915; Esther M., born July 11, 1918; and Harold A., born June 1, 1921. The family are members of the German Lutheran Church at Enterprise.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 507; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1924

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