The 20th reunion and picnic of the Cushman family was held on Father's Day, June 15th, in the beautiful park located at Wisconsin's first capitol near Belmont and Platteville. This capitol building was erected in 1836 when Wisconsin was a territory and it was in this building that the law makers first met to shape the destinies of what was to be a great state, 12 years later.
A large number of the family were present to enjoy a bounteous picnic lunch at noon.
Mrs. Frank Frazee of Rockford, Ill., read the minutes of the last reunion held on Father's Day, June 16, 1946 and Mrs. Frazee also gave a history of the reunions held for many years back.
It was during the lifetime of Mrs. Frazee's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Cephas Cushman of Rewey that a reunion of this large family was held each year on Christmas Day in their spacious home in Rewey and this custom was continued until their demise in 1913 and 1918.
The followed many years of inactivity but in August 1928 when a large number of the family came to Evansville to attend the funeral of Mrs. Frank Cushman, it was decided to again hold the reunions, so a time was set one week later and thef irst meeting was held in Mineral Point city park and from then on a reunion and picnic has been held in various parks in southern Wisconsin, first in August and later on Father's Day in June was chosen each year.
These meetings are greatly enjoyed by all who attend and there are many who have perfect attendance records.
Those who journeyed from a distance to attend were Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Cushman, Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Owen Hughes, Madison, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Finke, Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Frazee, Rockford, Ill; Miss Marjory Ann Frazee, rockford, Ill; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Matthews, Dubuque, Ia; Mr. and Mrs. Burr Jones, Evansville, Wis.; Mrs. George Mabie, Evansville, Wis; Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Cushman, Milton Jct., Wis.; Mr. and Mres Harvey Cushman, Lancaster, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Chushman and children, Potosi, Wis; Mr. and Mrs. Graydon Cushman, Potosi, Wis.; and Mrs. Jessie Cushman, Rewey, Wis.
The oldest member present was Mrs. Jessie Cushman of Rewey who is 82 years old. Mrs. Cushman is the mother of Mrs. Owen Hughes and Mrs. Clarence Finke.
The family reunion will be held in the same place next year on Father's Day in June.
July 3, 1947, Evansville Review, p. 8, col. 2, Evansville, Wisconsin