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Wisconsin. State Conservation Committee (1915-27) / Biennial report of the State Conservation Commission of Wisconsin for the years 1915 and 1916
(1916)

Cushing Memorial Park,   pp. 101-104 PDF (770.2 KB)


Page 103


BIENNIAL REPORT
  The three Cushings, William B., Alonzo H., and Howard, won unusual
distinction for bravery during the days of the rebellion. William B.,
practically single handed, sank the ironclad ram Albemarle, which has
been pronounced by Col. Roosevelt as one of the most daring deeds on
the pages of naval history. Alonzo H., fell at the crest of the battle of
Gettysburg, after being shot four times. He did much to turn Pickett's
charge and to win the day. Howard B. the third brother, was in command
of a troop fighting the Apaches in the southwest, and lost his life in a
hand to hand conflict with the Indians. No other Wisconsin family
perhaps, produced such a trio of brave fighters.
  The Waukesha County Historical Society was chiefly instrumental in
the creation of this park. The land was donated by various citizens to
the Society, who accepted it in trust. Later when the erection of an ap-
propriate monument was considered, and because the funds of the society
were insufficient to erect a suitable monument, the aid of the state was
solicited. The legislature of 1911 authorized the Governor to cooperate
with the Historical Society in the erection of a monument to mark the
birth place of the Cushings. As a result, $5,000 was appropriated and a
very imposing and beautiful obelisk was erected in their honor. This
shaft was dedicated May 31, 1915. The unveiling was done by Miss
Catherine Cushing, the daughter of William B. Cushing, who sank the
Albemarle.
  In 1915 the park was turned over to the state and was placed in the
regular state park system which is under the administration of the Con-
servation Commission.
  The foreman of the fish hatchery at Delafield has direct charge of the
management of the park. A road has been constructed into the grounds
and around the monument, the funds being largely subscribed by Delafield
and Waukesha citizens. The Conservation Commission has beautified
the site by the setting ont of trees and shrubs. It is contemplated to
fence the park in a suitable manner in the near future, to continue the
planting of trees and shrubs and to make other necessary improvements,
which will preserve and enhance its beauty. The expense to the state
will be very small for this work, and is warranted by the use the general
public will find in this park and the high purpose for which it was created.
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