Actually, Gus Cushman was proprietor of the lakes for many years, but he never drowned there. I wonder who told you this family tale?... it's the same story that was passed down to me but I've proved it to be untrue. As far as I know the only body to be found in Cushman lake was the body of Frank Maumey... Gus found him there in Aug of 1906. Says Pearl
An old family tale says this lake is named after Gus Cushman. He drowned in the lake, giving the lake
it's Cushman name. Says Roberts
How did Cushman Lake get it's name? Who is it named after? Says Bob Cushman
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