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CUSHING, Mell H. (Dubuque, IA, May 29, 1860--Unknown). Cushing, the son of James CUSHING began his business life in his father's vinegar business. This developed into JAMES CUSHING AND SON VINEGAR COMPANY. The business lasted two years before Mell Cushing decided to enter the dairy business.

The dairy business lasted for one year. Cushing moved to Lincoln, Nebraska and began his own vinegar works, but due to ill health returned in two years to Dubuque. In December, 1886, he opened the NORTH STAR LIVERY STABLE.

In 1891 Cushing was elected as an independent as an alderman representing the Third Ward. In 1893 he opened an undertaking establishment. He sold his livery business to the NOONAN BROTHERS in June 1894. (1)



1. "Municipal Molecules," Dubuque Daily Herald, June 22, 1894, p. 4

Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties, Iowa. Chicago: Chapman Publishing Company, 1894, p. 232