Bushman, George Geherhart

From Lane Co Oregon


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[edit] History of the Willamette Valley, Oregon, Volume 2 (1927)

To George Geherhart Bushman the United States has indeed been "the land of opportunity," for he has here attained a success and prosperity which would have been well nigh impossible for him to have achieved in his native land, Persistent industry, sound judgment and right living have chracterized his career, and today no citizen of his community is more highly respected than he. Mr. Bushman was born in 1874 in Russia, while his parents, Geherhart and Justina Bushman, were on their way to this country from Germany. They located in Kansas on their arrival in 1874, and there the father took up a tract of government land. He created a good farm and followed agricultural pursuits during the remainder of his life, both parents dying there.

George G. Bushman attended the public schools and remained on the home farm until fourteen years old, when he engaged in a general mercantile business. Later he turned his attention to flour milling, which he followed there until 1912, when he removed to Sheridan, Oregon, and he operated a flour mill and a light plant at that place until 1917, when he located in Eugene. In 1919 he came to Springfield and bought the Springfield Mill and Grain Company. This plant had been established in 1854 by a Mr. Pangrey and was one of the first mills in the Willamette Valley. It was well constructed, and the old hand-hewn timbers are still in the building. The original stone buhrs are also still here, but are no longer used in the grinding of grain. The mill changed hands many times, finally coming under the ownership of Mr. Bushman, who is now operating it in association with his sons, Arthur and John. The mill has a daily capacity of two hundred and twenty-five barrels of flour and one carload of feed, having one hundred and fifty horse-power, water power being utilized. Fifteen or more men are employed, and three large delivery trucks are used, the products of the mill being sold mainly to local merchants. The company manufactures the "Feather Flake," "Polkadot" and "Snowball" brands of flour, the quality of which has given them wide popularity throughout this section of the state. Mr. Bushman also gave considerable attention to the making of flour from soft wheat, which he exported to Japan and China.

In 1896 Mr. Bushman ws united in marriage to Miss Katherine Harms of Hillsboro, Kansas, and to them have been born three children: Arthur and John, who are associated with their father in business; and Edna, who is the wife of G.B. Smith, architect, of Eugene. Mr. Bushman gives his political support to the republican party, takes an active interest in local public affairs and has served as mayor of Springfield during te past two years. He is a member of the Lions Club. Because of his splendid business record and sterling qualities of character, he is numbered among the most highly esteemed citizens citizens of his community.

[edit] Springfield News November 6, 1924

How Springfield Voted

President and Vice PresidentPrct 1234Total
Coolidge and Dawes61112129102404
Davis and Bryan22353745139
La Follette and Wheeler2643334540r
For United States Senator
F.E. Coulter1417143166
Charles L. McNary59117146111433
Milton A. Miller30454245162
R. Robinson243615
For Mayor
G.G. Bushman92143135172547
W.N. Long17405137145

[edit] Capitol's Who's Who for Oregon, 1942-1944

Bushman, Gerhard George


Eugene Mill & Elevator Co.

b. March 1, 1874; m Katherine Harms, May 3, 1896; ch. Arthur George, John Harry, Edna Mildred; resident of Oregon since 1909; former president Springfield Mill & Grain Co; pressident Eugene Mill & Elevator Co since 1930; city councilman in Kansas, 1902-05; Mayor, Springfield, Ore, 1925-29; extensive traveller; member Lions Club; home 2209 Agate St; office, Foot of Fifth St, Eugene.

[edit] Springfield News, February 7, 1966

George G. Bushman

Private graveside services were held this morning, Feb. 7, in Rest Haven Memorial Park for George G. Bushman, 91, of Chula Vista, Calif., a former mahor of Springfield. The Rev. Walter Gray of the Central Presbyterian church officiated, with Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr Bushman, who died Feb. 3, in Chula Vista, was in partnership with his sons in the Eugene Mill and Planing Co. (sic) for more than 30 years, moving to southern California 15 years ago. He served as mayor of Springfield from January 1925, until January of 1929.

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