The early years of Cushman motors begin in Lincoln, Nebraska. It was 1901 and two cousins, Everett and Clinton Cushman, began building farm machinery and boat engines. Everett Sawyer came aboard in 1909. Production of Cushman Motors concentrated on two and four horsepower, farm engines. Four years later, the company incorporated, built a foundry, and became Cushman Motor Works. World War I saw farmers using Cushman Motor engines to run water pumps, washing machines, feed grinders, cream separators, wood saws, concrete mixers, and generators. Opening an unsuccessful plant in Canada in 1918, a management company gained control and ownership of Cushman Motor Works. In 1934, the Easy Manufacturing Company, which made farm implements in Lincoln and was owned by John and Charles Ammon, father and son, merged with Cushman Motors. A year later in 1935, a young boy brought a scooter powered by an old Cushman washing machine motor to the Cushman plant looking for spare parts. Charles Ammon, intrigued, put the first Cushman scooter into production in 1936, and the rest is history.
During World War II, the Company delivered Cushman scooters to all arms of the military, designing an airborne scooter to be parachuted to troops behind enemy lines. The company also manufactured a three-wheeled delivery vehicle that found demand in the military and industry. By 1950, the Cushman plant had expanded to 250,000 square feet. Converting to assembly line procedures, the plant produced ten thousand Cushman scooters each year, in addition to Husky air-cooled engines, and Cub water-cooled engines. During the following years, Cushman was acquired and reacquired by major corporations, but always continued production at its original Lincoln site. Today, Cushman is owned by Textron and specializes in commercial and utility vehicles, with production now located in Augusta, Georgia.
Interestingly, there is a Cushman Club of America (CCOA) which sells used Cushman scooters and trucks. Scooters for sale on the website included a 1966 Custom trike, 1951 Eagle, 811.40 Allstate Deluxe, 1948 Step-Thru, 1963 Cushman Super Silver Eagle, and 2010 Cushman Custom made scooter. The site also offers websites for custom restorers and other sellers. Additionally, more information on Cushman Motor Scooters is available through the Whitehorse Press Motorcycle Catalog.