Wm. C. Cusick was born in Adams County, Illinois, Feb. 21, 1842, and died near Union, Oregon, Oct. 7, 1922, being 80 years, 7 months and 16 days old.
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In 1853 he left his birthplace with his parents for Oregon, near Kingston, where he made his home till he came to eastern Oregon and settled in Union County in 1871. While stationed at Fort Lapwai, with his company during the Civil war, he became interested in the study of botany. He continued this study during the remainder of his life, making a special study of the plants of the Blue Mountain region of Oregon.
He was married in November 1892, to Mrs. Emma A. Alger, who died in February 1894.
He is survived by one brother S. F. Cusick, of Union, Oregon; one sister Mrs. S. E. Daly, of Scio, Oregon and two half sisters-Mrs. Hattie Dodd, of Middleton, Idaho, and Mrs. A.N. Busick, of Union, Oregon.
The funeral took place from the Presbyterian church, Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, and was attended by a large number of friends and acquaintances of the deceased. Mr. Cusick was one of the charter members of the Presbyterian Church, and an upright and conscientious citizen.
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