Charles L. Cushing was born near Greenleaf, Washington County, Kansas in 1896. He worked in banks in Greenleaf and Logan, Kansas, before moving to Downs, where he worked for 55 years in the Downs National Bank as both president and chairman. In his lifetime Charles was very active in the business sector and in public service, serving on both the school and Chamber of Commerce boards, as city councilman, and as mayor of Downs. Charles also served for 12 years on the Kansas State Highway Commission. His remarkable career ended with his death in 1974.