QUESTION: What famous monument is located close to the town of Custer, named after George Armstrong (no relation, as far as we know)?
A) George Washington
B) Sitting Bull
C) Abraham Lincoln
D) Crazy Horse
We began talking about L.L. Custer yesterday, but we did not mention the innovation made by Custer that warranted his presence here, at the American Treasure Tour. We mentioned Custer was innovative. He dabbled in many different fields as he tinkered, even working for the highly esteemed Ohio-based innovator Charles Kettering for a time before a patent dispute caused a falling out. (we will talk about Mr. Kettering in another blog, we promise). He established the Custer Specialty Company at 123 Franklin Street in Dayton, Ohio in 1916. The building was four stories tall and contained an indoor miniature golf course on the fourth floor (possibly the first ever concocted) and his own oceanarium on the second floor which contained over one hundred aquariums filled with tropical fish. One of the first inventions made in Custer's new factory was his "Invalid Chair."
Custer saw American veterans of World War I returning home seriously injured. No longer could they walk. Some men had lost their legs. The Custer Invalid Chair, as he named it, was electrically powered, and allowed people to maneuver inside and outside their homes. It required the use of only one arm to drive it, and proved a major innovation, endorsed by the Warm Springs (Georgia) Institute, established years later by President Franklin Roosevelt. One of these amazing chairs is on display here at the American Treasure Tour. Come to check it out!
ANSWER: D) Crazy Horse. Custer is located in southeastern South Dakota.