Israelite House of David - Baushke Carriage Works
Members of the Baushke family, owners of the Baushke Carriage Works in Benton Harbor were early converts to the Israelite Faith as practiced by Benjamin and Mary Purnell. The decision to locate the colony in Benton Harbor was in part due to the Baushke's supportive presence in the city. Early colonists lived in buildings provided by the Baushkes who also helped finance the original purchase of colony property along Britain Ave. At the turn of the 20th century the Baushke Brothers were pioneers in the design and construction of horseless carriages. This is likely the last surviving example of their work built in about 1895. The design of the seats on this early automobile is very similar to the seats used on the passenger cars built at the colony. It is likely the Baushkes had a hand in the design of the rolling stock on the Mary and Benjamin Railroad.
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