Levitt Luzern Custer

7/27/1888 - 8/30/1962

Inducted 1998


Levitt Luzern Custer was an inventor and entrepreneur whose inventions ranged from the very practical to the amusing. He created the first electric invalid chair shortly after World War I, so that amputees could move independently, and he adapted electric motors to power dentist drills. The Custer Statisscope was a device that indicated to balloon pilots whether they were rising or descending, often difficult to determine in clouds and fog. He created the first flying training device at the Vandalia airport. His business, the Custer Specialty Company, regularly employed from 35 to 50 people, and its headquarters featured the first indoor miniature golf course. Mr. Custer designed a number of amusement park rides, including the Zoomer and the Bubble Bounce. The range of his accomplishments truly embodies the spirit of invention that makes the region great.