Willard S. Tustison. The residence of Mr. Tustison is in the extreme southeast corner of DeKalb
County. He is a farmer, and was born on the land
which he owns today, in section 33, April 29, 1859.
Mr. Tustison has always enjoyed the confidence of
his neighbors and friends in DeKalb County and is
a former trustee of Newville Township.
His parents were Sebastian and Anna (Allen)
Tustison. His father was born in Crawford County,
Ohio, a son of Nelson and Sarah (Brown) Tustison.
Nelson Tustison was a native of Copenhagen, Denmark, and when he ran away from home at the age
of sixteen went to sea and was a sailor to many of
the ports of the world for sixteen years. He left the
sea and settled at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania County,
where he married and afterward moved to Crawford,
Ohio, and spent the rest of his life as a farmer.
He possessed unusual business judgment, a great
amount of energy, and accumulated about 600 acres
of land in Crawford County. These ample possessions he shared with his family of nine sons and one
daughter, all of whom are now deceased.
Sebastian Tustison grew up in Crawford County,
had a common school education, and in 1845 moved
to DeKalb County, Indiana, and after his marriage
settled in the southeastern corner of the county.
He was a farmer there and at one time was superintendent of some men employed on the Baltimore &
Ohio Railway. He also participated in local affairs,
being assessor and justice of the peace and in politics
was a democrat. He was the father of four children:
George W. and Henry, deceased; Mary Jane, wife
of Joseph Langham; and Willard S.
Willard S. Tustison grew up on the home farm
and had a common school education. On December
12, 1878, he married Lois Jump, who was born in
Scipio Township of Allen County, Indiana. After
their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Tustison lived for
three years in Scipio Township, and rented his
father-in-law's farm. They then returned to Newville Township and bought sixty acres and after
four years he bought out the other heirs in the old
Tustison homestead. Mr. Tustison has ninety-one
acres in his farm and has it stocked with some good
grade Durham cattle. As a factor in local politics
he served six years as justice of the peace, four
years as assessor, and four years as township trustee. Like his father he is a democrat, and he and
his family are members of the Methodist Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Tustison had eight children, seven
of whom are still living: Delmer D., of Hillsdale,
Michigan: Linnie, wife of Frank Lash, of Michigan;
Grace, wife of Guy McCurdy, of Allen County, Indiana; Rena, wife of Albert Shaffer, of Garrett;
Owen S., of Garrett, Indiana, who is a graduate of
the Hicksville, Ohio, High School, as is also his
next younger brother, Ross C.; George W., who was
with the Aviation Corps of the American Army
and died November 17, 1918, while in the overseas
service near Liverpool, England; and Paul, who is
married and lives at Hicksville, Ohio.
("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)
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