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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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