Biography of Edwin Tuller
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EDWIN TULLER.
Coming to Jefferson county in 1855 at the age of thirteen years, Edwin Tuller has lived here almost continuously since that time, thus being intimately associated with the historic changes and material development that have been wrought in this part of the country through the passing years. He was born two miles south of Worthington, in Franklin county, Ohio, May 18, 1841. He is a son of Ezekiel and Elizabeth (Loy) Tuller. The father was descended from Yankee parentage, being born in Connecticut. He chose the pursuit of agriculture for his calling, and, finding opportunities in this direction more bountiful in the rich agricultural sections of the middle western states, migrated to Ohio. There he was married to Elizabeth Loy, a native of Virginia, whose parents had removed to Franklin county, Ohio, when she was a girl. Mr. and Mrs. Fuller followed the westward trend of population, coming to Jefferson county, Iowa, in 1855. Four years later, the father died on his farm five miles southeast of Fairfield; and, subsequently, the mother removed to Missouri, where she passed away, in 1876.

The early years of his life Edwin Tutler spent in Ohio, being a resident of Franklin county during the first eight years and then of Madison county. When his parents removed to Iowa, in 1855, he completed his education in the district school near his home, assisting with the work in the fields until he reached maturity. He then formed a partnership with David Sears, of Locust Grove township, engaging in the harvesting of crops on a basis of a two thirds share. After his marriage, Mr. Tuller operated the farm owned by his wife's mother. This he managed for two years, when he discontinued farming in order to try himself in another occupation. The romance of the west attracted him to the foothills of the Rockies, and there he secured employment in hauling freight for a firm in Omaha, Nebraska. During this time, the scenes of his labors were amid the rugged mountain region of northern Utah; his daily journeys taking him within three hundred miles of Salt Lake City. Presently, he returned home and once more took up farming. In 1866, our subject removed to the farm on which he lives at present, and, three years later, bought the place; adding to it by subsequent purchases until he owned at one time four hundred acres of rich and productive land. Not wishing to continue the burden of operating so extensive an area, he parted with some of his holdings, retaining one hundred and ninety six acres for his own use. This tract he now rents to his son, only supervising the management in an advisory capacity. Always industrious and faithful in the performance of those duties which devolved upon him, he was rewarded in his work with well deserved success.

Mr. Buller and Miss Susan A. Sears, a daughter of Jacob L. and Mary (Sargeant) Sears, natives of Kentucky and Ohio, respectively, Were united in marriage on December 24, 1863. The Sears family came from Coles county, Illinois, to Iowa in 1839; the father entering land from the government in Locust Grove township, Jefferson county. He operated the farm and was an extensive landowner, being recognized as one of the substantial citizens of the county, where he and his wife lived until their death. Mrs. Tuller passed away at the family residence on the homestead, May 22, 1903, leaving six children: George, who operates a farm seven miles southwest of Ottumwa, Iowa, is married to Sarah Long, of Batavia, Iowa, by whom he has two children, Raymond and Arthur Le Roy; William H., who lives on the home farm, is married to Miss Nellie Gow, of Fairfield, by whom he has one child, Gladys Marie; Mary, the wife of W. B. Dunsworth, a dairyman and farmer of Kittitas county, Washington, has one child, Edwin Burrell; Cora E., the wife of H. D. Smith, a farmer of Batavia, has five children, Verle Carleton, Eura Delle, Glenn Tuller, Eunice Cora and Exie Olive; Charles, a dairyman and farmer of Kittitas valley, Washington, is married to Miss Mary Stansell, of Jefferson county, Iowa, by whom he has eight children, Harry Israel, Adalene Elizabeth, Orville Edwin, Lloyd, Elbert and Everett, twins, Irene Lucile and Viola May; Bertha M., the widow of Emory Parrett, a farmer who died October 27, 1903, is the mother of two children, Da Hester and Alberta Maude.

In his religious faith, Mr. Tuller is a member of the Presbyterian church, to which his wife also belonged. Politically, he is a stanch democrat, believing in a liberal policy for the best interests of the country. In the community in which he lives, he is held in high esteem by all who know his devotion to the principles of truth and justice. He is a man possessed of a strong personality, and has a host of warm friends.

From:
History of Jefferson County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organizatin,
Progress and Achievement Vol II
BY: Charles J. Fulton
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1914


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