Biography of John J. Lusk
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JOHN J. LUSK was born in the township of Ranter, Greene Co., N. 1., Oct. 30. 1828. His father, George W. Lusk, was born in East Bloomfield, Ontario Co., N. Y., Dec. 28,1799. When he was eleven years old his father took him and his two brothers to Fort Niagara and enlisted them in the regular army. George W. served five years as a fifer and was in the war of 1812. He was discharged at Buffalo in 1815, and went to Rensselaerville, Albany Co., N. Y., where he learned the blacksmith trade. In 1854 he came to Michigan and bought a farm near Kalamazoo, on which he lived four years, when he sold, and in 1865 went to California, where he died, June 9, 1868. John J. grew to manhood in Niagara Co., N. Y., receiving a common school education, yet making such good use of his opportunities that he afterwards taught school ten terms; four in New York, one in Oregon, and five in Michigan. In 1854 he came to Michigan with his father and worked on the farm until 1857, when he went to California, where he worked on a farm a short time. In June, 1858, he joined the Frazier River expedition, but only went as far as Oregon, where he remained until 1859, when he returned to Michigan and soon after bought what was known as the Pierson farm, two hundred acres of which he still owns and resides upon, and part of which he has improved. He has added a fine house and one of the best barns in the township. In poliMr. Lusk was in early life a Whig. On the formation of the Republican party he joined its ranks, and has since been a supporter of its principles. He has four times represented his township in the Board of Supervisors, filling the office to the satisfaction of his fellow-townsmen. He has been town treasurer and highway commissioner, and also for many years school inspector. He married, May 9, 1861, Miss Lydia Tailmadge, daughter of Gardner and Delilah (Jeffords) Tallmadge, who was born in Erie Co., Pa, Feb. 26, 1842. There have been born to them three children, Ada F., born April 29, 1863; Minnie F., April 23, 1867; and Clarence J., Sept. 29, 1872.

History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of its Men and Pioneers.
Everts & Abbott., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia.