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Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.


     JOHN T. DIRSTINE, who is engaged in the drug business in Lind, is a native of Lapeer, Michigan, born on May 30, 1875.  The parents of Mr. Dirstine were Elias T. and Isabel (Sutton) Dirstine, also natives of Michigan.  The family lived in Michigan until 1902, when they came to Lind, where the mother died, survived by the father and three children, Isaac, of Connell, Washington; Pearl, and the subject of this sketch.  The father makes his present home in Lind.
     After passing through the grammar school of Thornville, Michigan, John T. Dirstine took a course in Valparaiso college.  At the age of fourteen he came to Hatton, Washington, where he taught school for four years, when he returned to Valparaiso and was later graduated from a course in pharmacy.  He then came to Millbank, South Dakota, where he was employed in a drug store for one year, then returned to Lind and engaged in his present business in 1898.  He has a handsome home in Lind, also a drug store in Connell.
     In 1903 Mr. Dirstine was married to Johanna B. Hitchcock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Hitchcock, natives of Muscatine, Iowa, where Mrs. Dirstine was reared.
     John T. Dirstine is a member of the Odd Fellows and a prominent and active worker in the ranks of Democracy.  He was elected mayor of his city in 1902, which office he still holds.
 
 

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