James T. Bulman

L - Mill Matilda (Hartley) Bulman
R - J.T. Bulman, father, son and grandson

James T. Bulman needs no introduction to the readers of a history of Allamakee county, for his name has long been an honored one in this section of Iowa, to which his father came as a pioneer and where he himself has through his industry, honesty and success won a high place among the promoters of its agricultural development. He is at present operating a fine farm in Union City township and gives a great deal of his time and attention to its further cultivation. He was born in Allamakee county, October 6, 1857; and is a son of Thomas Bulman, whose birth occurred in Thetford, Cambridgeshire, England, on the 6th of April 1828. The father spent his boyhood and youth in that country and there worked as a farm hand and at railroading. One the 6th of October, 1848, he married Miss Phoebe Stocks, also a native of Cambridgeshire, and on the 31st of the same month they sailed for America on the W. V. Kent, a sailing vessel, which arrived at New Orleans on the 9th of December, it requiring five weeks and four days to make the voyage. After remaining in that city for a short time they went to Evansville, Indiana, in the spring of 1849 and there Mr. Bulman served an apprenticeship as a bricklayer and plasterer, at which occupations he worked until October 6, 1854, when he started for Iowa, driving overland by team and arriving in Union city township, Allamakee county, on the last day of October. There Mr. Bulman entered land and at once began the construction of a log cabin. He continued to live upon that farm until his retirement from active business life in 1888. He had in the meantime accumulated eight hundred acres and this property he sold in the year to his two sons, James and Thomas, and took up his home in Waukon, where he now resides, having reached the age of eighty-five. His wife passed away in 1892. He and his wife became the parents of the following children: Mary, the deceased wife of William Cummings; Mrs. Alice Green, the widow of L. M. Green, of Montana; Emma, who married Alfred Beardmore; James T., of this Review; Thomas S. who resides in Pawnee county, Oklahoma; Carrie, the wife of Benjamin Hartley, of Allamakee county; Jason C., who resides in Waterloo township; Walter W., an attorney of Chariton, Iowa; Anna P., who married William Rayburn, of Portland, Oregon; John, who has passed away; Samuel, who died in infancy, and Phoebe, who is also deceased.

James T. Bulman spent his childhood upon his father's farm, attending district school, and when not engaged with his books, assisting with the cultivation of the homestead and becoming in this way before he had attained his majority a practical and able agriculturist. He began his independent career by renting a portion of the home farm and this he continued to develop until after his father’s retirement, when he purchased three hundred and sixty acres, which he still owns. Upon it he has made substantial improvements, erecting the necessary barns and outbuildings and installing modern machinery, and he has by his well directed and practical labors made the farm a productive and profitable property, evidencing everywhere the care and skill of an able agriculturist. Mr. Bulman has six hundred and forty acres of Canada land. He is a stockholder in the First National Bank of Waukon and is well known as a resourceful, far-sighted and progressive business man.

In 1880 Mr. Bulman was united in marriage to Mill Matilda Hartley, a native of Allamakee county and a daughter of Francis and Hephzibah Hartley, who were born and married in England and who came to America in a sailing ship, being seven weeks at sea. They landed in New York and, making their way inland, settled in Wisconsin and came to Iowa in the early ‘50’s, living in Allamakee county until their deaths. Of the large family of children born to their union five survive besides the wife of the subject of this review: John W., who lives in Allamakee county; Susan, who married Henry Allpress, of Nebraska, Alice E., the wife of Thomas Henderson, of California; James W., of Lansing, Iowa; and Francis, who lives in Los Angeles.

Mr. and Mrs. Bulman became the parents of seven children; Frank T., new serving as county treasurer of Allamakee county; Ethel and Mabel, who died in infancy; Nellie, who married Robert Weymiller, of Allamakee county; and Leonard J., Alfred C. And A. J., who live at home. The family are members of the Presbyterian church.

Mr. Bulman is connected fraternally with the Masonic lodge, the Modern Brotherhood of America and the Modern Woodmen of America. He is a republican in his political views and has served in various important official positions, including those of township trustee and sheriff of Allamakee county.

He is interested in all that pertains to the general progress and growth of his native community, being at all times a progressive and public-spirited citizen, and in his business life he has illustrated the value of integrity and industry, having won his prosperity through intense and will directed energy.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich

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