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Chandler E. Bull


Posted By: Fran Hunt, Volunteer
Date: 10/2/2001 at 18:26:10

From the Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties 1890
Hon. Chandler E. Bull, Mayor of Milton, and a farmer and breeder and dealer in livestock, ranks among the progressive and influential citizens of Van Buren County. He is a native of Scotland County Missouri, born October 3, 1853, and a son of Hezekiah and Abigail Burris Bull. His father was born in Highland County Ohio, June 22, 1827, while his mother is a native of Marion County Indiana. In August 1850, they became residents of Scotland County Missouri, where they yet make their home.
The subject of this sketch received his primary education in the district schools of the neighborhood and later attended the Kirksville Normal, where he fitted himself for the profession of teaching. He taught four terms of school and then embarked in farming in his native county, where he continued his agricultural pursuits until 1881, which year witnessed his arrival in Van Buren County, Iowa.
He purchased a farm in the southern part of Jackson Township, near the State line, being four and a half miles south of the city of Milton. He has since increased its acreage until he is now the owner of six hundred and sixty five acres of well- improved land, constituting one of the finest improved stock farms in southeastern Iowa. This is well stocked with fine grades of horse, cattle and hogs, but he is making a specialty of breeding roadster horses. Other interests have also occupied the attention of Mr. Bull. In 1885, he removed to Milton, but still retains the ownership of his farm, and engaged in the lumber and grain business in company with J.D. Hollingshead as partner but later was associated with H.C. Hill. That connection continued until July 1890, when he sold out, since which time he has been engaged in dealing in live stock, making a specialty of good driving horses. He personally superintends the operations of his farm and does an extensive business in the lines before mentioned.
It was in Scotland County Missouri that on December 1, 1875, Mr. Bull led to the marriage alter, Miss Ida Billups, daughter of Joseph Billups formerly of Missouri, now a resident of Milton. Mrs, Bull was born in Scotland County, where her family was among the earliest settlers, on April 11, 1853. One child has been born of this union, a daughter, Minnie May, who was born in Scotland County Missouri on March 15, 1878.
Mr. and Mrs. Bull are Universalists in their religious views. In politics he is a Democrat and has been chosen to various local offices of honor and trust. He has served as Township Trustee, Treasurer of the Township School Board, President of the Milton Board of Education, and is the present Mayor of the city. His faithfulness to the trust reposed in him, and the promptness with which he discharges every duty, has made him a popular officer and won him the respect of all concerned. Socially he is a member of Lone Star Lodge, No. 155, I.O.O.F., of Aurora Lodge, No. 50 A.F. & A.M. and of Jackson Lodge, No. 28, K.P. Mr. Bull is recognized as one of the most enterprising and successful business men of Van Buren County and is deservedly popular. His unpretending and affable manner, prompt and business like methods, command respect and confidence and have won him a host of warm friends.
I am not related, and am posting this biography for those who may find this person in their family history.


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