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John Alva Bull, 78, died suddenly at his home on Route 5, Saturday [September 20]. Bull was born at the family farm, September 10, 1891 to Walter A. and Rebecca Bull and spent his entire life in the Kittitas Valley. He graduated from the local school and attended the University of Washington where he studied law.
On Dec. 24, 1915 in Salt Lake City, he married Margaret Porter whom he had met while both where students of the University. Since their marriage they have made their home on Route 5 on the farm his mother, Rebecca Nelson [Bull], had homesteaded.
His father was the first postmaster of Ellensburg. Mr. Bull took an active part in the many early developments of Kittitas County. He and his teams and equipment were among those that helped develop what is now known as the Kittitas Co. Fair and Rodeo grounds and he was also a familiar figure for many years as a member of the Kittitas County Rodeo Band.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret, at the family home, three sons Jack and Thomas W. of Ellensburg and Leland of Yakima; 8 grandchildren and one great grandson; two brothers, Dr. Leland Bull of Seattle and Charles Bull of Calgary, Alberta and a sister who resides in Florida. He also leaves many nieces and nephews including a niece, Mrs. Spencer Short of Ellensburg.
Services will be in the Evenson Funeral Home, Wednesday at 2 p.m. with interment in the IOOF Cemetery.
Ellensburg Daily Record, September 22, 1969
Contributed by: Shelli Steedman