William H. Pullen is one of the prominent men of Malheur County, being both a successful business man and property owner and popular County official. He was born in Illinois, on March 1, 1845, being the son of William and Mary (Weils) Pullen, natives respectively of Pennsylvania and Liverpool. When thirteen, he went with his parents to Texas, remaining there until 1867, and then returned to Illinois, where he engaged in farming until 1872. At that date a move was made to Pawnee County, Nebraska, and that was his home until 1880. He next located in Coos County, Oregon, where two years were spent and another move was made to Jackson County, whence one year later he returned to Coos bay and remained there five years. We next see Mr. Pullen in Wallowa County where he engaged in the mercantile pursuit at Lostine. Four years after this venture, he sold out and went to the lumbering business in Paradise, the same County. It was 1897, when Mr. Pullen came to Malheur County and bought one hundred and twenty acres of fertile land one-fourth of a mile from Owyhee. He has also eighty acres in Idaho and his land is well improved. In 1900 he was called by the people to act as County assessor, his name appearing on the Republican ticket and in the spring of 1902 he was re-nominated.
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The marriage of Mr. Pullen and Miss Harriet J. Cross, a native of Illinois was solemnized in Texas in 1866 and the following named children were born to them, Henry, in Coos County; Mary J., wife of Daniel Barklow, of Coos County; Elizabeth, wife of lrmir Miller, of Curry County: John E., of Malheur County; Ella, wife of Walter Applegate, of Malheur County: Richard, in Malheur County; Dora, wife of Robert Minton. In Coos County, on January 21, 1881, Mrs. Pullen died. On October 14, 1881, Mr. Pullen married a second time, the lady being Lucinda Whetstone, a native of Indiana, and the nuptials occurred in Jackson County, and three children have been born to them, Jesse \V., Thomas J., and Eva L. Mrs. Pullen’s parents came to Oregon in 1871. Mr. Pullen is affiliated with the I. O. O. F., Lodge No. 90, of Ontario and he is one of the well known and highly respected men of our County.