ITS HISTORY AND TRADITION
M. B. PULLEN
One of the best known men of a past generation in Monona county, Iowa - one whose record is well deserving of a conspicuous place in his community's history was the late Malden B. Pullen, who during his active years not only was
numbered among the eminently successful business men of the locality where he lived but also was an influential and potent factor in the community's development and prosperity.
Mr. Pullen was born in Week's Mill, Maine, on the 6th of February, 1847, and his death occurred in Onawa, Iowa, on the 4th of May, 1918, in the seventy-second year of his age. He was a son of Daniel and Mary (Didley) Pullen, the
former of whom died July 24, 1849. After our subject came west, the mother came to live with him and resided here until her death, which occurred in 1883. The paternal grandfather was William Pullen, of Vassalboro, Maine, a
prominent lumber dealer of his day, and who, while Maine was still a part of Massachusetts, represented his district in the legislature.
Malden B. Pullen was the eighth in order of birth of the nine children born to his parents. He secured his educational training in the public schools of his native state, and at the age of sixteen years was apprenticed to learn the carpenter's trade. After completing his apprenticeship he continued to work as a journeyman with his former employer until 1869, when he came west, locating at Omaha, Nebraska, where he secured employment in the shops of the Union Pacific Railroad. In 1871 he came to Onawa, Monona county, Iowa, and engaged in business as a carpenter contractor, in which capacity he erected many
of the prominent homes and business structures of the city. In 1880 he added undertaking to his business and was the first embalmer in this locality. He was a man of marked business ability and reliable judgment, absolutely square in his dealings with the public, and a gratifying measure of success crowned his efforts.
On December 29, 1881, Mr. Pullen was united in marriage to Miss Julia E. Whiting, daughter of Hon. Charles E. and Nancy (Criner) Whiting, the former of whom was the earliest settler in Monona county and the founder of the Whiting
settlement. He became prominent in public life and was a judge of the county court. Mrs. Pullen was born in New Market, Madison county, Alabama, January 2, 1850, and was but six years of age when she came with her parents to
Monona county. She was educated in the public schools of Onawa, completing her studies in Knox Seminary, at Galesburg, Illinois. To her is accorded the distinction of belonging to the first family to settle in this county, and she attended the first school in Onawa. Later, prior to her marriage, she taught five terms of school. Besides the widow, the following children survived: Myrick W. Pullen, born January 25, 1883, on Woodlawn farm at Whiting, is
professor of electricity in Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. On September 13, 1912, he was married to Miss Ruby C. Faus, who died March 5, 1916, leaving two children, Cordelia V. and Myrick C. On June 19, 1923, Myrick W. Pullen was married to Miss Julia S. Fuller. Gail C. Pullen, born September 26, 1884, at Onawa, was married December 29, 1909, to Miss Zoe Hagen, and they have two children, Malden H. and Don Martin. Keats A. Pullen, born July 4, 1886, at Onawa, now resides at Los Gatos, California. He was married May 14, 1913, to Miss Mabel J. Faus, and they have three children, Curtis F., Keats A., jr., and Robert Whiting. Mary Bernice Pullen, born December 27, 1893, died July 26, 1918.
Politically Mr. Pullen was a stanch supporter of the democratic party, taking an active interest in local public affairs, and held a number of local offices, including that of mayor of Onawa. He was equally noted as a citizen
whose career, useful and honorable, conferred credit on the community and as a man whose marked abilities and sterling qualities won for him well merited success, and he held distinctive precedence as one of the representative men of
the community in which he lived and labored.