Guide to the Herschel Bullen, Sr. papers,
1848-1912

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Creator: Bullen, Herschel, 1840-1910
Title: Herschel Bullen, Sr. papers
Dates: 1848-1912 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 10 boxes (3.25 linear ft.)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 182
Summary: This collection contains the papers of pioneer industrialist Herschel Bullen, Sr. The materials in this collection consist of correspondence, personal papers, legal documents, financial papers, and various other materials. Nearly half of the materials in this collection consist of Bullen's financial papers, providing a detailed account of the financial status and economic dealings of one of Richmond's early settlers.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-1663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical Note

Herschel Bullen, Sr. was born January 10, 1840 in Mercer, Maine to Newell and Clarissa Judkins Atkinson Bullen. In 1846 the Bullen family set sail on the Brooklyn for San Francisco, California, and upon landing, traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah to join Mormon pioneers. In 1858 Hershel's father died, leaving Herschel responsible for the family's financial needs. In 1861 the Bullen family relocated to the developing settlement that later became Richmond, Utah. During the 1860s Hershel became involved with Richmond's "Dramatic Circle", a group of theatricals that often traveled throughout Cache Valley performing such acts as "Ten Nights in a Bar Room."

On March 28, 1868 Herschel married Lydia Malinda Knapp, a Welch immigrant, in Farmington, Utah. They had one child, Lorenzo, before they separated/divorced in the spring of 1870. During that same spring, on February 8, 1870, Hershel married Emma Boston Gibbs in Salt Lake City, Utah. They later had two children, Herschel Jr. and Nellie. Tragedy struck the family on October 1, 1873 when Emma died. Three years later, on October 1, 1876 Herschel married again, this time to Mary Josephine Whittle in Logan, Utah. Together they had seven children, Roy, Pearl, Cyrus, Emma, Asa, Bryant, and Edith.

During the 1870s Herschel found work freighting goods between Utah and Montana. Since railroad construction was increasing in the West, Herschel formed a partnership with Samuel A. Hendricks and operated a railroad grading company, often working contracts throughout the western United States. Herschel also acquired and maintained a large farm in Cache Valley where he raised crops and livestock. By the 1890s Herschel became involved in land speculation and the Republican party, serving as a member of the State Board of Land Commissioners from 1900 to 1910. Herschel Bullen, Sr. died on June 27, 1910 in Richmond.

Source:

Bair, Amos, W. History of Richmond, Utah, The Richmond Bicentennial Committee, 1976 (this book can be found at USU Special Collections & Archives under the call number: 979.27 R415).

Content Description

This 10 box collection contains the papers of the pioneer industrialist Herschel Bullen, Sr. The materials in this collection consist of correspondence, personal papers, legal documents, financial papers, and various other materials. Nearly half of the materials in this collection consist of Bullen's financial papers, providing a detailed account of the financial status and economic dealings of one of Richmond's early settlers.

Boxes 1-3 contain Bullen's bank statements from 1886-1910. Box 4 consists of booklets that contain a detailed and often daily log of Bullen's financial dealings from 1878-1908. Boxes 5-7 contain a variety of personal papers, legal documents, financial papers/booklets, and LDS materials. Box 8 contains Bullen's correspondence and papers while serving as a member of the State Board of Land Commissioners (1900-1910). Box 9 contains Bullen's personal and business correspondence (separated into outgoing and incoming). Bullen's outgoing correspondence has been organized chronologically. Incoming correspondence has been organized alphabetically by the surname name of the sender. In addition, Box 9, Fd 8 contains the incoming correspondence (1848-1878) to Clarissa Bullen, the mother of Herschel Bullen, Sr. Box 10 contains 40 check registers/account registers spanning the years from 1880 to 1910.

Note: Researcher interested in the Bullen family should also see USU Special Collections & Archives, Coll Mss 178: The Herschel Bullen, Jr. Papers.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Herschel Bullen, Sr. papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Herschel Bullen, Sr. papers, 1848-1912. (COLL MSS 182). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Incoming correspondence arranged alphabetically; outgoing correspondence arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information :  

The papers of Herschel Bullen, Sr. were donated to USU Special Collections & Archives by Reed Bullen (a grandson of Herschel Sr.) in 1991.

Related Materials :  

Herschel Bullen, Jr. papersCOLL MSS 178


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box
Folder
1 1 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1886-1900
1 2 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1901, January-May
1 3 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1901, June-August
1 4 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1901, September-December
1 5 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1902, January-May
1 6 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1902, June-September
1 7 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1902, October-December
1 8 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1903, January-May
1 9 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1903, June-December
1 10 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1904, January-August
1 11 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1904, September-December
1 12 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1905, January-April
1 13 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1905, May-August
1 14 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1905, September-December
1 15 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1906, January-April
1 16 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1906, May-August
1 17 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1906, September-December
2 1 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1907, January-April
2 2 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1907, May-August
2 3 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1907, September-December
2 4 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1908, January-March
2 5 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1908, April-June
2 6 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1908, July-December
2 7 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the Thatcher Brothers Banking Company 1909-1910
2 8-9 Roy Bullen financial papers 1908
3 1 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the State Bank of Richmond 1908
3 2 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the State Bank of Richmond 1909, January-April
3 3 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the State Bank of Richmond 1909, May-August
3 4 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the State Bank of Richmond 1909, September-December
3 5 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the State Bank of Richmond 1910, January-April
3 6 H. Bullen, Sr.'s financial papers with the State Bank of Richmond 1910, May-December
4 1 Expense record for
horse team purchases.
1884
4 2 Expense record for
primarily dealings with individuals.
1876-1893
4 3 Expense record for
purchases.
1884-1887
4 4 Expense record for 1882-1886
4 5 Expense record and papers for 1890-1893
4 6 Expense record and papers for
primarily dealings with State Board of Land Commissioners.
1901-1904
4 7 Expense record and papers for
primarily travel expenses.
1888-1895
4 8 Expense record for 1885-1888
4 9 Expense record for
hay, farm, and other material purchases.
"June 1881"
4 10 Expense record and papers for work done on the Denver Rio Grande & Western Railroad and the Oregon Short Line Railroad
4 11 Expense record
primarily dealings with individuals.
1900-1908
4 12 Record, farm labors and other 1902-1905
5 1 Finishing contract for Bullen home.
5 2 Records of expenses for home construction
5 3 Bills, Rocky Mountain Telephone Company, (one bill for damages caused by Bullen's "hay wreck,")
5 4 Bills and statements, High Creek Electric Company
5 5 Bills and correspondence, concerning insurance
5 6 Bill, from a harness-maker, J. W. Cotterell, and Fister & Nielson
5 7 Bills, Consolidated Implement Company
5 8 Bills and statements, Consolidated Wagon & Machine Company
5 9 LDS membership papers, genealogy for J. C. Whittle, legal documents concerning Whittle, correspondence of Whittle
5 10 People's Mercantile & Creamery Company, pamphlet and statement
5 11 Receipts, Richmond Co-operative Mercantile Institution (RCMI) 1891-1901
5 12 Tithing receipts from Bishop's Store House in Richmond 1899-1907
5 13 Contract, between Bullen and Alexander Harris, mule and wagon sale 1876
5 14 Correspondence, concerning real-estate
5 15 Railroad passes: Oregon Short Line, San Pedro, Los Angles, Salt Lake, Rio Grande Western, San Pete Valley Railway, and the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Company
5 16 Papers, concerning the Coveville Horse Company
5 17 Statement of blacksmiths in Richmond
5 18 By-laws of Western Loan & Savings Company
5 19 Drawing book, compliments of Zion's Savings Bank & Trust Company (children's coloring book)
5 20 Map, Township and County of Washington State, J. K. Grill & Company, Portland, 1887, and map/guide of Washington DC 1905
5 21 Papers, concerning tax payments 1891-1893
5 22 Papers, registration for an American Galloway bull
5 23 Stock certificates, for Wheeler & Wilson Mining Company and Utahna Goldfield Mining & Milling Company 1903-1908
5 24 LDS songs, handwritten, and paper concerning the Book of Mormon in the Hawaiian language
5 25 Blessing pronounced upon A. P. Wright by J. C. Wright in Brigham City, Utah
(photocopy)
1878
5 26 Poem, "The Maine", written by Wm. B. Craig of Logan in remembrance of the men killed on the USS Maine
5 27 Box rent receipts from Richmond post office
5 29 Receipts, for newspaper subscriptions
5 30 Financial receipts, miscellaneous
6 1 Papers concerning the payment of city (Richmond) taxes 1893-1909
6 2 Papers concerning mortgage 1892-1906
6 3 Papers concerning the Middlesex Banking Company 1894-1904
6 4 Receipts, concerning the Deseret Savings Bank
6 5 Bank statement and receipts, First Security Bank of Logan 1895
6 6 Papers concerning Farmers Utah Loan Association 1903-1910
6 7 Paper/receipts concerning the Richmond Irrigation Company 1890s
6 8 Judgment & Decree in: H. Bullen, Sr. vs. the Cub River Irrigation Company 1910
6 9 Legal document, document/letter to Bishop's Court of Richmond: the Richmond Pasture Company vs. (no name appears) 1897
6 10 Certificate of Stock, 6,250 shares invested in the "Richmond Mine" 1893
6 11 Vaccination papers of Bullen family and other health related papers
6 12 Financial record of dealing of Newell Bullen and H. Bullen, Sr. 1901-1905
6 13 Bullen children school papers (report cards, financial papers, records)
6 14 The Daily Bulletin, March 1909 (numerous issues), discussing H. Bullen, Jr.
6 15 "Republican Campaign, 1900" booklet, with handwritten records.
6 16 Four farm booklets containing records/receipts of Bullen's financial dealings 1890s-1910
6 17 Pierce's Memorandum & Account Book Designed for Farmers, Mechanics, and all People, New York
(four booklets with notes and a record of Bullen's financial dealings).
1900s
6 18 Correspondence and literature concerning "Hill's Rheumatic &Gout Medicine" 1894-1901
6 19 Promotional literature, miscellaneous
6 20 Certificate of membership to The Globe Association 1908
6 21 Bills and receipts from miscellaneous companies, A-K
6 22 Bills and receipts from miscellaneous companies, L-Z
6 23 Notes and papers, miscellaneous
6 24 The Fish & Game Law of the State of Utah 1909
7 1 Cache County taxes 1892-1904
7 2 Cache County taxes 1905-1909
7 3 Tax notices for Salt Lake and Millard Counties 1902-1911
7 4 Mining deeds and papers, signed by H. Bullen, Jr. 1896 and 1902
7 5 Clarissa J. Bullen's application for land use in Cache Valley under Desert Lands Act 1894
7 6 Homestead certificate of Daniel S. Robbins with warranty to H. Bullen, Sr 1884
7 7 Legal documents/drawings of Bullen's land in Cache Valley
7 8 Mortgage papers
7 9 Correspondence, legal documents, and papers concerning the H. Bullen, Sr. estate after his death
7 10 Papers concerning the Dry Farm Congress 1909
7 11 "Recollections of the Pioneer Jubilee", Salt Lake City, by Lyle Miller 1897
7 12 "Brief Historical Biography of Herschel Bullen", by J. W. Bullen
8 1 Pamphlet, "Rules of Procedure of State Board of Land Commissioners, Salt Lake City 1897"
8 2 Correspondence 1901
8 3 Correspondence 1902
8 4 Correspondence 1904-1905
8 5 Crop reporter reports (filed by H. Bullen, Sr.) 1905
8 6 Crop reporter reports 1906
8 7 Crop reporter reports 1907
8 8 Crop reporter reports 1908
8 9 Crop reporter reports 1909
8 10 Crop reporter reports 1910
9 1 Outgoing correspondence 1862-1901
9 2 Incoming correspondence, Bullen, Herschel Jr. 1894-1906
9 3 Incoming correspondence, A-G
9 4 Incoming correspondence, H-L
9 5 Incoming correspondence, M-R
9 6 Incoming correspondence, S-Z
9 7 Correspondence associated with Bullen family 1886-1901
9 8 Incoming correspondence of Clarissa Bullen (mother of H. Bullen, Sr.) 1848-1878
9 9 Letter/tribute concerning the death of Emma Bullen 1892
9 10 Incoming correspondence of Marry J. Bullen 1909
10 Bankbooks, check registers, and other financial record booklets
40 booklets
1886-1910

Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Bullen, Herschel, 1840-1910.
    • Corporate Names :
    • Utah. State Land Board.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Railroads--Design and construction.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Richmond (Utah)--History--18th century.

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