T. H. Mullen is now living retired in the village of Columbia. In former years he was actively identified with
farming interests in this part of the state and he is well known here because his activities have connected him
with the upbuildirig of the county and because at all times he has stood for progress and improvement.
He was born in Stewart county, Tennessee, on the 7th of August, 1841, a son of Thomas and Martha (Sims) Mullen,
the former of whom was a native of Kentucky and the latter of Tennessee, where they maintained their residence
until 1848 and then came to Marion county, Iowa. There were comparatively few settlers living within the borders
of this county and much of the land was still in possession of the government. Mr. Mullen entered a claim and the
family took up their abode thereon, living in a little log cabin covered with clapboard roof. There was a puncheon
floor and clapboard door and on the outside of the door hung the latchstring, save when it was withdrawn at night
for safety, thus locking the cabin. There was a mud and stick chimney through which the smoke made its egress from
a large fireplace. In that primitive home the family lived for eight years, when it was replaced by a more modern
and substantial residence. As time passed on the father continued the work of the farm and converted the wild prairie
land into productive fields. His wife passed away in this county, but Mr. Mullen afterward went to Whiting, Iowa,
where his last days were spent. In the family were ten children, of whom five are living.
T. H. Mullen remained at home until he attained his majority, being reared in the usual manner of farmer lads who
spent their youth upon the frontier. He shared with the family in the hardships and privations incident to pioneer
life and early became a factor in the development of the new farm. Following the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted
for service in the Union army, joining the boys in blue of Company A, Fortieth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, with which
he served for thirteen months, when, on account of physical disability he was honorably discharged at Keokuk. He
then returned to Marion county and began' farming on his own account on a tract of land in Liberty township which
he purchased. For about forty years thereafter he owned, occupied and improved that place, converting it into a
well developed farm property, from which he annually gathered good harvests. In 1906, however, he sold out and
removed to Oklahoma, where he purchased two hundred acres of land, upon which he lived for four years. At the end
of that time he disposed of his property in the southwest and returned to Marion county, establishing his home
in Columbia, where for the past four years he has now lived retired, enjoying the rest which he has truly earned
and richly deserves.
On the 19th of April, 1863, Mr. Mullen was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Harvey, a native of Wapello county,
Iowa, and a daughter of Nicholas and Harriett (Williams) Harvey, both of whom were natives of Virginia and in 1845
came to Iowa, settling upon a farm in Wapello county. Later they came to Marion county and afterward removed to
Monona county, where their remaining days were passed. Mr. and Mrs. Mullen have a family of seven children: Martha,
now the wife of J. P. Hulgan, of Oklahoma ; Charles, who is living in Lucas county, Iowa ; Ada, the wife of L.
L. Bingaman; Della, the wife of M. Essex; Fred, of Appleton City, Missouri; Emmett, who is now in Los Angeles,
California; and Lewis, of this county.
Mr. and Mrs. Mullen are members of the Christian Union church and guide their lives by its teachings. In his political
views Mr. Mullen is a democrat. He belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and has filled all of the chairs
in the local lodge. He also maintains pleasant relations with his old army comrades through his membership in the
Grand Army post at Knoxville. His life has been an active one, characterized by industry and progressiveness in
business, by loyalty in citizenship and by devotion to all the duties and obligations which have devolved upon
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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