William A. Mullen, merchant of Madelia, Watonwan county, has been able to succeed at whatever he has turned
his attention to, because he plans well, is energetic in execution, "preparedness" being his motto, in
other words; he first decides that he is right, then goes ahead.
Mr. Mullen was born in the above named town and county, January 25, 1869, and is a son of Charles G. and Mary E.
(Johnson) Mullen. The father was a native of the state of New York and the mother of Norway. Grandfather Thomas
Mullen was a native of the state of New York, from which he moved to Madelia, Minnesota, during the latter fifties.
He was for many years door keeper of the United States Senate, which position he held until about 1890. He spent
the last years of his life in Madelia, where his death occurred. The maternal grandfather, Paul Johnson, was a
native of Norway. Emigrating to Minnesota, in an early day he homesteaded land in Lincoln township, Blue Earth
county. The parents of the subject of this sketch were married in 1868, each having come to Minnesota with their
parents. The father devoted the early years of his life to farming, finally started a book store and sewing machine
shop in Madelia, later adding other lines and became a successful general merchant, continuing as such until 1892,
when he sold out to his three sons. Removing to California he spent his last years in that state, dying there in
1897. His widow still lives at Long Beach, California. He was postmaster at Madelia during President Harrison's
administration. During the Civil War he enlisted in Company G, Sixth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry and served throughout
the conflict. His family consisted of three sons, namely: William A., Frank L. and Walter G. After the father's
death the sons continued the business as Mullen Brothers, Walter G. withdrawing from the partnership in a few years
and is now engaged in the real estate business in Los Angeles, California. William A. and Frank L. are still conducting
stores, which enjoy an extensive trade. A large and well selected stock of general merchandise is carried at all
seasons and honesty and courtesy have continued to be watchwords.
William A. Mullen grew to manhood in his native town and was educated in the public schools. He was married on
August 9, 1901, to A4a M. Williams, of Fremont, Iowa, and to their union three children have been born, namely:
Marcella, Fannie Eloise and Jean Elizabeth.
Fraternally, William A. Mullen belongs to the Free and Accepted Masons, the Mystic Workers and the M. B. A. He
is a member of the Presbyterian church, in which he is an elder. He was once state commander of the Sons of Veterans.
Frank L. Mullen was born in Madelia, in December, 1871, was educated in the public schooJs here and when a boy
entered the store of his father and has since devoted his life to mercantile pursuits. He was married in 1899,
to Bertis Hagen, of Janesville, Minnesota, and to this union one child has been born, Charles Mullen. Fraternally,
Frank L. Mullen is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, the Modern Woodmen 'of America and the Presbyterian
History of Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties
Their People, Industries and Institutions
John A. Brown, Editor in Chief
B. F. Bowen and Company, Inc.
Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties, MN Biographies
Also see Railway Officials in America 1906