The Journal, June 28th, 1907
In Rapid City, Wednesday, June 26, 1907, William McMullen, of heart trouble, aged eighty five years, six months and 15 days.
Although it was know that Mr. McMullen was in poor health very few realized that the sands of life were running out so quickly. He gave up work about three months ago, but as it was not necessary for him to work no one thought anything about it. It was hard for him to give up, however, and he worked around his house doing odd jobs until two weeks before his death. The last tiime he came downtown was for some little thing he thought he needed in making some repairs. The exertion of going downtown was too much for him and he never rallied.
William McMullen was born in Greenfield, Ohio in 1821 and lived there until he was seventeen years old, when he went to Burlington, IA. There he lived for a number of years and in 1849 married Miss Julitta Phinney, who survives him. From there they moved to Sigourney, IA and in 1880 Mr. McMullen came to Rapid City and made his home, followed by his family in 1881 and here they have lived ever since, having the respect of the community in great measure. Nine children came to their union, four only of whom are living and of these three were at his bedside when the summons came. Mrs. Lydia Fay, of Lincoln, Neb., Mrs. Eliza Bell, of Mitchell and Henry McMullen. The fourth child, William, lives in Sheridan, WY and is expected to arrive this morning.
They have eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. Their golden wedding occurred eight years ago.
Mr. McMullen was a man of stron convictions and was honest and honorable in all his dealings. He was always a hard worker and in addition to raising his family accumulated a comfortable competence. Coming here in the early days, he is known by all and a general feeling of regret was expressed in town when it became known that he was no more. He was a good man, a faithful husband and father, and as a neighbor and friend, he could always be depended upon.
The funeral services will take place this afternoon at the home at two o'clock, conducted by Rev H.R. Upton, of the Presbyterian Church of which he was a member. To the family who have met with such a great loss, The Journal, in company with hundreds of others, extends the deepest sympathy.
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