Buena Vista County, IA
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Extracted from:  Wegerslev, C. H. and Thomas Walpole. 
 Past and Present of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Chicago:  S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909, p. 537-38.

Transcribed by Paul Nagy

Biography of  Edward S. Gulling

Edward S. Gulling is a successful farmer and stock-raiser, operating four hundred acres of land in Grant township, Buena Vista county.  He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 21, 1866.  His father, Celestine Gulling, was a native of France, where he lived to the age of twenty years, at that time emigrating to America.  He located first in Ohio and in that state enlisted as a member of the Union army for service in the Civil war.  He was married in the Buckeye state, the lady of his choice being Miss Sarah Madrew, who was born in Ohio.  Following his marriage Mr. Gulling removed with his family to Indiana but spent his last years in Iowa, where he passed away.  He was a republican in his political views and affiliations and was a man highly respected in the various communities in which he lived.  The mother, who still survives, now makes her home in Jasper county. Iowa.  The children born of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Celestine Gulling are as follows:  Louisa, the wife of George McComb; Katy, the wife of James Ingle; Josephine, the wife of Sydney Routson; Mary, the wife of John Holy; Sarah, who has departed this life; Lucy, who married George White; Charles, who resides in Jasper county, this state; Peter, also a resident of that county; Celestine and James, who also make their home there; and Jennie, the wife of Ora Conard.


The other member of the family, Edward S. Gulling, pursued his studies in the district schools and spent the period of his boyhood and youth under the parental roof, accompanying his parents on their various removals.  At the age of twenty years, feeling that he had an education such as would enable him to meet the responsibilities of life, he put aside his text books and began his business career, choosing the occupation to which he had been reared—that of farming.  In 1903 he came to Buena Vista county and has continued operations along this line to the present time.  He makes his home on a farm of four hundred acres in Grant township and in addition to general farming and dairying raises shorthorn cattle, having a full blooded registered male at the head of his herd.  His success is the merited reward of untiring labor and tireless energy, and today he finds a place among the substantial citizens of this locality.


Mr. Gulling was married to Miss Emma J. Sutcliffe, a native of Jasper county, Iowa.  By her marriage she has become the mother of four daughters and two sons, namely:  Lettie May, the wife of R. A. Corbin; John, Bessie, Charlie, Sarah and Allie, all still under the parental roof.


Mr. Gulling gives his political support to the republican party and his fraternal relations are with the Modern Woodmen of America and the Royal Neighbors.  Although his residence in the county covers but a few years he has already gained a wide circle of friends.  While he is deeply interested in all matters of general progress, his attention is chiefly confined to his business duties, which are capably conducted and are bringing to him a gratifying degree of prosperity.