Crawford County, Iowa, IAGenWeb


Eugene Gulick

Since 1854 the gentleman whose name introduces this review has been a resident of Iowa, and for twenty-seven years past has made his home in Denison. being closely identified with the growth of the city.

He was born in Montgomery county, New York. June 11, 1850, a son of Henry S. and Marietta (Frank) Gulick. both of whom were natives of the Empire state. The father was reared upon a farm and educated in the common schools. and in 1854 he removed to Iowa and settled in Clinton county. being one of the early settlers in the locality in which he took up his home. He was a man of ambition, energy and undaunted patriotism. and at the time of the Civil war served four years in the Union army, being a member of Company C. Twenty-sixth Iowa Volunteer Infantry. He participated in the siege of Vicksburg and in many of the battles and movements which resulted in the overthrow of the Confederacy.

After receiving his honorable discharge he returned to Clinton county and became identified with the implement business, removing to Denison in 1874 and remaining connected with the same line of business until his death, which occurred in 1896, when he was sixty-seven years of age. Mrs. Gulick is still living and makes her home in Denison. She is a member of the Baptist church, as was also her husband.

William Gulick, the paternal grandfather, was a native of New York and of Holland Dutch descent. He learned the blacksmith's trade, which he pursued during a large part of his life, shoeing horses until he was seventy-seven years old. He removed to Clinton county, Iowa, about 1856 and twenty-years later to Crawford county. He died at West Side in his seventy-ninth year. He was married to Ann Parks, and there were seven children in their family, namely: Henry S., Louette, Sarah Jane, Cynthia Ann, Emma, Smith P. and William Oliver. The last named lost his life in the Civil war. He was a member of the First Iowa Cavalry and served for three years.

Adam Frank, the maternal grandfather, was also a native of New York state and was of Holland Dutch descent. He lived to the age of ninety-five years and was the father of eight children: Andrew, John, Furman, Jane Eliza, Marietta, Harriet, Lydia Maria and Nancy.

There were four children in the family of Henry S and Marietta Gulick: Eugene, of this review; Lydia E., now the widow of Edward B. Smith, of Los Angeles, California; Emma M., the wife of C. S. Curtis, of Wausau, Wisconsin; and Louisa F., who is the widow of J. S. Martin and is now living in Los Angeles.

Eugene Gulick came to Camanche, Iowa, with his parents at the age of four years and lived in Clinton county until he arrived at the age of twenty-one years, receiving his education there. He removed to Crawford county in 1871 and settled on a farm in Goodrich township, two and one-half miles northwest of Denison. Beginning with one hundred and twenty acres he gradually acquired more land until he became the owner of a well improved farm of four hundred and eighty acres, which he disposed of at a handsome increase of the original cost. In 1884 he took up his residence in Denison in a beautiful home which he has occupied for the past twenty-seven years, and during the entire time he has been largely interested in the real estate, insurance and loan business. He also has engaged extensively in farming and stock-raising and is a large holder of real estate, owning land in Oklahoma, Wyoming and South Dakota, and in Crawford, Monroe and Plymouth counties, Iowa.

On the 9th of September, 1872, Mr. Gulick was united in marriage to Miss Mary J. Crawshaw, a native of Clinton county, Iowa, and a daughter of Richard and Jane (Hamilton) Crawshaw. The father was born in England and the mother in Ireland. They were married in Clinton county, Iowa, and the father died in that county at the age of forty-five years, the mother passing away at the age of eighty-four. There were two daughters in their family: Alice C., now the wife of Governor Leslie M. Shaw, and Mary Jane.

Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Gulick: Gertrude A., who married C. L. Voss, cashier of the Bank of Denison, and has one child, Loyal Eugene; Ethel, who is now a student in the Conservatory of Music at Indianola, Iowa; and Leslie E., a student of the Cedar Rapids Business College.

Mr. and Mrs. Gulick are earnest members of the Methodist church. He is treasurer and steward of the church and one of its most active supporters. Politically he is identified with the republican party, and although he has not sought public office he has served most acceptably as township clerk, school director and justice of the peace. He has attained a large measure of success financially. For nearly three decades he has been interested in Denison and has taken an active part in many movements for the advancement of the city. He has made good use of his talents and opportunities, and, being a man of broad views and generous disposition, he has assisted many others in their efforts to become selfsupporting or financially independent. Possessing high ideals. his example has been a constant stimulant, whose beneficial effects are apparent in the lives of those with whom he has been brought into contact.

Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.