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Kellerton Globe
Kellerton, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, September 19, 1907
Whole Number 701, Vol. XIV, No. 34

OBITUARY

ARCHIBALD McMULLEN was born May 18, 1822, in Coshocton County, Ohio, and died September 06, 1907, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Louisa Roberts of near Ellston. He was married to Susan McClain in 1844 and nine children were born to this union, five having gone before. His wife and four children, W.A. McMullen of Kellerton, Mrs. Maggie Long of Frankfort, KS, Mrs. Mary Knox of Beaconsfield, and Mrs. Louisa Roberts of Ellston, still survive to mourn his departure.

Mr. McMullen came to Iowa in 1858 and settled in Ringgold county four miles north of Kellerton. He moved to Kellerton in 1900, but for the past four years he and his wife have been living with Mrs. Roberts, during which time he has been almost entirely helpless. He was known and highly respected by all.

Funeral services were conducted from the home at 2:30 O'clock Sunday afternoon, by the Rev. L.F. Brown of Ellston, internment being made in the Oliver Cemetery.

Mt. Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
September 10, 1907

DEATH NOTICE

Archibald McMullen, one of the old settlers of the county, died Friday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. L.J. Roberts. Funeral services were held at the home Sunday at two o'clock, conducted by Rev. L.F. Brown. Interment was made in the Oliver cemetery.

Mt. Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
September 10, 1907

COMMUNITY NEWS

Archie McMullen died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. Roberts, near Blackmore, Saturday morning. Interment in Oliver cemetery Monday morning.

Mt. Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
September 13, 1907

OBITUARY

Archibald McMullen was born May 18, 1822, Coshocton county, Ohio, and died September 6, 1907 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Louisa Roberts, near Ellston. Funeral services were conducted at the Roberts home at 2:30 Sunday afternoon, by Rev. L.F. Brown of Ellston, and interment was in the Oliver cemetery. His wife and four children, W.A. McMullen of Kellerton, Mrs. Maggie Long, of Frankfort, Kan., Mrs. Roberts, of Ellston, and Mrs. Mary Knox of Beaconsfield, still survive to mourn his loss. He came to Iowa in 1858 and was one of the oldest settlers in Ringgold county. He was an honest and upright man and was highly respected by all who knew him.

ARCHIBALD McMULLEN

Archibald McMullen, one of the oldest residents and a prominent citizen of Ringgold county, Iowa, for many years, was born May 18, 1822, in Coshocton county, Ohio, and was married in 1844 to Miss Susan McClain, who was born in the same county, November 6, 1822. A sister of Mr. McMullen, Mrs. Margaret McBride, lived about half a mile east of his place and die there at an early day. Her son, Charlie McBride, lived with her. He also had another sister, Miss Rachel McMullen, who made her home with the family for some time, returning later to her former home in Ohio, where she died. And there was a brother, Alex McMullen, whose home was in Ohio. There may have been other brothers and sisters, but these were the only ones of whom we have any record.

Mr. and Mrs. McMullen were the parents of nine children. With their family they came to Ringgold county, Iowa in 1858, shortly after the county was organized, and located in Section 22, Monroe township, four miles north of where Kellerton now stands. The oxen as well as horses were used in hauling the heavy loads across the prairies to the new home. And for some time afterwards, the oxen were used in the work about the farm. In the course of time, the necessary buildings were erected, the virgin soil produced abundant crops, and the family prospered. Neighbors were few and far between, and the population of the entire county at that time was probably less than 2,000. For some time after coming here, their nearest trading point was Osceola, about 35 miles to the northeast, to which place they went by wagon to buy their dry goods, groceries, etc., and to have their grain ground into flour and meal. Having been reared to agricultural pursuits, they continued this business of farming and stock raising during their active life, and at one time were the owners of between 1,100 and 1,200 acres of Iowa land. In the pioneer days when lodging houses were far apart, travelers as well as neighbors always found a hearty welcome at the hospitable home of "Uncle Archie and Aunt Susan."

As the children grew to maturity, they left the old home place to establish homes of their own. One son, Levi C., never married, but remained with his parents and took charge of the work on the farm after his father became too old to look after it himself.

In December, 1898, the 240-acre home farm was sold and the family moved to Kellerton to spend their declining years and purchased a residence property in the north part of town. Early in January of the following year, Levi bought Charley Powers' meat market, but was destined not to continue long in the business. About a year later he was taken sick, and died February 14, 1900. Three years later, Mr. and Mrs. McMullen left Kellerton to make their home with their daughter, Mrs. Abe Roberts, of near Ellston, where Mr. McMullen died September 6, 1907. Mrs. McMullen died in Tingley, in October or November, 1913. Both are buried in the Oliver Cemetery.

Name: Archibald McMullen

Death Date: 6 Sep 1907

Page #: 63

Birth Date: 18 May 1822

Cemetery: Oliver

Township: Monroe

Level Info: Gravestone Records of Ringgold Co. Ia.

Submitted by Bill Adams, November of 2009

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