Theodore Houston Hull


Theodore Huston Hull. Among the successful professional men of Bartlesville, there is probably no one more in sympathy with that public spirit which has contributed to the progress of the city than Theodore Huston Hull. Persevering and energetic in whatever direction his efforts have been turned, material success has come to him, and at the present time he is one of the members of the Washington County Bar.
Mr. Hull was born at Darbyville, on Darby Creek, Pickaway County. Ohio, November 20, 18!)l, and is a son of George and Elizabeth (Campbell) Hull, His father was born in the State of Vermont, February 22, 1809, and his mother at Adelphi, Ohio, in 1819, and they were married in Pickaway County, Ohio, where they resided until 1853. In that year they removed to Louisa County, Iowa, where they lived for thirty years, and then changed their residence to Superior, Nebraska, where both passed away, the father December 15, 1885, and the-mother in 1906. Mr. Hull was a saddler by trade and followed that vocation in Ohio, but after coming to the West engaged in agricultural pursuits and continued to follow farming and stockraising during the remaining years of his career. He was a sturdy abolitionist during the period of the Civil war, and was affiliated fraternally with the Masons. Five children were born to George and Elizabeth Hull, of whom two died young, the others being: Thomas L., who served three years in Company A, Seventh Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry, during the Civil war, and is now a retired resident of Los Angeles, California; Theodore Huston, of this notice; and Catherine J., who is the wife of William Riley, a resident of California.
Theodore H. Hull was reared on the home farm in Louisa County, Iowa, whence he was taken as a child of two years, and in 1866 went with the family to Mount Pleasant, Henry County, where he subsequently became a student in Mount Pleasant Wesleyan University. Owing to ill health, he quit this institution at the end of his sophomore year, and took up telegraphy, at which he spent five years in the employ of various railroads as operator and station agent. Mr. Hull was married in 1874, to Miss Frances M. Curtis, who was born August 18, 1856, near Muscatine, Iowa, daughter of Seth Curtis. After his marriage Mr. Hull located at Lenox, Iowa, where he was employed in the bank of G. L. Brooks for several years, and in 1882 was elected clerk of the District Court of Taylor County, Iowa. While thus engaged, during the next six years, he was given the opportunity of studying law, which he grasped eagerly, and applied himself so closely to his studies that at the expiration of his third term, in 1888, he was admitted to the bar, before the Supreme Court of Iowa. He shortly thereafter went to Kansas City, Missouri, where he became attorney for the Lombard Investment Company for six years, and then returned to Ohio and handled collections for Aultman & Taylor Machinery Company, at Mansfield, eight years. Returning to Kansas City in 1902 he was engaged in business as a general practitioner for a year or so, and then spent two years as auditor for a telephone company at Shawnee, Oklahoma. Mr. Hull next accepted a position promoting mining machinery at Kansas City, but after one year went to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and for one year was with the Holmes Commerce Company, manufacturers’ agents, and in 1906 took up his residence at Bartlesville, which has since been his home, his field of labor and the scene of his success. For about one year after his arrival Mr. Hull served in the capacity of United States deputy clerk, and in 1907, with the acquirement of statehood, he was elected justice of the peace and served in that capacity until January 1, 1915. Mr. Hull has been a life-long republican, and from boyhood has been and is now a member of the Christian Science Church. His fraternal connections include membership in the Blue Lodge and Chapter of Masonry, including a master’s degree, the Order of the Eastern Star, of which he was worthy patron in 1910-1911, and the Knights of Pythias.
Mr. and Mrs. Hull have been the parents of four children, namely: LeRoy, born July 23, 1877, entered the United States navy in 1892, rose rapidly in the ranks, and died in the service in 1910; Harriet, a graduate of Mansfield (Ohio) High School, class of 1895, who married Dr. Frank B. Collins, a dentist of Bartlesville, and has a daughter, Frances; Hugh Blaine, born April 15, 1880, attended a Philadelphia art school, and was a resident of California, where he was located at San Francisco in connection with work on the great exposition, and intends to become a civil engineer in railroad building in the Philippine Islands and South America, married Mrs. Jean Irle, a magazine writer; and Minnie, born July 15, 1882, a graduate of the Mansfield (Ohio) High School, class of June, 1900, was married at Bartlesville, in 1907, to Chas. E. Wells, an attorney, has two children, Lavon and Lois, and lives at Shawnee, Oklahoma.