from Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa by Manoah Hedge The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1906
William Bullers, proprietor of a photographic studio in Oskaloosa, is a native of Port Carbon, Pennsylvania, born December 31, 1855. His parents, John and Jane (Ferguson) Bullers, are natives of England and Nova Scotia respectively and largely spent their married life in Pennsylvania, although the father passed his boyhood days in New Jersey, having come with his mother to this country when two years of age. He was a coal miner and during his residence in the Keystone state largely made his home in Schuylkill county but later in life came to Iowa, settling in Whatcheer, where be died in 1883, at the age of fifty-two years. His widow is yet living. In their family were six children, of whom the five surviving are: Ann, the wife of Thomas Walls, of Oskaloosa; Sarah J., the wife of Charles Bacon, of Mahaska county; Mary, the wife of James Cochran, of Garfield township, Mahaska county; Samuel, of Hamilton, Iowa; and William. One son, John, died at the age of sixteen years. William Bullers received but a limited education and when only seven years of age started out to earn his own living by picking slate in the coal breaker, after which he had only the advantages of a night school. He.continued to work in the mines in different capacities and when twenty-one years of age came to Iowa, arriving at Delta on the 29th of April, 1877. He was employed in the mines at Whatcheer for three years and at the end of that time began photographic work on a small scale. He remained at Whatcheer and eventually was conducting a regular photogtaphic gallery. In 1893 he removed to Oskaloosa, locating on High street west, and on the 26th of September, 1896, came to his present location on Market street, since which time he has done an excellent business in photography, being thoroughly familiar with all of the latest processes of design and finish. He has made a study of outdoor work and has attained a high degree of proficiency in this department of photographic art, having a keen, personal appreciation of light and color and form, so that he has produced excellent results. On the 22nd of June 1882, Mr. Bullers was married to Miss Mary L. Gruber, a native of Ohio, living in Whatcheer, Iowa, at the time of their marriage. They have four children, William G., Perry F., John L., and Thomas C. They have gained many friends during the period of their residence in Oskaloosa, where they are now widely and favorably known.
Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy