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Samuel Bullock (1827-1911)

The Oregonian, 30 Oct 1889

Yesterday John E. Mayo tendered his resignation as justice of the peace for this precinct. It was accepted by the county court and Mr. S. Bullock was appointed to fill the vacancy. Mr. Mayo becomes recorder on November 1, and it is presumed the new justice will take his office then.


Hines, H. K., Illustrated History of the State of Oregon, Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1893

Samuel Bullock, Justice of the Peace of East Portland, was born in Worcester, England, March 1, 1827 of purely English ancestry. He was reared, educated and taught the baker's trade in his native land, where he continued to live until he attained his majority, when he emigrated to the United States, arriving in Utica, New York, on November 7, 1848, where he learned the house and sign painter's trade with his uncle, George Bullock. Afterward he removed to New York and engaged in the bakery business, and subsequently returned to Utica, where he resided until 1862. From there he removed to Buffalo, in the same State, where he continued his painting business for about seven years, then going to Omaha, Nebraska. After spending some years there, he removed to Fremont, in the same State, whence he came to San Jose, California, where he remained in business until he came to East Portland, now Portland, in 1879, in which city he worked at painting for three years, when he was elected Justice of the Peace, serving for two years, since which time he has been thrice elected to the same office. This fact is a sufficient testimonial to his good judgment and impartiality.

In 1851, in the city of New York, he was married to Miss Louisa Waddle, a highly esteemed lady, and they had five children, three now living, two having died in infancy. Their happy married life, however, was destined to be of short duration, for after ten years the faithful wife and devoted mother died at Buffalo, leaving her family and many friends to mourn her untimely taking away.

In 1866, at New York city, Mr. Bullock married Miss Eliza T. Dudley, an intelligent lady, and a native of Utica, New York. They have six children. One of his daughters, by his first wife, Mary Louisa, married Mr. A. T. Smith; and his daughter Fanny, by his present wife, married Mr. J. W. Beveridge. Two of his sons, by his first wife, are both married and are in Chicago, while the others are at home with himself and wife.

In the Masonic fraternity, Judge Bullock has made a very creditable record. He was made a Master Mason in 1857, and a Royal Arch Mason in 1858. He received the Red Cross degree, May 7, 1858, and was created a Knight Templar, June 3, 1858. He took the Council degrees of Royal and Select Master on this coast in 1882, and has filled all the offices in the Council up to that of Grand master of the State.

Politically he is a Republican, and as a man is upright and honorable to the highest degree. As a Justice, he is capable and conscientious, and, to the best of his ability, renders his decisions according to the law and the evidence.


The Oregonian, 4 Jul 1898, pg 5

Judge S. Bullock, who has been in office for 13 years in the East Side court, has been very busy closing up the affairs of his court. Clerk Fred R. Bullock has the records of the court complete, and Saturday met the county auditor, Mr. Pope, and they made a comparison of the records and accounts, and found everything in good shape and correct in all respects. Judge Bullock has everything in the way of records and records of judgments to turn over to his successor in office. These documents make a huge pile, all neatly tied in packages and convenient for future use. Justice Vreeland and Constable Parker will find all the affairs of the justice court in good condition, so they can pick up the business and proceed from the point left off by Judge Bullock. The office and all its affairs will be turned over to the new justice this morning, when Justice Bullock will take his formal leave of the duties that have engaged his attention probably longer than any other justice in the state. He expects shortly to start East on a visit.


The Oregonian, 18 Mar 1910, pg 15, includes photo

Mrs. Elizabeth Bullock, wife of Judge Samuel Bullock, a well-known East Side woman, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. W. Beveridge, 631 East Couch street, at an early hour yesterday morning, after an illness of more than one year.

Mrs. Bullock, whose maiden name was Miss Elizabeth Dudley, was born in Utica, N.Y., 66 years ago. She was married to Judge Bullock in New York City, in 1865, and came to Portland 31 years ago. With her husband, she has lived on the East Side, where she became well known to a wide circle of friends. For many years she had been an active member of Martha Washington Chapter, O.E.S.

A husband, Judge Bullock, and five children survive her: Fred R., of Anacortes, Wash.; Everett, of Salem; Mrs. J. W. Beveridge and Mrs. U. G. Shipley, of Portland; Mrs. L. A. Harlow, of Troutdale. Martha Washington Chapter will assist in the funeral services. The pall bearers will be: F. H. Fleming, H. C. Weber, C. V. Howard, Oscar Overbeck, Mr. Oliver. Funeral services will be rendered this afternoon at 2 o'clock from Holman's chapel.


The Oregonian, 16 Oct 1911, page 4

After an illness of nearly two months, Samuel Bullock died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joseph W. Beveridge, at 9:20 last night, aged 74 years, seven months and ten days.

Mr. Bullock was one of the best known and most lovable characters about Portland. At the time of his death he was bailiff of the County Court. He had been formerly a Justice of the Peace here, and was prominent in Masonic circles. His term as bailiff has covered the past 13 years, and prior to that time he was Justice of the Peace in East Portland for 15 years.

Mr. Bullock was born near London, England, in 1837 and came to the United States in 1848. The first part of his life in the United States was passed in New York and in Nebraska. Prior to his coming to Portland he lived at San Jose, Cal., for a few years. He reached California by rounding the Horn, as a passenger on the historic ship Republic, which was wrecked later at the mouth of the Columbia River.

He followed his trade of signwriter in Portland, carrying on the work simultaneously with his duties as Justice of the Peace for a time, but later abandoning it, as the duties of his official position became too many.

Mr. Bullock has been a member of the Masons for 60 years, during which time he has held many high offices. At the time of his death he was Oregon commander of the Knights Templar, treasurer of the grand council of the Royal and Select Masters, and of Washington Chapter, No. 3, Royal and Select Masters, as well as Washington Chapter, No. 18, Royal Arch Masons. In 1888 he was the grand master of the grand council of the Royal and Select Masters of Oregon. He had also held the offices of master of Washington Lodge, No. 46, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons; master of Washington Council, No. 3, of Royal and Select Masters, and the office of high priest of Washington Chapter, No. 18, Royal Arch Masons.

Mr. Bullock was a musician of ability and had a remarkably good tenor voice, despite his advanced age. Until the time of his illness he was soloist in Grace Memorial Episcopal Church. He was at one time leader of the choir of St. David's Episcopal Church, and also a member of the Unitarian Church choir. The Veteran Male Quartet of this city was organized by him about 13 years ago. He was a member of the Cecelian Society, which sang at the funeral services of Abraham Lincoln.