The subject of this sketch was the fifth in order of birth of his father's family. He was reared on a farm and attended the common schools of his native place. When he first came to Atchison he took contracts for gravel roofing and had quite a large force of men engaged in the work. In 1888 he began dealing in ice in addition to his other work and has made a success in this line as well as in his first enterprise. He procures his ice from the Missouri river and Doniphan lake, and puts up about two thousand tons annually, which he sells at retail, running several wagons. He has the reputation of an honorable, reliable business man and his patrons have every confidence that they will be fairly treated.
Mr. Pullen was married, in 1872, to Miss Jemima Grant, a daughter of James Grant and a native of Edinburg, Scotland. They have no children. Mr. Pullen is a member of the Modern Woodmen, of the Knights and Ladies of Security and of the Woodmen of the World. Mr. Pullen is of foreign birth, his native place being Cranleigh, in the county of Surrey, England, where he was born March 25, 1850. His parents were Charles and Anna (Stone) Pullen, the latter a daughter of James Stone, a shipbuilder. They were married and all their children were born in England, and in 1871 the family came to the United States, landing at New York city. They remained there but a short time, then removed to Atchison, Mr. Pullen homesteading one hundred and sixty acres of land in Jewell county. He did not live long enough to do much farming, his death taking place in 1872, the second year after he settled in Kansas, while his wife died in 1879. They had ten children, of whom eight are living, three residing in England, one in St. Louis, Missouri, and the remainder in the west. He is one of the strong and influential men whose lives have become an essential part of the history of Atchison and northeastern Kansas. Tireless energy, keen perception, honesty of purpose, guided by great will power and practical common sense, are his chief characteristics and have been the salient features in his success.