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PULLIAM, Roy

PULLIAM, Roy[1]

Male 1880 - 1948  (68 years)

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  • Name PULLIAM, Roy 
    Birth 21 Feb 1880  Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Census 1910  1751 R Street, Fresno, Fresno, CA USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Obituary From the Fresno Bee, 30 Mar 1948

    Roy Pulliam, 68, Retired Banker Dies After Stroke

    Roy Pulliam, 68, a retired vice president of the Fresno main branch of the Bank of America died last night less than an hour after he suffered a stroke and plunged over the stairway railing 16 feet to the floor in the Motel Fresno on the Golden State Highway north of Roeding Park.

    He had Just bid farewell to friends in the cocktail lounge when he suddenly collapsed at the head of the stairs and fell headlong over the railing. The accident occurred at 8:30 o'clock and Pulliam succumbed 45 minutes later in the Fresno Community Hospital.

    Chief Deputy Coroner L. R. Webb said Pulliam had been in ill health for several months and was in Fresno for few days to wind up business affairs before returning to his recently purchased home in San Carlos.

    Pulliam suffered head Injuries and a fracture of the right leg in the fall.

    The coroner's office announced an autopsy was to be conducted this afternoon to determine whether the stroke or the injuries suffered in the fall caused the former banker's death.

    "There is no doubt he suffered a stroke but until we perform an autopsy we cannot he certain whether the stroke or the injuries caused his death" said Webb.

    Pulliam had been under the care of a physician, but Webb pointed out that despite his poor health he might have survived a stroke.

    Andy Dostinich, the operator of a used car lot at 1740 Broadway, who lives in the motel told Investigators Pulliam was conversing with friends when he first saw him.

    Sought To Catch Eye

    "He started toward the head of the stairs and I looked in his direction, trying to catch his eye as I wanted to speak to him," Dostinich said.

    "When he reached the railing his hand started to tremble as if he was having some kind of an attack and wanted to hold to the rail. Just then the bartender said something to me and I turned around. I looked back just in time to see foot as he dropped from the other side of the railing and I realized he had fallen.

    "He plunged over the railing and hit the floor of the lobby below"

    Talked With Manager

    Walter Tomerlin the manager of the motel laid he had been talking to Pulliam with whom he long had been acquainted, in the bar a few minutes before the accident. He declared Pulliam seemed in the best of spirits and apparently was not ill.

    The manager was standing near the office entrance when he heard thud and ran over to discover Pulliam had plunged over the railing.

    Pulliam checked into the motel yesterday morning about 11 o'clock and spent the day taking care of business affairs. He made the trip here alone.

    Tomerlin said when Mrs Belle Pulliam, the widow, was reached by telephone last night immediately after the accident her first words were "has Roy had stroke?"

    Business associates, including Ralph Rehorn, the manager of the main branch of the bank, said they saw Pulliam yesterday afternoon and at that time he appeared to be in good health.

    Mrs Pulliam is enroute to Fresno to make funeral arrangements. Except for the widow and a nephew in Springfield Ill, there are no surviving relatives.

    The funeral rites will be under the direction of the Yost A Webb Mortuary.

    Pulliam was born in Illinois and had lived In Fresno for half a century. He began his banking career in 1901 as an assistant teller in the old First National Bank of Fresno.

    Was Bank Cashier

    He was cashier of the institution when it became a part of the Bank of America in 1921. Following his appointment as a vice president of the bank, he was, in 1930, placed in charge of all of the bank's branches between Manteca and Bakersfield.

    With the creation in 1931 of the San Joaquin Valley district of the Bank of America, comprising branches between Stockton and Bakersfield, Pulliam was named manager of the area and transferred to the bank's headquarters in San Francisco.

    He became manager and vice president of the Modesto branch in 1933 and five years later returned to Fresno as vice president of the local main branch. Although he retired in 1944, Pulliam remained a member of the local advisory board of the bank.

    Pulliam was a member of the Fresno Rotary Club, the University-Sequoia-Sunnyside Club, the Las Palmas Masonic Lodge, the Shrine and the Elks Lodge. He served as foreman of the Fresno County Grand Jury five years ago when the inquisitorial body was chosen by Superior Judge Dan Conway.  [5
    Occupation Executive with Bank of America in San Joaquin valley division  [5
    Cause of Death Skull Fracture following a stroke  [5
    Death 29 Mar 1948  Fresno Community Hospita, Fresno, Fresno, CA USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Burial Sugar Creek Cemetery, Ball, Sangamon, IL USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Notes 
    • From a newspaper clipping saved in the effects of Emily Drennan Pulliam:

      Appeal by Pulliam


      By request of the Clearing House committee, Roy Pulliam makes the following appeal to the men with the extra dollar:

      “Now that the nation is at war, our greatest needs are men and money. We are preparing a great army for service. We must raise a large amount of money.

      “The government is raising two billion dollars of the money needed by the issuance of what it calls the Liberty loan: that is, the government is borrowing part of the money it needs from the people paying, paying the people a good rate of interest.

      “The Liberty bonds represent the best security in the world. The United States government is able to stand back of every penny it borrows with a reputation that is the finest.

      “The money which the government borrows from you is going to be used in purchasing supplies from you. The government not only borrows from you, it buys from you.

      “Fuerthermore, the average citizen is interested in the success of the nation. If we fail — and no one wants to fail — it will be a great calamity. There is the patriotic duty of helping the government that must be considered in this Liberty loan. There is a direct and individual obligation involved in this Liberty loan. If the citizens of the United States do not help the United States, who will?

      “Fresno is showing a magnificent spirit. The governent is asking for help, and the people here are giving it, just as they always do. I believe that Fresno will do its share, as it always does.”
    Person ID I2540  Hugh Byrne and Nanette Asimov Lines
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2023 

    Father PULLIAM, Charles Irwin,   b. 22 Aug 1844, Carlinville, Marcoupin County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 7 Sep 1929, 183 N Van Ness Ave, Fresno, Fresno, CA USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 85 years) 
    Mother DRENNAN, Emily Jane,   b. 18 May 1851, Sangamon, IL USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 4 Apr 1923, Hot Springs, Tulare, CA USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 71 years) 
    Marriage 19 Nov 1872  Sangamon, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Family ID F933  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 BRACKETT, Isabelle,   b. 14 Aug 1882, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 21 Jan 1968, Santa Clara, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 85 years) 
    Marriage 9 Sep 1924  Piedmont, Alameda, CA USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Notes 
    • From the Fresno Morning Republican, 14 Sep 1924:

      PULLIAM-NEVERS WEDDING IN PIEDMONT

      One of the interesting weddings of the past week was that of Mrs Belle Nevers and Roy Pulliam, both of this city, the ceremony having taken place last Tuesday evening at the home of the bride's sister Mrs. G Abbott in Piedmont in the presence of about 40 friends and relatives.

      The bride, who was given into the keeping of the groom by her brother, Lawrence Brackett of this city, wore a handsome gown of coral brocaded velvet caught at the side with pearls, while further trimming was of ostrich feathers. She carried a bouquet of rosebuds.

      Mrs W. J. Simpson of this city, who served as matron of honor, was beautifully gowned in a blue brocaded velvet with trimmings of silver. She carried a bouquet of Columbia roses.

      F. Lyons of San Francisco served as best man.

      The beautiful home was attractively decorated with baskets of roses and gladioli in the shades of pink. Immediately following the wedding a dinner was served three large tables seating the guests. The bride's table was covered with a handsome lace cloth over pink satin, the centerpiece being a large basket filled with roses, gladioli and delphinium.

      A honeymoon being enjoyed in the southern part of the state in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Catalina Island. The bride's traveling dress was of black charmeen trimmed with squirrel, with becoming gray hat to complete it. Upon their return home they will make their home on Van Ness avenue.

      Among the relatives present were the bride's three sisters, Mrs G. Abbott, Mrs M. M. Brown, Mrs Woods, Dr. G. S. Brackett of San Francisco and the groom's two aunts, Mrs. Collier with her husband of Berkeley, and Mrs. Drennan and Captain Drennan of San Francisco. Mrs. Abbott, Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Woods wore gowns of georgette in the orchid shades, each one varying from the others, but all embroidered with crystal beads [10]
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2023 
    Family ID F1946  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 NEES, Norma,   b. 28 Feb 1882, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 16 Jan 1964, 3425 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 81 years) 
    Marriage 30 Jun 1903  St. Paul Church, Fresno, Fresno, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12
    Divorce Bef 1924 
    • Not clear when marriage ended. Still living together in Fresno in 1920, per census
    Notes 
    • From the Selma Enterprise, 2 Jul 1903:

      Pulliam-Nees.

      Roy Pulliam of Fresno, and Miss Norma Nees, daughter of Mr, and Mrs. G. J. Nees were married at the St. Paul church in Fresno Tuesday eyening by the Rev. Duncan Wallace.

      It was an elaborate wedding, witnessed by about two hundred invited friends. The church decorations were handsome. After the ceremony a large number of relatives and friends repaired to the Neee home where a very delightful reception was given and a most sumptuous wedding feast spread.

      Mr, and Mrs. Pulliam left for Santa Catalina on the late train. [13]
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2023 
    Family ID F3802  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 21 Feb 1880 - Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 30 Jun 1903 - St. Paul Church, Fresno, Fresno, CA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1910 - 1751 R Street, Fresno, Fresno, CA USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 9 Sep 1924 - Piedmont, Alameda, CA USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 29 Mar 1948 - Fresno Community Hospita, Fresno, Fresno, CA USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - - Sugar Creek Cemetery, Ball, Sangamon, IL USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S103] Ancestry.com, One World Tree (sm), (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., n.d.), Online publication - Ancestry.com. OneWorldTree [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc.

    2. [S1214] Roy Pulliam-in the California, U.S., Death Index, 1940-1997.

    3. [S1214] Roy Pulliam-in the California, U.S., Death Index, 1940-1997, Birth Date-21 Feb 1880-Birth Place-Illinois.

    4. [S1218] Norma Pulliam-in the 1910 United States Federal Census.

    5. [S1204] Roy Pulliam, 68, Dies After Stroke.

    6. [S1193] Halbert Pulliam.

    7. [S1013] Drennan Family Bible, Emily G Drennan-Charles Pulliam 19 Nov 1872.

    8. [S1205] Pulliam-Nevers Wedding in Piedmont, One of the interesting weddings of the past week was that of Mrs Belle Nevers and Roy Pulliam, both of this city, the ceremony having taken place last Tuesday evening at the home of the bride's sister Mrs. G Abbott in Piedmont.

    9. [S1206] Belle Nevers-in the California, U.S., Marriage Records from Select Counties, 1850-1941.

    10. [S1205] Pulliam-Nevers Wedding in Piedmont.

    11. [S1215] Roy Pulliam-in the California, U.S., County Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1849-1980, Name Roy Pulliam-Gender Male-Event Type Marriage-Marriage Date 30 Jun 1903-Marriage Place Fresno Co, California, USA-Spouse -Norma Nees-.

    12. [S1216] Pulliam-Nees, St. Paul church.

    13. [S1216] Pulliam-Nees.




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