First Methodist Church
Postmarked from Conroe, TX 1 PM June 12, 1915
To: Mrs. W. M. Bly
Stillman Valley, Illinois
Brother Jim seems to be doing fine is much better every way. Is eating a little soft food. Topsey said over the phone this morn that he slept well. Its very inconvenient for him to be away from his business just now.
With Love, Julia"
The identity of Julia would be difficult to learn if she had not clearly specified that Mrs W. M. Bly was her mother. With this valuable bit of genealogical data it is possible to learn that the author is Julia Elizabeth Bly (b. 18 August 1868 in IL), daughter of William Morgan Bly and Francis Comstock of Herkimer County, NY and Ogle County, IL. William Morgan Bly was born 31 March 1837 in Norway Twp., Herkimer County, New York; Julia's mother was Frances Comstock was born 04 November 1845 in Herkimer County, NY. Julia married in Marion Twp, Ogle County, IL on 22 February 1888 to Rozelle Nicholas Pullman (b. 3 December 1857).
It seems likely that Brother Jim is J. O. H. Bennette (see obit below) and "Topsy" is his wife. Julia died on 26 June 1917 in Conroe, TX and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery County, TX. [Rootsweb database: kgeveringham] Her obituary in The Conroe Courier, Thursday, June 28, 1917, Page 1, Conroe, Montgomery County, Texas: MRS. PULLMAN PASSES AWAY
Mrs. Julia E. Pullman, age 49 years, wife of Mr. R. N. Pullman, passed away at 1:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, after suffering for several weeks with something like cancer of the breast. She was taken to Houston, where an operation was performed, but it filed to produce the dirsired relief, and her condition continued to become more critical from day to day until Tuesday afternoon, when she passed away.
The funeral took place from the residence at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning and was conducted by Rev. Ira F. Key of the Methodist church. Burial was at Conroe cemetery. A large concourse of friends followed the remains to the grave. Many flowers were placed upon the grave, among which was a beautiful floral piece from the Twentieth Century Club.
Mrs. Pullman had been a resident of Conroe for about five years and had made many friends. She was a member of the Congregational church, retaining her membership in Illinois, there being no organization here.
Deceased is survived by a husband and four children, W. H. Pullman, Miss Ruth Pullman and Harold Pullman of Conroe, and Mrs. E. J. Temple, Winnebago, Ill., and a brother Mr. J. O. H. Bennette of Conroe.[Rootsweb database: pitts488]
Obituary of Rozelle Nicholas Pullman in The Conroe Courier, Thursday, June 18, 1936, page 1, Conroe, Montgomery Co., Texas.
FORMER CONROE CITIZEN DIES IN SAN ANTONIO
Mr. R. N. Pullman, age 78, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred Ries, in San Antonio on June 17.
Mr. Pullman was born in Herkimer, New York, December 3, 1858. He moved to Stillman Valey[sic], Ill, at the age of 21 where he was married to Miss Julia E. Bly in 1888. Mr. Pullman brought his family to Conroe in March, 1911, where he lived until a few years ago. Mrs. Pullman died in 1917, since which time Mr. Pullman has made his home with his several children.
He is survived by two sons, W. H. Pullman of Dallas and Harold Pulman[sic] of Bessmay and two daughters, Mrs. Fred Ries of San Antonio and Mrs. E. J. Temple of Winnebago, Ill, and several grandchildren, all of whom attended the funeral.
Funeral services where held in the Methodist church at 2:30 p.m. Thursday with Rev. J. B. Nutter and Hulon N. Anderson conducting the services. Burial was in the Conroe Cemetery.
Mr. Pullman had a few relatives and many friends in Conroe. [Rootsweb database: ushistory101]
When the First Methodist Church at Main and Clay held its first service on December 18, 1910, it was on the outskirts of downtown, in a residential neighborhood. In the century since then the residences have been sold and replaced by various businesses several times over. Now it is considered clearly in Downtown.