At the age of six, Hubert's mother passed
away and at the age of nine, his father passed away. Hubert was
left to grow up with his sisters, Gertrude and Annie. The story
is that he would make one of the sisters mad and he would bounce
to the other's home until he made her mad, then back to the other
one. He called Gertrude, "Mrs. Martin", apparently from
the age difference between him and her.
Newton McMullan at age 4. Circa 1900
running across a minister on a dirt road near Fluvanna, Texas,
Hubert and Nettie were married right there, on the spot on December
12, 1916. Hubert and Nettie McMullan left Texas with Zuma, their
oldest child, went to New Mexico to homestead. Things were tough
and chickens had to be traded for horse feed. Hubert got work
with a water well drilling company out of Portales, New Mexico
for awhile. After a year and a half or so, they gave up and on
their way back to southwestern Oklahoma, they stopped in Amarillo,
Texas and traded in their covered wagon for a Ford Model T. They
settled in Erick, Oklahoma where Hubert ran a malt shop for awhile.
During the depression he worked for the CCC planting shelter belts
(long rows of trees that help stop the wind from eroding the soil
causing the dust bowl.) He ran a crew of several men planting
trees. He was given a pickup truck and a shotgun with all of the
shells he needed to kill as many jackrabbits as he could to keep
them from eating the vegetation.
article was taken from a Newspaper (Erick, Oklahoma?) on Tuesday,
February, 8, 1972
McMullan Has Large Bottle Collection
Some Prize Antiques
McMullan, 311 Birch Street, Erick, a retired carpenter and resident
of Erick since1918, is a collector of old bottles. He had a total
of 1000 bottles with 200 of them antiques.
prize bottles include one Sayre Bottling Co., two Bryan Bottle
Works, Chicago, Ill., one Nervine Bottle, one Bitters Bottle,
Prickly Ash Bitters, Dr. King's New Discovery (for cough and cold).
California Fig Syrup, Horlicks Malted Milk, Racine, WS. and London,
England, Dr. Bell's Pine Tar Remedy, Dr. Miles Nervine, Chamberlin's
Diarrhea Rememdy, Dr. King's New Discovery, White More of Boston,
Dr. Caldwell's Syrup of Pepsin, Grover Chill Tonic, Bankers Life
finds have become collectors items worth $5.00 to $10.00. The
really rare bottle may be worth more than $250.
bottles, patent medicine containers, bitters, one beer bottle
with 1753 patent no. 7, fruit jars, whiskey jars and patent medicine
have fancy commercial names, liniments, Dr. Caldwells syrup of
pepsin and etc.
are rare either because only a few were made or only because of
few are found these days. All tell a story of life as lived in
the early days of this century, remaining evidence of the small
events and pleasures of the old days.
drinks and pop had beginnings in flavored mineral water served
in the late 1880's when synthetic flavors were invented and the
soda pop business began its first large expansion.
and Nettie in 1976. They lived in Erick, Oklahoma
age 95, Hubert was one of the oldest living McMullan's.
Two different land applications. Both for 320 acres totalling
the whole 640 acre section.
Issue Date: August 26, 1920
Land Office: Roswell, NM
U.S. Reservations: Yes
Mineral Reservations: No
Authority: May 20, 1862 Homestead Entry Original (12 Stat. 392)
Accession Serial Number: NMR 0036484
BLM Serial Number: NMR0036484 and
Sec 12 Township 8-S Range 32E Meridian: New Mexico PM
Chaves County, New Mexico
These are the approximate coordinates in
NAD27 datum where my
Grandfather McMullan homesteaded in Chaves Co., New Mexico
WGS84 datum coordinates for GPS (This should
normally be used
Note: On the homestead paperwork, Hubert still did not know at
this time the proper spelling of his last name so it is listed
at Hubert N. McMullen.
After the depression, he was mainly a carpenter.
He loved to fish and he kept the heads of large mouth bass in
his tin shed behind his house in Erick, Oklahoma. He always raised
a large garden until later on his life.
Hubert and his wife were members of the
Primitive Baptist Church in Erick, Oklahoma.
Hubert was only ten years old when his
dad passed away. He was raised by family and learned to spell
his name with "en" instead of "an". It wasn't
until later that he found in his father's Bible that his name
was spelled with "an". The old Bible is now owned by
Jay S. McMullan.
HUBERT N. MCMULLAN
It is once more the duty of the Erick Primitive
Baptist Church to announce the passing of a beloved member, Hubert
Newton McMullan, born May 2, 1896 in Kemp, TX. He died May 6,
1991 at the Erick Nursing Home, at the age of 95 years and four
days. Memorial services were held at the Erick Church with burial
in the Erick Cemetery. His grandson, Ron McMullen officiated.
Hubert was the son of William Rufus and
Susan McMullan. He married Martha Ann Nettie Hughes on Dec. 12,
1916 at Fluvanna, TX They celebrated their 70th a Anniversary
before her death. They lived in Sweetwater, OK and Portales, NM
before making their home in Erick. He worked for the U.S. Forest
Service in the ‘30s, helping set out the first shelterbelt
near Erick. He later began a career as a carpenter.
Hubert and Nettie were members of the Erick,
Church. His favorite song was “Where We Never Grow Old.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, seven brothers,
six sisters, and one grandson. Survivors are a daughter Zuma Sutton,
Erick, OK, two sons J. W. McMullan of Amarillo, Jack McMullan
of Spearman, TX; six grandsons and ten great-grandchildren.
This notice is authorized by the Erick
Primitive Baptist Church while in conference.
Elder T. J. Pittman, Moderator
Joe Flowers, Church Clerk
of HUBERT MCMULLAN and MARTHA HUGHES are:
2. i. CLEO ZUMA7 MCMULLAN, b. September 06, 1920.
3. ii. JAMES WILLIAM MCMULLAN, b. April 12, 1924.
4. iii. JACK MURREL MCMULLAN, b. May 21, 1930, Erick, Oklahoma.