Robert Mullin 1894-1980

A biography

Robert Mullin

Robert MULLIN was born 28 Feb 1894 in Ashland, Ashland County, Wisconsin, the son of Hezekiah Henry MULLIN and Philomene ROY-MULLIN. He was christened in the Catholic Church on 4 Mar 1894 in Ashland, and his godparents were Michael "Mack" WALSH & Louise ROY-WALSH, Michael’s wife. He died on 12 April 1980 at Vancouver, Clark County, Washington. Robert MULLIN is interred at Normal Hill Cemetery, Lewiston, Nez Perce County, Idaho.

On 30 Oct 1918, he enlisted in the army and served in Co. B, 346 Battalion Tank Corps until discharged 7 Dec 1919 at Camp Dix, New .Jersey (Serial No. 5349171). His commanding officer was Capt. Dwight D. Eisenhower. Following his discharge from the army, he relocated to Barber, Idaho.

On 15 Jun 1920, he married Alta Grace HAMMOND in Seattle, King County, Washington. Robert was introduced to Alta HAMMOND by his sister at a baseball game (in Barber, Idaho) in which he was playing, being an avid baseball fan and player. He later recounted that it was love at first sight.

Robert and Alta had two children. Alta Mae MULLIN was born on March 19, 1921 at Boise, Ada County, Idaho. She married James Robert MEACHAM. She died died prematurely of cancer on 29 Dec 1991 at Lewiston, Nez Perce County, Idaho. Son, Robert Neil MULLIN was born on June 14, 1922 at Boise, Ada County, Idaho. He married several times. He died on 19 Dec 2000 at Vancouver, Clark County, Washington.

Robert worked at the mills in the region. He was a millwright and engineer in the lumber industry. He rose quickly to mill manager working for various companies including Weyerhauser. He continued to study mathematics and engineering and was largely self-educated in those fields. In the late 1940s, Robert took a job at a sawmill in Wallowa, Oregon. He lived there for a short time before moving his family to Libby, Montana where he became the superintendent of the Neal Brothers Mill (which later became the St. Regis mill). He last worked for the St Regis Mill in Libby, MT. Upon retirement, Robert Mullin removed to Lewiston, Idaho where he lived for many years, taking consulting engagements for several years after retirement.

A quiet and shy person, Robert was dedicated to his mother, Philomene ROY-MULLIN. He was a kind and unassuming man, and he enjoyed the respect and admiration of all who knew him. After retirement, he was approached by a man at an airport who asked if he was Bob MULLIN. Bob replied in the affirmative, whereupon the man introduced himself, reminisced for awhile, and departed by saying "I just wanted you to know, you were the best boss I ever had." He lived much of his adult life in Montana and Idaho.


  • 1900 Ashland, WI, US Federal Census, Ashland Ward 10, Ashland, Wisconsin; Roll: T623 1777; Page: 21A; Enumeration District: 7., 1900,,
  • 1910 Price County, Wisconsin Federal Census, Ashland Ward 10, Ashland, Wisconsin; Roll: T623 1777; Page: 21A; Enumeration District: 7., 1910,,
  • 1930 Nez Perce, ID, US Federal Census, Roll: 402; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 36; Image: 957.0., 1930,,
  • World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917 - 1918, Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 19, Registration Location: Ada County, Idaho; Roll: 1452106; Draft Board: 0., 1918,,
  • Washington Death Index, 1940-1996, Washington State Department of Health, Death Certificate 009725, 1980,,
  • Baptismal Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate, Army induction notice and discharge documents are in the possession of Catherine MULLIN-FIELDS.

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