THE VALLEY OF HEART's DELIGHT
EDWARD H. MULLEN
SURNAMES: LANZ, REGG, McLAUGHLIN
An enterprising business man, who is proud to claim Santa Clara County
as the place of his birth, is Edward H. Mullen, the genial proprietor
of the general merchandise store at Robertsville, corner of Almaden
Road and Branham Lane, better known as the Five Mile Corner. He was
born on September 3, 1884, the eldest son of Edward and. Kate (Lanz)
Mullen, who came to California in 1876 and settled in Santa Clara
County. Besides Edward they had three other sons: Harvey A., an
engineer on the Western Pacific Railway; Frank A., assisting Edward in
his store; and William W., an employe of the Shell Oil Co. at Martinez.
After ranching in this county for a time the family moved to Redding,
Shasta County, where Mr. Mullen engaged in ranching for a number of
years, then moved back to Santa Clara County and now with his wife is
living on a ranch near Alum Rock, enjoying the fruits of his labors.
Edward H. Mullen was educated in the public schools of Santa Clara and
Shasta Counties and as a boy assisted his father on his ranch at
Redding and became thoroughly familiar with the business. It was about
1901 that he came back to Santa Clara County and went to work for his
uncle, Prosper Estrade, in his store at Robertsville and he was busily
engaged here for about five years, then went to Santa Cruz and became
an assistant in C. D. Hinkle's store, continuing until 1913, at which
time Mr. Mullen came back to this county and purchased the merchandise
business from his uncle. He has added many necessary improvements and
enlarged his quarters until today he has a modern establishment and
carries a large and well-assorted stock of general merchandise,
groceries, oils and auto supplies.
It was in 1919 that he made the purchase of the eight acres and
buildings thereon from Mrs. Estrade and now is sole owner of the
property. His courteous treatment of all patrons is well known and
assures his ultimate success. He employs three people to help care for
the trade, which has steadily increased.
The marriage of Edward H. Mullen and Miss Edna Reeg occurred on June 2,
1913, and they have two children, Winifred Bernice, a student at Notre
Dame College, and Edward R. Mrs. Mullen was born in Placerville, Cal.,
the daughter of the late Leonard and Clementina (McLaughlin) Reeg, who
also had these other children: viz, Oscar 0., Christina M., and Mary L.
Mr. Mullen is a Republican in his political convictions and fraternally
is a member of the Knights of Columbus, of the third degree, and of the
Foresters of America. The family are members of the Catholic Church.
Mr. Mullen is always ready and willing to assist in the promotion of
all enterprises for the good of the county and has served on various
organization committees of the Prune and Apricot Growers; was one of
the men who were largely instrumental in having the San Jose-Almaden
highway paved and in many ways has shown his public spirit and
enterprise so that he and his family are highly esteemed by all who
know them, and particularly in the community where they reside.
Transcribed by Carolyn Feroben, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,
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