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From: "rchayes" <>
Subject: [Bulman]
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2004 17:24:28 +1100

Absolutely fantastic! Fits Frederick A. to a T. If he was 75 in the
article, then it must have been written about 1946-7.

It is indeed my GGF and the grandchildren in Missoula were my aunt Helen
and my father Harlan LeRoy Hayes. He was visiting his son Percy H.
Bulman I suspect. Edwin had been killed at the Battle of the Bulge and I
think that Luella, Archie, and Eugene were out west on the farm in
Puyallup at the time, although I'm not sure about when Archie's accident

My father's mother Verona (the only one still living) was born in a tar
paper shack that Fred built on their homestead in Wibaux, Montana. He
was a bounty hunter (four-legged)who spent much of his time alone
tracking in the Breaks country that was a hunting ground for my father
and my own generation. I do remember one story about how my grandmother
and her brothers tried to permanently straighten out the tails of the
pigs they tended when he was gone on one trip. By the time he had
returned the pigs were so distressed that he know that they had been up
to something and they had to confess their failures at producing porcine

His son in Washington was probably Eugene (Speed) who gave me my first
Cushman Eagle Motor Scooter when I was a teenager before I bought my own
Honda motorcycle. They all loved motorcycles (Harleys and Indians) which
is why I think my grandfather Otis A. Hayes fell in love with my
grandmother--they courted on an Indian which lead to one spectacular
accident that almost ended their relationship permanently (my middle
daughter looks just like her then). I spent many nights in the garage
with my father restoring Harleys from the twenties that had been stored
in Speed's barn in Puyallup, WA.

In the depression they rode in convoy on the motorcycles back and forth
from Michigan to Washington and back. They were accompanied by a shack
built on the bed of a ford truck. They worked where ever they could as
engineers, telephone line splicers and farm/ranch hands. Eventually,
they just sort of dropped off the convoy in various places like Missoula
and settled.

His grandmothers family (Mayer) were some of the early pioneers in Eau
Claire Wisconsin. His father and uncles were veterans in the Civil War.
He and his future wife's father (think this is how it goes) were in
Puerto Rico together during the SP-AM War. When I was much younger, I
used to don his service jacket with its medals and his hat and listen to
the stories handed down in the family about the Bulmans...but I always
heard the name pronounced as Bowman until I finally saw the war records
and found their name spelled, Bullman, Bulman, Bollman, etc.

Thanks much! I'll pass it on to Dad and Grandma immediately. I have
notes of a family tree that FAB wrote out and my Aunt typed up a number
of years ago that I can attach to an email if anyone is interested. It
is not correct in every detail as I am finding out, but it does provide
some interesting information.

Frederick (Rick) A. Hayes

-----Original Message-----
From: jsbulman [mailto:]
Sent: Sunday, 18 January 2004 10:47 AM
Subject: Re: [Bulman] Partial answer to Lisa's Question re--Some Bulmans
moving from NY to Wisconsin (detailed and long)

Hi to all.
In reference to your recent information about Fred A Bulman, your GGF.
have a typewritten story, that has been handed down to us, about a Fred
Bulman that very well could be your GGF. I have no way of verifying the
story at this time. It may have been copied from a newspaper article.
is my guess anyway. If nothing else it is an interesting story and
food for thought.. I hope you enjoy it. I will retype the story here as
is written in my pages, It goes like this.


Fred Bulman Visits in Waukesha

WAUKESHA, July 14m (Special) - Fred A. Bulman was having the time of his
years when he stopped in Waukesha for several days before resuming his
mile motorcycle trip from Olympia, Wash., to Flint, Mich. The leathery
faced veteran who crossed three mountain ranges on a bucking 1920 nidek
ctcke stopped to visit relatives here before proceeding to Flint, where
plans to see his son. The fact that he will doon be 76 was no deterrent
his 6,000 mile round trip.
"I haven't had as much fun since I was a kid," Bulman said, "and this
me a chance to get some fresh air, also take in the Spanish War
national convention in Milwaukee next month."
Visits With Cousin
He visited here with a cousin, Miss Ida Cohen. He will return in two
for the convetion and Milwaukee's Centurama.
Bulman was born near Brookfield Junction in Waukesha County. He spent
youth in Eau Claire and worked as an engineer in Janesville and
He also worked in Michigan, homesteaded in Montana and finally settled
Washington about 1930.
Despite his years Bulman's crew cut brown hair shows no sign of gray and
holds his 160 pound frame erect. Except for the grayish fuzz about the
Started June 18 The veteran's 21 day expedition started June 18.
at about 25 miles an hour and covering an average of 200 miles a day, he
traveld through Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota and
Wisconsin. He pushed his cycle over the Snoqualmie Pass in Washington
3,000 feet, throught famous Lookout Pass in the Bitterroot Mountain
Range of
Idaho at 4,700 feet, and over the ominous Continental Divide in the
at 6,300 feet. He saw a "twister" heading his way in Montana, so he
backtracked three miles and spent the night in Bozeman. The cycle side
carries clothing and camping equipment which enabled Bulman to spend
his nights under the stars. He by-passed tourist cabins whenever the
was clear because the hardly old man says, "I'm just crazy about fresh
The trip has been leisurly because Bulman dislikes "burning up" the
(His old cycle does a top speed of 35 miles an hour.) He spent two days
with a son at Puyall, Wash.; three days fishing with his grandchildren
Missoula, Mont.; three days with a nephew at Wibaux, Mont.; and several
with Cousins Herman and Rube Siewerts, on their Eau Claire farm.
bike is a weird affair with a 1920 frame, a 1914 crank case, a 1925
cylinder, a bicycle speedometer and the carburator from a Model T Ford.

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