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HULSE, Joshua S.
Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 297-298

In reviewing the various branches of industrial and commercial enterprise in the city of Rockford [Winnebago County, IL], it is our desire to mention only those houses which are thoroughly representative in the particular kind of business in which they are engaged.   We know of no other enterprise of the city more worthy of special mention than that of the J. S. HULSE Hardware Company, organized in January 1890, with Guy P. COBB, President.  This representative establishment is located at No. 117 South Main Street, and a complete stock of all kinds of heavy and light hardware is carried.   The premises cover a ground area of 22x130 feet, and are well arranged for the line of business conducted.  Of the magnitude, variety and character of the stock carried, it would be impossible to speak too highly.  In every department the facilities of the house are of the highest character for enabling it to offer the best quality of goods to the public at the lowest prices.

Mr. HULSE, who is the Secretary and Treasurer of this vast enterprise, and a man well qualified for that responsible position, is a native of Winnebago County, IL, born in Winnebago Township on 12 Oct 1846.  He was educated in his native county, and from 1865 to 1870 he was in the hardware business in Chicago.  He subsequently engaged in the same business in Pecatonica, Winnebago County, continued this for 12 years, and then had all his stock destoyed by fire.  Since then he has been a resident of Rockford, and one of its most successful and prosperous business men.

His father, Henry HULSE, was born near Springfield, Clarke County, OH, in 1818, and was of German descent, his father, Henry HULSE, Sr., being a native of Germany.  The senior Henry HULSE, with a brother, John, left their native land for America when young men, and early in the present century.  They resided for some time in NY State, but subsequently Henry HULSE removed to Clarke County, OH, and from there with his wife and family to IL early in the 1830's.  The trip was made overland by teams, when the country was sparsely settled, and they located on Government land in Winnebago Township.   This family was among the very first to settle in the county west of Rockford, and there were very few settlers between that city and Belvidere [Boone County, IL], in fact, there were very few between that city and Chicago, while westward from the Rock River the country was wild and unbroken.  A cousin of our subject, John ELLIOTT, was the first white child born in the county.  He is now deceased, but lived to mature years, served through a part of the Rebellion, and was a married man.  His death occurred in the army, while a member of the 7th IL Cavalry.  Our subject's grandfather, Henry HULSE, Sr., died at his old home in Pecatonica Township when 68 years of age, and was a man whose character was above reproach.  He was the father of 15 children, all of whom he lived to see grow up and marry.  One son and four daughters are still living.   He had been married four times, and his last wife died in this county.

Henry HULSE, Jr., was trained to farm life at an early age, and when still a young man came with his family to IL.  His mother, whose maiden name was Priscilla SWEET, and who was born and reared in the Buckeye State [OH], died there when in the prime of life.   Henry was married in IL [p 298] to Miss Susan GLYNN, who was a native of the Emerald Isle [Ireland], but who came to the U. S. and Winnebago County, IL, when young.   Following their marriage, Henry HULSE, Jr. and wife settled on a farm in Pecatonica Township, resided there for a number of years, and after the birth of all their children, took a trip West.  Mr. HULSE died in Dubuque [Dubuque County], IA, in 1849, when 41 years of age.  He was a good citizen, and a man well respected.  He was a Whig in his poltical principles.  The wife and mother is now Mrs. James TURNER, of Maple Grove, SD, and although 78 years of age, enjoys perfect health.  Her husband is a retired farmer.

Our subject is the youngest of three children now living.  The eldest child, Kate C., married Zeno CAMPBELL [see also the combined Winnebago County IL biographies of Arba Z. & Zeno A. CAMPBELL], an old settler and farmer of Pecatonica Township.  Another sister, Priscilla, married Henry AKESTER, a business man of Dexter [Dallas County], IA.   After our subject reached man's estate, but before he became of age (1863), he enlisted in the 134th IL Infantry, Company E, under Colonel McCHESNEY and Captain. H. J. MILLIGAN, and was out nearly two years.  He was with the Army of the West, chiefly with his regiment after General FOREST, and escaped unhurt.  Returning to IL, he has since been actively engaged in the hardware business, with which he is throroughly familiar.  He is a prominent member of the G. L. Nevius Post No. 1, G. A. R., but was formerly of Ellis Post, Pecatonica, No. 320, G. A. R., being Adjutant of the Post for a number of years.  He takes a leading part in political affairs, and is a strong advocate of the principles of the Republican party.  While a resident of Pecatonica, he generally headed the Republican delegation from his town and township, and was an active worker for his party.

He was married in this county to Miss M. Nettie KENDRICK, who was one of NH's daughters, and who came West to this county when a small girl.  Her people were early settlers and prominent people of Winnebago County, and her father, Henry KENDRICK, is now retired, and a resident of the West.  He is an own [only?] cousin of President Franklin PIERCE.

Mr. and Mrs. HULSE are prominent and active young people of this city, and believe in progress and development, taking a deep interest in all movements that tend to build up the city.  They are the parents of two children:  Blanche E., a bookkeeper for her father, and the wife of J. F. HUFFMAN, who is a stockholder and Director for the HULSE Hardware Company, resides at a nice home on State Street; and Nina E., is a refined, intelligent young lady, and resides at home.  Both are well educated.

Submitted by Cathy Kubly.