Pocatello: Another pioneer has passed over the Great Divide. James Mullany, a former resident of Boise, but who lived in Glenn’s Ferry for a number of years, died there yesterday and with his demise one of the truest spirits that ever blazed a western trail went out, observes the Boise Bulletin. Mr. Mullany came to Boise in the sixties. Att hatt [sic] time Boise was little more than a military post. He was engaged for some time as express messenger and for a time was the Boise agent of the Cutler & Westerfield Idaho-Nevada express. The first edition of the Statesman, July 26, 1864, contains the following mention of him:
We acknowledge ourselves under obligations to Mr. James Mullany, the obliging agent at this place of Cutler & Westerfield’s Idaho-Nevada express, for repeated favors in the shape of acceptable files of California papers.
The “obliging agent” may been penciled at that time perfunctorily, but truer words were never written, for if Jimmy Mullany was anything he was obliging. For a friend no task was too great for him to undertake; for a stranger he would do anything in his power. No plea for assistance ever went unheeded by him, and it is known by his intimate friends that he would have left more of this world’s goods, if less of a reputation for sterling honesty and unstinted generosity had he adopted the selfish practice that characterizes all too many lives.
As business man, as an employee of the government and of companies that handled large amounts of gold in the early days, Jimmy Mullany was always trusted implicitly. He was always enterprising, and results of his efforts still stand in Boise, mute testimony to his rustling qualities and to his faith in Idaho and her capital.
He will be remembered with the kindliest thoughts by a horst [sic] of people.
Source: Lewiston Evening Teller, June 2, 1904.