Katie Virginia Bean

Mrs. Katie Virginia Bean, granddaughter of an early Oregon pioneer family, died at a local nursing home Friday at the age of 78 years. Services will be at 1 p.m. from the Colonial mortuary with Rev. Neville Blunt officiating and interment and at Lincoln Memorial park. She had formerly resided at 720 N.E. 69th ave. Mrs. Bean was born March 26, 1876, in Boise. She was the widow of W.S. Bean and sister of the late James Mullany. Her grandparents were Jerome and Sarah Walling who settled with early pioneers in Amity.

Survivors include daughters, Mrs. F.E. VonGroenewald, Mrs. E.E. Charpantier and Mrs. T.P. Weston, all of Portland; Mrs. Viola Ames, Tacoma, Wash., and Mrs. Henry Gantenbein, Vashon Island, Wash.; a son, T.S. Bean, Oakland, Cal.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Source: Portland Oregonian, December 12, 1954.

Another Pioneer Gone

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:

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Judge Mullany Dead.

Judge Mullany died at Glenn’s Ferry yesterday morning at 10 o’clock of cerosis [sic] of the liver. He had been ailing for several weeks and despite the skill and exertion of Dr. Nieukirk, who attended him, he passed away as above stated.

Judge Mullany was one of the pioneers of this county, was very well known and thoroughly loved and at the time of his death was postmaster as well as justice of the peace of Glenn’s Ferry.

Source: Elmore Bulletin, May 26, 1904.

Crushed By Snow

Miners at Silver City Caught in a Tremendous Slide.


Started to Town on Snowshoes, but Unfortunately Got into the Path of the Avalanche.

Boise, Idaho, Jan. 4.—A fearful snowslide occurred last night at Silver City, a mining camp about 50 miles from here. It resulted in the death of Robert Nicholls and John Mullaney [sic], miners at the Blaine Tunnel mine. They started from the mine shortly after dark last night to come to town on snowshoes. They did not reappear in the morning and their comrades at the mine started to make inquiries for them. After going about a mile, they saw evidence of a terrible snowslide.

After a prolonged search, the bodies of the two men were discovered. The force of the slide and the weight of the snow had evidently resulted in instant death. Mullaney’s parents live at Glenn’s Ferry. Nicholls only recently came from the Comstock, Virginia City, Nevada.

Source: Elmore Bulletin, January 12, 1895.

Killed in a Snow Slide.

Robert Nichols and Jerome Mullaney Caught by a Snow Slide in Long Gulch.

Thursday night, Robert Nichols and Jerome Mullaney [sic] started, after supper, from the Blaine boarding house to go down to Silver City, upon snow shoes. Some other men having gone down the same evening and not seeing them in town, and they not returning to the mine in the morning, started the surmise that they might have been caught in a snow slide which had occurred in Long Gulch that night. A small party started out in the morning to search for them, tracked the prints of their snow shoes to the swath of the snow slide and road but no further and a search soon revealed one of the men’s hats. Then men were sent down from the mine and others came up from Silver City and digging for the lost men was begun in earnest. One of the men’s bodies was soon found under only about three feet of snow, but the other was buried fully fifteen feet.

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Highway Robbery.

James Mullaney, known to our readers as the confidential man of C. Jacobs & Co., Boise City merchants, returned to that place a few days ago from a business trip to Montana, by stage. He relates that his only fellow passenger was one Polak, of Illinois, who was on his way back there with $850 in coin. On the stage were the express boxes from Virginia City—one a way and the other a through box—the first with about $1800 in it, the latter with over $10,000. When a hundred miles beyond Port Neuf Cañon, three masked highwaymen stopped the stage, ordered the driver to throw out the express box, and the passengers to alight—at the same time covering them with their Henry rifles. The driver threw out the way box; Polak surrendered his total sum in coin; but Mullaney, who had $300 in greenbacks in his pocket, protested his innocence of anything valuable so stoutly, and offered himself for search with so earnest an air, that the robbers believed him, and let him slide unsearched. After getting this booty they ordered the driver to go on. By his cleverness the Express box with $10,000 was saved. At the next station alarm was given, and six mounted men, well armed, started after the robbers. Mullaney thinks they are the same who robbed Raney and Welch last fall, and killed the latter after having robbed him.

Source: Idaho Semi-Weekly World, June 3, 1868.


Before another issue of the Mining News, Mr. Jas. Mullany will have left Salmon City for the Yuba District, taking with him the stock of goods of C. Jacobs. During his sojourn, Jimmy has won many friends in Salmon City and vicinity. As a business man he has no superiors, and few equals in this country. We bespeak for him the favor of the South Boise people. He will pay a flying visit to Boise City before going into the mountain fastness to remain during the coming winter. Where you may go we wish you abundant success in business, and a shower of smiles from ladies fair. Mr. Mullany will favor the readers of the News with occasional letters concerning the great quartz district of Idaho, as well as local affairs of that section.

Source: The Salmon City Semi-Weekly Mining News, August 11, 1867.

Untitled (Mrs. J.B. Walling)

Mentioning the death of Mrs. J.B. Walling (mother of Mrs. James Mullany of this place) the Boise Democrat says she was among the pioneers of Oregon, but came with her husband and family to Idaho and settled on their farm, a short distance above Boise City, in 1864, where she resided up to the time of her death. Sixteen children were born to her, nine of whom are still living. Her age was seventy-six, and she had been a faithful wife for sixty-one years.

Source: Elmore Bulletin, April 19, 1890.