T.E. Pulliam came to Flagstaff in the 1880's and worked on a survey of the Mineral Belt Railroad and at the Arizona Lumber and Timber Company mill. He became County Recorder, Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, and Deputy Sheriff. T.E. became the first Sheriff of Flagstaff after Arizona became a state in 1912. He also owned a real estate and insurance busines, the T.E. Pulliam Agency. He died in 1926.
C.T. Pulliam attended Emerson Elementary School and high school at the Northern Arizona Normal School. He began his college carrer at the University of Arizona, studying law. His education was interrupted, however, by the United States' entrance into World War I.
He entered the Army and was assigned to the aviation branch. He was a member of an observation balloon company for two years, serving one of those years on the front lines in France. He was discharged at the end of the war as a corporal.
With the organization of the National Guard in Flagstaff in 1920, C.T. became the recruiting officer for Battery A which later became Battery D. In 1924 he was transferred to the National Guard Reserve and in 1930 was placed in command of Company I. C.T. served in Company I and later in the Army during World War II.
In December of 1919, C.T. began his non-military work as City Clerk of Flagstaff. He married Loretta Bondesson of Yuma, whom he had met at Northern Arizona Normal School, on June 18, 1923. They had two children, Louella and Clarence, Jr.
C.T. was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Shrine, the Elks Club, the Kiwanis Club, the Junior Chamber of Commerce and many other organizations. He was a charter member of the American Legion and VFW. Loretta was involved in the cultural functions at Arizona State College and Northern Arizona University.
C.T. died in 1964--Loretta in 1987. The municipal airport was named in his honor.
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