Olive Alice Hulme – The Hulmes of Henry County.

My dear grandmother, Olive Alice Hulme, was born on September 16, 1887 and was raised on the farm home of Hiram Howard Hulme and Anna Dill Hulme, located southeast of Wayland, in Henry County, Iowa. Olive was the oldest of five children, and the only girl. Something tells me that Olive Alice got some special “daughter-only” treatment from her daddy as she was growing up. A hard-working farmer’s daughter, she also was one who knew how to dress up and look like the beautiful young lady she was. I can certainly see why Waldo Boller was attracted to her! For more on that story, click here.

You can read much more about my grandmother, Olive (Hulme) Boller here.

Hiram Howard Hulme and Anna Dill Hulme – The Hulmes were long-time residents of Henry County, Iowa, with Olive’s father being a very successful cattle farmer on land located southeast of Wayland.

(Left) Olive & Max Hulme – Circa 1889 (Right) The Hulme Family – Circa 1908 – Front Row – H. Howard, Herold, Sam, and Anna Dill, Back Row – Max, Olive & John Dill.

1910 Census (above) shows Hiram Howard and Anna Hulme’s household, which includes their five children: Olive (22), Max (21), John (19), Harold (17) and Samuel (12).

The Hulme’s were long-time members of Finley Methodist Church in Wayland.

My grandmother was very close to her family, even after her marriage to my grandfather, Waldo Boller. After her mother, Anna Dill, died in 1936, H. Howard came to live with Olive & Waldo until his death in 1946.

Hiram Howard, Anna, and John Dill Hulme, who died in France during WWI, are all buried in the Finley Cemetery in Wayland.

One of the Hulme family’s close friends was fellow-farmer, Ray Ernst. Like the Hulmes, Ray was an active member of Finley Chapel and was instrumental in getting Mt. Pleasant’s Old Settlers & Threshers Reunion off the ground in the late 1940’s, 50’s and early 60’s. Read more here.

The Hulme Family – Circa late 1930’s – (above left) – Max, Sam, Ada (Max’s wife), Herold, Verna (Sam’s wife), H. Howard, Ruth (Herold’s wife), Olive & Waldo. Olive & Her Brothers – 1963 Hulme Reunion in Mt. Pleasant (above right) Olive, Max, Harold, Sam.

Over the years, my grandmother, Olive, was one of the mover-shakers in getting the Hulme family together for an annual Hulme reunion. Many times, these gatherings were held in Mt. Pleasant. Above are reports from The Wayland News on the 1941, 1957, 1961, and 1963 reunions.


Kudos to the amazing resources below for the many quotes, photographs, etc. used on this page.

Wayland, Iowa, Wikipedia

Wayland Museum, WaylandIowa.com

Jefferson Township Historical Survey, WaylandIowa.com

Jefferson Township Historical Survey -Appendix, WaylandIowa.com

History of Finley Chapel, Wayland, Iowa, Henry County Churches, IAGenWeb

Olive Alice Hulme Boller, Find-A-Grave

Hiram Howard Hulme, Find-A-Grave

Anna M. Dill Hulme, Find-A-Grave

Max H. Hulme, Find-A-Grave

John Dill Hulme, Find-A-Grave

Harold H. Hulme, Find-A-Grave

Samuel S. Hulme, Find-A-Grave

The 1941 Hulme Reunion, The Wayland News, December 31, 1941

The 1957 Hulme Reunion, The Wayland News, October 3, 1957

The 1961 Hulme Reunion, The Wayland News, July 13, 1961

The 1963 Hulme Reunion, The Wayland News, July 18, 1963


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