Benton County


Silas W. Bullock, postmaster of Big Sandy, Tenn., and a native of Benton County, of this State, was born August 13, 1851, son of Obidiah and Penelope (Nobles) Bullock, both natives of North Carolina. The father came to Tennessee in 1838 or 1839, locating the first year in Dyer County, then located on the river, near Point Mason, Benton County and followed farming until his death, December 25, 1885. Our subject reared to manhood on a farm, and securing but a limited English Education, at the age of twenty-two he came to Big Sandy and engaged in the retail liquor business two years, and then accepted a position as a clerk with William Caraway, where he continued two years. He then spent one year prospecting in Texas and Arkansas, after which he returned to Big Sandy and followed the carpenter's trade until 1881, where he resumed his clerkship with Mr. Caraway, and has remained with him since. January, 1886, he engaged in the drug business in Big Sandy with Geo. W. Cantrell, and now has a half interest in the business. March, 1886, he was made postmaster, which position he has since held, having a deputy in the office. Mr. Bullock married his present wife, who was Miss Dora Rushing, February 18, 1886. He lost his first wife by death. He is a Democrat in politics, a Master Mason, and is justly recognized as one among the popular and reliable business men and citizens of Benton County.