Much of the history of H. Willard Son and Co. has been interspersed throughout the Willard and Hull family histories. It is the oldest retail firm in Marshalltown, still owned by the same family.

Hiram Willard

Prior to moving to Marshalltown, Hiram Willard was a partner with U.S. Grant in Galena Illinois where they worked at a tannery owned by Grant’s father Jesse.

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Hiram Willard’s daughter Alice married Charles Hull in Marshalltown in 1882. Charles joined Willard’s and took over the operation when Hiram died in 1906. Charles’s oldest son by the name of Willard had been in China in the embassy service from 1902 until 1911. When Willard returned to the United States he joined his father and they began manufacturing men’s and women’s fur coats, fur rugs and robes and did tanning from all over the U.S. and the world.

Willard Hull’s oldest son Joe joined his father in 1945 and was active in the business until his death in 1995.

Joe’s youngest son is now the fifth generation of the family still operating the business still located at 36 W. Main St., Marshalltown, Iowa.

Street Scene circa 19xx?
Tanning Polar Bear
Jonathan Hull FamilyStreet Scene circa 19xx?