Pueblo County, Colorado
Wilbur W. Bulette

Contributed by Jean Griesan.

Wilbur W. Bulette, M. D., ophthalmotologist, otologist, laryngologist and rhinologist, of Pueblo, and a prominent practitioner of this city since May, 1894, is one of the most successful specialists in the state. In addition to his private practice he holds the position of ophthalmotologist and laryngologist to the State Asylum for Insane at Pueblo, Work's Sanitorium for Nervous and Mental Diseases, the Pueblo Children's Home, also for the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company. He is a fellow of the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, also of the Western Ophthalmotological, Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, a member of the American Medical Association, the American Climatological Association, the Rocky Mountain Interstate Medical Society, the Colorado State Medical Society, the Pueblo County and Otero County (Colo.) Medical Societies, the Northern Medical Society of Philadelphia, and was formerly an active member of the Philadelphia County Medical Society.

The Bulette family is of English and Scotch extraction, and was early established in Pennsylvania. Emanuel, son of Emanuel Bulette, Sr., was born upon his father's farm in York County, Pa., and in time became the owner of the old homestead, but resided upon an adjoining farm. In religion he is connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church. During the war he volunteered for service, but was rejected. He married Martha Helen Blake, a direct descendant of General Blake, of the English army. She was born in Lancaster County and was a daughter of Asbury Blake, a fanner and manufacturer of Lancaster County. She is still living, as are six of her nine children. The four surviving sons are: Lorenzo D., an attorney in Philadelphia; Wilbur W.; Clarence E., a graduate of Gross Medical College of Denver and a practicing physician in that city; and Harry L. , who is with his parents. The two daughters are Elma L. and Helen Maud. Our subject was born at Constitution, York County, Pa., August 17, 1862. In boyhood he was a student in the public schools and Fawn Grove Academy, after which he attended the York Collegiate Institute in York. From boyhood it was his ambition to become a physician, and his studies were directed with that end in view. In 1888 he graduated from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania with the degree of M. D., and afterward, by successful competitive examinations, he became assistant visiting physician to the Philadelphia Lying-in Charity, which position he held until 1894. Meantime he carried on a general practice in Philadelphia from 1888 to 1891, and was also assistant in the throat and ear dispensaries of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and of the ear department of the Philadelphia Polyclinic. In 1891 he stopped dispensary and hospital work and gave his attention to the practice of his specialties, at first studying only the ear, nose and throat, but after 1891 making a specialty also of diseases of the eye, which he made his special study for a few years at Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia. In May, 1894, he opened an office in Pueblo, where he has since established an enviable reputation for skill and ability. Prior to leaving Pennsylvania he had charge, for five years, of the medical department of J. B. Lippincott Company, of Philadelphia. After settling in the west he assumed charge of the throat and ear department of the Medical Herald in St. Joseph, Mo., and the department of diseases of the chest in the Medical Fortnightly, of St. Louis, Mo. He has also been a contributor to other medical journals in the east. He has his office in Central block, Pueblo.

Dr. Bulette is a staunch Republican. He is a member of the Christian Church and in fraternal relations holds membership with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. In Denver, Colo., in February, 1893, he was united in marriage with Miss Henrie May Patrick, who was born in St. Louis, Mo., her father, Hon. William Patrick, having been an early settler and a lumber merchant of that city, treasurer of St. Louis County and member of the state legislature. The doctor and his wife have two children, Frances McCall and Helen May.

Extracted from "Portrait and Biographical Record of the State of Colorado," published by Chapman Publishing Company in Chicago in 1899.

to the Pueblo County Index Page.

Please e-mail comments and suggestions to Karen Mitchell.
© Karen Mitchell