Captain William Henry Bulger
b. 19 Jun 1845
m. 25 Aug. 1874 (Elva A. Spurling)
m. ??? (Bernadine J. Tennyson)
d. 27 May 1927
BackgroundWilliam Bulger was a sea captain who, until he retired, sailed small ships up and down the east coast as far as the West Indies.
Captain Bulger had two wives. His first wife, Elva A. (Spurling) Bulger, died at age 18, three months after their son Charles Henry Bulger was born. Because William was sailing, Charles grew up in the home of Lew Ladd (now opposite Macfarlan's.) Charles attended the Longfellow School until he was 14 years old, then moved to Bar Harbor to live with his uncle, Alfred Bulger, and to work in Alfred's store. Later he met Nettie Ash. They were married and became the parents of four daughters, eventually moving to Massachusetts. Charles' family often spent part of the summer with William and "Dena." His daughters Pauline and Leone often spoke of attending dances over the school house.
William originally lived in the house currently owned by the Strandbergs, but around 1921 he swapped houses with Henry Bunker. The remainder of his life he lived in the house currently owned by the Harlans. It was the 1930s before electricty and plumbing were installed in that house by Charles.
Captain William's second wife was Bernadine J. Tennyson.
Every autumn William raked a large crate of cranberries, sending it to his son Charles in Malden, Massachusetts, where Charles' wife Nettie made mince meat and cranberry sauce.
Captain William died of pneumonia after falling down a small pantry ladder into his basement. He is buried in the Spurling Cemetery.
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Charles H. Bulger,
courtesy of Charlotte Harlan
William at age 73
courtesy of George Harlan