Lucille Agatha Mulhall

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Lucille Agatha Mulhall

Birthplace: Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Death: December 21, 1940 (55)
Logan County, Oklahoma, USA (automobile accident)
Place of Burial: Roselawn Cemetery, Mulhall, Logan County, Oklahoma, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Zachariah "Zack" P. Mulhall and Mary Agnes Mulhall
Wife of Thomas Loyd Burnett
Ex-wife of Martin Garetson Or Garrison VanBergen
Partner of Unknown Unknown
Mother of Private
Sister of Agnes "Bossie" Wolfe and Margaret Reed
Half sister of Charles Joseph Mulhall and Mildred Madeline Acton

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About Lucille Agatha Mulhall

In 1906, Lucille Mulhall gave birth to a daughter whom she named Margaret A. Mulhall. As with Georgia’s children whom Mary Locke Mulhall raised as her own, Margaret Mulhall was raised on the Mulhall Ranch as the daughter of Zack and Mary Locke Mulhall. On September 17, 1907, Lucille Mulhall married Martin Garrison Van Burgen, a baritone singer in Mulhall’s traveling show. In January of 1909, Lucille gave birth to a son, William Logan Van Bergen.

In March of 1914, Martin Van Burgen filed suit in an Olathe, Kansas court for a divorce from Lucille Mulhall, charging her with immorality. He charged that for the prior year Lucille had refused to live with him and had spent the year traveling with a Wild West show. Further, he claimed that Lucille was romantically involved with a member of the show. A divorce was granted by the court, and Martin Van Burgen was awarded custody of his son, William.,Lucille.html

Lucille was the best known Western performer of her era and was identified as a “cowgirl” before the term was widely used. She learned to ride and rope on her family’s Oklahoma ranch, and began her career performing in her father’s Wild West show and later becoming one of the first and most accomplished riding and roping champions. Competing with, and frequently beating, male competitors in steer roping events, Lucille helped make women an integral part of rodeo.


Lucille Mulhall (October 21, 1885 – December 21, 1940) was a well known cowgirl and Wild West performer.

Early years

She was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Zach and Agnes Mulhall. Her parents brought her to Oklahoma Territory in 1889. She was raised on her family's Mulhall Ranch in Oklahoma Territory, near what is now Mulhall, Oklahoma.

Career as a performer

Known as one of the first women to compete with men in roping and riding events, she was called Rodeo Queen, Queen of the Western Prairie, and Queen of the Saddle (among many other appellations). She starred in the Miller Brothers' 101 Ranch Wild West Show, formed her own troupe in 1913 and performed in many rodeo and Wild West shows throughout her career. She produced her own rodeo in 1916. She retired to her family's ranch in Mulhall around 1922.


Mulhall died in Logan County, Oklahoma, in an automobile accident less than a mile from the Mulhall Ranch.

Wild west show performer. She toured in the wild west show of her father, Zach Mulhall.

Will Rogers called her the first "cowgirl".

She became a favorite of President Theodore Roosevelt after he saw her perform.


First husband-Martin Garetson VanBergan. Married March 22 1909 in Jackson City, Missouri. They had a son, William Logan VanBergan born Jan 29, 1909, Died at age of 84yrs on Feb 21, 1993 in California. Only Mulhall child not raised on the Mulhall ranch. Lived with fathers parents in Missouri and then moved with them to California.

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Lucille Agatha Mulhall's Timeline

October 21, 1885
Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
December 21, 1940
Age 55
Logan County, Oklahoma, USA
Roselawn Cemetery, Mulhall, Logan County, Oklahoma, USA