Columbus C. Fuller

Columbus C. Fuller


Columbus C. (“C.C.”) Fuller was born October 1867 in Nelson, Ohio, but lived for many years in Bozeman, Montana.  Following studies at Hiram College and the American Institute for Sacred Literature, Fuller worked as a civil engineer with the Northern Pacific Railroad 1889-90 assisting with construction of the “Butte Short Line.”  He later entered into the wholesale fruit and produce business in Bozeman with his brother, George Fuller.  The business was “caught in the panic of 1893” and the brothers had to sell the business.  He was president of the Montana Christian Endeavor Union 1893-4.

Fuller married first Sarah Isabella “Belle” Tucker in 1894.  He married second Julia B. McKee in 1901.  Julia was a daughter of a Presbyterian clergyman and high school teacher.

The Fullers received a call to be missionaries with the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (American Board).  They arrived at the Mount Silinda (Mt. Selinda) Mission in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) in 1902, where “C.C.” Fuller established the industrial department. Just one year after arriving, he was able to build and begin operations of a sawmill for the mission. Machinery for the mill was hauled by ox teams and a steam engine he assembled from Beira, Portuguese East Africa (Mozambique) – a trek of over 200 miles.

The Fullers served as missionaries at both Mt. Selinda and Chikore missions until 1932.  He died in Los Angeles, California, July 1952.


  • The Missionary Herald, Vol. 98 (1902), p. 233
  • Fuller, William Hyslop, “Genealogy of some descendants of Edward Fuller of the Mayflower”(1910).
  • Mark Loomis