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204 HISTORY OF COLORADO rules which govern his conduct. He is likewise a director of the American Red Cross as a member of the Denver Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Division. He is working most earnestly, faithfully and effectively in this connection and was in charge of one of the divisions of the 1918 drive for the Red Cross. His labors hkve been of great benefit to this organization and also to the liberty loan and war stamp organizations, his activities being felt in all patriotic drives of such character. He attacks his work in a most systematic manner and bases his activities upon business principles. He is thus accomplishing splendid results and he displays equal thoroughness and earnestness in everything that he undertakes for the benefit and support of city, state or national government. ALVA L. KOOXTZ. Alva L. Koontz is well known in business circles of Pueblo as manager of the Sinclair Refining Company, the duties of which responsible and important position he assumed on the 15th of May, 1917. His birth occurred in Gallipolis, Ohio, on the 22d of February. 1867, his parents being Julius and Adeline (Curry) Koontz. The father served as a soldier of the Union army at the time of the Civil war. The year 1892 witnessed his arrival in Colorado and in this state he remained to the time of his demise, both he and his wife passing away in Pueblo. Julius Koontz devoted his attention to farming in the early days and subsequently he was engaged in buying and selling both stock and grain, meeting with well merited success in his undertakings. Alva L. Koontz was reared and educated in the state of his nativity and on leaving the parental roof made his way to St. Joseph. Missouri. In 1890 he came west to Colorado, taking up his abode in Pueblo, where he embarked in the butchering business and was thus engaged until he disposed of his establishment to Andy Schafer. He then went to Florence, this state, and there turned his attention to the ice and cold storage busi- ness, successfully conducting his interests in that connection until 1911. when fire destroyed his plant. Returning to Pueblo, he devoted his efforts to the real estate business for two years and on the expiration of that period became connected with the Sinclair Refining Company as a salesman. His recognized ability and sound judgment led to his selection for the position of manager of the company on the 15th of May, 1917. and in that capacity he has since served. The business of the concern during the past year has increased fifty per cent, owing to the wise direction, keen sagacity and executive power of Mr. Koontz. The company now employs thirteen people. On the 6th of December. 1899, Mr. Koontz was united in marriage to Miss Minnie J. Walsh, by whom he has a daughter, Evelyn. His political allegiance is given to the republican party, while fraternally he is identified with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Knights and Ladies of Security. He is also a member of the Commerce Club and is interested in all matters pertaining to community development, being widely known as a public-spirited and progressive citizen. Domestic in taste and tempera- ment, he finds his greatest happiness at his own fireside and is most devoted to home and family. DENNIS B. AUSTIN. Dennis B. Austin is a highly respected resident of Weld county. He was born October 5, 1855, in Oakland county, Michigan, a son of Henry and Calista Austin. The mother died during his early childhood. The father devoted his life to the occupation of farm- ing and thus provided for the support of his family. Dennis B. Austin acquired his early education in the schools of Michigan but his opportunities were somewhat limited, owing to the fact that he found it necessary to provide for his own support when about fourteen or fifteen years of age. At that time he left his native state and went to Ringgold. Iowa, where he was employed as a farm hand, there remaining until he removed westward to Weld county, Colorado. For a short time after his arrrival at Greeley he rented land and in 1890 he removed to Windsor, settling on section 27, township 7, range 67, in Weld county. He then purchased his present home farm, acquiring title to one hundred and sixty acres of land on which he has since carried on general agricultural pursuits, being today regarded as one oi the progressive agriculturists of his community. Mr. Austin was married in Fort Collins, Colorado, in 1887 to Miss Catharine Lee, who

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