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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
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
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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