Pueblo County, Colorado
ALVA L. KOONTZ
Contributed by Karen Mitchell.
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 business, 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
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 temperament, he finds his greatest
happiness at his own fireside and is most devoted to home and family.
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