Biography of Henry A. Puls
Riverside County, CA Biographies





HENRY A. PULS
A few years after the colony of Riverside had been established by eastern capitalists Henry A. Puls was attracted hither by favorable reports concerning the new city, which then was a mere hamlet in comparison with its present dimensions and imposing structures. To reach the new location he traveled on the railroad to California, changing cars at San Francisco for Colton, from which point he journeyed to Riverside in an old fashioned stage coach. The village was beginning to develop and it was not difficult to secure employment as a carpenter. For a time he worked by the day and then he commenced to take contracts. A goodly number of residences still stand that were erected under his personal supervision and that comprise memorials to his skill and efficiency. The residence that he owns and occupies at No. 824 West Tenth street also represents his personal workmanship and skill.

Born in Prussia, Germany, October 24, 1847, Henry A. Puls was brought to the new world in 1850 by his parents, who settled on a farm in Cook county, Ill. The father, Gottlieb Puls, was a native of Germany and spent his last years in Wisconsin. After having received fair educational advantages in Chicago, Henry A. Puls learned the trade of cabinet maker in that city and also gained a fair knowledge of carpentering. For some years he worked as a carpenter in Sheboygan, Wis. Meanwhile, about 1875, be married in Evanston, Ill., Miss Mary E. Huse, a native of Farmington, Franklin county, Me., and a sister of Curtis F. Huse of Los Angeles. One daughter blessed the union, Winnie Inez, Mrs. Albert O. Knoll, who has one child, Vernon Knoll. The Knoll family are residents of Riverside, where he follows the trades of brick mason and plasterer.

At this writing Mr. Puls owns several houses in Riverside besides his own home on Tenth street. Early in the period of his identification with the community he bought forty acres of unimproved land and planted the tract in oranges, after which he lived on the ranch for twenty six years and cared for the trees and crops. He also owns property in San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties, besides valuable property at Long Beach, where the family spend the summer months. Since the death of the wife, April 7, 1910, he has been the recipient of many kindnesses from his daughter's family and from the host of sympathetic friends throughout the community.

Ever since casting his first presidential ballot for General Grant in 1868 Mr. Puls has been a supporter of Republican candidates and principles, but at no time has he been an aspirant for office. Fraternally he is past grand of the Riverside Lodge, No. 282, I. O. O. F., and past patriarch of the encampment, besides being connected with the Rebekahs, of which his wife was a leading member in her lifetime. During the thirty five years of his identification with Riverside he has been a contributor to its upbuilding materially and to the development of its resources. Perhaps few of his enterprises were more important in the civic development than the promotion and organization, with six other gentlemen, of the orange growers' association that formed the basis of the present prosperous Exchange. To the extent of his means and ability he has been a contributor to all movements which he believed would conduce to the upbuilding of the city along lines of educational, moral or commercial development, and in every respect he has been loyal to the welfare of the community with whose interests his life has been identified long and honorably.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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