James Harold PultzJames Harold Pultz

James Harold Pultz my grand-uncle. I found a picture of him the other day that I could add to his profile and discovered a few other things about the man.

James "Jim" Harold Pultz was born May 16, 1894 to George Edward Pultz and Kate Anna Smith in Osceola, Clarke, Iowa. He was one of 13 children and was a younger brother to my grandmother, Ruby Jemima Pultz Weik.

Sometime between 1894 and 1900 the family moved to Riley County, Kansas and they would call this area home forever. Kansas Census records show he remained single and in Riley County in 1900, 1905, 1910 and 1915.

On June 5, 1917 James went to the local board and registered for the WWI Draft at the age of 23 years old in Manhattan. He was discharged from the Army as a Private in Battery D 30th Field Artillery of Kansas.

James Harold Pultz
Like most large families they got together when they could to celebrate with family members visiting in the area. James came home to visit his family in September 1918 from Camp Funston which was part of Ft. Riley, Kansas.

James Harold Pultz
On the 1920 Kansas Census he was living in Green, Pottawatomie, Kansas but by the time it was 1925 he returned to Manhattan in Riley County. He wandered back to Pottawatomie County in the 1940 Census but after that he stayed in Riley County. He was always not far from his family.

In December of 1920 James was driving his car when he saw something in the road and stopped to investigate. What he found was shocking! He had his 15 minutes of fame in the newspapers.

James Harold Pultz

He never married and was living in Riley County, Kansas when he died at the age of 63. I was too young to remember him when we visited my grandmother, Ruby Jemima Pultz Weik in the summers before his death. He looked a lot like his brothers Ken, Glenn and Zee Pultz in other pictures I have of the family.

 

 

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