San Benito County. Here Mrs. Huls became active as the local representative of the
Children's Home Finding Society of California, in which position she was able to
accomplish much good. She was also active in the W. C. T. U. and superintendent of
the medal contest department, which held contests for the best essays on prohibition
and the liquor and tobacco evils. For eight years she served as a member of the
Prohibition State Central Committee of Northern California.
In 1905 Mr. and Mrs. Huls came to Stanislaus County, locating on a twenty-
acre ranch near Modesto. Mr. Huls passed away on June 19, 1915, leaving his widow
and four surviving children to mourn his loss. Mrs. Huls later became the owner of
thirty-eight acres on the Carver Road, but sold it in 1917. Of her children, all well
and favorably known in Stanislaus County, we mention E. L. Huls, who is a member
of the police force in Modesto; H. H. Huls is a successful fruit grower of this county;
Harry W. resides at Vallejo, a machinist in the navy yard; and Josephine Maggie is
the wife of F. D. Brown of Bakersfield, formerly a supervisor of Madera County.
Since locating in Stanislaus County, Mrs. Wood has kept up her interest in
W. C. T. U. activities and for the 1920 armistice parade, designed the pure white
float for the W. C. T. U. that was so much admired by all who saw it. She has
particular talent along decorative lines and she has demonstrated it on many occasions.
Dr. and Mrs. Wood have much in common, both in their experiences in life, and
their common tastes and interests. They have both lived consistent Christian lives,
both interested in the temperance movement and other reform and humanitarian work,
and both blessed with a large measure of love for their fellowmen, and they are filling
out their lives with good deeds and acts of kindness and giving of their best efforts to
help build up their county, state and nation.
JAMES B. KINSER. вАФ An early settler, enjoying the esteem and good will of
all who know him, whose experience with Stanislaus County harks back to the period
prior to the introduction of irrigation and the colonization of the Denair district,
is James B. Kinser, a native of Iowa, where he was born on March 13, 1865. His
father was Michael Kinser, a native of Iowa, who had married Miss Michel Sumner,
a native of Indiana, the ceremony taking place in the Hawkeye State; and when
James was eleven years of age, he accompanied his parents on a strenuous trip to
Texas, the pioneers making the journey in a covered wagon. They located at Den-
ton, near Fort Worth; and there the lad spent the remaining days of his boyhood, on
his father's stock and grain ranch.
In 1883, Mr. Kinser came out to California as a young man and settled at Stock-
ton ; and for several years he had plenty of hard work to do, as he was a laborer in
the harvest fields of San Joaquin County, working from sunrise until dark on headers
and the combined harvesters and reapers. In 1884-5 he came to Stanislaus County,