Connell House - 2430 10th Avenue Court

 Print Listing Historical Name - Tinker House; Pukash House; Hubert House
Style - Ranch Type
Built Year - 1949
State ID - 5WL4986

Description - The modest wood frame residence at 2430 10th Avenue Court features a basic rectangular plan which measures 32' N-S (across) by 22' E-W (deep). The single story dwelling is supported by a low unpainted concrete foundation, and its exterior walls are clad with white horizontal vinyl siding. The house is covered by a low-pitched side-gabled roof, covered with grey asphalt composition shingles, and with minimally-overhanging boxed eaves. There is no chimney. The home's windows are entirely single and paired 2/2 double-hung sash, with painted white wood frames and surrounds, and with (probably the original) painted white exterior wood screens. A painted white wood-paneled front door, with two upper sash lights, and covered by a white metal storm door, is located on the fa├žade (west elevation). This door leads into the house from a 2-step, 19' by 4', porch. The porch has a concrete floor, and is covered by a shed roof, supported by three painted white 4" by 4" wood posts. A painted white wood-paneled door, with one upper sash light, and covered by a white metal storm door, is located at the west end of the south (side) elevation. This door leads into the house from a concrete stoop and a 6' by 20' shed-roofed patio which extends along the house's south elevation.

Historical Background - Weld County Assessor records reveal that this house was built in 1949, while Greeley city directories indicate that it was initially occupied by the Donald B. Tinker family. Reportedly composed of four members, the Tinker family did not live in the house for long, however, as by 1954, this had become the residence of Robert and Inza Mae Pukash. The Pukash family, including a son Michael, and a daughter, Donna, lived and owned here between circa 1954 and 1959. Robert Pukash had been born in Greeley on January 14, 1928, the son of William and Anna Pukash. After coming of age, he joined the Navy, where he spent two years at sea, and was stationed at Camp Aiea, Hawaii. He then returned to Colorado where he engaged in the grocery business in Greeley, and later in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Robert married his first wife, Inza Mae Roberts, circa 1950. This marriage resulted in the births of Michael and Donna, and it was when these children were young that the Pukash family lived here at 2430 10th Avenue Court. Robert and Inza reportedly enjoyed square dancing, bowling, hunting and fishing. The disposition of their marriage is unknown. In 1966, Robert married his second wife, Edna Kindsfater of Greeley, blending his family with three of Edna's daughters, Valerie, Vodna, and Verna. To this family, Robert and Edna added the birth of a son, Victor, and a daughter, Varlyn. In later years, Robert Pukash worked in the insurance industry, before he and Edna opened a pet care center, and established the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Pet Groomers' Association. The Pukash family then moved to Boise, Idaho where they lived for twenty-two years, operating another pet grooming business. Mr. Pukash passed away on October 29, 2003, at the age of 75. He was survived by his wife, Edna, his children, and by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and by other relatives. After the Pukash family, this house was next owned and occupied by the Ed K. Bruntz family, in the early 1960s, followed by the Paul A. Gorce family, in the mid-to-late 1960s. Beverly Nickal and Andrew W. Borg then lived and owned here, in succession, in the 1970s and early 1980s. The property then apparently became a rental for a year or two, before it was acquired by Carl M. Hubert, circa 1985. Mr. Hubert, who had been born in Ault, Colorado on January 9, 1914, lived here during his retirement years. The son of Guy S. and Daisy (Choate) Hubert, Carl was a graduate of Greeley High School, and during his productive years he was employed by Lockhead Martin and United Airlines. Apparently a life-long bachelor, Carl enjoyed playing bridge, bowling, and metal work. He also enjoyed fishing and spending time at a cabin he built in Glen Haven. Carl Hubert passed away in Greeley on November 16, 2004 at the age of ninety. The property is presently (in 2006) owned by Carl's niece, Carol F. Connell of La Salle.