Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/27/2010 at 17:46:48
Constantinus Poulos was born in Tripolis, Greece on Mary 21, 1881. His father is Athanasus Anognostopulos, the surname having been abbreviated by our subject and his brother to Poulos. The father is a native of Tripolis and has spent his entire life there, devoting his active years to agricultural pursuits. He is still living at the advanced age of eighty-five. The mother, who was in her maidenhood Evangelia Bosilakopulos, is also a native of Tripolis and is now seventy-two years of age. She is the mother of nine children, as follows: George of Perea, Greece, Alexander of Boone, John at home, Demetrius at home, Leonidas of Sioux City, Iowa, Theodore of Boone, Constantinus, of this review, Vasiliki at home and Antonious of Boone. The paternal grandfather of our subject was John Anognostopulos, who lived and died on the homestead in Greece.
Constantinus Poulos spent his boyhood and youth in his native land, his education being obtained n the public schools of Tripolis and Perea, whiter he went at the age of thirteen years. Two brothers, George and Demetrius had preceded him tot that city and were there engaged in the grocery business. Our subject entered their store as a clerk and attended school as well. He was thus employed for about six years, at the end of which time he set sail for the United States, landing in the new world in April 1901. He joined his brothers Alexander and Theodore in Chicago, they being employed in the Pullman Car Works, and he also obtained employment there, remaining for ten months. He spoke no English at the time of his arrival, but applied himself diligently to the mastery of the language and soon had quite a good command of English. He next removed to Sioux City, Iowa, where he learned candy making. His ambition from the start was to enter business on his own account, and saving his money carefully he invested the same in a candy establishment. At the end of two years or in 1904, he came to Boone and here opened what is now known as the Boone Candy Store, later acquiring a restaurant, which he still conducts, under the name of Little Savoy, in conjunction with his candy kitchen in Boone, another in Sioux City and four in his native land, two being located in Tripolis and two in Perea. He understands thoroughly the making of high class confectionery and his business methods are efficient and thoroughly honorable. The quality of his product and the courteous attention given customers have been leading factors in securing his success.
When the Balkan war broke out Mr Poulos’ patriotic spirit demanded that he offer his service to his country. He accordingly turned over the management of his business to his brothers and departed for the seat of war, enlisting in the Eleventh Regiment. He was on the firing line for five months and participated in many hard fought battles and skirmishes, receiving a bullet would at the battle of Jonina. When peace was declared he returned to the United States, bringing with him his niece Stella and his sister in law, Mrs Leonidas Poulos. Since then he has devoted his time to the management of his various business undertakings. He is a member of the Greek Orthodox church and is faithful to his religious belief. The fact that he has been able to overcome the difficulty of a strange language and to win prosperity in a foreign land in a comparatively few years speaks much for his ability to adapt himself to varying conditions and for his energy and business sagacity.
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