Harry W. Bolens House

Also known as: Riehle House
842 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington, Wisconsin


Overview Looking Northwest

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in June 2013




Harry W. Bolens was a newspaper man, manufacturer and a moderately successful Democrat politician in the first half of the 20th Century. Bolens was Mayor of Port Washington from 1906 to 1908 and again from 1910 to 1914. He served in the state Senate from 1933 to 1940. In 1920, Bolens was a candidate for the United States House of Representatives from Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district. He lost to incumbent Edward Voigt. In 1938, he was a candidate for Governor of Wisconsin, losing to Julius P. Heil. Bolens was also a delegate to the 1944 Democrat National Convention.

Bolens followed in his father's footsteps as editor of the Port Washington Star and Sheboygan Daily Journal. He helped organize Gilson Manufacturing Company and the Plymouth Phongraph Company. Bolens was also a founding member of the Wisconsin Manufacturers Association.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 25, 1983
Reference number
NR name
Bolens, Harry W., House
Areas of significance
Politics/Government; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1910; 1944
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 1

Update Log 

  • June 16, 2013: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added Description and corrected a typo in the name