Bio of Henry County 1910 - William P. Wolf


In William P. Wolf, Henry County has a representative of its best agricultural interests, for as farmer, stockman and poultry raiser he has achieved a success which places him among the more prominent in a prosperous community.  He owns the northwest quarter of section 32, Annawan township and the neat attractive appearance of his fields together with the condition of his buildings is a visible evidence of his skill, his thrift and his good management.  The farm on which he lives was also his birthplace and was bought by his grandfather, George Wolfe, Sr. about 1853.  He was born in Pennsylvania , April 1, 1782, and there in 1803 married Miss Sarah Enslow, also a native of the Keystone state, where her birth occurred in the year 1787.   In the early 1850s the couple came to Henry County, Illinois, where Mr. Wolf purchased 160 acres in Annawan township, the farm now occupied by his grandson, and thereon spent the remainder of his years.  His son, George, the father of W.P. Wolf was born in Knox County , Ohio , January 31, 1828, and was a man grown, although he had not married, when his parents came to this township.  He lived with them until their death and then buying the other heirs, became the sole owner of the homestead.  He engaged in farming with fair success and was well and favorably known in his locality, a man who was sincerely mourned by a large circle of friends, when on the 14th of September, 1889, he was called to his final rest.  In politics he was a democrat, but never sought office in recognition of party fealty.

 After locating in Henry county, George Wolf, Jr. wedded Miss Barbara Heaps, who was born in Lancaster county, Penn. and was a year old when her parents came to Illinois .  They located in Adams county, later removed to Rock county, Wisconsin , and then, returning to Illinois , established their home in Henry County near Annawan, where Mr. Heaps secured a tract of land.  Mr. and Mrs. Wolf were the parents of three children, of whom William P. of this review is the oldest.  Of the other two, Sarah died March1, 1887, and Hiram M. who married Marcia Camery is now living near Winfield , KS .  Mrs. Wolf is still living at the advance age of 72 years, and makes her home in Kewanee.

 William P. Wolf was born on the farm where he now lives, Sept. 13, 1857.  When of suitable age he became a pupil in the district school, recieived a fair education which was well supplemented by the practical training he obtained while he assisted his father in his work. At the age of 21 he assumed all the responsibility of operating the home place and it has remained in his care to the present.  He inherited 80 acres on the death of his father and then by purchase from the other heirs, added eight acres more, so that his farm in identical with that owned by his grandfather.  Its soil is very fertile and being maintianed under a high state of cultivation, make generous returns for the labor expended upon it.  In addition tofgrowning cereals, Mr. Wolf has engages in breeding and raising cattle, hogs and poultry, making a specialty of pure blooded Poland China hogs and Plymouth Rock chickens, which command a good price upon the market. In none of his undertakings has he spared thought  or labor but profiting by the discoveries of sicence and utilizing industriously every means at hand for advancing in his business he has gained a conspicous success in his operations and is numbered among the substantial cititzens on Annawan township.

 In Kewanee, February 8, 1899, Mr. Wolfe was united in marriage to Miss Anna C. Eack of that city.  She was born, however in Sweden and was a mere child when her parents, Peter and Anna G. (Tehunberg) Eack came to America .  They located in Kewanee, where the father died shortly after his arrival, leaving his widow to rear their four small children.  Not only did Mrs. Eack keep the family together but she gave them all a good education, and now has the satisfaction of knowing that they are all well established in life.  She is still living in Kewanee, at the age of 70 years.

 Mrs. Wolf who was the second of the children born to her parents received a good education, having been graduated from the Kewanee High School with the class of 1884.  Thereupon, she engaged in teaching and later attended the State Normal School at Normal , Ill.   Upon leaving that institution she was made principal of the Wallace High School , at Sterling , Ill. , a position she held for two years, and then returned to the high school in Kewanee, where she taught mathematics until a short time beofre her marriage when she resigned her position.  Mr. and Mrs. Wolf have two children, Dorothy Esther, who was born July 23, 1900 and Anice Emma, who was born June 10, 1903.

 In politics Mr. Wolf gives allegiance to no party, preferring to cast his ballot for the candidate he believes most worthy of the people's confidence.  He is never remiss in his duties of citizen ship, but he has never aspired to public office as his is a nture which enjoys a quiet life rather than the notoriety that come to one who is constantly before the public gaze as an official.  In religious matter, he gives his support to the United Brethren church at Fairview , in which he has served as steward, while his wife is equally consistant in her allegiance to the Episcopal church at Kewanee, and both are well known and highly esteemed as persons of genuine worth, whose lives exemplify the true spirit of Christianity.

Submitted by Jacquie Schattner

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