WOLF, William, real estate and insurance agent and notary public, was born in Hechingen, Province of Hohenzollern, Prussia, August 13, 1833. He is a son of Elias and Clara (Einstein) Wolf, both natives of Prussia. Elias Wolf was a merchant. He spent his life in his native country, and died November 4, 1865. His widow came to America in 1866, and made her home with her son, William Wolf. She died December 19, 1873. Their family consisted of six children, three of whom are living: William, Caroline, wife of Isaac Meyer, residing in Brooklyn, N. Y.; Eliza, wife of Abraham Allgaier, residing at Mount Carmel, Northumberland county, Pa.
William Wolf spent his youth in his native land. He received his primary education in the public schools, and subsequently enjoyed the advantages of a collegiate course. He then became clerk in a mercantile and banking house, and was so engaged until 1854, when he came to America. Two weeks after reaching Philadelphia he proceeded to Harrisburg, where he has resided for the past forty-two years. Here he was first engaged as salesman in a mercantile house until 1864. In this year he opened a retail dry goods store, which he continuted to conduct for twelve years. In 1876 he was obliged to abandon this business on account of failing health. He took up first the real estate, afterwards the insurance business. He was appointed notary public in 1881.
He was married in Harrisburg, July 15, 1859, to Miss Matilda, daughter of Solomon and Amelia Wolf, born in the same provice as himself, and then residents of Gratz, Dauphin county. They have had five children, two of whom are living: Emma, widow of Theodore H. Speier, of Harrisburg, and Helen, wife of Leon Simon, a prominent cloak manufacturer of Baltimore, Md. The deceased children are: Simon, died May 26, 1882, aged twenty, a bright, promising young man, who had graduated at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy on March 10, 1882; Elias, died December 30, 1879, at the age of thirteen years, and Frederick, who died in infancy. Mr. Wolfe is a member of Perseverance Lodge, No. 21, F. & A. M.; Dauphin Lodge, No. 160, and Dauphin Encampment, No. 10, I. O. O. F.; Council No. 499, Royal Arcanum; State Capital Lodge, No. 2,030, Knights of Honor; Harris Lodge, No. 983, Knights of Ladies of Honor; Salem Lodge, No. 26, Independent Order of Sons of Covenant; Harrisburg Lodge, No. 103, Kesher Shel Barsel. Mr. Wolf is independent in his political views. He attends the Jewish Tabernacle Ohev Sholem. Mr. Wolf was president of the congregation for about twenty-three years. He served with distinguished ability and success. Through his zeal, energy, tact and devotion the congregation was enabled to purchase a building for a house of worship, school and meeting rooms. He was tendered a resolution of thanks on his declining further election.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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