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     One mile northeast of San Pablo, on the creek of that name, is the well-tilled farm of thirty-eight and three-quarters acres belonging to Fred Wolf, an industrious and honorable German-American pioneer of 1859.  Mr. Wolf was born in Mecklenburg, Germany, September 6, 1833, the younger of two sons born to Fred and Fredericka Wolf, farmers in Mecklenburg, and the latter of whom contracted a second marriage after the death of her first husband.

     Fred Wolf, Jr., was eleven months old when his father died, and his mother reared himself and brother through her own efforts, giving them a home training which both recall with sincere regard for its practicality and fore-thought.  Mr. Wolf remained on the home farm until he was twenty-four years old, then sailed to America, reaching New York in the fall of 1857.  Locating near Madison, Wis., he engaged in farming for a year, and in 1858 went to Missouri.  In March, 1859, he left St. Joseph, Mo., for the long journey across the plains.  In place of ox teams he drove strong mules, and his original destination was Pike's Peak, although he eventually changed his mind and continued his way to California.   After spending some time in San Francisco, San Pablo and Los Angeles, he went to the mines in Sonoma county, but returned the same year to San Pablo.  From 1860 until 1865 he farmed in the vicinity of that town, and then bought fifty-nine acres of land on San Pablo creek, thirty-eight and three-fourths of which he still owns.  He is engaged in general farming and stock-raising and has one of the best improved and most modern homes in this part of Contra Costa county.

     Of the four children, three sons and one daughter, born to Fred and Johanna Wolf, Lena is deceased; Charles, the oldest son, is with the Wells-Fargo Express Company in San Francisco, and Henry and Arnold are at home.  Mr. Wolf has taken a keen interest in educational matters for many years, and was school trustee for five years previous to his re-election to the same office in 1904.  He is a stanch Republican in national politics, but locally votes for the best man.  Fraternally he is connected with the Ancient Order United Workmen of San Pablo, and the Knights of Honor of Berkeley.  In religion he is a member of the Lutheran Church.





Transcribed 11-15-16  Marilyn R. Pankey.

ญญญญSource: History of the State of California & Biographical Record of Coast Counties, California by Prof. J. M. Guinn, A. M., Pages 1389-1390. The Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, 1904.

2016  Marilyn R. Pankey.







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