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Biography of Charles Wolff

The careers and activities of many citizens enter into the solid structure of a city like Topeka. But the prosperity which distinguishes this city can be traced to the enterprise of a group of men who chose it as the seene of their business careers and who through their leadership, their executive ability and their splendid capacity for business organization, created and maintained the greater part of what is prominent and flourishing in industry and commerce. Among this group of business builders, one of the most prominent names is that of the late Charles Henry Wolff, Sr., whose untimely death occurred in Topeka December 31, 1913. Undoubtedly he had an exceptional genius for business. A butcher by trade, he realized the opportunities and advantages that go with the effective organization and co-operation of many people and large resources. He built an industry which stands today as one of the largest of the kind in the state. He was a foreigner by birth, but intrinsically an American to the heart and core. With only a limited education, he came to America a small lad, and in spite of disadvantages and handicaps achieved in this country both wealth and an honored name. He was born in the Kingdom of Bavaria in 1849, a son of Henry and Elizabeth Wolff. He was thirteen years old when he left the fatherland and crossed the ocean to America. For about three years he found such employment as he could in the Atlantic states. Then in 1867, almost half a century ago, he identified himself with Kansas and learned the butcher’s trade at Leavenworth. From...

Biography of David Wolff

DAVID WOLFF. In the whole range of commercial enterprise no interest is of more importance than that representing the sale of groceries. This fact is recognized and appreciated by all thoughtful and intelligent persons. In this connection we take pleasure in calling attention to a house which, though only established since 1883, has already proved itself to be indispensable to the locality. David Wolff is a native of the Buckeye State, born in Ross County January 2, 1852, and is a son of Jacob and Elizabeth Wolff, both of whom died in Ohio. This worthy couple were the parents of seven children, only two besides our subject now living: Charles A., who is still in Ohio, and Fredrick, who is in Kalamazoo, Mich. One son, William, who died in 1883, was a soldier in the Civil War as was also Charles and Fredrick. John, another son, died after reaching mature years, and the remainder of the children, daughters, died young. The Wolff family settled in Ohio at an early date and the father of our subject was a merchant there. He was a native of Germany and came to this country when young. David Wolff attained his growth in his native State and was about nine years of age when his father died. He received his scholastic training in his native town and when twenty-one years of age started out to make his own way in life. He first engaged in mining at Joplin and at Ozark, and was thus engaged for about ten years, after which he left the mines and engaged in the grocery business with W....

Wolff, Lyle R., Judge – Obituary

Judge Lyle Wolff dead at age 85 Published: June 23, 2005 By Ty Gonrowski, Baker City Herald A former Baker County Circuit Court judge who was known for being very intelligent, eccentric and for taking his dog everywhere died Tuesday in Salem. Judge Lyle R. Wolff, who was 85, was circuit court judge in Baker County from the late 1950s until 1977. “He was a very colorful man…a very, very bright man,” said Milo Pope, circuit court judge from 1989-2000. Wolff was born in Nebraska, graduated from Harvard Law School and became a bomber pilot in World War II before coming west to start a legal practice. His longtime friend Gary Dielman said Wolff didn’t tell many stories from his days flying missions over Europe, but he did enjoy one from his training in North Carolina. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Dielman explained that Wolff and five other planes went on a training flight over the Atlantic Ocean. Wolff’s bomber and the others told the lead plane that they were below their halfway point in fuel and they ought to head back. The lead plane told them to keep going and shortly after they turned around, they ran out of fuel. “He didn’t have to...

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