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Josephus Wolf

The pioneer of Twenty Mile, has finished his earthly labors, and gone to join his fathers. Josephus Wolf breathed his last Thursday, March 8, at his home in Portage township, after a lingering illness. While it was expected that he could not get well, yet the hope was cherished by his thousands of friends that he would live years yet. A cancer had for years been doing its deadly work, and hope of a cure had long since abandoned.

Josephus Wolf was one of Porter county's history makers. He was born in Athens County, Ohio, June 22, 1822, and was the youngest of seven children born to Jacob and Lydia Wolf. The family moved to Porter County in 1834, and settled on Twenty-Mile Prairie, in Portage township. They took up land in the then wilderness, and Josephus stuck to the farm until 1854, when he went to California to join the gold hunters. He remained there two years, and returned with $3000. This gave him the foundation for the vast fortune he left at his death, which included a 5000 acre farm, of the finest land in all this county. The Wolf home resembles a minature city, covered as it is with fine barns and a magnificent farm home. The estate has substantial houses for tenants, all of whom are prosperous and contented. One notable feature of the Wolf home, was that its table was always set, and no man or woman ever went away from there hungry, no matter who he was or what his condition was. True hospitality abided in that home.

On returning from California Mr. Wolf was united in marriage to Miss Susan M. Young, a sister to Martin Young. Eight children were the result of this union, only two of whom are now living -- Elmer and Martin -- both grown to manhood, and for several years past, have managed the estate. Mr. and Mrs. Wolf were extremely attached to each other, and upon the devoted wife falls heavily the separation. The funeral was held Sunday, and the remains were laid to rest in the McCool cemetery, followed to their last resting place by a very large concourse of mourning relatives and friends.

Newspaper: The Chesterton Tribune
Date of Publication: March 15, 1895
Volume Number: 11
Issue Number: 49
Page: 1
Column(s): 5

Key to Newspaper Publication Locations:
    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
                Chesterton Tribune
                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

    Newspapers Published in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
                Valparaiso Practical Observer
                Vidette and Republic
                Western Ranger

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