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Frank M. Wolfe

Frank M. Wolfe.

DIED -- On Friday January 1, 1892, at his father's residence in Portage township, of la grippe, Frank M. Wolfe, aged 30 years, 8 months and 18 days.

In these few lines is told a sad story. Genial Frank Wolfe, the pride of his parents, the idol of his family, the leader of his township, and honored wherever known -- cut down ere he reaches the prime of manhood with a life full of promise before him, and with everything the world can give to live for. Last winter he was taken down with the dread disease known as the grippe, which left him greatly broken down. A short time ago he was again taken ill with it, and though all that medical skill could do, was done, he passed away. The funeral was held on Monday, January 4, from the McCool chapel, and the sermon preached by the eloquent divine, Rev. J. H. O. Smith, of Valparaiso. The remains were laid in the family lot in McCool cemetery and followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of friends. He leaves a family of a wife and three children to mourn his loss.

Frank Wolfe was born on April 14, 1861, and was one of eight children, born to Mr. and Mrs. Josephus Wolfe, pioneer settlers of this county. Of those children all are dead except two, Elmer and Martin. He was always studiously inclined, and graduated from the Valparaiso Normal school with high honors, receiving a grade of 100 in all his studies, something few have done. He was united in marriage to Miss Ida Arnold a resident of this county, in 1880, and this union was blessed with five children, two of whom are dead. From this time Frank began the battle of life in earnest, and through his enterprise laid the foundations for a busy and useful life. He was a typical progressive farmer. Brain force was his great lever. Around him he gathered the best works of writers of the world, and his one of the few really valuable libraries in the county. He bought no books for show. There was no sham about him. Though at the command of large means, he used his opportunities for the betterment of mankind. He introduced new methods, and showed those about him new avenues of industry and how to successfully conduct them. At the time of his death he was at the head of a company organized to manufacture paint in Chesterton, and was its president. He discovered valuable raw material on one of his farms suitable for making paint, which will be used. His dairy interests were heavy, and it is said he had the finest dairy in the county. The employer of many men, by his kind and courteous treatment of them, he invariably won their esteem, and among those who felt the blow hardest were these workmen.

Not because Frank Wolfe was rich was he so highly respected. But instead, because he was manly, honorable, sensible, practical and generous. The world needs more men like him, and can illy spare those she has. The widowed partner of his joys, now alone with her orphaned children -- the aged parents and family have indeed a heavy grief which only those can realize who have similarly suffered. To them the county extends sympathy which words are illy able to express.

Newspaper: The Tribune
Date of Publication: January 8, 1892
Volume Number: 8
Issue Number: 39
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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