Biography of John Rolfing
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JOHN ROLFING. Chief of Police of Tucson, one of the most popular and capable officers in the State, was born in Spencer County, Indiana, May 9, 1873. He is the son of Henry and Mary Bahn Rolfing, both natives of Germany, and both of whom were brought to this country at the age of five by their parents, who settled in Cincinnnati. Chief Rolfing attended the public schools and at the age of fifteen began an apprenticeship at boilermaking, which he completed, and at which trade he worked for a number of years in various of the western states as well as in Indiana, and for nine years he was employed as boiler inspector for the Southern Pacific railroad at Tucson. For years he has been a member of the Boilermakers' Union, and has been keenly interested in all labor matters. In 1906 he was the Tucson delegate to a general meeting composed of representatives of all the crafts, held in San Francisco for the purpose of endeavoring to have abolished the personal record and physical examination feature of the system of employing men in the various departments of the Southern Pacific railroad. In this meeting were representatives of the various unions employed in the different capacities, and their purpose was accomplished, with the result that these features were abolished over the entire Southern Pacific system. Chief Rolfing is a Democrat of a lifetime, has always been a worker in political affairs. but prior to his present position was never a candidate for office anywhere. In the preliminary contest he was chosen by a splendid majority from ten aspirants for the place, and at the regular election defeated two opponents by a larger majority. In addition to his membership in various labor organizations, he has membership in the Eagles and Moose in Tucson, and has been for years a member of the Ben Hur Lodge, in Evansville, Indiana.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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