Biography of Andrew W. Wolever
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ANDREW W. WOLEVER.

Forty one years of continued success as the proprietor of Delphi's lead­ing photographic studio, is the record of Andrew W. Wolever, a native of Lebanon county, Pennsylvania, who learned photography at Lafayette, after coming to Indiana in 1867, and shortly thereafter, in 1874, established a gallery in the county seat of Carroll county. He has achieved eminent success as a photographer and has won for himself an enviable placed among the leading professional and business men of the county honored by his residence.

Andrew W. Wolever was born in Lebanon county, Pennsylvania, on August 12, 1852, and is the son of Peter and Catharine (Weidel) Wolever, who were natives of the Keystone state. Peter Wolever was a butcher by trade. In 1873 he emigrated from Pennsylvania to Tippecanoe county, Indiana, and settled in Lafayette, where he died, at the age of seventy three years. His wife had died several years previously, in 1859, at the age of forty five. Both were members of the Lutheran church. They had a family of ten children, as follow: Andrew W., of Delphi; Peter, of Lafayette; Elias, of Brookston; Kate, deceased, who married William Wetzel, both of whom died in North Dakota; Susanna, deceased, who married Franklin Steiner; Mary, deceased, was the wife of Christopher Summerstadt; Lavina, deceased, was the wife of George Apple; Edward died in Macon county, Missouri; two died early in life.

Mr. Wolever's paternal grandparents had only one son, Peter, and two daughters, one of whom was Elizabeth, who died in the Keystone stated. The maternal grandparents reared a large family of children, Daniel, Cath­arine, William and others whose names are lost. The history of the maternal grandparents is also missing.

On November 16, 1880, Andrew W. Wolever was married to Mary A. Tutwiler, the daughter of John and Clarissa (Dewees) Tutwiler. Four children have been born to this union, Florence, Larrey, Lucy and Gertrude. Florence married John L. Dawson. They live in Peru and have one child, Mary Louise. Larrey is a fireman on the Wabash railroad and lives at Fort Wayne. He and his wife have one child, Marjorie. Lucy married J. R. Starks. They live in Taylor, Texas, and have one child, Mary Thelma. Gertrude married Stewart Walker. They live in White county, near Bernard's creek, and have five children, Harry, Emma, Catherine, Ruth and Mary Belle.

Mrs. Andrew W. Wolever was born in Delphi, Indiana, on February 2, 1851. Her father, John Tutwiler, was a native of Pennsylvania, born near Gettysburg, and died on October 6, 1860. Mrs. Wolever's mother, Clarissa P. (Dewees) Tutwiler, died on Friday, November 11, 1892. In her death the community lost a noble woman, one who had spent almost sixty years in this county. She was born in Guilford county, North Caro­lina, on January 1, 1829. When she was four years of age, her parents, Elijah and Elizabeth Dewees, moved to Marion county, Indiana. In April, 1834, they removed to Carroll county and settled at the mouth of Mitchell creek. Two years later her mother died, leaving seven children. The family scattered, the father going to Arkansas, where he died in 1846. Clarissa found a home with Dr. J. N. Ewing and here grew to womanhood. She was married to John Tutwiler on March 25, 1847, and eight children were born to this union, three boys and five girls, one boy dying in infancy. Three of the children survive, namely: Mrs. Inglee, Mrs. Andrew W. Wolever and Mrs. John K. Kerlin. Shortly after her marriage, Mrs. Tut­wiler united with the Methodist Episcopal church. She was by nature timid and retiring in her disposition, but grace had wrought such a perfect work in her heart that she was bold for Christ. Her pastor, the Rev. John A. Maxwell, paid her this tribute: "I do not think it will detract from the faithfulness or usefulness of any member of the church to say that no one will be missed like Sister Tutwiler. If she was absent from the prayer service, I always said to myself, 'Mrs. Tutwiler is either sick or absent from town or attending someone that is sick or needy. Hers was a warm heart and a willing hand. For the first two years that I was her pastor she was seldom absent from any service. But during the past year she has been rapidly failing in health. Her last sickness has been long and severe. But one day before her death, as I stood by her bedside and as I knelt in prayer, she prayed for her children and grandchildren and quoted the scriptures. and praised her Savior. We shall greatly miss her. While we mourn, she rejoices. God has taken His own. She fell quietly asleep on Friday, November 11, 1892, at one o'clock a. in. She was the kindest of neighbors, the most helpful of friends, a faithful wife and a devoted mother. More and more will her children think of this and withal an earnest Christian."

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew W. Wolever are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Wolever is a trustee and has been a steward. Fra­ternally he is a member of Carroll Lodge No. 174, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, as well as the encampment and Rebekah branch of the Odd Fellows. He was made an Odd Fellow on January 7, 1875. Mr. Wolever is now district deputy grand master of district No. 8 of the Odd Fellows. He is also a member of Delphi Lodge No. 80. Knights of Pythias. A Republican in politics, Mr. Wolever served two terms as mayor of the city of Delphi, between 1887 and 1891. Few men are more widely known and certainly none is more highly respected in Delphi and Carroll county than Andrew W. Wolever.

From:
History of Carroll County, Indiana
Its People, Industries and Institutions
By: John C. Odell
B. F. Bowen & Company
Indianapolis 1916


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