Biography of Peter Wolfs
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Peter Wolfs, a retired farmer residing in Cedar Bluffs, has valuable landholdings and is also vice president and the second largest stockholder in the Bank of Cedar Bluffs, which he aided in organizing. He was born in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, January 17, 1837, a son of Carl and Elsie (Baer) Wolfs, both of whom passed their entire lives in that country, where the father engaged in farming. They were the parents of six children, five daughters and one son, of whom only one daughter survives. All of the daughters remained in Germany.

Peter Wolfs attended school in Germany and after finishing his education engaged in cultivating a tract of land which he owned. He continued to live in that country until 1869, when he came to the United States and, making his way westward, preempted land on section 6, Cedar township, Saunders county, Nebraska. He erected a small shanty and was preparing to move into his new home when a severe wind and rain storm blew it to pieces, scattering its parts over the prairie. As soon as possible he rebuilt and continued to live in the shanty until he was able to erect a story and a half house eighteen by thirty one feet in dimensions, which was at that time the largest building in the county. After taking up his residence upon his claim it was not long before he had the land broken and as the years passed he further developed and improved the place. He now owns two hundred and seven and one half acres of as fine land as there is in the county, all of which is under cultivation, and the buildings are all new. In addition to this valuable farm he owns fifty acres in Greene county, Missouri, and has an interest in a white pine lumber company in Oregon. He aided in organizing the Bank of Cedar Bluffs, of which he is the vice president and second largest stockholder, and thus he is connected in an important capacity with the financial development of the town. In 1887 he built the first house in what is now Cedar Bluffs and has since resided there, witnessing the entire growth and development of the town.

In 1860, in Germany, Mr. Wolfs was married to Miss Christine Anderson, also a native of that country. She passed away in 1904, leaving two children: Maggie, the widow of Karsten Lorenzen, of Cedar Bluffs; and Mary, the widow of S. W. Auten, also of Cedar Bluffs.

Mr. Wolfs is a stanch republican and does all in his power to secure the victory of that party at the polls. His religious faith is that of the Lutheran church, of which he is a member and with which his wife was also affiliated. His has been a long and useful life, and he is justly esteemed and respected by all who have been brought in contact with him.

From:
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
Vol. II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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