Biography of Reinhold Wolf
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Wolf, Reinhold, was born in New York, December 27, 1846. His ancestors were natives of Germany. Conrad, his father, was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, and came to this country about 1830, and died on Staten Island in 1877. Our subject had little advantages of education after he was fourteen years of age. He was an errand boy in New York, and also worked with a surveyor as chain bearer. At the age of sixteen he went to learn the cigarmaker's trade on Staten Island. After serving three years' apprenticeship he worked two years as a journeymen cigarmaker in New York. November 10, 1865, he came to Ithaca, where he was employed by Henry Hoffman as eigarmaker for six months, then made foreman and afterwards general salesman. In 1869 he became a partner in Mr. Hoffman's business, and the firm of Hoffman & Wolf existed six years, and then Mr. Wolf traveled three years, and in 1878 he bought out Mr. Huffman and has since been alone. In politics Mr. Wolf is Democratic, and for two terms, 1890 and '91, was supervisor of the city. He was a leading factor in the building of the new poorhouse of the county. He worked hard for this enterprise and, though fought by a majority, succeeded in getting a very good county house. Mr. Wolf is a member of I. O. O. F. and also of the Knights of Pythias. In 1870 he married Alice Hoffman, of Ithaca, and they have one son, Rennold Wolf, a graduate of Cornell University, class of 1892, and is now a senior in the law school,

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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