Biography of Philip Wolfe
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Philip Wolfe. As president of the Wickersham Printing Company, Mr. Wolfe is recognized as one of the successful business men of Mansfield and Richland County. He was born at Delaware, Ohio, Oct. 21, 1883, the son of J. Philip and Magdaline (Fenn) Wolfe.

J. Philip Wolfe was born at Frankfort, Bavaria, Germany, and his wife was also a native of that country. He was a tailor by trade and following his marriage came to the United States and settled at Baltimore, Md. There were seven brothers in the Wolfe family and they engaged in business at Cumberland, Md., for a number of years under the firm name of Wolfe Brothers, merchant tailors. J. Philip Wolfe was forced to retire from the firm on account of ill health and for a time lived at Delaware, Ohio. In 1892 he located at Mansfield, where he became well known as a merchant tailor. He died in 1921 and his wife died in 1926. Both are buried at Mansfield. Mr. Wolfe was a Democrat and held membership in St. Luke's Evangelical Church. There were six children born to Mr. and Mrs. Wolfe as follows: Anna, lives at Mansfield; Molly, deceased; Helen, lives at Mansfield; Theresa, the widow of John Zilch, lives at Washington, U. C.; Walter L., passenger agent of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, lives at Lima, Ohio; and Philip, the subject of this sketch.

Philip Wolfe received his education in the public schools of Delaware and Mansfield and was graduated from Mansfield High School in 1902. His first employment was as timekeeper for the Logan National Gas and Fuel Company of Ohio, and he later became assistant superintendent of construction for the company in Mansfield. In April, 1903, he became associated with the Mansfield News as an editorial writer. He later served in the capacity of sports editor, city editor, and managing editor, and in 1924 became editor-in-chief. He retired from newspaper work in 1929 and at that time accepted the office as president of the Wickersham Printing Company.

In 1914 Mr. Wolfe was united in marriage with Miss Minnie L. Meister, the daughter of George and Louise (Voegele) Meister, the former a native of Carrollton, Ohio, and the latter of Germany. Both are deceased and are buried in Mansfield. Mr. and Mrs. Wolfe have a daughter, Louise, who attends Mansfield High School. She is editor-in-chief of the high school paper, which was awarded first prize in 1929 in competition with 800 other high school publications.

Mr. Wolfe is a Republican and during 1921-22 served as state representative. He is an active member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church and has the following lodge affiliations: Mansfield Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 35; Mansfield Chapter, R. A. M., No. 28; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 94; Mansfield Commandery, K. T., No. 21, Past Commander; Dayton Consistory, 32nd degree; Mystic Club; and Richland County Scottish Rite Society.

Mr. Wolfe is secretary and treasurer of the National Directories Company.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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