Christian J. H. "Chris" Wolf (1866-1933
WOLF, PETERSON, JASPERSON, NELSON
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Date: 1/15/2012 at 11:26:46
History of Audubon County, Iowa
H. F. Andrews, editor...Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen & Company, 1915.
CHRISTIAN J. H. WOLF.
To have begun life on a rented farm and with little or no financial
assistance, and within a comparatively short time to have become the proud
possessor of a farm of six hundred and forty acres of fertile land is no small
achievement. Yet Christian Wolf, the subject of this sketch, has done this
very thing. Mr. Wolf raises from one to two hundred acres of corn every
year, and has almost an equal amount of land in small grain. He feeds
from two hundred to three hundred head of hogs every year, and ships of•
his place three to four carloads of cattle.
Christian J. H. Wolf, the proprietor of six hundred and forty acres of
rich farming land in Exira township, is a native of Schleswig, Germany,
having been born there on September 23, 1866. He is the son of Peter and
Margaret (Peterson) Wolf, both natives of Schleswig, Germany. The
former was a farmer and stock buyer in Germany and followed that business
until he came to America in 1883, and located west of Exira. Here he pur-
chased a farm of ninety-two acres at seventeen dollars an acre. He farmed
this for several years, and increased his holdings until he owned two hun-
dred and seventy-four acres of land. During all this period he was engaged
in general farming. In 1902 he moved to Exira and retired. He is now
living in Exira. Peter Wolf served throughout the Danish-German War,
and also served in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. Peter Wolf was born
on January 1, 1833. His wife, who before her marriage was Margaret
Peterson, was born on February 3, 1835. She died on March 22, 1911.
Peter Wolf and wife had eight children as follow: Matilda, Jens P., Chris-
tian, Christina, Welberg. Margaret, Mary and Nickolena.
Christian J. H. Wolf received his education principally in Schleswig,
Germanv. After coming to this country he attended school a short time
in Audubon county. Subsequently he worked by the month until he was
twentv-one years of age. During this period he worked for his father for
one year, and then worked out for himself. He rented a farm for three
years, and then purchased one hundred and sixty acres in Exira township,
Audubon county. Mr. Wolf has now six hundred and forty acres. He
has always been able to make a substantial profit on hogs and cattle. Mr.
Wolf moved to the place where he now lives in 19 12. He has invested
approximately ten thousand dollars in improving this farm.
Christian J. H. Wolf was married on March 6, 1890, to Emma Jasper-
son, daughter of Nels and Laura (Nelson) Jasperson. To Mr. and Mrs.
Wolf have been born six children, Clarence, Arley, Elmer, Harold, Laura
and Edna. All of these children are unmarried. Laura died at the age of
eleven months, Mrs. Wolf was born in Pottawattamie county, Iowa. Her
parents were both natives of Denmark. Her father was a farmer. After
coming to America he located near Newton, Iowa, and finally moved to
Pottawattamie county. He lived there until his death in 1874. He and his
wife had three children, Emma, Carrie and Louise. Louise died when very
Mr. and Mrs. Christian J. H. Wolf are members of the Christian church.
Mr. Wolf is a member of the Masonic lodge at Exira, and is a Knights
Templar of Audubon commandery. He is also a member of the Eastern
Star, at Exira. Mr. Wolf is a Republican.
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