James. F. Wolfe

JAMES. F. WOLFE. The rapid commercial development which has come to Southeastern Kansas in the last decade has attracted to the centers of its population a stirring, energetic class of young professional men. who always prove the life of the community. They are fresh from the seats of education. generally of good birth and breeding, and bubbling over with enthusiasm in the line of their different professions. They are of course first anxious about their own success, but as that is always more or less dependent on the prosperity of the communities with which they cast their fortunes, they can alwavs be depended on to put their shoulder to the wheel and "push the town along." In this volume will be found mentioned a number of these young men, and we here present, as one of the most worthy members of the bar of Cherokee County, Jes. F. Wolfe, the only member of the legal fraternity in the stirring village of Scammon.

Mr. Wolfe was born in Salem, Marion County, Illinois, in 1876. His parents came to the "Sunflower State" when he was but a child, so that he is a product of Kansas, in education and training. His elementary study was pursued in the common schools at McCune, Crawford County. He then matriculated at McPherson College and later took a course with the Sprague Correspondence School. His mind being now well settled in regard to a profession, Mr. Wolfe took up its formal study in the law once of Charles Stephens, at Columbus, Mr. Stephens being then prosecuting attorney of Cherokee County. In due time he passed a creditable examination, and was admitted to practice in 1901. Having faith in the future of Scammon, he selected this point as a place to take up the practice of his profession, and has since been closely identified with the progress of the place. Mr. Wolfe is making rapid advancement, and building up a practice which might well be the envy of older members of the bar. He is city attorney of the corporation and treasurer of the Board of Education, and has proved himself alive to the interests of the town at all times. His friends will not be disappointed in their prediction of a successful future for this talented young man.

The parents of Mr. Wolfe were "Hoosier State" people, who, soon after their marriage, settled on a farm in Marion County, Illinois. They subsequently came out to Kansas, in 1883, and settled in Cherokee County, where they have since resided. To these parents, Leonard and Anna (Neher) Wolfe, were born eight children, as follows: Daniel, Jacob, William, Francis, Jes. F., Emma and Eli and Kate (twins). Leonard Wolfe is a son of Eli and Barbara (Musselman) Wolfe, who were early residents of the "Buckeye State." On his mother's side of the family, a great number of Mr. Wolfe's relatives lived to a ripe old age, there being several of Mr. Wolfe's uncles and great-uncles who were above 80 years old, and some lived beyond 90 years. His maternal grandmother (Mrs. Neher) is yet living, and is hale at the age of 89 years.

The subject of this sketch is a man of family, having entered the matrimonial state in 1898. Mrs. Wolfe's maiden name was Kansas Rebecca Hogue, and she is a native of Labette County. She has two lovely children,—Elgiva and Elswitha.

With an excellent start in the race of life, and with conditions and circumstances most favorable, Mr. Wolfe gives every evidence of a bright future. In political affiliation, he is a Democrat, although he has never aspired to office.


History of Cherokee County Kansas and representative citizens, ed. & comp. by Nathaniel Thompson Allison, 1904, transcribed by Carolyn Ward, instructor from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, 5/5/97.


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