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1915 Bios Index


Welberg Wolf is another of those enterprising, progressive German farmers and citizens of Audubon county, who during the active period of his life was able to acquire a substantial competence and who has lately retired from the active duties of farm life. Mr. Wolf owns the old home place, comprising one hundred and fifty acres, north of West Exira, and one hundred and twenty acres south of Exira. This land is highly productive, and Mr. Wolf has a comfortable competence.

Welberg Wolf was born in Schleswig, Germany, March 7, 1872. His parents, Peter and Margaret (Peterson) Wolf, both were born in Schleswig, Germany. The former was a farmer in Germany and purchased cattle while he was not actively engaged in farming. He came to America in 1883 and located in Audubon county. He purchased a farm north of West Exira, and farmed there until 1902, when he retired and moved to Exira. Peter Wolf first purchased ninety-one acres, and this was subsequently increased to one hundred and fifty acres, which his son, Welberg, now owns. He was engaged in general farming.

Welberg Wolf was one of eight children born to his parents. Welberg is the youngest. The others were Jens, Chris, Matilda, Christina, Margaret, Mary and Lena.

After attending school in Schleswig, Germany, Welberg Wolf continued his education in this country. After leaving school he farmed with his father until twenty-eight years old. He then rented a farm for a couple of years. He purchased the old home place of one hundred and fifty acres and farmed until 1910, and then purchased one hundred and twenty acres south of Exira. He farmed this until he came to Exira, and retired in March, 1914.

Welberg Wolf was married on June 11, 1902, to Lena Lansitzen, a daughter of Clarence and Anna Lansitzen. Two children have been born to this marriage, Leonard, and one who died in infancy. Mrs. Wolf was born in Schleswig as were also her parents. She came to America with her parents in 1882. They located in Shelby county, Iowa, and there bought a farm. They remained in Shelby county until 1899, and then moved to Audubon county, and located in Sharon township. They remained in Sharon township until their death. He died in 1903, and his wife in 1913. Mrs. Wolf's parents had six children. In the order of their birth they were as follow: Ness, Peter, Mary, Anna, Lena and Claudie.

Mr. Wolf has served as a member of the school board, but with the exception of that office he has not been active in politics. He is an independent voter.

Transcribed from History of Audubon County, Iowa Its People, Industries and Institutions With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families, by H. F. Andrews, editor, Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen & Company, 1915, pp. 875-876.