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John E. Wulf is one of the promising young farmers of Exira township, Audubon county, Iowa. For several years Mr. Wulf was engaged with his father in farming. In fact, he has been managing the home farm ever since his father's retirement about 1900. He has had practical charge of the management of the home place until 1914, when he began farming for himself on one hundred and thirty acres of land in Exira township. Mr. Wulf is one of those farmers who fully appreciate the advantages of stock raising and he expects to feed practically all of his grain to hogs and cattle.

John E. Wulf was born on January 28, 1878, in Davenport. Iowa. His parents were William and Sophia (Herning) Wulf, both natives of Germany. William Wulf came to America when he was quite a young man, and after arriving in this country he located temporarily in Davenport, Iowa, where he worked in a saw-mill most of the time. He also worked as a farm hand. He was married at Davenport and, in 1883, he removed to Audubon county, settling in Audubon township, where he rented land for five years. At the end of this period he purchased two hundred and forty acres of land in Exira township, and began farming for himself. Later he became an extensive stock raiser and farmer until about 1900, when he retired from active farm life. He is, however, still living on his farm in Exira township.

William and Sophia (Herning) Wulf were the parents of eight children, Carrie, Mattie, Minnie, Henry, William, Fred, John E. and George. Carrie and Mattie are unmarried and live at home. Minnie was the wife of Reuben Strothers, and is now deceased. Henry, William and Fred are unmarried. George married Katherine Killen.

John E. Wulf received his education in the public schools of Audubon and Exira townships, and after leaving school he took up farming pursuits with his father, assisting his father on the home farm until 1914, when he engaged in farming for himself on a farm of one hundred and thirty acres, where he carries on a general system of crop and stock raising, and makes a specialty of feeding his grain to hogs and cattle.

On February 18, 1914, John E. Wulf was married to Gertrude Killen, the daughter of Hobert and Margaret (Hengen) Killen. Gertrude Killen was born in Illinois, to which state her parents immigrated after their arrival in this country from Germany, where they were both born and reared. Her father worked as a farm hand in Illinois after settling there, and during the last two years of his residence in that state he rented land. In 1893 he came to Audubon county, Iowa, locating near Brayton, Iowa. Here he purchased a farm and operated it until 1902, when he sold out and returned to Illinois. Robert and Margaret (Hengen) Killen were the parents of eight children, Margaret, Kate, Gertrude, Barbara, Mamie, Chris, Peter and Anna, the last named being deceased. Kate is the wife of George Wulf, and Gertrude is the wife of John E. Wulf, with whom this narrative deals. The rest of the children are unmarried and living at home.

Mrs. Wulf is a member of the Catholic church. Mr. Wulf is not identified with any church. He is an advocate of the principles of the Republican party, but has not taken a very active part in politics, although deeply interested in all movements which have for their object the welfare and advancement of his township and community. Mr. Wulf is a promising young farmer who is really just beginning his career, and he is highly esteemed by all his neighbors.

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. 680-681.