Fred D. Wolfe

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
July 9, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 469-470

FRED D. WOLFE spent many years as a farmer and teacher
in West Virginia, but in recent years has found pleasant
and congenial responsibilities as editor and publisher of
The Mountaineer at Ripley, one of the three newspapers
of Jackson County and the official organ of the demo-
cratic party for the county.

Mr. Wolfe was born at Given in Jackson County, De-
cember 14, 1879. The Wolfe family is of English an-
cestry. His grandfather, Abraham Wolfe, was born in
Lewis County, West Virginia, in 1806, and as a young
man removed to the Given community of Jackson County,
where he spent his active life as a farmer and where he
died in 1899. At Given he married Miss Mary Boswell.
They were the parents of ten children, and those now
living are: Nehemiah S.; Margaret, wife of Levi Moore,
a farmer at Given; and Abraham, a farmer at Given.

Nehemiah S. Wolfe has spent all his active life as a
successful farmer at Given, where he was born February 14,
1838, but since 1919 has lived retired at Ripley with his
son Fred. He is a democrat, and is affiliated with R. S.
Brown Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at Rock
Castle. Nehemiah Wolfe married Victoria C. Smith, who was
born at Letart, Ohio, in 1841 and died at Given in 1913.
She represented a very historical family, being a great-
granddaughter of Gen. Andrew Lewis. Gen. Andrew Lewis
was one of the sons of John A. Lewis, a Scotch-Irishman
who came from Ireland to America in Colonial times. John
A Lewis married Lady Lynn. They lived on the frontier
in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. It was Lady Lynn
Lewis who was the distinguished heroine of the frontier
who dismissed her four sons with the words “Go, keep back
the foot of the invader or see my face no more,” and these
sons all bore an honorable share in the struggle for inde-
pendence. The sons Gen. Andrew Lewis and Charles Lewis
were officers in the battle of Point Pleasant on October 10,
1774, a battle that many historians claim marked the begin-
ning of the Revolutionary war. Nehemiah Wolfe and wife
had the following children: Cora, who died at Fairplain,
wife of Benjamin F. Crites, now a merchant at Ripley;
Austin Monroe, a farmer at Given; Edward L., a merchant
at Dunbar in Kanawha County; Clinton, who was an at-
torney and died at Ripley in 1900; Lewis V., a merchant
at Dunbar; Fred D.; Helen, wife of Luther A. Parsons,
a farmer at Alice, Ohio; and Mary Augusta, wife of Alva
Moore, a boiler maker living at Macon, Georgia.

Fred D. Wolfe attended the rural schools of Jackson
County and the Ohio Valley College at Ravenswood to the
age of nineteen. For the first thirty-four years of his life
he made his home on his father’s farm. His work as a
teacher was begun in the Given school when he was eighteen.
He taught in that school four years, and his record as
an educator is spread over a period of nineteen years, during
which time he taught in Jackson, Tyler, Logan, Mingo,
Kanawha and Putnam counties. In 1917 Mr. Wolfe went
on the road as traveling representative for the Dana
Grocery Company of Ripley and for two years sold goods
in portions of Mason, Jackson and Roane counties.

November 17, 1919, he accepted the post of editor and
manager of The Mountaineer at Ripley. This paper was
established in 1892, and is a well edited journal, circulated
in most of the homes of Jackson and surrounding counties,
and is owned by The Mountaineer Company, the plant and
offices being on Front Street in Ripley. W. L. Y. Currey,
of Sandyville, is president; Kenna K. Hyre, of Ripley, is
secretary; while the editor and publisher is Fred D. Wolfe.

Mr. Wolfe is a democrat, a member of Ripley Lodge
No. 16, A. F. and A. M., and a past chancellor of Walker
Wright Lodge No. 95, Knights of Pythias. During the
war he sustained his share of activities in behalf of the
various drives, and personally he tried to enlist at Parkers-
burg, but was rejected partly on account of his age and
partly because of his dependents.

September 22, 1915, in Jackson County, he married Miss
Cleo Rawling, daughter of Luke A. and Ella (Winter)
Rawling, farmers in the Fairplain community of Jackson
County. Mr. and Mrs. Wolfe have two children: Dana,
born October 16, 1916, and Dona, born December 20, 1920.