Monterey County California Genealogy and History

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LEON G. WOLF

Leon G. Wolf, engaged in the poultry business on Cassanova avenue, Monterey, was born in Germany, March 23, 1882, the son of John and Kate (Gnad) Wolf. His father, who was for forty years connected with the management of the German railways, died in March, 1923, highly esteemed for those virtues for which the sturdy German citizen has always been of value in the world, nor was his devoted wife, when she breathed her last at the age of seventy-six years, less fortunate in the position she occupied in her day and generation.

Leon G. Wolf enjoyed the advantages of the excellent schools of the fatherland, and according to the custom of many in Germany started to make his own way in the world at the age of thirteen. He was then apprenticed to learn the baker's trade, receiving half a mark, or about twelve cents a week, the master retaining the other half mark until the youth had completed his apprenticeship. At the age of twenty-two he crossed the Atlantic and came to the United States. He first located in Baltimore, Maryland, where he worked at his trade for eight months, and later he found employment in various eastern states. Working his way west, he stopped at Denver and Colorado Springs for a year, and then went to Seattle, where he stayed for six months. He next passed eight months in San Francisco, and from 1907 to 1916 was head baker at the Hotel Del Monte, Monterey. While working at these, he acquired seven acres of land on Cassanova avenue, and in a modest way, he embarked in the chicken business, which he expanded gradually until he now owns four thousand hens and has one of the best equipped poultry farms, many of the improvements being according to his own designs. His baby chicks are shipped to all sections, and he also ships seven or more cases of fresh eggs a day, his market for the latter product being San Francisco. He received the silver cup, or second prize, at the egg-laying contest at Santa Cruz. He has installed an incubator with a capacity of ten thousand chicks, and he may well be proud of what, by industry, thrift and foresight, he has been able to accomplish.

Mr. Wolf married Mrs. Charlotte Meves, a Canadian by birth, who was reared in Oakland, California. Mr. Wolf is a home-loving man, but he maintains an interest in politics, and in doing so endorses the platforms of the historic democratic party.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.