Solano County

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Charles Wolff, chief engineer of the plant and operations of the Monticello Steamship Company of Vallejo, and who was formerly and for years connected with the mechanical operations of the Mare Island shipyard, has been a resident of California for more than twenty years and is one of the best known citizens of Vallejo. Though of European birth he has counted himself an American since the days of his young manhood. Mr. Wolff was born in Alt-Altmansdorf, Germany, May 28, 1874, a son of Robert and Anna (Voght) Wolff, both also natives of Germany and both now deceased, the latter having died when her son Charles was but six years of age. Robert Wolff, who was an upholsterer by vocation and who also was engaged in farming, died in 1913.

Reared in his native place, Charles Wolff had good local schooling and supplemented this in a trade school, early becoming a competent and well trained mechanic. He gave his particular attention to marine engineering, and in 1896, when he was twenty-two years of age, he came to the United States and was for some years thereafter employed on steamships, working out of the ports of New York, Philadelphia and Boston. He presently enlisted in the United States navy, and it was while thus serving, in the capacity of a chief machinist's mate, that he made his first acquaintance with California, coming here in 1904. In 1907 he was promoted to the grade of first class machinist and continued to serve in that capacity until 1908, when he was promoted to a position on the office staff of the navy yards and presently was made quartermaster machinist. He was serving in that capacity when in 1918 he transferred his services to the Monticello Steamship Company, operating a fleet of ferry boats on the bay between San Francisco and Vallejo, and he has since been connected with that company. Mr. Wolff started with this concern as a first class machinist, but in that same year he was promoted to the position of chief engineer and has since been rendering service in this latter important and responsible capacity, with headquarters in the company's offices on the Monticello wharf at Vallejo.

In 1906, at Vallejo, Charles Wolff was united in marriage to Miss Emma Petersen, who was born in that city, a daughter of George Petersen, and they have two sons: George Wolff, a pharmacist, now engaged in his profession at San Francisco; and Charles Wolff, Jr. Mr. Wolff is a member of the local lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and is also affiliated with the Improved Order of Red Men, the Independent Order of Foresters and the Sons of Herman.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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