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Rev David John Wolf
Birth: Dec. 31, 1866
Carlisle Springs
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Dec. 31, 1934
Homestead
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA

The Rev. David J. Wolf was born in Carlisle Springs, Pa., on the last day of December, 1866. He was the second son of Joseph and Elizabeth Baker Wolf. He received his early education in the public school of Cumberland County. Prominent among his teachers he mentions Miss Ella Jacobs, Mrs. George Shellenberger and Mr. Wilson Gutshall. At the age of 18 he began teaching in a public school in North Middleton Township, known as the 9 square school house. After teaching for 3 years, he entered the Shippenburg Normal School, and after a term of 10 weeks passed the required examination for the Senior Class. Instead of entering the class, he decided to go to Mercersburg, where Dr. Geo. W. Aughinbaugh, Prof. Crum and Miss Richey were his appreciated teachers for a period of two years.

In the fall of 1899 he entered the Sophomore Class at Franklin and Marshall College, from which he was graduated in the class of 1893. From the College he entered the Theological Seminary. He taught a select school at Zion, Center Co., in the spring and summer of 1894, in which he prepared students for teaching and for entrance to college. The following year he assisted Dr. Wolfe at Spring Mills and organized a Sunday School at Vicksburg, Pa., under the direction of the Sunday School Board, out of which the present congregation at that place originated.

Rev. Mr. Wolf's first call was to Ruffsdale, Pa., in August, 1896. In November, 1898, he became the pastor at Walkersville, Md. After two years he received a call to Taneytown, Md., in which field he served until April, 1915. Then the next 6 years he was pastor at Apollo. His last field of service was at Homestead, where he labored faithfully for 12 years. During the World War, while pastor at Apollo, he taught in the public schools for more than 3 years.

During his College and Seminary course he played regularly on the College football team. He was a quiet, earnest student, deeply appreciative of all his teachers and greatly beloved by his College classmates, his brethren in the ministry, and by his parishioners in each field to which he was called. During his ministry he served as the President of Maryland and of Clarion Classes, as President of the Pittsburgh Synod, and as the Stated Clerk of Allegheny Classis for 5 years. Just prior to his death he had been re-elected for a 3-year period.

Following a brief illness he entered into rest at his home in Homestead, Pa., on Monday, Dec. 31, 1934 - on the same day of the week and date of the month on which he was born exactly 68 years before. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Jessie Hurst Wolf; two sons, Russell and Paul; 3 brothers and 3 sisters, and one 3-year-old grandson, Paul William Wolf. Funeral services were held in the First Church at Homestead and also at Centre Hall, where interment was made.

"It grows more real day by day,
Not strange or cold, but very dear,
The glad Homeland not far away,
Where none are sick or poor or lone,
The place where we shall find our own." --J.R.S.

Reformed Church Messenger, April 11, 1935 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph Wolf (1842 - 1920)
  Elizabeth A Baker Wolf (1839 - 1897)
 
 Spouse:
  Jessie M. Durst Wolf (1874 - 1957)
 
 Children:
  David John Wolf (1901 - 1917)*
  Paul Leroy Wolf (1905 - 1966)*
 
 Siblings:
  Anna Clara Wolf Jacobs (1865 - 1933)*
  David John Wolf (1866 - 1934)
  Alfred Parker Wolf (1868 - 1936)*
  Ida Florence Wolf Burgett (1869 - 1943)*
  Alta Grace Wolf Burgett (1871 - 1958)*
  Lovie Ellen Wolf Mountz (1874 - 1938)*
  Joseph Albert Wolf (1880 - 1955)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Reformed and Lutheran Cemetery
Centre Hall
Centre County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section #2, Row 27
 
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Originally Created by: Peggy Bargen Duey
Record added: Dec 02, 2011
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Rev David John Wolf
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