Adam J. Wolf was for many years identified with the commercial circles of Plymouth but has now withdrawn from general merchandising and has become an auctioneer. He was born in Washington county, Wisconsin, on the 14th of August, 1860, and is a son of Adam and Philipena (Stutzmann) Wolf. Adam Wolf was born in Germany on October 15, 1835, and there he was reared to the age of eight years. In 1843 he came to America with his father and brother, the mother having died in the old country, and they settled in Washington county, where the father engaged in farming. There Adam Wolf was reared to manhood, completing his education in the district schools of that vicinity. He later learned the carpenter's trade and located in Menomonee Falls, this state, coming from there to Glenbeulah, this county. Soon after becoming a resident of this county he gave up his trade and went into the fire insurance business, continuing in that until his death. He resided in Glenbeulah until 1875 and then came to Plymouth, and here his death resulted from an accident on the 26th of October, 1905.
He was one of the prominent citizens of the town and took an active interest in all municipal affairs and served for some time as justice of the peace and he was also notary public. On the 10th of March, 1865, he enlisted as a private in the Fifty-first Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and went to the front, remaining in the service until honorably discharged on the 22nd of August, 1865, at Madison, this state. His family lived in Washington county while he was at the war and when mustered out he rejoined them there.
The mother of our subject was born in New York state on May 20, 1837, coming from there to Washington county with her parents in her girlhood. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Wolf: William E., who died in 1898; Henry, who died in infancy; Adam J ., our subject; Lillie, the widow of W. C. Neumann; and Mary, who is living with the mother.
Reared at home in the acquirement of his education Adam J. Wolf attended the public schools of Menomonee Falls, Glenbeulah and Plymouth. After completing his studies he obtained employment with the American Express Company, remaining in their service for fourteen years. In connection with his duties as their agent he also engaged in the general mercantile business in Plymouth. He is an enterprising man with high standards of commercial integrity and as he always kept a good line of merchandise that he offered at reasonable prices he met with success in the conduct of his store. Some years ago he disposed of his business and has ever since been living practically retired with the exception of his work as auctioneer. As his services in this connection have given excellent satisfaction to all who have employed him he has succeeded in building up a very good business, and has all of the engagements that he can conveniently fill.
On the 13th of June, 1891, Mr. Wolf was married to Miss Lena Thurmann, a daughter of Fred Thurmann, who was born in Germany but emigrated to the United States in his early manhood, becoming a resident of Sheboygan county. Here he met and married Miss Bertha Halle, who became the motherof Mrs. Wolf. Two boys have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Wolf: Robert, whose birth occurred in 1898; and James, whose natal day was in 1900.
In his political views Mr. Wolf is a republican, but he has never been connected with the official life of the municipality. He is one of the well-to-do citizens of the town and in addition to his pleasant residence here owns a summer home at Crystal Lake. That he has led an active and enterprising life is manifested by his present circumstances, while the regard in which he is held in the community evidences his worthy qualities and high principles.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL