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Wolfe, H. Tom

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Wolfe, H. Tom
March 13, 2007 02:47PM
Souvenir Edition, The Williamstown Courier, Williamstown, Ky, May 30, 1901,
reprinted September 19, 1981 by the Grant County KY Historical Society.

H. TOM WOLFE was born in the town of Crittenden, March 17, 1840. He was
the second child in a family of ten children, five of whom are yet living,
two girls and three boys. Educated in the common schools of the county,
he learned the blacksmith trade from his father, who was a blacksmith and
a gunsmith. He began work in the blacksmith trade for himself in the town
of Gardnersville, in Pendleton County in 1860. He worked at his trade
there and at Butler, in the same county, and again in Crittenden, and in
1866, removed to Williamstown and established a shop, and has worked for
nearly forty years at his trade in Williamstown. He knows nearly every
man, woman and child in ten miles of Williamstown, and his genial good
nature has won for him a friend in almost every one of them. He has a
large trade, and while well along in years, is yet a rugged type of the
village smithy, so beautifully delineated in the poem "The Village
Blacksmith". He was married to Miss Mollie V. Violette, October 14, 1880,
one of the fairest daughters of old Gallatin, and an excellent Christian
lady. Only one child has blessed their union, Wallace V., a youth of 18,
who is this year a member of the graduating class of the Williamstown
Graded Free School. Tom was a Federal soldier during the war, and served
twelve months in the army of the United States. In politics he is a
Republican, but is conservative in his views. While his better half is a
member of the Baptist church, he belongs to the Christian Church, but
there is no friction in the family circle caused by this divergence of
opinion, as both are liberal and willing to concede the right of worship
to the dictates of each other's conscience. He is an Odd Fellow of the
truest type, belongs to all three branches, subordinate, Encampment and
Rebekahs, while Mrs. Wolfe is also a Rebekah. The Golden Rule is his
motto in all things, "Doing unto others as he would have them do unto
him", being a part of his daily life. Such is H. Tom Wolfe, citizen and

Wolfe Violette

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