Wolfe Pack Story – Chp 1

By Larry E. Wolfe (Great, Great Grandson of Samuel Wolfe)

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Samuel Wolfe Family

While visiting ‘Wolf Bus Lines’ for the first time to talk about our mutual family tree, I was given this 8-1/2 x 11 family photograph which revealed some new and  significant things about my Great-Grandfather, Alfred Jacob Wolfe (seated last on right), and his immediate family.

We always thought he only had four brothers and one sister due to another photograph we have, but as you can see there was a total of seven brothers and one sister.  Although only seven sons are shown in this family photograph of Samuel (1850-1931) and Ellomanda (1851-1928) Wolfe’s family, taken about five years after the turn of the 20th century, they also had an unnamed son who was born on January 10, 1882 and only lived to January 15th.

In addition they had two daughters, Annie, seated at her father’s right hand, and Victoria May who died at a very young age, almost fifteen years before this picture was taken, when she was only five years old, on the twenty-eighth day of January, 1891. This was quite an eventful year for Samuel and Ellomanda who would eventually give birth to a total of twelve children, for their youngest son, Irwin, was born just eight weeks later on the nineteenth day of March, eight days after Samuel’s forty-first birthday and just four days before Amanda’s fortieth birthday.

However, this last son, the ‘baby’ of the family also died at a somewhat young age, when he was only nineteen, in 1910, and was buried where his father, mother and older brother Samuel Jr. would later be buried, for they all appear on the same monument in ‘the Chapel’ cemetery located in Greenpoint, Pa..

This was a hearty, God-fearing family as Walter Wolfe inferred.  Walter, born in 1910, is the Uncle to the ‘Wolf Bus Line’ boys, Bradley and Edwin, who sent me to see him, in order to get some good first hand Wolf family information. Walter, who is one of the two sons of Edwin (standing first on left), told me that all the boys (Samuel’s sons) worked in the coal mines.

But, we do know that some of them also went in other directions, because the oldest of the seven, Alfred Jacob, my Great-Grandfather, also known as A. J. or ‘Allen’, seated next to his mother, first, made a living teaching music lessons on horseback, riding north from his parent’s homestead in Greenpoint, Pa. into the populace coal mining towns of Tower City, Lykens, Wiconisco and then east to Pine Grove and Suedburg.

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A.J. & Wife Kate

It was in Suedburg that he met his wife to be, Kate Klinger.  Her father was co-owner in a mining operation with the father of a man, that I knew and spoke to first hand, named Eddie Rehrer, whose first wife A. J. had taught piano lessons.  A. J. was a hard-working entrepreneur, later building a profitable business, A. J. Wolfe’s General Merchandise in Greenpoint, Pa. just down the road from his parents place.  His father, Samuel, was a stone mason and handily cut building stones for A. J.’s barn foundation from one huge boulder found in the nearby mountainside.

This weather-worn barn still stands there in Greenpoint just west of the recently renovated house, store and warehouse, although the upper barn floor has since been removed and the roof replaced due to fire damage. The foundation is still as sound as the day it was built, revealing the craftsmanship and fine masonry skills of our patriarch Samuel, to be sure, a hard-working man.  A. J. continued to travel in the same areas he had taught music lessons, only now he was bartering with the farmers for their fresh produce, eggs, chickens and livestock in exchange for his ‘store-bought’ goods.

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Customers Standing in Front of AJ’s Store

His route included the people who lived ‘in front of the mountain’ all the way up through Manada Gap where Eddie Rehrer’s sawmill and tavern were located.  A. J.’s store and ‘huckster’ business was a vital necessity for the families of Greenpoint and the surrounding area, including the coal miners who depended on him for carbide, carbide lamps, overalls or ‘uniforms’ as ‘Uncle’ Walter called them, work shoes, you name it and Grandpa’ had it!  His store continued to deliver groceries up until he died in 1956, utilizing, during the last years, a new dark green and black  ’53 Dodge pickup, that Hurly Donmoyer, Aunt Kathleen and I would ride in ‘when they kept it on the road’.

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Great Grandpa AJ Relaxing on His Porch

During the 1950’s, in the early years of my life, it was my great joy to spend time in the summers at the store with Grandpa’ and Grandma’ living in somewhat of a dreamland with all the candy and goodies my stomach could hold, not to mention the story-book beauty of the large, outdoor goldfish pond, the towering multi-story Martin birdhouses, the acres of gorgeous flowers Grandma’ would plant, the huge pines, shrubs and lush green grass as thick as a carpet, the farm animals including a big beagle named Jackie and an overgrown Easter rabbit (which I unknowingly ate!) and the meticulously kept buildings, painted dazzling white with dark green trim, a summer-house which housed a grand old pump organ, the lovely two-story house complete with working shutters, an artesian spring in the cellar, the dumb-waiter full of pies that sprang up out of the cold cellar into the kitchen at the touch of your foot, the beautiful open stairway with turned wooden spindles painted white, which led to ‘my’ bedroom on the west side of the house, where I would awake and just gaze out the window at the wonderful panorama of all of my marvelous, childhood wonderland!  Walter told me of the memorable summer vacation days he too spent there in the 1920’s, staying at the store with ‘Uncle Al’ as he lovingly referred to my Great-Grandpa’.

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Aerial View of the Store Complex

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Out of the Pit!

My brother, Evangelist Larry Wolfe is a Chaplain in a truck stop in South Carolina. His “MO” every morning is to set up in a booth in the attached McDonald’s, open his Bible and laptop computer and seek the Lord’s direction on what the Lord would desire him to write about that day in his daily devotional. He also preaches to truckers that come to his mobile chapel and He sends out his devotional 7 days a week to a long list of Truck Drivers he has assembled over a number of years. Copied below in its entirety is his devotional from yesterday.

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OUT OF THE PIT

by Evangelist Larry Wolfe

The saying bandied about by many, including Drivers, “Isn’t that the pits” is a good way to begin today’s message, for there are a lot of things “That are the pits” including what is happening to our nation as the mainstream media, politicians and many people are being hustled into believing that its OK to let our borders wide open and allow criminals to promote human trafficking, drug trafficking, illegal voting etc your know the rest.

Politics is not my bag so to speak, but in the position The Lord has put me here at The McPilot dealing with Drivers, that topic comes up repeatedly and so it was this morning when two Drivers came in almost simultaneously. So, we engaged in small talk, but The Tube was blaring a bunch of lies about the shutdown and our conversation went south, descending into politics which is not the reason The Lord put me here, but a man has to defend what he believes, no? Well, it was informative, but it was definitely “The Pits”!! Speaking of the pits, The Lord has delivered us out of a number of pits starting with the first one below:

–Thou hast in love to my soul delivered it, from the pit of corruption. Isaiah 38:17

–God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be The Propitiation for Our Sins. I John 4:9,10

–Who is a God like Thee, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retains not His anger for ever, because He delights in mercy. He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:18,19

–O LORD my God, I cried to Thee, and Thou hast healed me. O LORD, Thou hast brought up my soul from
the grave: Thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. Psalm 30:2,3

–When my soul fainted within me I remembered The LORD: and my prayer came to Thee, into Thy Holy Temple.
Jonah 2:7

–I waited patiently for The LORD; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He brought me up . . . out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon A Rock. Psalm 40:1,2

–Blessed is the man whom Thou chasten O LORD, and teaches him out of Thy Law, that Thou may give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked. Psalm 94:12,13

–And the fifth angel sounded…and to him was given the key to the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. Revelation 9:1,2

But, the final pit is one that God will use as part of His Day of The Lord judgment of the planet and those people who have rejected His Son, The Lord Jesus Christ! Even after The First Plagues are well on their way, the Bible tells us: “Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” (Revelation 9:21)

Which tells me that they did have the opportunity to turn to God, for His mercy endures forever, but they refused, continuing in their “Rebellion which is as the sin of witchcraft” (I Samuel 15:23), and witchcraft will be rampant in that Day, a Day of Chaos on Planet Earth!

Check it out, Drivers, Its in The Book, written in Black and White, God is right now digging “The pit for the wicked” including anyone who rebels and refuses what His Only Begotten Son has accomplished on The Cross, paying for the sin of the world! (Read: I John 2:2)

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Trees and Me

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When I was very young I had an affinity for trees. They lined my paths, they were mysterious, something to climb to see far off views in the distance. They were living jungle gyms where secret treasures could be found among their leaves and needles.

tree (picture by Artist Aaron Pocock)

They were hideouts where a boy could sneak beneath their branches away from weather or wind or to climb up and up into make-believe places far away from the human struggles in which I lived.

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God made trees and every year within their bark they show a ring of life. Rings which record history over decades, waiting over scores of time patiently standing in the same place, never moving to the right or left but reaching ever higher, wider and bearing fruit which is of course their ultimate purpose. As God said…

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“See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. (Gen. 1:29)

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We love trees. We adorn them with lights and from time to time God provides his own decorations!

 

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We bring trees into our homes as we celebrate the birth of the Savior of the World.

 

We adore and even worship the kaleidoscope of colors which trees provide streaming across mountain ranges and lining our yards, lakes and streets!

The birds and other creatures of the forest find sustenance and shelter in the branches and trunks of trees….. so is it any wonder that the God of the universe who created all trees would take a lonely tree, and show his maximum display of love for his highest creation, you and me, by displaying his One and Only Son there? Yes, on a tree, on a hill called Calvary, through a Savior named Jesus, I found salvation. Yes, I’m proud to admit I love Jesus…. and trees!

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