MAURICE J. WOLFE (1886–1918)

Maurice Joseph Wolfe was born on April 20, 1886, in San Rafael, California. He was the only son of John C. Wolfe, an Irish Catholic immigrant who owned a drug store, and Ellen L. Martin Wolfe.

Wolfe was educated in San Rafael and at Saint Ignatius College, a Jesuit-run preparatory school in San Francisco. According to information in the History of the State of California and Biographical Record of Coast Counties by James Miller Guinn, Wolfe then enrolled at the School of Pharmacy of the Affiliated Colleges of San Francisco and expected to receive his degree in 1905.

It is not clear whether he did; however, the federal census of 1910 identifies him as living with his mother in San Rafael and working as an electrician for a telephone company.

Sometime around 1912, Wolfe married Imogene Ann “Jean” Irving, a native of Canada. She was or at some point became a registered nurse. The couple had two children: John Maurice (b. 1913), and Margaret I. (b. 1915).

 From the Upper  Des Moines Republican , of Algona, Iowa, July 17, 1918, page 4

From the Upper Des Moines Republican, of Algona, Iowa, July 17, 1918, page 4

Wolfe’s children were born in San Francisco County, but at some point he moved to Oakland, where worked as a druggist. He died there on June 20, 1918. According to the notice in an Iowa newspaper, “While going to his store a derrick used on a new building fell and struck him.” He is buried with his parents at Mount Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael. His wife, Jean, married a second time, to E. H. Sage, and died on October 7, 1952, in San Rafael.