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Notes for Homer Nelson Wolfe and Eunice F Sweet

1896 Homer N Wolf, son of Ira G Wolfe and Clara Brenizer, was born on May 2, in Union City, Ohio. [1]

1900 Homer Wolfe lived with his parents in Union City, Ohio. [2]

1907-1908 Homer Wolfe and his parents and sister Grace were Charter members of the University City Church of Christ in Gainesville, Florida. [History, University City Church of Christ, Gainesville, Florida, 2005.]

1909 At age 13, Homer became deaf, perhaps from a fever. He was deaf in his right ear and almost deaf in his left ear, but could hear lower tones. [3]

1910 Clara and Ira Wolfe lived in Gainesville, Florida with children Grace (age20), Homer (age 13), John (age 8), and Faith (age 6). [4] [5]

c 1910 Homer Wolfe and his younger brother John [6]

c 1914 Homer Wolfe in his homemade canoe [7]

1917 Homer Nelson Wolfe registered for the WWI draft. His residence was 610 River Street, Dayton, Ohio. He was a carpenter in Dayton. He supported his mother and he was "not hearing good". He was of medium height and build and had dark eyes and hair. [8]

1917 Clara V Wolfe (widow of Ira), Homer (installer at 654 Reibold Building), Grace B (stenographer at 654 Reibold Building), and John (clerk at 654 Reibold Building), lived at 610 W River, Dayton, Ohio. [9] Video history of Reibold Building, Dayton.

1918 Clara V Wolfe (widow of Ira), Homer (rubberworker), Grace B (stenographer), and John (clerk at 654 Reibold Building), lived at 610 W River, Dayton, Ohio. [10]

1919 Homer M (assembler), Grace B (stenographer at 117 D Perry), John, Faith G, and Clara Wolfe (widow of Ira) lived at 121 South Creighton Ave, Dayton, Ohio. [11]

1920 Eunice F Sweet (age 26) lived in Grayson, Texas with her widowed mother Sarah (age 62) and brothers Ralph B (age 23) and Hubert C (age 19). Eunice was a teacher and her brothers were telegraph operators. [12]

1920 Clara Wolfe (age 57) lived in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio with children Homer (age 23, a student at bible college), Grace (age 30, a typist), John (age 18, office labor at Elective Manufacturing), and Faith (age 16). [13] [14]

c 1920 Homer Wolfe [15]

c 1921 Homer and Eunice Sweet Wolfe [16]

1922 Clara Wolfe (widow of Ira), Faith G (clerk), Grace B (stenographer at The Dayton Airless Tire Company), Homer N, and John F (clerk at 334 N Taylor) lived at 402 W Edgewood, Dayton, Ohio. [17]

1923 Homer N Wolfe (weatherstripper) and Eunice F Wolfe roomed at 634 Ferguson Av, Dayton, Ohio. [18]

c 1926 Homer and Eunice Sweet Wolfe
with sons Homer and Donald [19]

1927 Homer's son Ira was born in Britton, Oklahoma. Homer's sister Faith Betts apparently lived near Homer's family at this time. Faith Bett's daughter Clara was born in Britton, Oklahoma in 1928 and her son Gerald was born in 1931 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

c 1928 Homer's mother Clara Brenizer Wolfe
with Homer's sons Homer, Donald, and Ira.
Perhaps in Oklahoma [20]

1930 Homer N Wolfe (age 34) lived in a rental with rent $35 per month at 1626 West 12th Street in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with wife Eunice (age 35) (born in Texas). Homer was married at age 27 and Eunice at 28. Homer was a Church of Christ minister. Eunice and her mother were born in Texas while her father was born in Illinois. Their children Homer N Jr (age 6), Philip (age 4), and Ira (age 2) were born in Texas. [21]

c1930 Right: Clyde+Faith Wolfe Betts+4 children.
Left: Charle+Grace Wolfe Wilson.
Middle: Clara Brenizer Wolfe.
Behind: Eunice+Homer+3 boys [22]

c1930 Homer, Faith, Clara, and Grace [23]

c1930 Homer's sons on a horse [24]

1936 Homer was working with the WPA in El Paso. His brother Charles lived in Dayton, Ohio and indicated that there was a job at GM in Dayton, so Homer moved there and lived with his brother Charles for a year. The job did not materialize and Homer returned to Dallas. [25]

c1937 Homer's mother Clara, Homer and Eunice,
their three sons, and Homer's sister Grace

1937 July Charles, Petrovna, Gladys, Ranald and Julia drove to Texas in Ranald's new car to visit Clara, Homer and Eunice and their boys, and Grace and Charles. They visited the Centennial Exhibition. [26].

Charles, Petrovna, Charles Wilson,
Clara, Homer, Grace Wolfe Wilson, Eunice [27]

Gladys ? Grace ? Homers Sons Eunice Petrovna Homer Charles Clara Julia Ranald [28]

c 1938-39 Homer's family lived in the household of sister Grace Wolfe Wilson in Dallas Texas, perhaps about 1938-39. [29]

c 1942 Homer Wolfe (left) and Eunice Sweet Wolfe (right) with 3 sons. [30]

c 1955 Homer and Eunice Wolfe [31]

1958 Homer and siblings at Colorado Springs in the Rockies in Colorado.

Left to right: Homer Wolfe, Eunice Sweet Wolfe, Elizabeth Kirby Wolfe, John Wolfe,
Homer Jr's wife, Homer Jr with son Terry, Faith Betts, and Clyde Betts

c 1980 Homer was a minister in Gunter, Texas. A newspaper clipping from his retirement home at Hilltop Haven reports

Homer N. Wolfe, a gospel preacher who served for many years with churches in Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado … Brother Wolfe has shared sorrows with many people and has helped others with overcoming problems … He has written a poem 'Grateful Acceptance' which appears in this issue. Homer Wolfe began preaching in Carrollton, Texas. He has three sons, Homer Jr., Phillip and Ira. His brother, John F. Wolfe, has spent most of his life working with Latin-Americans of Texas and Mexico.

Here is a story that Homer wrote about his parent's (Ira and Clara Wolfe) home in Paradise Florida. The events took place about 1906, judging by the ages reported in the story. He sent the story in a letter to his sister Faith, which is quoted here.

P.S. I am sending you a copy of a short story I am turning in on a contest that requires a true story out of your past life.
Hilltop Haven Apri1 1st, 1978

Everything is O.K. Sister. I do not have much to write about. The weather here is turning from winter into summer abruptly. I took some pictures yesterday, but it will be some time before I have the whole roll of films exposed and the pictures finished. We had a "Spanish Fiesta" here about two weeks ago. We all dressed as near Spanish style as we could. Had a Spanish "Mexican" Dinner. I may have a picture to send you some of these days. We also celebrated Easter with - well, we kept our hats on all day - even at meals - and pictures were taken on this occasion also. Two women are employed to invent "activities" for the group. They have to trump up something in order to earn their salary! I am feeling fine physically. I do not get lonesome because there are people around me all the time. If you wanted to you could find a room here and enjoy playing canasta or what have you and b1a,b1a, blaing through the day. However, one nice thing is that we each have a private room and can close our door and rest whenever we wish to. Do not know when I will see you again, but I love you.

Believe it or not, I once lived in Paradise. Paradise was a little place in Florida where the post-office, the grocery store, the hardware store, and every- thing else was under one roof, with only one entrance. We called it a commisary.

We lived on a ten-acre farm and our nearest neighbor was a mile up the road. It was a dirt road, and across the road from our house was a tract of pine trees fenced in with barb-wire fence. It was not our tract, nor our fence, but my dad built a style over the fence. lt was simply a stairway by which we could go up one side and down the other to get over the fence. That was in Paradise.

Why did we have that style Well, there was a spring of water on the other side of the fence. That was our water supply. It was sort of like Jacob's well: you had to have a bucket that you could let down with a rope and draw your water up. I was ten years old, and of course I was the waterboy. That was in Paradise.

I was in the fourth grade at school, and all the grades were in one room, and my sister was the school-teacher. That made it rough, but then, that was in Paradise.

Now the fellow who owned the pine tract put a big red bull in there along with the pine trees and the spring of water. We didn't know the bull had & bad temper, so we just went on our way as happy as could be. Everything was O.K. It was Paradise!

Well, one day my little five-year-old brother, John, and my littler three-year-old sister, Faith, went over the style with me to get a bucket of water. It was the first tirne the old red bull was anyhere near our part of the pine woods. But he was there allright.

We traversed the style without any trouble. I guess the bull was watching us out of one corner of his eye. However, we hadn't gone far when, well, I don't remember whether my sister had on a red dress or not, but that old bull was suddenly irritated. He put his head down and shook it a couple of times. Just shook his head you know, and pawed the dirt a little, and for some reason we were sort of scared. The bull wasn't far from us, and we would have had to cross in front of him to get to the fence, so we just stood still.

No, we didn't stand still long. My little brother made for the fence and managed to get under the lower barbed wire. He was frightened all right. believe me! Then that old bull, with his head down, was on his way right in my direction. I had my baby sister by one hand and was trying to pull her to one side, but the bull saw my manouver and came right after us. It was an aweful situation, for he was a big critter, and he was coming like a bolt out of the blue!

That bull had horns on his head at least eight inches long. They were slightly hooked, and he knew how to use them I am sure. I saw a man get hooked by a bull one time. He was simply picked up with a horn in his ribs and tossed to one side. It was at a rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and they had an ambulance there to take him to the hospital in short order.

There wasn't any hospital near us though, nor any ambulance either; just a big red bull with his head down and his sharp horns a rearin to pick us up and toss us over the fence! He was pounding the dirt and getting nearer to us every second. My little sister was in the greatest danger, for she was on the inside and I was trying to pull her out of the bull's range.

Here he came, snorting with rage and as mad as a bull! I was frantic with fear. I guess my adrenalin was doing a good job, for just as that bull came thundering up to us I gave Faith a final jerk. I guess the bull's horn missed her by about two inches. He tossed his head upward fully expecting to raise her weight with the muscles of his neck. He was going so fast that his momentum carried him past us a short distance, and I quickly crossed behind him almost dragging my little sister towards the fence.

The bull skidded to a stop and looked back bewildered. By the time he could turn himself and prepare for another oharge I had my sister safely on the other side of the fenee. Whether I went over the style or through the wire I probably didn't know at the time. Anyway, by the grace of God, we were safe and it wasn't long before we were across that dirt road and back home again.


A True Story by Homer Wolfe
Written in a contest for a true life story.

1940 Homer Nelson Wolfe (age 43) and Eunice (age 44) lived in Justice Precinct, Dallas, Texas with Homer (age 16), Philip (age 14), and Ira (age 12). [32]

1980 [Photocopy] Homer Wolfe notes from Hilltop Haven Newsletter.

1988 Homer Nelson Wolfe died on March 27, in Grayson, Texas. [33]


[1] Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003, [FamilySearchImage], [FamilySearchRecord], [FHLCatalogFilm].

[2] US census, 1900, Reel 1262, Image 269, family 83, [InternetArchive].

[3] Personal Communication, Conversation with Ira Wolfe, descendant of Clara's son Homer.

[4] US census, 1910, Reel 156, Image 415, family 35, [InternetArchive].

[5] United States Federal Census, 1910, [FamilySearchImage], [FamilySearchRecord].

[6] Family Document, Files of Carol Wolfe.

[7] Family Document, Files of Carol Wolfe.

[8] United States World War I, Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, [FamilySearchImage], [FamilySearchRecord], [FHLCatalogFilm].

[9] Williams Dayton Directory for 1917 (Cincinnati, Ohio), 1415, [AncestryImage].

[10] Williams Dayton Directory for 1918 (Cincinnati, Ohio), 1521-22, [AncestryImage].

[11] Williams Dayton Directory for 1919 (Cincinnati, Ohio), 1525, [AncestryImage].

[12] United States Federal Census, 1920, [FamilySearchImage], [FamilySearchRecord].

[13] United States Federal Census, 1920, [FamilySearchImage], [FamilySearchRecord].

[14] United States Federal Census, 1920, [AncestryImage], [AncestryRecord].

[15] Family Document, Files of Carol Wolfe.

[16] Family Document, Files of Carol Wolfe.

[17] Williams Dayton Directory for 1922 (Cincinnati, Ohio), 1584, [AncestryImage].

[18] Williams Dayton Directory for 1923 (Cincinnati, Ohio), 1415, [AncestryImage].

[19] Family Document, Files of Carol Wolfe.

[20] Family Document, Files of Douglas Wolfe.

[21] United States Federal Census, 1930, [FamilySearchImage], [FamilySearchRecord].

[22] Family Document, Files of Carol Wolfe.

[23] Family Document, Files of Carol Wolfe.

[24] Family Document, Files of Carol Wolfe.

[25] Personal Communication, Ira Wolfe, descendant of Homer.

[26] Personal Communication, Ira Wolfe, descendant of Homer.

[27] Family Document, Files of Douglas Wolfe.

[28] Family Document, Files of Douglas Wolfe.

[29] Personal Communication, Ira Wolfe, a descendant of Homer Wolfe.

[30] Family Document, Files of Carol Wolfe.

[31] Family Document, Files of Carol Wolfe.

[32] United States Federal Census, 1940, [FamilySearchImage], [FamilySearchRecord].

[33] Texas Death Index, 1964-1998, [FamilySearchRecord].