Descendents of Henry George Grabenhorst
Descendents of Dorothea Auguste Elizabeth Grabenhorst Fisher Wolf
Descendents of Jennie Joanna Fisher Wolf

Vernon L Wolf

1-Vernon L Wolf, son of Jacob Wolf and Jennie Joanna Fisher, was born on 3 Dec 1896 in Yorktown, Henry, Illinois and died on 8 May 1927 in Yorktown, Henry, Illinois at age 30. 
Vernon married Marie E Johnson, daughter of Frederick Johnson and Margrete Jacobsen. Marie was born on 29 Jan 1903 in Illinois, died in Jun 1974 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois at age 71 and was buried in Greenville-Fairfield Cemetery in New Bedford, Bureau County, Illinois . They had two children: Gerald Frederick and Verbetta Alma.

2-Gerald Frederick Wolf was born on 31 Aug 1925 in Bureau County, Illinois and died in Apr 1990 at age 64 in Clark County, Wisconsin. 

Gerald married Alice Marie Johnson, daughter of Adolph and Edith Johnson, on 21 March 1951 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Alice was born on 23 July 1922. They had four children: Gerald, Jackie, Pam and Denise

3-Gerald Houch Jr

3-Jacqueline (Jackie)


3-Dennise was born in 1955.

2-Verbetta Alma Wolf was born on 29 Apr 1927 in Henry County, Illinois and died on 9 Jun 2000 in Skokie, Cook, Illinois at age 73. 

Verbetta married Raymond G Muller, son of Charles and Ella Muller , on 9 Oct 1952 in Cook County, Illinois. Raymond was born on 27 Aug 1928 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. They had three children: Susan, Michael, and James.

3-Susan Muller was born in 1954. 

3-Michael Muller was born in 1955. 

3-James Muller was born in 1958. 

Documents and Articles


by Audrey Polson

Vernon L. Wolf was the youngest son of Jacob and Jennie Fisher Wolf on December 2, 1896 in Yorktown Township, Henry County, Illinois.  He grew up on the family farm west of Hooppole, Illinois.  He enlisted as a volunteer with the Geneseo Machine Gun Company in 1917.  He served in France during World War I.  Per the application for a headstone with the War Department in 1927, he was a Wagoner – 5 Anticraft Btry CAC.  Vernon was united in marriage to Marie Johnson on February 22, 1922.  Marie was born around 1903 in Illinois to Frederick and Margrete Jacobson Johnson.  Marie died June 1974 in Sterling, Illinois.  Vernon and Marie were the parents of Gerald and Verbetta.  Vernon died at on May 8, 1927 at the family farm west of Hooppole, Illinois.  Vernon is buried in the Hooppole Cemetery. 

Sources:  Geneseo Republic, June 22, 1917, February 28, 1919, March 3, 1922, May 13, 1927. 


Vernon Wolf
circa 1907


Documents and Articles


Vernon Wolf

The Dispatch
9 May 1927


Sterling Daily Gazette
9 May 1927


Geneseo Republic
13 May 1927


Exerts from the hard to read Geneseo Republic obituary
The following obituary is received of Vernon L. Wolf, whose tragic death occurred Sunday, May 8, 1927 at the farm home three miles north of Hooppole. Vernon L. Wolf, the youngest son of Jacob and Jennie Wolf, was born near Hooppole, Ill on December 3, 1896 and passed out of this life on May 8, 1927. He was aged at the time of death 30 years.  He received his education in the rural schools near Hooppole, where he spent his entire life, except when he enlisted the World War.  He was a volunteer in the War.  He enlisted as a volunteer in the United States Army on April 1918 and served as a wagoner.  He was discharged on February 10 (?), 1919.  He was sent overseas on December 7, 1918 and returned January 1(?), 1919. Vernon did more than many other young men during the time he served in the United States Army.  He entered the army as a clean young man and came out of the war clean with no bad habits. When a boy he publically confessed his faith in Christ and joined Calvary United Evangelical Church. He was an ambitious young man ready to help anyone who was in need and ever willing to make a sacrifice in order to help anyone who called on him.  He was of a very nervous disposition and his actions in life were frequently determined on the impulse of moment, without weighing the question seriously; and because of this, the entire community was shocked when they heard of the news of his sudden death last Sabbath morning. The members of his family, brothers and sisters have the sincere sympathy of this community in this their sad bereavement. He was unified in marriage to Miss Marie Johnson on February 22, 1922.  To them two children were born—Gerald Frederick and Verbetta Alma.  Besides his wife and children he leaves to mourn four brothers, Herman, Albin, LeRoy and Fred all of Hooppole:  two sisters Mrs. Michael Houch and Mrs. Joseph Polson of Hooppole; and a large number of relatives and friends. The father, mother and one brother and sister preceded him in death. The funeral service was held last Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Calvary United Evangelical church.  Rev. W.P. Berge of Waterman, Ill officiating.  Interment was made at the Hooppole Zion Cemetery.


The Geneseo Republic, June 22, 1917: 
Vernon Wolf, who enlisted with the Geneseo Machine Gun Company, expects to leave for Springfield for training(?) soon.

The Geneseo Republic, February 28, 1919: 
Vernon Wolf is another of the Hooppole boys who have returned from Uncle Sam’s service and glad to be home again.

The Dispatch (Moline, Illinois) Wednesday, May 11, 1927: 
 A number of the Legion members of Prophetstown attended the funeral of Vernon Wolf of Hooppole yesterday.  The post had charge of the funeral.



Census Records

1920 census    
  living with uncle Ben Wolf
Benjamin Wolf age 48 born in Illinois farmer
Cora A age 44 born in Illinois
Ruby J age 18 born in Illinois
Viola E age 16 born in Illinois
Vernon L Wolf age 23 born in Illinois hired hand
Yorktown, Henry, Illinois Roll: T625_371 Page: 7B ED: 149 Image: 1139
1930 census    
  Marie A Wolf age 27 born in Illinois widow farmer
Gerald F Wolf age 5 born in Illinois
Verbetta A Wolf age 3 born in Illinois
Evert Johnson age 23 born in Illinois brother farm labor
Yorktown, Henry, Illinois; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0051


1940 census    
  Marie and sons living in household with father and sister
Fred Johnson age 73 born in Denmark
Marie Wolf age 37 born in Illinois widow machinist at hardware manufacturing plant
Gerald Wolf age 19 born in Illinois
Vernetta Wolf age 13 born in Illinois
Martha Johnson age 33 born in Illinois teacher
Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois; Roll: m-t0627-00906; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 98-42

Military Records

Vernon Wolf
Application for Military Headstone

Vital Records

Illinois Death Record
Name: Vernon L. Wolf
Birth Date: 3 Dec 1896
Birth Place: Yorktown Twp , Henry Co , Ill
Death Date: 8 May 1927
Death Place: Yorktown, Henry, Ill
Burial Date: 10 May 1927
Burial Place: Hooppole, Ill
Death Age: 30
Occupation: Farmer
Race: White
Marital Status: M
Gender: Male
Father Name: Jacob Wolf
Father Birth Place: Yorktown Twp., Henry Co., Ill.
Mother Name: Jennie Fisher
Mother Birth Place: Pilot Mound, Iowa
Spouse Name: Marie Wolf
Comments: 30y of this place
FHL Film Number: 1613732
  Social Security Death Index
Name: Marie Wolf
SSN: 318-14-4540
Last Residence: 61081 Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois, USA
BORN: 29 Jan 1903
Died: Jun 1974
State (Year) SSN issued: Illinois (Before 1951)
Vernon Wolf Probate Record    



Vernon Wolf
Hooppole Cemetery
Hooppole, Henry, Illinois


Marie Johnson Wolf
Greenville-Fairfield Cemetery
New Bedford, Bureau County, Illinois



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