Nisqually Valley News
When local farmers purchase farm supplies from H.E. Wolf at H. L. Wolfe and Company, they probably do not realize that Mr. Wolf knows exactly what they need, for he was born and raised on a Michigan farm which has been in the Wolf family for over one hundred years. His twin brother still resided on this farm.
When Mr. Wolf was twenty-one years of age, he entered the United States Army and saw overseas duty for four months in the first World War. A taste of foreign scenes gave a wanderlust to young Wolf, and he decided that he would come west to Roy, Washington, where his elder brother, Homer, had been in the merchandise business since the turn of the century. After working in Roy for two year Mr. Wolf owned the Yelm branch of H. L. Wolf and Company. When the store was gutted by fire in 1924, it was immediately rebuilt as it stands today.
“I thought Yelm was a typical frontier town when I first arrived here,” stated Mr. Wolf. “We made deliveries through here from a horse and wagon, and I can remember that most of the year mud covered the hub of the wagon wheels.”
Although 1924 brought disaster in the form of the Yelm fire, it also brought happiness in the form of his marriage to charming Helen Moores, who taught school in Yelm at that time. The prominent couple have three sons, Harold Jr., and Robert, who are students in the Yelm High School, and David who is still of pre-school age.