Bio- Sawyers

A native son, William A. Wolff was born in San Francisco, October 10, 1888, a son of Peter and Elizabeth Wolff.  The father ws among the early settlers of California, coming here in 1870 from Schleswig-Holstein, where he was born under the danish flag.  He was a school teacher  for nine years, but after coming to California he engaged in farming and dairying, first in Marin County and then in San Francisco where he is still active in the dairy business.  Mr. and Mrs. Wolff are the parents of four children: Beulah, Wlliam A., Fred, deceased, and Helen.   The second eldest, William A., attended school in San Francisco and helped his father in the business.  Quite early in life he started out for himself, going first to San Mateo county, where he worked for wages on ranches; after he did dredging work on the Sacramento River and inland points for the Olympic Dredging Company of San Francisco.  In 1916 he came to Santa Clara County to work for his uncle, Claus Wolff, who owned a ranch on the Homestead Road about one-half mile west o the Cupertino and Mountain View roads.  The ranch consisted of thirty-one acres set to prunes, and upon the death of his uncle, which, occurred shortly after he began work on the place, he and his two sisters inherited the place and continued to live on it for three years.  In 1919 they sold the ranch to J. Svilich, a neighbor, and since that time Mr. Wolff has been living on the ranch and working for Mr. Svilich.

Mr. Wolff's marriage occurred in San Francisco on November 1, 1915, and united him with Debora Jones, a native of San Francisco and a daughter of Patrick and Anna Jones.  Her father came to California in the early days and served many years on the San Francisco police force, and for a time he was employed by the Wells Fargo Express Company.  Mrs. Wolff is the oldest of a famiy of six children, namely, Debora, Nellie, James, Morris, Patrick, Jr., and Mary.   She attended the convent and also the public schools of San Francisco.  Mr. and Mrs. Wolff are the parents of four children: Geraldine, William A., Jr., Harold and Beulah. Enthusiastic over the possiblities of this section, Mr. Wolff expects to invest shortly in an orchard home in the Santa Clara Valley

Transcribed by Carolyn Feroben from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. 1527