Wolf Mansion

Wolf Mansion Wolf Mansion does tours during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Private tours by appointment.

Operating as usual

Photos from Portage Township - Brendan Clancy, Trustee's post
10/03/2021

Photos from Portage Township - Brendan Clancy, Trustee's post

02/19/2021

We are getting a lot of interest in this site in the last few weeks.
Are you that bored with being stuck at home?

Portage Community Historical Society (Indiana)
09/18/2020

Portage Community Historical Society (Indiana)

Steve Johnson shared his Garyton School class picture.

08/26/2020

At this time there are no plans to have an open house this fall because of the pandemic.

1982 Watercolor of Wolf Mansion by Bill Smoot and featured in ARTIST MAGAZINE in 1983.  Painting in the possession of Bi...
04/23/2020

1982 Watercolor of Wolf Mansion by Bill Smoot and featured in ARTIST MAGAZINE in 1983. Painting in the possession of Bill Lemon. Thanks Bill for sharing.

04/23/2020

It's what I hoped for starting this page, the sharing of everyone's pictures and memories of the Wolf Mansion. A small glitch came up today when Bill Lemon tried to share a watercolor picture in his possession. I'm not too bright on Facebook but I think I marked the page as private so not just anyone can post. After all Clement and Lynda live in the mansion and need their privacy. But they have been willing to share their love of the mansion.
For now, just email me any pictures or documents and I'll gladly post them if appropriate.

I'm not sure of the date but believe this is when Janene Hamilton came for a visit.
04/21/2020

I'm not sure of the date but believe this is when Janene Hamilton came for a visit.

These are some pictures taken at the vandalized James/Schrock cemetery about 15 years ago.  All the gravestones were rem...
04/09/2020

These are some pictures taken at the vandalized James/Schrock cemetery about 15 years ago. All the gravestones were removed and placed at McCool Cemetery because of the continued vandalizem. KH

04/06/2020

Thanks for liking the Wolf Mansion page. We intend to just post relevant historical information about the mansion and the Wolf family. We are planning on only posting once or twice a week.
Kathy

Ceramic Model of the Wolf Mansion donated many years ago by Dale Crandall.  Unknown who made it. We have it on display a...
04/05/2020

Ceramic Model of the Wolf Mansion donated many years ago by Dale Crandall. Unknown who made it. We have it on display at the Alton Goin Museum.

03/18/2020

WOLF, Josephus
Source: The Chesterton Tribune, Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
Published Date: March 15, 1895
Volume No. 11, Issue No. 49, Page No, 1, Column(s) 5
Death Notice/Obituary Transcription:
The pioneer of Twenty Mile, has finished his earthly labors, and gone to join his fathers. Josephus Wolf breathed his last Thursday, March 8, at his home in Portage Township, after a lingering illness. While it was expected that he could not get well, yet the hope was cherished by his thousands of friends that he would live years yet. A cancer had for years been doing its deadly work, and hope of a cure had long since abandoned.

Josephus Wolf was one of Porter County's history makers. He was born in Athens County, Ohio, June 22, 1822, and was the youngest of seven children born to Jacob and Lydia Wolf. The family moved to Porter County in 1834, and settled on Twenty-Mile Prairie, in Portage Township. They took up land in the then wilderness, and Josephus stuck to the farm until 1854, when he went to California to join the gold hunters. He remained there two years, and returned with $3000. This gave him the foundation for the vast fortune he left at his death, which included a 5000 acre farm, of the finest land in all this county. The Wolf hold resembles a miniature city, covered as it is with fine barns and a magnificent farm home. The estate has substantial houses for tenants, all of whom are prosperous and contented. One notable feature of the Wolf home, was that its table was always set, and no man or woman ever went away from there hungry, no matter who he was or what his condition was. True hospitality abided in that home.

On returning from California Mr. Wolf was united in marriage to Miss Susan M. Young, a sister to Martin Young. Eight children were the result of this union, only two of whom are now living ā€“ Elmer and Martin ā€“ both grown to manhood, and for several years past, have managed the estate. Mr. and Mrs. Wolf were extremely attached to each other, and upon the devoted wife falls heavily the separation. The funeral was held Sunday, and the remains were laid to rest in the McCool Cemetery, followed to their last resting place by a very large concourse of mourning relatives and friends.

PORTER COUNTY DEATH INDEX, 1884-1927
Wolf, Josephus 3/7/1895 73 Ohio Wheeler Jacob Wolf

Josephus Wolf

Josephus Wolf was the youngest of the seven children of Jacob and Lydia (Dorr) Wolf, and was born in Athens County, Ohio, June 22, 1822. His father and mother were natives respectively of Pennsylvania and New York, and in 1834, settled on Twenty-Mile Prairie, this township. Josephus Wolf was here reared on the farm, and here he has always lived, with the exception of the years 1851 and 1852, which were spent in the mines of California. By industry and good management, Mr. Wolf has become the owner of 4,500 acres - the largest farm in the county, and well improved with a fine residence, erected in 1876, and all other requisite buildings. He has devoted his attention mainly to stock raising and dairying, and now has a heard of about three hundred and fifty cattle, including some extra fine specimens of blooded Holstein and Hereford Stock. September 29, 1852, he married Miss Susan M. Youngs, of Erie County, Ohio, who has borne him eight children, of whom three only are living - Francis M., Elmer and Martin. In politics, he is a Republican, but is no office seeker. He was among the first to settle on the Prairie, and much of its growth and improvement is due to his enterprise.

Source: "Counties of Porter and Lake, Indiana, Historical and Biographical," Goodspeed and Blanchard, 1882 page 373, 374 Portage Township
Data entry volunteer: Suzan Schaeffing

About a year ago we were contacted by Glynn Evans. His family lives in Dawson Creek British Columbia. His mother, Marion...
03/14/2020

About a year ago we were contacted by Glynn Evans. His family lives in Dawson Creek British Columbia. His mother, Marion, always heard family stories that their ancestor had built a mansion in Indiana.
They did not have much information so after talking with Clement and Lynda Khan they decided to make the journey.
They visited the Wolf Mansion, saw the Elmer Wolf home, visited McCool cemetery and the Historical Society Museum.

03/07/2020

We will be adding the history of the Josephus Wolf family and the history we have of the mansion he had built in Portage Township Indiana.

Wolf Mansion's cover photo
03/04/2020

Wolf Mansion's cover photo

Wolf Mansion's cover photo
03/04/2020

Wolf Mansion's cover photo

Wolf Mansion
03/04/2020

Wolf Mansion

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My family used to live in the Wolf Mansion when I was a little girl. I want to say around 72. We only lived here for a short time b4 we moved. I think my dad rented it from a man named Paul Sailor. Don't quote me on that. I was a little girl. But I remember lots about the place. The bell tower & how steep the steps were that led up to it. I remember there used to be 3 small tombstones out by a tree. They were broke. I was told it was Mr. Wolf's wife & 2 kids. A small section of woods out back that had a trail through them my brothers made. A lot of the rooms up stairs were locked up due to stuff stored in them. I remember the fireplace in the livingroom. Another one in the Master bedroom at that time. Also dinning area had a very long table you ate at. Which was good for my family. There was mom, dad, & 12 kids. Mom worked at an auction not far away. I remember the folks across the driveway. Father drove the church bus. Maybe they were/are Pentecostal? Some other neighbors up the road. That had a huge army tent set up at their place. We camped in it a few times. Well I don't think I got to. I was just little. But I remember the Mansion & living there. We're are the Lawrence family. It was early 70's.