Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Among the distinguished representatives of the bar in California is undoubtedly John Sherman Woolf, popular attorney of Monterey, who was born at Randolph, Ohio, on October 17, 1885, the son of Samuel A. and Mary (Ladd) Woolf, both members of old families of the Buckeye state. His great-grandfather was born in Holland and migrated to England, where he married an English girl, and together they came out to the new world to seek their fortune. Mrs. Mary Ladd Woolf, on the other hand, is able to trace her ancestry back to notable New Englanders. Samuel Woolf and his four brothers volunteered on the Union side in the Civil war.

John Sherman Woolf, the subject of this review, came west early enough to graduate from the Pacific Grove high school, after which he went back to Ohio and attended Oberlin College and also Mount Union College. Subsequently he became a student in the Kent Law School and was admitted to the bar in the state of California, April 14, 1909, since then maintaining offices in Monterey, he has practiced in both the state and the federal courts and has won a large number of important criminal cases. He has come to represent an enviable number of prominent local corporations and he is well versed in all branches of the law. He was the city attorney of Monterey for four years, when a great number of notable municipal improvements were undertaken.

At Randolph, Ohio, October 6, 1909, Mr. Woolf was married to Miss A. Marie Thompson, the daughter of Owen P. and Nellie (Cole) Thompson, an accomplished lady, whose brother, John Thompson, is now associated with Mr. Woolf in legal practice under the firm name of Woolf & Thompson. A republican in matters of national politics, he was a member of the Republican County Central Committee here for about ten years. During the World war he was about to leave for the Officers Training Camp, when he. had the real misfortune to suffer a broken hip, from which he has never completely recovered. At college Mr. Woolf belonged to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and he was formerly chancellor commander of the Knights of Pythias and dictator of the L. O. O. M. He is also a member of long standing in the Monterey Lodge of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.