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John Edward Wolfe

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John Edward Wolfe (1850-1910)

1910 Obituary [1]

JOHN EDWARD WOLFE was born at Torquay on 19th April 1850, being the son of the Rev. Prebendary Wolfe.

In 1867 he commenced a seven years' apprenticeship in the locomotive works of the North Eastern Railway at Darlington, under Mr. Bouch, and on its termination in 1874 he became chief assistant and inspector for Messrs. Robinson and I'Anson, civil engineers, of Darlington, in which position he had a large experience of engineering and parliamentary work.

In 1877 he acted, on behalf of Messrs. T. and C. Hawksley, as resident engineer for the extension and improvement of the Ripon Corporation water supply.

On the completion of the undertaking he went to Maceio, Brazil, as assistant engineer on the Alagoas Railway Co., during the construction of the line.

Three years later he was appointed general manager and chief engineer, and continued in that capacity until 1896, when he accepted the post of manager and engineer of the Sunderland and South Shields Water Co.

In 1901 he was appointed general manager of the United Railways of Havana, which position he held for two years.

Subsequently, in December 1906, he proceeded to the south of Brazil to take over the S. Paulo and Rio Grande Railway and other lines which were being bought by the Brazil Railway Co.

Owing to his health breaking down, he returned to England in 1907.

His death took place from heart failure at Hampstead, London, on 15th December 1910, in his sixty-first year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1878.

1911 Obituary [2]

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