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1004 E. Market St.

Logansport, Ind., 46947


Barbara Schull Wolfe, 1929-2002

The Schull (Shull) family can trace its roots back to Lord Longaspy, acknowledged son of Henry II of England. At sometime during the early colonization of America, the family arrived here and gradually pioneered westward.

The family name Shull was accidentally changed to Schull when Thomas Levi Shull was born October 18, 1902. Thomas discovered this spelling when he applied for a work permit at the
age of 17. The doctor had added the “c” to the spelling on his birth certificate.

Thomas Schull was the father of Barbara Schull Wolfe (Mrs. Bert Wolfe) born June 1, 1929. Barb spent most of her life working on files, creating family trees, doing research, and chronicling events. She began doing research at the age of 21 as a hobby.

In 1953, Barb married Bert. She worked for several years at the H. W. Gossard Co. of Logansport where she learned the fine art of sewing. She then worked for 13 years at her mother’s drapery and upholstering business. Barb also worked at the Grissom Air Force base as a “Requirement Specialist.” 

Because of all of the research and genealogy work, she became interested in the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and helped organize a chapter in Winamac, Ind. Through her intense research, she was able to locate 246 veteran burials in Cass County and get markers for them. She also researched World War II service dogs and had a monument erected at the Logansport City Building to honor their work. These dogs were important at guard duty, as they were able to detect sounds and odors that humans could not.

Barb had several books published and bound, which can be found at the CCHS library. She nearly single-handedly collated the marriages and deaths of Cass County. She also worked tirelessly to collect information on the history of the Italian, French, and German immigrants of Cass County. As for people with family ties to Cass County, anyone who is remotely interested in family history, in preservation of statistics, and conservation of historical records owes Barbara Wolfe a debt of gratitude for her great love of historical facts.   

This article was prepared by Richard Copeland

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