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the Patterson school board. Politically he is a Republican and is the Republican
committeeman for the fifth supervisorial district of Stanislaus County. Fraternally,
he is a member of the Masons. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wolfe are members of the Epis-
copal Church, giving liberally toward its support and upbuilding.

CARL G. TELL. вАФ A young man of enterprising and progressive ideas who
showed his patriotism by serving overseas in the World War is Carl Tell, who was
born in Galesburg, 111., November 3, 1887. His father, J. N. Tell, migrated from
Sweden to Galesburg, 111., when a young man, when he married Miss Augusta Bro-
gren. He was a shoe merchant in Galesburg until 1905 when he was attracted to
California on account of its wonderful climate and brought his family to Turlock.
He purchased a forty-acre ranch southeast of Turlock where he engaged in raising
alfalfa and dairying. The Tells live retired, one of the sons operating the ranch.

This worthy couple had five children, of whom Carl is the third eldest. He had
a brother, David Tell, who served as an ensign in the World War. Carl was
reared in Galesburg and received a good education in the public and high schools.
He then learned the trade of an electrician in Galesburg, working at it until he came
to Turlock with his parents in 1905. For a year he assisted his father on the farm.
Then he went to San Francisco, where he followed electrical wiring immediately
after the earthquake and fire. He was thus engaged for over one year when he
returned to Stanislaus County and entered the employ of the La Grange Water and
Power Company, afterwards the Yosemite Power Company and now the Pacific Gas
and Electric Company. He began wiring and steadily worked his way up until he
was placed in charge of the system as superintendent for the Yosemite Power Com-
pany. While holding this position, in 1917, the company was sold to the Sierra and
San Francisco Power Company. He continued with the new company until Septem-
ber, 1917, when he entered the U. S. service for the World War conflict as a mem-
ber of the Three Hundred and Sixty-third Infantry Regulars, Ninety-first Division.
He was stationed at Camp Lewis until he was transferred into the Three Hundred
and Fourth M. O. R. S. and sent overseas in the Seventy-ninth Division in July,
1918, serving principally in the Verdun Sector as sergeant of ordnance until the
armistice. Returning to the United States on May 28, 1919, he arrived in Phila-
delphia, and at the Presidio, June 12, 1919, he was mustered out and honorably dis-
charged. He immediately returned to Turlock and with Frank Stierlen formed the







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