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Franklin E. Wolfe


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Pre-Colony History: He was the former editor of the "Los Angeles Herald", the city's school for Socialism, and the short-lived but influential, "Municipal News."

In 1911 he was a candidate for city councilman in Los Angeles and had been part of Job Harriman's mayoral campaign as well.

In the July 1913 issue of the "Western Comrade" he published pictures from his film, "From Dusk to Dawn" which featured colony founder, Job Harriman, in a role.

He later became the editor of the "Western Comrade," purchased in 1914 by Job Harriman. On its pages, in florid prose, Wolfe "declaimed the virtues of this paradise-in-the-making, while mentioning the boon it would be to the working class of America."

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Job in Colony: He served as the one of the first Assistant Secretaries of the colony; also he was editor of the "Western Comrade".

When the colony was re-organized under the new Nevada charter it was issued in the names J. Harriman, F. Wolfe, W.A. Engle as secretary. 

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Post-Colony History: In 1931 he was the editor of the "Independent Oil and Mining Reporter" of Fort Worth, Texas.  


Sources: "Llano Colonist": October 10, 1931, January 14, 1933 (The Story of Llano), April 25, 1936 (Going Back Into History); "Bread and Hyacinths; The Rise and Fall of Utopian Los Angeles" by Paul Greenstein, Nigey Lennon and Lionel Rolfe


Job Harriman in front seat next to driver, G.P. McCorkle, and from left, in rear seat, Frank Wolfe and Bert Engle at Llano, California.

Clipping from the "Western Democrat" dated July 1913 shows a photo from Wolfe's movie, "From Dusk to Dawn."

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