One of the most moving photographs is that of Eva Wolff, the mother of Lieutenant Edward J. Wolff, at her son's grave in France in 1931.
Born in Poughkeepsie in a family of moderate means, Lieutenant Wolff graduated from West Point and went directly to combat role in France in May 1918. He was killed August 16, 1918, less than a month prior to end of fighting.
His parents received a letter from a friend and comrade who saw him at the end of his life, and shared his condolences. But the parents had not been notified of his death by the government, or any other way. There were two weeks of confusion, including speculation he was not killed.
In his 1912-1913 senior year at Poughkeepsie High School, he was President of the German Social Club “Der Deutsch Verien.” Wolff's paternal grandparents were born in Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany, about 300 miles east of where he is buried in France.
In the 1930’s his parents, Edward, Sr. and Eva supported a $5 prize for the Poughkeepsie High School senior showing excellence in French language based on regents examinations. Lieutenant Wolff's maternal grandparents were born in French Canada.