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WOLFINGTON: The Name On Your Grandfather's Brougham

Updated on June 9, 2016

or should it now read "...on your great- great-grandfathers Brougham"

Share the history of one of the city of Philadelphia's great family names.

This is a Philadelphia story with roots from England and branches to Washington (DC), New Jersey, Hollywood, New York City,LA , Florida, Maine and the Pocono Mountains.
From coast to coast ; from mountains to the gulf; over this land with all its' courage one can look forward to the support of the family.

... we start before Harry and Martha in West Philadelphia

and continue with:

Big Euse (married Mary Margaret), Harry (married Mildred),

Alex, Frank, Mildred, Agnes,were four that never married,

Martha (Marty) married a Lansdowne, Pa furniture man Noel Schmidt,

Rita (married a hotelman, a Navy Lt Commander in WWII, Robert Bennett),

and Iggie the youngest ,

Iggie( married an actress Lynn Wood).

Some of the family stories are told here...but not all the generational offspring.
It was not all automobile 'body building' as you will learned but also hotel, gifts, restaurants, rental cars, real estate, boating, war, theater, God, movies, insurance and the list will grow.

All of the Church Road family are seems every day one of us recall to another a memory of those "church road' days. Always with a fondness, always with a smile and sometimes with a tear drop or two. And don't forget the Avalon sand dunes, the bake kitchen on 13th street lot, Disney charactures on the 'childrens dining room wall, and a hurricane or two. You ever see Uncle Alex or Iggie in the ocean? They both loved the surf. We, those of us that share in this great family history, Wolfington's, are so very lucky to have this true American family.

Please join with all of us in the celebration of family.

Also, WHAT WAS THE NAME OF THE BOAT COMPANY OWNED BY Frank, Alex and Euse in the mid-1950's??


Have you ever been to the _____________location of Wolfington BUS Company?

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This is for the BUS Wolfington's

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SO is it your ________________-that is a Wolfington?

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Alexander J. Wolfington- 1850

Alexander J. Wolfington 1870-1888, Alexander Wolfington & Son, 1888-1910 Alexander Wolfington, Son and Company, 1910-1933 Wolfington Body Company 1933-1971 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 1971-present. Exton, Pennsylvania

...son of a sea captain,born Halifax, Nova Scotia 1850.

Following a single trans-Atlantic journey with his seafaring father, he started a career as a blacksmith, and became apprenticed to a local master.

Following the War Between the States (Civil War) , he traveled to New York City, where he took a job.

He worked as a journeyman blacksmith for the New York City coachbuilder for three years, then followed his newly-betrothed sister to Philadelphia, just before the start of that city's 1876 Centennial. He saved enough money to purchase a small building at the corner of North Twentieth and Filbert Streets (now John F. Kennedy Blvd).The blacksmith shop was located right next to the new Pennsylvania railroad spur and he turned around and sold it for a $500 profit, a substantial amount for the time.

With the proceeds he purchased an old feed store at the corner of 10 North Twentieth and Market St where he relocated his shop. Much of his early work centered around repairing wagons and carriages for livery stables, but his 3 years at Brewster (New Yoek) had prepared him for a better class of customer, and he soon found his niche, first repairing and then manufacturing small buggies for the young medical men of that city who were looking for suitable transportation at a reasonable cost. Wolfington's reputation quickly spread among the inhabitants of Philadelphia's Main Line (the railroad service).

Business was brisk enough that by 1885, Wolfington owned a new $4000. mansion in West Philadelphia. The reputation of the firm had grown on the basis of a single product, the Brougham.

A Brougham was a simple four-wheeled enclosed carriage drawn by a single horse and driven by a single coachman located at the front. The style took a while to gain a foothold in the States, but by the 1880s, it had become the vehicle of choice for America's wealthy;typically sold for around $1000, at a time when a skilled craftsman was lucky to make half that amount in a year. The Brougham still appears on Wolfington's letterhead, and the phrase "The Name On Your Grandfather's Brougham" was prominently featured in the firms advertising throughout the twentieth century in to the 1950's on T-shirts the family (Wolfington's, Bennett's, and Schmidt')children proudly wore while they vacationed in Avalon, NJ, cooler by a mile.

With only a small staff of twenty, Wolfington had became downtown Philadelphia's premier carriage builder by the 1890s.

As was the custom at the time, Wolfington's oldest son, Harry J. Wolfington , was apprenticed to a leading carriage builder to learn the trade. He spent a few years at the New Haven Carriage Co., 1886-1924; New Haven, Connecticut and returned in 1888, now an experienced blacksmith and carriage builder. The senior Wolfington showed Harry how to do the firms accounts and the name of the firm was changed to Alexander Wolfington & Son to reflect the new member of the firm.

By the turn of the century, the Oliver H. Blair, Ellis Gimbel, J.D. Lit, J.B. van Sciver, James H.R. Cromwell and E.T. Stotesbury were among the many prominent Philadelphians who owned a Wolfington Brougham.

It is recorded that like Willy Brewster, Alexander J. Wolfington was less than enthusiastic about the horseless carriage when they it first appeared on the streets of Philadelphia in the late 1890s. However, his son Harry saw the possibilities in the new machines, and rather than see the work go to Derham or another metropolitan Philadelphia builder, he gladly accepted the handful of orders for horseless carriage bodies from their valued clientele.

The new venture met with the some success and when Alexander J. Wolfington retired in 1910, Harry now had a free hand to pursue the automobilist in earnest. He was one of the first to promote the sale two bodies for the same chassis, and is credited with the first use of the term "convertible" in relation to an automobile. Early automobile owners often had two bodies, a closed one for the winter, and an open one for the summer.

Twice a year the car would be brought into Wolfing­ton to have the bodies swapped, or "converted", hence the term "convertible" as Wolfington first introduced it. As it turned out, the early "convertible" automobile proved to be quite profitable for the coach builder, not only were two bodies built for a single customer, but they could count on seeing that customer twice a year, when the bodies needed to be exchanged. Those two visits provided additional revenue as the body not currently in use would be thoroughly cleaned and re-varnished for a small fee. Those fees could quickly add up and many wealthy customers were very happy to see the true convertible automobile body appear in the late teens, however, for obvious reasons, many coach builders were not.

Wolfington's business began to be threatened by two regional firms starting in the late teens. Derham, in suburban Rosemont had developed quite a large automobile body business as had the Fleetwood Metal Body Co. which was located less than sixty miles away. Both firms were significantly larger than Wolfington and took away much of their business.

Luckily, an Atlantic City bus operator, the East Coast Coach Co., presented them with a new opportunity. Wolfington was commissioned to build them a luxury bus or parlor car, to be used to transport guests from the railroad station to the hotel. A couple of northeastern coach builders became specialists in bus bodies at about the same time, the first was Wolfington, the other Healey & Co.

By 1919 (prior to depression years) business had increased to the point where Wolfington's small 16,000 sq. ft. factory was no longer adequate, and a 66,000 sq. ft. building was purchased nearby at the corner of Buttonwood and 19th St.

Hearse and ambulance bodies were added around 1920, and the transition was an easy one as they were often built on the same chassis, and shared similar dimensions as their bus bodies. At the time Cadillac, Packard, White and others were producing heavy-duty commercial chassis specifically for the livery and professional car trade.

Harry J. Wolfington's son, Harry A., had joined the firm in 1916 helped push the professional car program as most of the manufacturers were located in the mid-west and aside from Cunningham and Healey, they had little competition in the northeast part of the country.

Wolfington built sightseeing buses for the Gray Line, municipal buses for the City of Washington, D.C. and school buses for local school districts such as the Upper Mer-ion Township. The famous Philadelphia bus maker, the Six Wheel Company, bought hundreds of bodies from Wolfington, including the famous Nairn Transport buses that ferried soldiers and oil workers between Beirut and Baghdad.

Six Wheel/Wolfington buses were also used by the New York City's Fifth Ave Coach Co., Boston's Boston Elevated and Cleveland's Ohio Light & Power Co.

A staff of between 100 and 150 was kept busy producing Wolfington's buses, hearses and ambulances and by 1925 their commercial vehicle sales were so brisk that custom body building was phased out completely. 1928 sales went over the $800,000 dollar mark and the firm continued to maintain a top notch collision and repainting department which according to LeBaron's Hugo Pfau, enjoyed an excellent reputation within the trade.

A competing firm's misfortune resulted in some unexpected business for Wolfington during 1928 and 1929. Joseph J. Derham, the founder of the Derham Body Co. died unexpectedly at the age of 63, causing a rift between his three sons, Philip, Joseph Jr. and Enos. Philip wanted the firm to modernize by greatly increasing its production, thereby reducing its per-unit costs by utilizing the proven economies of scale theories then prevalent in the auto industry. However, James and Enos, his two younger brothers were opposed to any drastic changes, and wished to keep the firm running as their father had intended. The majority views of James and Enos prevailed and Philip left the company to form his own firm.

Funded by a Bryn Mawr-based European car importer by the name of William Floyd, the Floyd-Derham Company was formed in 1928 with William Floyd Sr., president; Philip Derham, Vice-President; and Floyd's son William Jr., Secretary. Philip Derham handled all the design and drafting work, but the bodies were built in downtown Philadelphia in Wolfington's North 20th St shop.

It was early 1929 before the first few Floyd-Derham bodies appeared and by that time, the stock market crash was looming on the horizon... [sounds like 2009]

... continued from above

Harry' A.'s children: John (Jack), James ( Jimmy), Robert, Richard, (sister) Mary Louise, Janet

Surprisingly, there was an announcement in early 1930 that Alexander Wolfington, Son and Company had "resumed the manufacture of custom bodies." And among their first products was a gorgeous Duesenberg convertible sedan that was designed by Philip Derham for John B. Stetson, a member of the Stetson Hat family who was also the ambassador to Poland from 1925-1930.

Wolfington also built another Duesenberg for John Eberson, a movie theater designer later in the same year. This is the more famous Wolfington "Royal Phaeton" dual cowl phaeton that currently resides in the automotive collection of the Reynold's Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada. It's estimated that less than 24 custom bodies were built by Wolfington in all, with known chassis consisting of Duesenberg, Hispano-Suiza, Isotta-Fraschini, Lincoln and Minerva.

"This unusual 4-passenger phaeton on 153½-in. Duesenberg chassis signalizes the re-entry of Wolfington, of Philadelphia, into the field of high-grade custom bodywork for private cars after a lapse of about five years, during which this firm devoted the major part of its production to deluxe motor coaches, with only an occasional special body for private clients. Fifty-three (53) years of experience in high-grade coachwork enabled this organization to change from one line to the other, and to revert in one step to private-car bodies of exclusive design and equipment.

"... a phaeton of unique design, built by Wolfington to carry out the owner's ideas for a roomy and comfortable car for four passengers. The color scheme is in the fashionable brown field the body panels being in beige while two shades of brown are used for the moldings and for the belt panels, mudguards and chassis. The moldings are in the darker brown shade and-are striped with a brown­tinted white, all colors having been specially mixed by the Beckwith-Chandler Co. to conform to the ideas of the client. Even the instrument panel was brought through by Duesenberg in brown and a matching shade was used in dyeing the pigskin for the interior trim.

"An unusual phaeton recently built by Alexander Wolfington's Son, Inc., of Philadelphia, on 153½-in. Duesenberg chassis for a New York client. The "'wave" effect of the upper moldings and fare-door rail is carried out in bath the lower mold­ing and the chassis valance. The color scheme, selected by the client, was beige and two shades of brawn, the darker color being used for the moldings and the lighter brawn for belt panels, fenders and chassis. The wire wheels and other exposed metalwork are chromium plated. No black is used an this fob; even the instrument panel is finished in brawn to conserve the color scheme and to match the leather trim of the interior

"Interior of the Wolfington-Duesenberg phaeton was trimmed in brown pigskin to conform to the general color scheme of this strictly 4-passenger car. The seat construction is interesting, comprising a Trenton lace-web spring of 2 ½-in. thickness above which is an adjustable air cushion of about three inches and a 2 ½-in. layer of dawn; the cushions meas­ure 24 in. from the back. A removable center armrest of sponge rubber is provided for each cross seat. The door trim is unusual, having a series of peripheral overstuffed plaits and large shirred packets on the rear doors and locked flap packets, for tools, on the front doors; the oak frieze at the top of the doors has a leather "inlay," and at the bottom is a 4-in. strip of carpet. A radio set is concealed in the tonneau cabinet at the center of which is a crank for raising the tonneau windshield. Hassocks of triangular section replace the customary foot-rail.

"A closer view of the unusual belt-and-molding treatment of the Wolfington-Duesenberg 4-passenger phaeton. The wave effect of the moldings is accentuated by the brownish-white striping and by the embossing of the chassis valance. Mold­ings have a rectangular cross section instead of the usual half-round or half-oval section. The owner's crest instead of being placed on the door is framed by the striping in the belt of the central panel. The "secondary cowl" is stationary and two grab handles are fitted to assist the rear-seat occupants to arise. The chromium-trimmed oak box set in the running board contains the battery, tools being carried in front-door pockets and in the 2-compartment oak "trunk" at the rear. The metal spare-wheel carrier is covered with the brown pigskin. The Burbank top is piped with pigskin and conceals the antenna of the radio set.

Unfortunately the return to custom bodies was ill-timed, and by 1932, the Depression not only halted all custom body work, but due to increased costs involved with shipping chassis and completed vehicles to Detroit, Wolfington stopped building professional car and bus bodies altogether, electing to concentrate on their collision and repainting work. The large Buttonwood and 19th St. factory was sold, and the firm moved to much smaller quarters at 3427 Chestnut St. and South 34th St. This is near both Drexel University and University of Penn.

HARRY A WOLFINGTON : In 1931, the Superior Body Co. of Lima, Ohio introduced what they claimed was "the first all-steel school bus with safety glass throughout". Harry A. Wolfington sensed an opportunity and had signed up for a Superior distributorship in 1932.

However, the rest of his family - Agnes, Mildred, Eustace (Euse story is even grander), Frank, Alexander II , Martha, Rita, Iggie- did not wish to invest in such a risky venture, so in 1933, Harry A. Wolfington, parted company.

Harry's father and Harry's three younger brothers (Euse,Alex, Frank,) and sisters (Agnes, Mildred) kept their small Chestnut St. firm going through the depths of the depression and eventually took on a Plymouth DeSoto dealership in 1935, reorganizing the firm as Wolfington Motors Inc.

Harry A. formed a new firm, the Wolfington Body Company. Now in Exton,Pa..

Early on, Harry A. 's new firm received a number of large orders, including a fleet of inter-city coaches for the Pennsylvania Railroad and a large fleet of school buses for the Philadelphia Public School System. Unlike most other truck dealers, who order single bus bodies for the coachbuilders whenever a chassis was purchased, Wolfington stocked completed Superior-bodied buses that were all ready to go. They also had much success with Superior's Studebaker-chassised hearses and ambulances and by 1940, they had become one of the largest Superior distributors in the country.

Harry's father and Harry's three younger brothers (Euse,Alex, Frank,) and sisters (Agnes, Mildred) kept their small Chestnut St. firm going through the depths of the depression and eventually took on a Plymouth DeSoto dealership in 1935, reorganizing the firm as Wolfington Motors Inc.

Note: Rita, at West Catholic High School and then to Rosemont College , the only sibling to graduate from college.Also of note is that three Wolfington's purchased homes in the same township, Drexel Hill, Pa. That was Harry A, Martha (marty), and Rita (bought in 1948). All three homes where located within a mile of each other.


to some an Equity actor; to others a friend ; to most that know his life a Hero in WW II.


ONE of several ROADS for WOLFINGTON NAME: ...then SCHOOL bus company


Wolfington Body Co. has been a bus distributor for over 80 years, but the company's history stretches back much further - to 1876.

In that year, young British immigrant Alexander J. Wolfington began building horse-drawn carriages in a converted feed store in Philadelphia.

Wolfington's wooden buggies gained a reputation for their durability, particularly among doctors who used them heavily in traveling their rounds.

In the 1890s, Wolfington started making the Brougham, which was a four-wheeled, closed carriage that was drawn by a single horse and driven by a coachman.

"It was a very fancy, elegant carriage," "It was used for going out to dinner or to the opera."says Richard Wolfington Sr., who is the current president of Wolfington Body Co. started by his father Harry.

The company, which is celebrating its 135th anniversary , now sells school and commercial buses and provides contracted school transportation services. But it still uses the Wolfington Brougham as its symbol to reflect the company's roots.

Car creations

Around the turn of the 19th century, Wolfington began manufacturing wooden bodies for motorized car chassis, since the first car manufacturers made just a chassis with an engine attached.

In addition to building the bodies, Alex Wolfington and his son Harry J. Wolfington added touches like rolldown windows, heaters and reclining seats. For their wealthier customers, they provided customizations such as golden hubcaps and door handles, and they would even reproduce a favorite leather armchair for the driver's seat.

Richard Sr. says that the company also made an early version of the convertible. They would build two bodies for the same chassis - one closed, one open. Before the summer and before the winter, the car would be brought back to Wolfington to have the bodies switched.

In the early 20th century, Wolfington manufactured bodies for motorized car chassis. A 1929 Duesenberg Model J-214 Phaeton Royale was built by Wolfington.

Once most car manufacturers had begun producing their own bodies to go on their chassis, Harry Wolfington shifted into building bus bodies in the 1920s. Initially, the company's key customers were hotels, which would use the buses to transport guests.

In 1926, Wolfington built its first wooden school buses, for Philadelphia-area schools. But within a few years, a turning point came about for the company with the convergence of three key factors: the rise of mass production, the shift to steel bodies and the Great Depression.

"It wiped us out of the manufacturing business," "So we became a school bus distributor." says Richard Sr.

Richard Sr. was "born and raised" in the school bus business.

"Since I was 6 years old, I was talking about school buses with my father at the dining room table,"

He started washing buses at the dealership , in Philadelphia, when he was in high school. During college, he drove a parts truck for the company, making visits to bus yards.

"I would pretend to see if they needed any parts, but the real reason was to see if they needed any school buses," Richard Sr. says.

After graduating from college, he served for two years in the Marine Corps. Then, in 1964, he started working full time for the family busines


History of AVALON Nj and Wolfington's

A thriving juniper forest, the area was purchased by Aaron Leaming in December 1722 for 79 pounds. Known as Seven Mile Beach (present day Avalon and Stone Harbor), it was owned and retained by the Leamings for approximately 100 years.

In April 1887, the Seven Mile Beach company was formed. As early as 1893, Avalon was advertised as a resort town. With this rapid development, homes and businesses were erected. The native juniper forest was graded and cut, and the sandy hills were leveled off, making the island mostly flat. Today it is extremely rare to see hills [except for the high dunes between 40 and 60 th streets] or native juniper.

By the early 1900s, the Leaming Railroad bridge was constructed, allowing train connections into the town. This increased the traffic from nearby Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Around 1944 the West Jersey and Seashore railroad lines merged with the Reading Railroad. This effectively ended the era of travel by train to the island.

A hurricane took several streets and Avalon now has a north end beginning at 7th street. This area is still under extreme danage when storms are forecasted.

In the mid-1950s the Wolfington family of Philadelphia along with 2 other investors purchased and operated the Puritan Hotel which was a single multi-floored building. It was later enlarged and re-named the Whitebriar Hotel on the beach block at 21st Street.

The Whitebriar ( not its' 2010 current location) was located on the beach at 21 st street., was managed for a few seasons in the mid-1950s by one of the future 'great hosts' of Philadelphia area hotels, Robert C. Bennett, the spouse of (nee) Rita Wolfington Bennett. This young Bennett family and the Wolfington's will often recall those crazy '50's at the shore. Many of the Wolfington ladies (and cousins etc.)of that time period still meet annually at a Philadelphia eatery. Oh, those days when land was $ 50 per lot. they could have have changed the name to Seven Wolfington Mile Beach.

Wolfington Center at Cabini

at Cabrini College, outside Philadelphia

The mission of the Wolfington Center is to promote a more just and compassionate society through an enhanced understanding of Catholic Social Teaching, a living tradition of humane principles which call all of us to work actively toward a just and compassionate society.

The Wolfington Center is designed specifically to promote and enhance community service opportunities and to strengthen Cabrini College's Catholic identity.

The Center is comprised of four areas: service learning and civic engagement; community outreach and partnerships, the Institute on Catholic Social Teaching, and spirituality of service.

The mission of the Wolfington Center is to promote a more just and compassionate society through an enhanced understanding of Catholic Social Teaching, a living tradition of humane principles which call all of us to work actively toward a just and compassionate society.

J Eustace Wolfington III

Senior Vice President Grubb & Ellis' Philadelphia District

... area of expertise covers the Philadelphia, Bucks, and Delaware County markets in Pennsylvania, as well as the industrial properties along the I-295 corridor South of Trenton in New Jersey.

He has sold and leased over $500M of industrial real estate via sales and leasing transactions ranging from $500,000 to $22,ooo,ooo, facilities ranging from 10,000 SF to 860,000 SF. Additionally, he has been involved in several investment transactions while representing many of the Fortune 500 and World 500 companies throughout his career. These companies include Tyco International, Boise Cascade, Philadelphia Coca-Cola, 3M Corporation, Glynwed International, Eaton, Qwest and Rohm & Haas.

Mr. Wolfington is actively involved in all areas of industrial real estate including tenant representation, build-to-suit analysis, sales and leasing negotiations, exclusive agency responsibility.


Mr. Wolfington's area of expertise covers the Philadelphia, Bucks, and Delaware County markets within Pennsylvania, as well as the industrial properties along the I-295 corridor South of Trenton in Southern New Jersey.

The Wolfington Group (Alex)

Real Estate Acquisition and Services Business.

On the acquisition side Wolfington acquires select, well located real estate properties situated along highly traveled arterial highways in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and South Florida.

On the services side Wolfington, on behalf of clients, has assembled many of Philadelphia's largest development projects.


Wolfington Productions (Kelly)

an independent production company

Kelly Wolfington is President of Wolfington Productions she founded in 1989 to produce quality film, documentary, educational and promotional programs.

Her company has produced a wide range of award-winning shows including the critically-acclaimed American Women of Achievement - a ten-part series profiling the lives of remarkable American women. This Telly award-winning series was given four and five stars, the highest possible, by Video Rating Guide and other media associations that rank entertainment industry performance in the United States.

Wolfington Productions' Equality: A History of the Women's Movement in America also received a Telly award, a Vision Award, and the American Library Association's YALSA award which honors America's top selected and highest ranking children's programs.

In 1999, Wolfington Productions produced Internet Searching Skills, a program designed to teach young adults how to search successfully on the Internet. The program received the Film Advisory Board of Excellence Award as well as the YALSA award.

Her company has also received critical acclaim for its contributions on The 80's, a ten-part series produced for the ABC Television Network which documented events which shaped the 1980s, and Heroes, a 26-part series produced for the Arts and Entertainment Television Network which profiled congressional medal of honor recipients.

Since the company's inception, Wolfington Productions has also directed, written and produced hundreds of promotional and training films as well as international corporate meetings for the auto industry. Her clients include: Cadillac Motor Division, the HAC Group (a well-respected international automotive consulting group), and Ford Motor Company's Global Divisions in North America, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany and Taiwan.

Kelly Wolfington began her career 14 years ago as a television journalist for an ABC Television Network affiliate and subsequently for several CBS, NBC affiliates. Her ongoing commitment is to producing insightful television and educational programs like those which have given her company its success.

The Wolfington Companies

JOHN WOLFINGTON (not the singer)

Conshohocken-based Wolfington Companies, which he founded in 2000.

Since then, there has been an office building in Pottstown, Montgomery County, that he bought for $150,000 in

1999. The building was empty for 30 years, he says, and he leased it to 95 percent occupancy in 12 months. .

Now, Wolfington Companies has 13 projects in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including the Connell Building in

downtown Scranton, acquired roughly five years ago.

Mr. Wolfington envisions the building to house both retail and commercial space and residential units, "so Scranton

can have the kind of success story that Philadelphia had" in the downtown.

In Tannersville, Monroe County, he plans to turn the Northridge Four Seasons at Camelback into a "five-star living


Mr. Wolfington's career in real estate began under the tutelage of his cousin, BRIAN O'NEILL of O'Neill Properties

Group, of King of Prussia.

A Bryn Mawr native and married father of three, Mr. Wolfington is concentrating on developing in the Poconos,

saying he likes both the region and the real estate market in the area. More than half his 50 employees currently

work in the Poconos.

His latest endeavor is in Pike County, the state's fastest-growing county. On nearly 3,000 acres in Lehman

Township, he plans to build a residential community, costing between $80 and $95 million, he says. The property

encompasses both the Tamiment Resort and the Mountain Laurel Center for the Performing

Graduate of Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Montgomery County,

St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia and Villanova University, majoring in business.


Georgetown University; LIMO etc.

Chairman Emeritus, Carey International, Inc.

(former Chairman of the Board, The World Travel & Tourism Council)

Carey International, Inc., operates the world's largest chauffeured vehicle service network, with operations in over 480 cities in 75 countries. During "BIG VINCE's" tenure as Chairman of the Board and CEO, he expanded Carey from a company offering services in six cities in the United States to a system offering services in every major city of the world.

Vince has served on various industry-related boards, including the World Travel & Tourism Council, located in London, a member of the Board of the U.S. Travel Business Roundtable located in Washington, DC He has also served as Advisor to the National Academy of Sciences - Transportation Research Board; Founder of the National Paratransit Association; and member of the Board of Directors of the International Limousine Association, London.

Vince Wolfington has served as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Center for Strategic and International Studies as well as a member of its International Board of Counselors. He has served as a Trustee of Georgetown University in Washington, DC,.and has served as a member of the Georgetown University Board of Regents and Board of Governors. He was a founder of and has served as a Trustee of the George E Baker Scholarship Committee of Georgetown University; a member of the Board of Directors of Very Special Arts; a Trustee of Episcopal High School, Alexandria, Virginia; and a member of the Board of Directors of Group Hospitalization and Medical Services, Inc. (Blue Cross/Blue Sheld of the National Capital Area).

Mr. Wolfington graduated from Georgetown University in 1962 and was a pretty good basketball player while in college. His wife, Alicia have five children, Christopher Wolfington, Joan Wolfington Berkery, Mark Wolfington, Jonathan 'JED' Wolfington, and Lindsay Wolfington.

Vince served as an Honorary Pallbearer at the funeral of Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy in August 2009 in a church outside of Boston.


PEGGIE O'NEILL (nee Wolfington)

And with a wink of the eye and the TWO DOLLAR bill.

Peggie was Born May 4, 1935 and Peggie passed away peacefully on September 17, 2011.

Parents are J. Eustace Wolfington and Mary Margaret [nee Hayden] Wolfington.

Peggie was nicknamed "Muz" by her six sons,

16 grandchildren and over 200 cousins.

Peggie attended Our Lady of Lourdes Parochial

School, Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, and

Maryville College of the Sacred Heart in St. Louis, Missouri.

She also studied at St. Joseph's University and St. Charles Borromeo

Seminary b Peggie entered the Sacred Heart Convent, but left to

pursue a family, both on Philadelphia's 'Mainline'.

Peggie was an extraordinary singer with an operatic voice.

Peggie had six boys with her husband Frank O'Neill whom she

married on January 11, 1958: Frank, Brian, Joe, Mike, Bill and Vince.

Peggie insisted her sons work hard to pursue their dreams.

While consistently motivating them to succeed, she demanded that

they conduct themselves in a kind, Christian and gentlemanly manner.

Peggie strictly enforced the standards she held her sons to.

She always wished she had a few daughters. "I always wanted

girls, but ended up with six wonderful boys, troublesome boys at

times, but always wonderful! I always worried about my boys. I

prayed and prayed for them to come home alive, call home more

often, or go back to school, etc. But when I began to love them

exactly as they were, they succeeded more and I found peace in my

heart." Her sons have had great success in real estate, the Marines,

the FBI and the culinary arts. Despite the fact that they live in

various parts of the country,

Peggie always found time to be with them. Pep talks at 5:00 in the morning and cross country flights

just for dinner were common events.

Peggie has four daughters-inlaw and sixteen grandchildren.

Peggie loved her daughters-in-law like the daughters she never had often saying, "I couldn't have

picked them better myself."

Peggie loved her grandchildren and found every excuse in the book to be with them including the

planning of parties for every event she could celebrate.

Peggie had an extraordinary professional career including working

as a life underwriter and sales representative with the Equitable

Life Insurance Company.

Peggie also owned a consulting company specializing in real estate and leadership training.

Peggie worked with her brother Eustace at Half-A-Car as a national sales and marketing consultant to the Ford Motor Company.

She cofounded the Half-A-Car University with Eustace, which taught

Ford and GM dealers to elevate their customer experience, loyalty,

and relationships. Thousands of GM and Ford dealers and their

employees graduated from the Half-A-Car University, significantly

increasing sales and profits in every aspect of their dealership.

Peggie consulted for Mike and Brian O'Neill in their respective

real estate organizations in sales, human resources and business


Peggie created and hosted the TV talk show,

"Passionate Leaders and Powerful People," where she interviewed

leaders of all walks of life in the northeast.

Despite having an active business and family life, Peggie also was

extraordinarily active in charitable and civic organizations. In

1968, when abortion became a forefront issue,

Peggie helped create "Birth Right," a national organization designed to offer help

to mothers who chose giving birth instead of abortion.

Peggie opened thirteen Birth Right centers and helped thousands of young

women bring children into the world. Despite her pro-life beliefs,

Peggie insisted that no one should ever judge a mother for her life

choices. "My job was to help all women in need."

Peggie also founded Prayer Power, which enlisted thousands of Catholics to

pray and help members of the priesthood and other catholic leaders.

Peggie founded The Living Vineyards Prayer Community

and served on the board of Birth Right, St. Edmund's Home for

Children, Sacred Heart, The President's Council of St. Joseph's

University, Our Lady of Lourdes, Prayer Power and countless

other organizations. Peggie received the Papal Cross from Pope

John Paul, II, the Philo Patron Women's Award from St. John

Neumann, the Country Day School of the Sacred Heart

Outstanding Alumni Award, the Ford Motor Company Robert

Rewey Excellence Award for outstanding leadership, and was

inducted into the CYO Hall-of-Fame.

Peggie also founded "Courage of One," a peace movement.

Peggie was a three-time cancer survivor for over 25 years and

finally succumbed to bladder cancer after a three-year battle.

During this period of her deteriorating health, Peggie made a

number of public speeches to raise awareness of the disease and

the importance to maintain a peaceful environment, as a mother,

businesswoman, philanthropist, wife, and cancer survivor. Despite

her hectic schedule and life's challenges,

Peggie wrote two books during the final years of her life, "Juggle without Struggle," which

is currently being published and

"Peg," an autobiography coauthored by Beth Leibson.

Peggie is survived by her husband Frank O'Neill, her six sons, four

daughters-in-law Ione, Jeannie, Miriam, and Alice, sixteen


and seven brothers and sisters, Eustace, Mary Q,

Martie, Harry, Vincent, Guy, and Alex.

Send donations to the Abramson Cancer

Center at the University of Pennsylvania, 399 S. 34th Street, 9

Penn Tower, Philadelphia, PA 19104 or Prayer Power c/o Pamela

Wright at 700 S. Henderson Road, Suite 202, King of Prussia, PA



Mark A. Wolfington

Global Alliance Advisors

Partner and Managing Director – is a founder and former CFO of Air Chef Holdings, LLC. Air Chef provides catering and concierge services to private aircraft in 27 cities in the United States, Mexico and Europe. He is also the President of MAV Ventures LLC, a private investment company. Prior to forming MAV Ventures, he held several management positions at CRW Financial, Inc., a public holding company for service businesses, and its subsidiaries. During his career, he has developed significant expertise in the areas of operations, finance, marketing, strategic planning and investor relations in a high-growth environment. He has experience in acquisitions and business development initiatives due to his role in several industry consolidations. He has been involved in raising private and public capital. Mr. Wolfington acts as liaison with the Advisory Team and also assists in the analysis and process related to investment opportunities for Global Alliance Advisors.

Sean Wolfington

and wife, ANA

Chairman and CEO of The Wolfington Companies, with interests in marketing, technology, real estate and film industries.

At the age of 34, Sean was a finalist in Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” and was named the 2010 “Entrepreneur of Year” by Haute Living magazine.

By the age of 40, Wolfington sold three of the leading digital marketing companies in the automotive industry which had a combined enterprise value of $500,000,000. [that's million]

He currently owns interests in a group of companies in the automotive, technology and entertainment industries.

Sean began his career in the automotive industry in 1989 and in 1999 he co-founded the software and consulting company called Cyber Car/Automark that later sold for $200 million dollars in 2001.

He currently serves as the Chairman and CEO of an enterprise software and digital marketing company called BZ Results. BZ Results has been named Innovative Company of the Year for 2005 by AutoSuccess magazine for providing technology and consulting to automotive manufacturers and retailers; their clients include 9 of the top 10 eCRM dealers of the Year. Wolfington has led each of his companies to attain over 100% growth per year for the first 5 years and has contributed to generating billions of dollars in automotive sales worldwide.

Wolfington also owns a film production company, Metanoia Films , which creates timeless films intended to entertain and inspire movie goers with positive stories that matter.

Jonathan "Jed" Wolfington

Walkumentary Productions

Jed Wolfington is the founder of Walkumentary Productions, a film and video production company that specializes in documentary and short-format digital content. His previous documentaries include "Swing State Ohio" (2006) and the award-winning "Recyclers" (2003). Mr. Wolfington studied filmmaking at the Los Angeles Film School, is a former Peace Corps Volunteer, received a B.A. from Brown University and recently earned an M.A. in International environmental policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

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... ONeills and the Gillins and the Mitas three more Wolfington offspring to the next branchs

Mrs. Martie Gillin grew up in this large Catholic family where she was taught the value of St. Francis' words "for it is in giving that we receive." As she raised nine children, Martie , and her huisband Bob (Big Bob) taught these same values by her example of her faith. Her devotion to the Blessed Mother and the Little Flower helped her survive both breast cancer and the death of her son, Bob, to AIDS in 1992. She and her husband Robert turned their tragedy into a vehicle of hope and comfort for HIV/AIDS patients and their families. Eager to educate, protect and comfort those infected or affected with this modern-day plague, Martie founded AIDS Alive.

Among AIDS Alive's activities are "Hoops for Hope," the Red Ribbon Ball; and the Stay@Home Ball, 30 simultaneous theme dinner parties to support persons infected and affected by AIDS. THANK YOU for this.

Martie Gillin also founded SpeakUP!. SpeakUP! emphasizes the development of communication skills to foster productive dialogue at home, at school, and within the community to enable individuals to make positive choices.

Martie was the Vice President of Business Development and Customer Service at Carey Limousine.

Martie serves in an Advisory/Board capacity to such organizations as Siloam Ministries, Melmark Home Inc., St. Edmond's Home for Crippled Children and Prayer Power

Martie Gillin was also presented with the Caring Award in 2000.

Eustace Wolfington Mita ; his name says it all.

Achristavest Properties LLC (2003-present)

Chairman and CEO

Avista Properties Worldwide LLC

Eustace W. (Euse) Mita , a developer of waterfront properties in New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

.....Wildwood, NJ... HOTEL ICONA diamond Beach.... opened in July 2013

... Cape May property too and now June 2016 ICONA Golden Inn, Avalon, NJ

Euse is also Chairman of Mita Management, a closely held company with interests in the automotive and real estate industries.

Prior to forming Mita Management, Eustace was President and Chief Executive Officer of HAC Group, an automotive dealer training and consulting group with worldwide operations in nineteen countries, acquired by Reynolds & Reynolds in 2000.

In 1984 Eustace found Mita Leasing, a company that created a unique concept in automotive retailing and leasing, and is now celebrating its 20th anniversary. Eustace has also been an executive with the Penske Corporation and Chilton Automotive Publishing.

Eustace currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of both Reynolds & Reynolds (REY:NYSE) and United Auto Group (UAG:NYSE).

Eustace is happily married (Susie) and five children. They reside in a suburb of Philadelphia

Frank Mita

M. Q Wolfington's son

Francis L. Mita, Managing Director - is a senior banking executive with over 30 years’ experience in investments, funding, risk management, sales, and mergers and acquisitions. During his 20 years at MBNA, he initiated the multibillion dollar investment and funding group. He also managed several billion dollars in group assets and developed new markets for MBNA. Previously, Frank served for four years as Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer for the Abu Dhabi International Bank. He began his banking career with the First National Bank of Chicago (now Morgan Chase), including serving as Chief Dealer for First Chicago in Panama. He is responsible for relationships with private equity funds as well as assisting in the analysis and process related to investment opportunities for Global Alliance Advisors.

Guy Wolfington

... one of the greatest of all times

What can be said of GUY...our Brother, our Cousin, our Dad, our friend. A smile comes to your face just the thought of seeing GUY.

Guy A. Wolfington, jr

... yep...son of Guy and Cathy

Regional Development Manager for O'Neill Properties Group. One of the first employees of the company.

Prior to joining with his cousin at O'Neill, Guy held a series of progressively-responsible positions in sales and marketing with the former (Delaware) MBNA America Bank and Philadelphia University.

Holds a BS in Business Administration ,Loyola College

MBA degree from Philadelphia University.

Harry J Wolfington


Harry J. Wolfington of Hallowell, Me. turned his auto sales experience into a multimillion-dollar consulting, training and marketing company that services new car automobile dealerships nationwide. The Wolfington Group incorporated in 1999. Since then, the Augusta-based company has grown from a handful of employees to a company with more than 100 employees servicing 250 dealerships in 43 states. In 2006 The Wolfington Group will produce and mail more than 17 million invitations to dealerships, making them one of the top mailers in the State of Maine and one of the largest automobile marketing companies in the country.

The Wolfington Group provides inventory reduction events supported by direct mail with hands-on automotive professionals. The Wolfington Group is a relationship oriented company producing high impact promotional sales events with measurable results. Our unique staffed event produces high volume, high front and back end gross profits with an incredibly effective training and educational environment without compromising customer satisfaction.

Lisa Wolfington Beatty

The Wolfington Group, LLC

A former broadcast journalist who worked at CNN and ABC News, Lisa knows firsthand how to deal with the news media. She also knows public relations as a company insider and spokesperson. Prior to starting The Wolfington Group, LLC in 2004, she was Vice President of Public Affairs for AdvaMed, the Advanced Medical Technology Association, in Washington, DC. Lisa directed AdvaMed's award-winning media campaign to successfully lobby for key medical technology provisions in Medicare reform.

Before AdvaMed, Lisa worked at Inova Health System in Fairfax, VA for five years as Director of Media Relations while also managing Marketing Communications. She received the National Silver Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of America for Washington's Health Care Response to 9-11-01 and the anthrax attacks.

Lisa entered the field of public relations and marketing in 1996 as spokesperson for Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. From 1990-96, she was a network broadcast reporter on Capitol Hill and reported for CNN, ABC, Fox and Standard New

In 1997, Lisa earned an MBA/MSM in Marketing from the University of Maryland in 2002, and a BA from Glassboro State Colleg(Rowan University).

Christopher M. Wolfington

Chris is Chairman of the Board, President, CEO, Money Centers of America Inc. He has been in the financial services industry for approximately 17 years. He has the Chairman since the inception. From 1991 to 1994 he was a partner in The Stanley Laman Group and from 1995 to 1998 he was President of Casino Money Centers, a subsidiary of CRW Financial, Inc.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Business from the University of Scranton .

Money Centers of America is a family of individuals that are passionately committed to helping our customers make more money and to make a measurable difference in their lives. Our goal is to change the way our customers view cash access services by continuing to develop solutions and systems that remove barriers to a gaming operators profitability. We will make our partners the best they can be by continuing to grow and improve everything we do.


to many an ACTOR; to 100 plus an UNCLE

In 1958, he created the role of Marcellus Washburn, the accomplice and best friend of Harold Hill in original production of The Music Man. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance.

As an actor, he first won acclaim in the 1952 Broadway production of "Mrs. McThing," starring 'Helen Hayes'.

As the longtime West Coast representative of the New York-based Actors' Fund of America, Wolfington helped thousands of actors in need of financial, medical and other assistance.

Served in the Army in World War II and received a Purple Heart and Silver Star and a battlefield commission as second lieutenant.Iggie was buried with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery attended by a large group of relatives, Lt. Wolfington's headstone witnesses his duty to the service , to his men and the deep love he held for his country.

Stage and screen actor who was nominated for a Tony Award for the original Broadway production of "The Music Man."

In 1984 awarded the Life Time Achievment from SGA (Screen Actors Guild)

AND....."The first shall be last and the last shall be first?" So we see with the Wolfington tree that this truth is relevant too.

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      DAD1104 5 years ago

      @anonymous: What state is the car? near Philly?

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      DAD1104 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Would love to hear (read) the history.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi folks, I own a Wolfington 1921 Hispano-Suiza. Anybody in the family interested in it?