Mabel Rolf

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Rolf, Mabel (Hubbard)


Mabel Carpenter Hubbard, daughter of John B. and Eva (Goldsmith) Hubbard. She married Frederick Henry Rolf in June, 1907.




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Spatial Coverage

Location of photo is unknown.  The 1920 census shows Mabel Rolf living at 278 Boston Street (this location is reflected in all spatial information on this page).

Local and National Historic Districts

Guilford Historic Town Centre as listed on the National Register of Historic Places but not in either of the Local Historic Districts

1868 District Name

South East District of the Village Center

Location Based on Modern Roads

Between Rt 1 and Rt 146, East of River Street


Guilford, CT


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Various sources have provided information on this photo. 

Frances Swietlicki reports that “Mabel C. Hubbard and Frederick W. Rolf were married on 26 June 1907 by Rev. William Given Andrews. They appear in the 1910, 1920, and 1930 US Censuses. The 1930 US Census shows Frederick, age 54, proprietor of Grain Feed Store & Mabel was age 45. He has the same employment remarks in the earlier censuses, and the 1920 Census shows that they lived at 278 Boston Street.”

Deborah Miles observed that Mabel Hubbard later Rolf lived in the white house on Boston Street at the bad curve about half way between the green and Alder brook Cemetery. She and her husband Frederick owned the land behind their home and created a small private development called Rolf Gardens. My parents were originally landowners there, and it is where I grew up. It was started in 1953 and the original houses are there with several additions. Mabel and Frederick named the three sections Preble Drive, my section, Requa Circle, and Mafre Drive. The first 2 are old family names from the Netherlands and the last is a combo of their first names. My parents, Frederick and Jean Hinners, lived there until they passed away two years ago. Mabel lived to be quite elderly into the 1960s, and when she died the house was sold to the Downing family. Several times cars crashed into the porch of her home because of accidents on the curve. Great place to grow up. Eric family lived there and owned the Village Store. Other residents included the Hull family who owned the Hull Paint Store, the Valente family who owned Sachem's Country House, the Flanagan's who owned Vicky's Corner Restaurant in Madison. Also, Bill Demond was an artist who did most of the local signs for businesses like the Captain's Table. The Downers owned Cinder Lynn Beauty Salon and the Guilford Coin Store. Mabel sold the land and water rights to all of them. She was a beautiful woman in her youth

Deborah Miles also recalled that Mabel's brother was known as "Tinker John" and he had a small workshop just off the green on Water Street. He would walk thru the neighborhood sometimes to sharpen knives for the ladies. He was a neighborhood staple like the Good Humor man, the Maple Shade milk man and the Dugan bread man.

Philip Hamilton remembered that Tinker John also owned and operated Hubbard's Tinker Shop: “I cannot tell you how often that I'd go there seeking more supplies for my homemade go carts! And that great man always had patience for my concern over paying a full dollar for a drive axle shaft, or something similar. He would even offer to bore the steel for me as I didn't own a drill press and much other equipment.” And I think that this gentleman rode a beautiful fully dressed BMW motorcycle complete with saddle bags...Impressed me to say the very least...

The following is from “A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County Volume II,” the S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1918.

"Frederick Henry Rolf, who is leaving the impress of his individuality upon the political and commercial history of the state, makes his home in Guilford, where he was born January 29, 1876, his parents being George P. and Mary S. (Storer) Rolf. The father was born in England and in his boyhood days came to America with his parents, who settled in Guilford, where he was reared and educated. There he learned the stonemason's trade, which he followed for many years, and later he engaged in the livery business, conducting a livery and sales barn. At the present time he is carrying on a large live stock sales business at No. 190 Grand avenue, in New Haven but continues to make his home in Guilford, where he has taken a prominent part in public affairs, filling various positions of honor and trust, including the offices of burgess, selectman, mayor and member of the finance board. His wife, who was born in Le Roy, New York, is also living.

Frederick H. Rolf, their only child, passed through consecutive grades in the Guilford schools to the high school and later became a student in the Yale Business College, after which he turned his attention to the drug business, in which he engaged for a short time in New Haven. He did not find that pursuit congenial and for a brief period engaged in office railroad work. In 1897, at the age of twenty-one, he purchased the Sachems Head Canning Company of Guilford and also a grain, feed and coal business. The canning company was established in 1874 by D. N. Benton and at the time of Mr. Rolf's purchase was a small con- cern but had a well established reputation for the quality of its products. Mr. Rolf built up the business from that point until the plant today has a capacity of a half million cans of tomatoes per year and also packs apples, squash, pumpkins and other lines. The Guilford brand of canned tomatoes has the reputation of being the highest quality of canned tomatoes on the market. The factory is equipped with all modern devices for the sanitary handling of the vegetables, everything is done with the utmost care and after the preliminary stages the vegetables are not handled by any person but through machinery processes the packing is completed. During the canning season the plant employs from seventy-five to one hundred operatives. Mr. Rolf owns an extensive farm and grows his own tomatoes, also buying from other growers in this vicinity. The canning factory is only operated during the season when the vegetables are upon the market but the feed, grain and coal business is conducted throughout the year and in that line Mr. Rolf enjoys an extensive, gratifying and growing patronage. He is a man of resourceful ability, alert and enterprising, and he is a trustee of the Eagle Hose Company of Guilford and is secretary and treasurer of the Guilford Mutual Fire Insurance Company, which he aided in organizing.

In June, 1907, Mr. Rolf was married to Miss Mabel Carpenter Hubbard, of Guilford, where she was born. She is a daughter of John B. and Eva (Goldsmith) Hubbard, who were natives of Guilford, where her father passed away, but her mother is still living. Both were representatives of old and prominent families of Guilford.

In politics Mr. Rolf is a stalwart republican and his fellow townsmen, recognizing his worth and ability, have frequently called upon him to serve in public offices. He has been borough clerk, burgess and auditor and in 1904, when twenty-eight years of age, he was elected to represent his district in the state legislature, being the youngest member of the house during the session of 1905. In the fall of 1916 he was elected state senator and is now chairman of the labor committee and a member of the finance committee. As chair- man of the former he has made an exhaustive study of labor conditions in the state and put forth effective work in this connection for the benefit of all classes. He belongs to the Third Congregational church, for many years has been superintendent of its Sunday school and is very active in other departments of the church work. He likewise belongs to St. Albans Lodge, F. & A. M., and to the Royal Arch Chapter of Guilford and is a member of Menuncatuck Lodge, I. 0. 0. P., and was the youngest incumbent in the office of noble grand in that organization. He likewise belongs to Hollis Encampment, No. 34, and he is a member of the New Haven Chamber of Commerce. He cooperates in all of its well defined plans for the upbuilding and development of his city and he keeps in touch with all of those broad ques- tions which affect the general interests of society. He is a broadminded man, the spirit of progress dominating him in his connection with commercial interests, municipal affairs and the welfare of the commonwealth."


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