Biographical sketch of WILLIAM HOFFMAN from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.
This bio spans three (3) pages: 469-471
A most respected farmer in Lynn township is William Hoffman, who was born in Oakland county October 15, 1859, and is a son of Christopher and Hannah (Meltzer) Hoffman, natives of Germany and of that class of citizens whose industrious and quiet habits gain them the respect of any community in which they may happen to cast their lot.
Christopher Hoffman located in Detroit in 1855, on first coming to this country, and resided in the City of the Straits several years, and then purchased forty acres of wooded land in Lynn township.This he partially cleared from the forest, then sold and bought, in 1866, a tract of eighty acres in section 5, in the same township, evidence that he had been frugal as well as industrious.With the help of his boys, however, he secured a fine home, on which his wife died in 1896, and on which his own death occurred May 4, 1901, both in the faith of the Methodist Protestant church, of which they were devout and active members.In politics he was decidedly and earnestly a Republican, and, although not an office-seeker, served as pathmaster for several years.To him and wife were born four children, viz: Theodore, deceased; Amos, who married Grace Both, after whose death he married Annie Reeder, and lives at Manistee, Michigan; William whose name opens this biography; and Henry, who is married to Lulu Booth, and lives at Bear Lake, Manistee county, Michigan.
William Hoffman was reared to agricultural pursuits on his father’s farm and was well instructed in all its mysteries and intricacies, being now t6he owner of a fine farm of his own, comprising one hundred and twenty acres.October 11, 1883, William Hoffman married Maria Roberts, widow of Frank Roberts and a daughter of Samuel Cummings, a well-to-do farmer of Lapeer county.The family consists of the following children:Sylvia Roberts, who is married to Clinton Stephens and lives in Maple Valley; Frankie, a teacher; and May, Ina, Christie, John, Lucille and Bruce (Hoffman), who are still under the parental roof.
William Hoffman and wife are members of the Methodist Protestant church, and are liberal contributors financially to its support, besides being active in pushing along the good work in which the congregation is engaged.They are not at all ostentatious in their labor of love and usefulness in this respect, finding their reward within their own breasts.Fraternally, Mr. Hoffman is a member of the Knights of the Maccabees and he and wife are both members of the Patrons of Husbandry.Politically he is a Republican, but although he is always prompt at the polls and active in advancing the interests of his party, he has never sought an office for himself, preferring to leave to others the doubtful honors and uncertain emoluments of office holding, while he attends strictly to his farm duties and the care of his family.He raises all the crops usual to the clime, such as wheat, corn, oats, hay, etc., and also handles horses, cattle, sheep and hogs, and has been very successful in both branches of farming.He feeds his stock from the products of his farm, and finds by this process a more profitable result than it he sold his stock unfattened and disposed of his grain in bulk.
William Hoffman, having been reared from childhood in St. Clair county, and having led a life of strict integrity and commendable industry, now counts his friends by the hundreds, and there is probably no more respected resident within the bounds of Lynn township, in which respect his family have a full share.He is modest and unassuming, but has a full comprehension of his duties as a citizen, is public-spirited and ever ready to contribute toward the construction of such township improvements as he feels will redound to the benefit of all.
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