Biography of John W. Hoffamann

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JOHN W. HOFFMANN, of Oak Glen, was born at a place about five miles northeast of Coblentz on the Rhine, Prussia, in 1827. He came to America in 1842, and settled at Niles, Cook County. Was married to Mary Ann Engels, of McHenry County. and has eleven children. His oldest son, F. N., is Postmaster at the present time. The second son, J. A., is station agent at Morton, and telegraph operator; and the fourth son, Edward, is telegraph operator in Wadsworth, all on the St. Paul railroad. In 1848 Mr. Hoffmann went to Muskegon. Mich., where he spent the greater part of three years. In 1852, during the gold excitement, went to California by the overland route, returning by way of Panama in 1857. On his return he built a store in Niles. but in 1867 moved to Northfield, where he put up a large building and carried on a store and saloon. Mr. Hoffmann has been permanently identified with public affairs, and has held many official positions. He was for four years Supervisor, and two years Collector, of the township of Niles. Has been Justice of the Peace for Northfield fifteen years, and notary public for ten years: has also been secretary of the Northfield Mutual Insurance Company for nine years, and Postmaster for thirteen years. Mr. Hoffmann is a member of the Roman Catholic Church.

FROM:
History of Cook County, Illinois
From the earliest period to the present time.
BY: A. T. Andreas
A. T. Andreas, Publisher
Chicago 1884.