Alois A. Offerman. - Both as a member of the legal profession and as a solid citizen, Alois A. Offerman stands
high in public esteem at Joliet. He was born in Troy Township, Will County, Ill., Aug. 17, 1885, the son of Henry
and Theresa (Pfleger) Offerman.
Henry Offerman, deceased, was born in 1852, in Prussia, Germany, near the Luxemburg line. He came to the United
States in 1873 and settled in Joliet, Ill. He married Theresa Pfleger, who was born at Joliet, and she survives
him and still resides at Joliet. Mr. Offerman was a farmer in Plainfield Township, later removing to Troy Township
where he was a successful farmer for many years. In 1893 he removed to Joliet Township where he lived retired until
his death, which occurred April 15, 1919. He served as school director of Joliet Township. He was a member of St.
John's Catholic Church, and the Western Catholic Union. To Mr. and Mrs. Offerman eleven children were born. 1.
Alois A., the subject of this sketch. 2. Henry J., deceased, buried in St. Joseph's cemetery, Watervliet, Mich.
3. Joseph H., Cicero, Ill. 4. Lawrence A., World War veteran, served in France, Joliet. 5. Albert P., served with
the 2nd Engineers in France; was gassed and shell shocked during war. Served in five battles, lives at Joliet.
6. Theresa J., at home. 7. Leo M., Joliet, World War veteran, served in France with 2nd Engineers. He was in five
battles and was wounded. Also was with the Army of Occupation. 8. Delphina A., at home. 9. George E. Joliet. 10.
Marie, married Charles J. Myler, Joliet. 11. Celia J., at home.
Alois A. Offerman was reared on his father's farm and attended the public schools of Joliet Township and St. John's
Parochial School. During his summer vacations he learned telegraphy in the Santa Fe Railroad offices, at which
he worked later as an operator before entering college. He graduated from DePaul Preparatory College in 1915, and
from the Law School of DePaul University in 1918 with the degri of Bachelor of Laws. That year he established his
office in Joliet, and is located at 414 Joliet National Bank Building.
In 1918 Mr. Offerrnan enlisted in the U. S. Army and served in the Officers Training School at DePaul University
until December 16, 1918, when he was discharged.
Alois A. Offerman married, July 29, 1924, Miss Mary A. McGowan, who was born in Wilton Township, Will County, a
daughter of Patrick F. and Theresa (Dwyer) McGowan. Mr. McGowan was born in Wilton Township and followed agriculture
until he. retired. Mrs. McGowan was born in Braidwood, Ill. They now reside in Joliet. Mr. and Mrs. Offerman have
a son, Donald A., born March 26, 1926, and a daughter, Mary Frances, born April 13, 1928.
Mr. Offerman is a member of the Will County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the American
Bar Association. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Knights of Columbus, Joliet Council, 382; B. P. O. Elks,
296; American Legion, Harwood Post, No. 5; and the Chamber of Commerce. He takes an active interest in all civic
affairs. He was elected to the Board of School Inspectors in 1922, and reelected in 1925; again in 1928, and is
now president of the Joliet City School Board. The family are members of St. John's Catholic Church.
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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