Biography of Anselm Hoefner


Hoefner, Anselm, Buffalo, was born in Bavaria, Germany, in January, 1831. His father, George, a brewer, reared eight daughters and three sons, the latter being Michael, Alois and Anselm, and came to America in 1848, settling in Buffalo, where he died a year later; his wife, Margaret Hathman, died in 1890, aged ninety-three. Michael and Alois engaged in the brewing industry and in 1860 had one of the largest breweries in the city; they subsequently built the present co-operative brewery on High street. Anselm Hoefner learned the trade of bricklayer, which he followed until 1852, when he engaged in the manufacture of potash on Monroe street. In 1854 he moved his establishment to the locality then known as the Hydraulics, now 162-170 Van Rensselaer street, where he added the manufacture of candles and soap and with his three sons now conducts the American Star Soap factory, one of the largest in the city. Gregory Ritt was a partner from 1855 to 1862; in 1884 Mr. Hoefner's sons, Anthony J. and Anseim M., were given each an interest, the former having been connected with the business from 1872. The factory was burned in 1881 and immediately afterward the present establishment was erected. The business has grown steadily, especially since 1876, and a branch office is maintained in Baltimore. They manufacture twenty-eight brands of laundry soap, all kinds of toilet soaps, the only scouring soap in the city and washing powders and export large quantities to South America and Australia. Mr. Hoefner is a Democrat, was supervisor one term, but has declined further political honors. He is a member of the C. M. B. A. and the Knights of St. John. His wife, Barbara Rentz, is a native of Darmstadt, Germany, and they have five sons and two daughters. One son, Anthony 3., has been for eight years a manager of the Catholic Institute, is a member of the C. M. B. A. and the Knights of Columbus, and general manager of the factory. Anseim M. is the practical soap maker and superintendent.

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