Biography of Frederick H. Hoffman
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies

Frederick Herbert Hoffman. - Representative among the resourceful and aggressive business men of Columbus, is Frederick Herbert Hoftman, who is president of The Andrus Scofield Company, Randolph, West and Naghten Streets, importers, roasters, and jobbers of coffees, teas, nuts, spices and miscellaneous food products. On October 1, 1882, Mr. Hoffman first beheld the light of day on East Main Street in Lancaster, Ohio. He is the son of George H. and the late Laura (Reinhold) Hoftman His father lives a retired life in Lancaster, where he was born on December 5, 1850, and in which city, throughout a long and active career he successfully engaged in the grocery business on Main Street opposite the court house. His mother, who died in 1922, was the daughter of Frederick and Martha (Myers) Reinhold. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Hoftman: Frederick Herbert, the subject of this sketch; Edith (Mrs. Frank A. Lankford), of Jacksonville, Florida; Julia, unmarried, who resides with her father in Lancaster, and J. Thomas, attorney of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The boyhood and early life of Frederick Herbert Hoffman was spent in Lancaster. There he attended the public schools and the high school. He read law for two years in the office of M. A. Daugherty, Lancaster, but the urge of business activity caused him to withdraw from his studious pursuit and he entered the employment with the city of Lancaster, which owned and operated a Municipal Natural Gas Plant. He was elected secretary and served in that capacity until he became identified with the Logan Gas Company in a similar capacity. After being thus employed for several years, he decided he could sell gas pipe, and became sales manager for the Pittsburgh Supply Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In 1912 he, through the purchase of stock, became identified with The Andrus Scofield Company of Columbus, serving as vice president until 1925, when he was elected to the office of president. Mr. Hoftman is also president of the Weight Corrector Corporation of Columbus, and is treasurer of the Variety Rolling Door Company of Westerville.

On November 30, 1912, Mr. Hoffman was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Brundage, the daughter of M. H. and Ella H. Brundage of Tiffin, Ohio. Mr. Brundage is now deceased and Mrs. Brundage resides in Toledo, Ohio.

Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Hoftman: Jane B., who last June (1930) graduated from the Columbus School for Girls; Frederick Herbert, Jr., born August 27, 1918, and little Ann, who died in infancy.

Mr. Hoftman is a member of the Broad Street Presbyterian Church; Lancaster Lodge No. 57 Free and Accepted Masons; Scioto Consistory, Thirty second degree, and Aladdin Temple, and he also holds membership in the Rotary Club, Young Men's Business Club, Chamber of Commerce, Athletic Club, and the Columbus Country Club.

The family residence is at 1133 East Broad Street, Columbus.

The Andrus Scofield Company, widely known importers and roasters of coftee and tea, and manufacturers of the famous Capitol Brand Pure Food Products, is among the oldest and most reputable of business houses of Columbus.

It was established in 1873 by Mr. W. F. Andrus. Mr. Andrus moved here from Boston, Massachusetts, and was a member of a family that had been associated with the coftee and tea business in Boston and New York for more than 100 years. With a vision of business opportunities in the Middle West, Mr. Andrus and a Mr. Farmer, established the business in 1873, now known as The Andrus Scofield Company.

After a few years Mr. Farmer died, and his interest was acquired by the late L. T. Scofield, of Westerville, Ohio, who became associated with Mr. Andrus in 1880, the firm thereafter being known as The Andrus Scofield Company.

Mr. Andrus was a typical down east Yankee, honest and conscientious in all his dealings, and well versed from long experience in the art of roasting and blending coffee, and those same grades of coffee are being roasted and blended by the Andrus Scofield Company. After the death of Mr. Andrus in 1912, L. T. Scofield became president of the company, and his long business experience and fair dealings were recognized by the citizens of this city, and he was one of the substantial merchants of his day.

In 1912 Mr. F. H. Hoftman, who had recently acquired an interest in the business, became vice president, and was associated with Mr. Scofield in the business until Mr. Scofield retired in 1925, at which time Mr. Hoffman was elected president, and has been active in the management of the business since that time.

The present plant of The Andrus Scofield Company at Randolph, West and Naghten Streets, is fully equipped with the latest improved machinery. The business is wholesale exclusively, and it engages in extensive trade throughout the central and southern states. Frequently there are train loads of coffee, tea, and peanuts on their railroad siding. Among the various products which the company manufactures are Capitol Coftee, which has a large sale throughout Ohio and the Middle West, and their Capitol Brand Honey Peanut Butter, a patented product, has a distribution almost national in scope.

Mr. S. L. Van Orman, general manager, who was associated with government warehouses in Columbus during the World War, and later with the Ohio Warehouse Company, is the efficient and enterprising manager of the company's products.

Mr. S. S. Conaway, who is a recent addition to the Andrus Scofield Company, as director of sales, is a graduate of Ohio State University in 1924, and has been merchandising manager for several of the larger food manufacturers during the past six years.

History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930

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