Biography of Orsan S. Hofman
North Central Ohio Biographies

Orsan S. Hofman. One of the best known citizens of Huron County is Oran S. Hofman, who lives retired at Plymouth. He was born here, Oct. 5, 1852, the son of Augustine and Sarah Lingle (Light) Hofman.

Augustine Hofman was a native of York, Pa., born Sept. 14, 1822, and his wife was born at Plymouth, Feb. 20, 1830. At the age of five years he was brought to Plymouth, Ohio, by his parents, John and Caroline Hofman, who came to Ohio from Pennsylvania during the early days. John Hofman established a jewelry business at Bucyrus, Ohio, and was thus engaged at the time of his death. He served in the Mexican War, as drummer boy. Augustine Hofman lived at Mansfield, where he was educated. He learned the jewelry business with his father, and later founded a jewelry business at Plymouth, which he disposed of to his brother, George Hofman. Mr. Hofman died in October, 1878, and his wife died in 1915. Both are buried at Plymouth. Their children were: Mary Elizabeth, the widow of George Startzman, lives at South Pasadena, Calif.; Eleanor Augusta, married D. B. King, both deceased; Orsan S., the subject of this sketch; Annie Marie, married James G. Graham, lives at South Pasadena, Calif.; and Chase P., lives at Springfield, Ohio.

The education of Orsan S. Hufman was received in the public schools of Plymouth, and at an early age he became associated with his father's jewelry business. In 1873 he went to Newark, Ohio, where he was employed in a jewelry store. Three years later he was located at Bloomville, Ohio, and from 1879 until 1881 managed the interests of his mother at Plymouth. Mr. Hofman then opened a jewelry store at Springfield, Ohio, which he sold in 1894. In that year he went to Columbus, Ohio, and organized the Hofman Jewelry Company, at 78 North High Street, which was incorporated. Mr. Hofman became president, treasurer and general manager. The business was wholesale as well as retail, and became one of the well known establishments of Columbus. Mr. Hof man sold his interests in 1915 and has since lived retired at Plymouth. He had erected the Hofman Building at 78 North High Street, Columbus, in 1907, and in 1914 built a fine residence in Bexley, which he sold in 1919. Mr. Hofman also acquired extensive real estate hOldings at San Diego, Calif., in 1919, of which he is still in possession. He is a director of the Peoples National Bank of Plymouth, and served for three years on the board of trustees of the Huron County Children's Home.

In October, 1876, Mr. Hofman was united in marriage with Miss Sina Ann Beelman, who died in 1908, and is buried in Mansfield. She was the daughter of Jacob and Mary Beelman, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Ohio. He engaged in the furniture business for a number of years and was also a funeral director. He is buried in Columbus and his wife is buried in Mansfield. To Orsan S. and Sina Ann (Beelman) Hofman one son was born, Jay B., who died Sept. 23, 1898, while in service during the Spanish American War.

Mr. Hofman was married (second) on May 4, 1910, to Mrs. Cynthia (Dalie) Allen, the daughter of George W. and Elizabeth (Crofts) Dalie, natives of Maine and England, respectively. Both are buried at Springfield, Ohio.

Mr. Hofman is a Republican and has served as central committeeman. He is former president of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, and holds membership in the Church of Christ Scientist. He is affiliated with Franklin Lodge, F. & A. M., and on Oct. 24, 1894, was crowned a 33rd degree Mason, of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction in New York City.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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