Biography of George A. Hoffman
North Central Ohio Biographies

George Alfred Hoffman is a representative and widely known business man of Mansfield, where he is superintendent of the New Method Stove Company. He was born in this city, May 29, 1878, the son of John and Henrietta (Weide) Hoffman.

John Hoffman was born at Frankfort, Germany, Sept. 11, 1852, the son of Albert Hoffman, who was one of the prominent pioneers of Richland County, having settled on the old Hedges farm in 1873. The Hoffmans were owners of large flour mills in Germany before coming to the United States. John Hoffman came to Mansfield early in life and for a time was employed by Joel Lonas, superintendent of the Aultman Taylor Machinery Company. Mr. Hoffman was identified with this company for many years and became foreman of the woodworking department. He now lives retired at Mansfield. His wife died in 1929. She was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1857, the daughter of Charles and Julia Weide, who came to this country about 1865 and settled at Mansfield. Mr. Hoffman is a Democrat, and an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman were born five children, as follows: Anna, deceased; Minnie, lives at Mansfield; George Alfred, the subject of this sketch; Jacob, lives at Mansfield; and Mary, deceased.

George Alfred Hoffman grew up in Mansfield and received his education in the public schools of this city. He entered the employ of the Coss Company, where he learned die and tool making, and in 1898 he became associated with the Monarch Stove Company in that capacity. When that company was merged with the American Stove Company in 1903 the business was removed to Cleveland, Ohio, and at that time Mr. Hoffman became superintendent and works manager of the newly organized New Method Stove Company. Since 1903 he has continued with the company, and is also serving as development engineer.

Mr. Hoffman was married first in 1902 to Miss Maude Adeline Ernst, who died in 1912. She was the daughter of Frank and Adeline (Bortz) Ernst, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Ohio. Mr. Ernst served throughout the Civil War. Both he and his wife are deceased and are buried in Mansfield. To George Alfred and Maude Adeline (Ernst) Hoffman were born four daughters: Mildred; Adeline; Mary and Esther, twins. All are graduates of Mansfield High School. In 1913 Mr. Hoffman married Berdie (Croft) Arnold, the daughter of Jack and M. (Member) Croft, natives of Ohio, both now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman have a daughter, Betty Jean, student. By her former marriage, Mrs. Hoffman has three children: Albert P. Arnold, teller, Richland Trust Company, Mansfield; Dorothy Geraldine Arnold, lives at Mansfield; and Catherine, married Charles Ackerman, lives at Toledo, Ohio.

In politics Mr. Hoffman has always been independent. He is now serving his second term as a member of the Mansfield School Board, having been elected to that office in 1925 and again in 1929.

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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