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Joseph Benjamin Hoffmann

Male 1907 - 1983  (75 years)


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  • Name Joseph Benjamin Hoffmann 
    Born 22 Aug 1907  Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Gender Male 
    Census 1920  Indian Grove, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census 1930  Indian Grove, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Census 1940  Moline, Rock Island, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Name Joe 
    Occupation 1940  [3
    Electric welder, sheet metal factory 
    Reference Number
    Died 16 May 1983  Caldwell, Canyon, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 19 May 1983  Caldwell, Canyon, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Address:
    Canyon Hill Cemetery 
    Notes 
    • By the way, Grandma didn't know for sure on which trip Grandpa met Della Johnson. She thought it might have been on the first trip (1929) but I guess the second trip (either 1930 or 1931, she's not really sure which) he made with Dan Zimmerman and Helen, Dan's girlfriend and later wife, told Grandma some stories about Grandpa and Della so she said it could have been on the second trip, too. Della's dad had something to do with pack animals for hunting and Grandpa spent time in the mountains building roads on the '29 trip so that was why she thought perhaps that was the time they met. (Email from Linda to Megan after speaking to Velma, January 2000).

      From: Linda J. Montgomery [mailto:110235.567@compuserve.com]
      Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2001 9:20 PM
      To: Megan Montgomery
      Subject: grandma's WWII info


      Megan,

      I will send you the info Grandma gave me; she had it written out and I'm
      going to copy her words exactly. I'm not sure if this is exactly what you
      had in mind; it is more about what she and Grandpa were doing during the
      war. If you want something more specific, why don't you send me detailed
      questions and I'll see what I can do. Anyway here goes:

      "Rationing: sugar, coffee, shoes, gas, tires. Tell her what I was doing on
      the Sunday Pearl Harbor was attacked. Dad was gone either hunting or
      fishing and I was home alone.I was cleaning because I was still working at
      the Selective Service Office. We went back to Illinois for Christmas on
      the Portland Rose. That was the year my mother had the ruptured appendix
      so I stayed in Illinois for several weeks to help her.

      Soon after I got back from Illinois, I found I was pregnant. In May we
      decided to go to Portland so Grandpa could work in the shipyards. He did
      that for awhile, then went to work for a company that was building large
      metal trailers to haul military equipment. Linda was born in October;
      somewhere along in that time frame, Grandpa went back to work for the Swan
      Island Shipyards. He worked there until he quit because the foreman told
      him he would have to slow down because he was making the other welders look
      bad. They were working on oil tankers which were very much needed in the
      war effort. Grandpa said "No" he wouldn't slow down and the guy said he
      would be fired. Grandpa said, "I quit!" The guy said, "You'll go right
      into the service." So we moved back to Idaho and bought our little farm
      east of Caldwell. This was at the end of March, 1943. We raised sugar
      beets so the sugar company would let us buy 100 pounds of sugar at a time
      so we didn't have to worry about sugar rationing any more. When we moved
      out on the farm, we had a coal heater in the living room. When Jay was
      born, they let us get an oil heater, which was really an improvement.

      We had both Japanese and German prisoners of war working in our beet fields
      at different times. I can remember the day the war ended. The news came
      over the radio, and I shouted, "The war is over, the war is ended!" and
      began to cry. Linda and Jay couldn't figure out what it was all about and
      looked at me as if I was crazy. It wasn't until some time after the war
      was over that we learned of the Bataan Death March and the raising of our
      flag over Iwo Jima. I remember so well when we dropped the atomic bomb on
      Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was so horrible but it did bring an end to the
      war much sooner.

      Today there are only about 300 of the 3,000 who were forced to march in the
      Bataan Death March."

      And this is the end of her account--like I said, if you had specific
      questions to ask, she might recall more specific details.

      I got Cheryl's birthday stuff today--I got her one of those decorative
      cardboard oval boxes at Kelly's and some stuff to fill it--a bookmark, a
      picture frame magnet, some cute stick-it notes, some regular floral notes,
      a bird house pin with a little hanging bird, and a little packet of spice
      drawer sachet. I now need to get it send. Do you think I should insure it
      when I do or is her neighborhgood safe enough if the mailman just leaves it
      at her door?

      It doesn't look like you have much free time while you are in Toronto. Is
      Sarah coming there to see you? I suppose she'd have to since you are
      without transportation.

      We are going to Pocatello, leaving Friday about 1:00 or so and coming back
      Sunday afternoon/early evening. Marvin's phone number is 208-237-8661
      should you need to get ahold of us. Be sure you give his number to Cheryl,
      too.

      Gotta go--it's time to leave for choir. Talk to you later. By the way,
      loved the darling birthday card--and I love you with all my heart, too.

      Mom

      Indian Grove Twp., Livingston, Illinois Apr 12 1930
      84 84 Kilgus, Herman J. Head R R yes M W 26 M 22 No yes Illinois Germany Illinois 61 13 1 yes Farmer General Farming VVVV 0 yes No 31
      ---Marie A. Wife-H x F W 26 M 22 No yes Illinois Alsace-Lorraine Illinois 61 12 1 yes none
      ---Richard H. Son x M W 0 8/12 S No Illinois Illinois Illinois 61 none
      85 85 Hoffman, Paul Head 0 yes M W 51 M 23 No yes France Alsace-Lorraine Alsace-Lorraine French 12 12 v 1883 No yes Farm Operator
      ---, Emma Wife-H x F W 50 M 22 No yes Illinois Wisconsin Germany 61 13 2 yes None
      ---, Joseph B. Son x M W 22 S No yes Illinois France Illinois 61 12 1 yes Farm Worker General Farming V 1 V V W no 12 No
      ---, Leona A. [sic] Daughter x F W 20 S No yes Illinois France Illinois 61 12 1 yes None
      ---, Levi J. son x M W 18 s No yes Illinois France Illinois 61 12 1 yes Farm Worker Farming V O VV NP yes
      ---, E. Alice Daughter x F W 15 s yes yes Illinois France Illinois 61 12 1 yes None
      ---, Samuel N. son x M W 12 s yes yes Illinois France Illinois 61 12 1 yes None
      ---, Paul Jr. son x M W 9 s yes yes Illinois France Illinois 61 12 1 yes None
      ---, Ralph E. son x M W 6 s no Illinois France Illinois 61 12 1 yes None
      ---, Clyde R. son x M W 3 6/12 s no None

      April 11 1940 Moline Rock Island Illinois SD 14 ED 81-38 Sheet 9A
      7 Avenue
      1212 264 R 30 No Bond Kenneth head M W 22 M No H4 Illinois Muscatine Iowa no yes ---- 42 electric welder sheet metal factory PW 32 1504 no
      ---Irene x wife F W 22 M No H4 Illinois Benton Franklin Illinois No No No No No H 24 240 no
      265 R 30 No Hoffmann Joseph head M W 32 M No 8 Illinois Fairbury Livingston Illinois yes yes - - - - 40 electric welder sheet metal factory PW 24 820 no
      ---Velma x wife F W 23 M No H4 Indiana Forrest Livingston Illinois No Yes - - - - 40 clerk typist Rock Island Arsenal GW 52 1287 no
    Person ID I5  Megan's Big Tree
    Last Modified 17 Oct 2016 

    Father Paul Hoffmann,   b. 7 May 1878, Renaucourt, Haute-Saone, Franche-Comte, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 1933, Bucyrus, Crawford, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Mother Emma Alice Slagel,   b. 5 Mar 1880, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1961, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 7 Dec 1902  Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
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    Notes 
    • MARRIAGES

      HOFFMAN-SLAGLE

      Mr. Paul Hoffman and Miss Emma Slagle were united in marriage at the Amish church southeast of Fairbury, Sunday, December 7. The ceremony was performed at 3 o'clock by Rev. Chris Garber in the presence of a large concourse of people. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Slagle, of south of Fairbury, and is a most estimable young lady. The groom is a resident of Cisna [sic] Park and a brother of Mrs. J. G. Swing, of this city. He is an industrious and energetic young man. They will reside on a farm south of Fairbury and their friends join us in wishing them success and happiness during life. A number of Fairbury people were present at the wedding.
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    Family ID F12  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Velma Marie Swing,   b. 19 Feb 1917, Francesville, Pulaski, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 2007, Boise, Ada, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 12 Mar 1938  Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Linda Jo Hoffmann
     2. Jay Brian Hoffmann,   b. 23 May 1944, Boise, Ada, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1984, Walker, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
     3. Paula Marie Hoffmann
     4. Carla Ann Hoffmann
    Last Modified 18 Oct 2016 14:48:01 
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Joseph and Velma Hoffmann Wedding Day.jpg
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    Hunting in Idaho
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    Joe, Marie, Herman, Alice & Al closer up.jpg
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    Joe and Velma (Swing) Hoffmann - Wedding Day
    Joe and Velma (Swing) Hoffmann - Wedding Day
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  • Sources 
    1. [S25] 1920 Census.

    2. [S27] 1930 Census.

    3. [S1267] 1940 Census.

    4. [S363] Memorial Program.
      Block 72, Lot 22 East Half, Space 3

    5. [S580] Obituary of Paul Hoffmann.