1907 - 1983 (75 years)
||Joseph Benjamin Hoffmann |
||22 Aug 1907
||Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States 
||Indian Grove, Livingston, Illinois, United States 
||Indian Grove, Livingston, Illinois, United States 
||Moline, Rock Island, Illinois, United States 
|Electric welder, sheet metal factory |
||16 May 1983
||Caldwell, Canyon, Idaho, United States
||19 May 1983
||Caldwell, Canyon, Idaho, United States 
Canyon Hill Cemetery
- 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:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2001 9:20 PM
To: Megan Montgomery
Subject: grandma's WWII info
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
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,
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.
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
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
||Megan's Big Tree
||17 Oct 2016 |
||Paul Hoffmann, b. 7 May 1878, Renaucourt, Haute-Saone, Franche-Comte, France , d. 21 Sep 1933, Bucyrus, Crawford, Ohio, United States (Age 55 years) |
||Emma Alice Slagel, b. 5 Mar 1880, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States , d. 25 Dec 1961, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States (Age 81 years) |
||7 Dec 1902
||Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States [1, 6]
||Family Bible pg3.jpg
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.
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Velma Marie Swing, b. 19 Feb 1917, Francesville, Pulaski, Indiana, United States , d. 3 Jul 2007, Boise, Ada, Idaho, United States (Age 90 years) |
||12 Mar 1938
||Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States
| ||1. Linda Jo Hoffmann, b. Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States |
| ||2. Jay Brian Hoffmann, b. 23 May 1944, Boise, Ada, Idaho, United States , d. 11 Aug 1984, Walker, Texas, United States (Age 40 years)|
| ||3. Paula Marie Hoffmann, b. Nampa, Canyon, Idaho, United States |
| ||4. Carla Ann Hoffmann, b. Caldwell, Canyon, Idaho, United States |
||9 Sep 2018 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
|Born - 22 Aug 1907 - Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States
|Married - 12 Mar 1938 - Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States
|Census - 1940 - Moline, Rock Island, Illinois, United States
|Died - 16 May 1983 - Caldwell, Canyon, Idaho, United States
|Buried - Address:
Canyon Hill Cemetery - 19 May 1983 - Caldwell, Canyon, Idaho, United States
- [S23] 1910 Census.
- [S25] 1920 Census.
- [S27] 1930 Census.
- [S1267] 1940 Census.
- [S363] Memorial Program.
Block 72, Lot 22 East Half, Space 3
- [S580] Obituary of Paul Hoffmann.