Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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John P. Hoffman

JOHN P. HOFFMAN, a highly respected citizen and farmer living in section 3, North township, Labette county, Kansas, is a native of Germany. He was born in 1851, and is a son of Peter and Elizabeth (Rosch) Hoffman. They reared two sons, - John P.; and Crist, who now resides in Parsons, Kansas.

John P. Hoffman, the subject of this sketch, was reared and schooled in his native country, Germany, where he followed farming until he reached, the age of twenty-one years. In 1872 he left Germany for this country; he landed in New York, and thence went to Fremont, Sandusky county, Ohio. He spent six years in that county, where he carried on farming. In March, 18722, Mr. Hoffman moved to Labette county, Kansas, and located in North township, in the east half of the northwest quarter of section 3; he has since bought the south half of the northwest quarter of section 2. He has a thorough knowledge of farming, and being a conscientious, untiring worker, he has made a home for himself and family, which, in its attractiveness, speaks well for its owner's thrift and energy.

Mr. Hoffman was united in marriage with Levina Schmidt, who was a native of Fremont, Sandusky county, Ohio. They have been the parents of seven children, namely: Anna M., who was a member of the class of 1897, in the Labette County High School, at Altamont, and is now a teacher; Albert A., who has the best record ever made in the Labette County High School, and is also teaching; Ida R.; Eloise; Otto S.; Bernedette; and Ralph.

Mr. Hoffman is independent in politics. He belongs to the Anti-Horsethief Association. He is now clerk of North township, and has been a member of the school board. Mr. Hoffman is surrounded by a large circle of friends, who place great confidence in him. In religious belief the family are Catholics.