Herbert Peter Hoffman
b. 7 February 1876, d. 7 October 1924
- Herbert Peter Hoffman was born on 7 February 1876 in Niagara County, New York.
- Henry Hoffman and Catharine Carl appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1880 in Lewiston Township, Niagara County, New York. Other members of the household included Herbert Peter Hoffman, Albert John Hoffman, Milton F. Hoffman, Henry J. Hoffman, Lillian L. Hoffman, Mary Carl and Peter Carl.
- Henry Hoffman and Catharine Carl appeared in the New York state census of 16 February 1892 in Niagara, Niagara Falls, New York. Other members of the household included Herbert Peter Hoffman, Albert John Hoffman, Milton F. Hoffman, Henry J. Hoffman and Lillian L. Hoffman.
- He married Bird C. Greenleaf circa 1899.
- Henry Hoffman and Catharine Carl appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 726 Linwood Avenue. Other members of the household included Herbert Peter Hoffman.
- He was a carpenter, according to the 1900 census.
- Herbert Peter Hoffman and Bird C. Greenleaf appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 717 Linwood Avenue. Other members of the household included Clarence E. Hoffman and Kenneth E. Hoffman. Also in the household was Earl Nolan (age 16), identified as a son but perhaps Bird's nephew (?), also enumerated as the son of Edward and Elizabeth Nolan in Monroe County, Michigan.
- He was employed as a fireman by the fire department, according to the 1910 census.
- Herbert Peter Hoffman registered for the draft on 12 September 1918 in New York While living with his wife Bird at 717 Linwood in Niagara Falls, and employed there as a city fireman.
- Herbert Peter Hoffman died on 7 October 1924 at age 48 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 4214 Washington Street at his residence.
- Bird C. Greenleaf became a widow at his death.
- He was interred at Riverdale Cemetery, Lewiston, Niagara County, New York.
- The following appeared on 8 October 1924 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: Herbert P. Hoffman, second assistant chief of the Niagara Falls fire department, died suddenly at 7:40 o'clock last night at his home, No. 4214 Washington street, of uremic poisoning. He was ill less than an hour. Assistant Chife Hoffman was on duty at the Niagara avenue firehall yesterday. He was stricken ill while at home to supper. He lapsed into coma and physicians were called but he died without regaining consciousness.
Chief Hoffman was 48 years old and a native of Niagara, being a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hoffman, old settlers of the village of Suspension Bridge. His entire life was spent in this community. He was appointed to the fire department on May 1, 1989 and on April 5 1911 was promoted to captain and placed in charge of the Tenth street firehall. He remained in charge of that house until May 15, 1923, when he was appointed second assistant fire chife with headquarters at the Niagara avenue firehall. Chief Hoffman was recognized in the department as an efficient official and a strict disciplinarian. He was an associate member of the International Association of Fire Engineers.
A member of Niagar River Masonic lodge, Chief Hoffman was affiliated with many Masonic bodies and was a 32d degree Mason. He was a member, also, of the Odd Fellows lodge and the Exempt Firemen's association He is survived by his wife and two sons, Clarence and Kenneth; three brothers, Albert, Henry and Milton; and a sister, Mrs. Lily Rieger.
The funeral will be held on Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home and will be under Masonic auspices. Burial will be in Riverdale cemetery.
- The following appeared on 10 October 1939 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: (A Peep Into the Past) Members of the city fire department turned in large numbers 15 years ago today to attend the funeral of Herbert P. Hoffman, second assistant chief of the department, who had died unexpectedly two days before. He was a native of Niagara Falls, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hoffman, pioneer residents of Suspension Bridge, and had been appointed to the department in 1898. He was promoted to the rank of captain in 1911 and served at the Tenth street hall until 1923, when he was made assistant chief and placed in charge of the Niagara avenue hall.
His death, caused by uremic poisoning, came unexpectedly. He returned home from duty in the evening and was stricken while eating supper, dying within an hour. He was a 32nd degree Mason and was also active in Odd Fellows' and Exempt firemen's affairs. He was survived by his wife and two sons, Clarence and Kenneth, as well as by three brothers, Albert, Henry and Milton, and a sister, Mrs. Lily Rieger.
- The following appeared on 18 December 1952 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: Mrs. Bird C. Hoffman, 76, of 1371 Michigan avenue, a resident of this city for the last 50 years, died late yesterday at her home.
Mrs. Hoffman was the wife of the late Herbert T. Hoffman, second assistant fire chief here in 1924. She was a member of Riverdale Rebekah Lodge 195 and Niagara Frontier Lodge 658, Order of Eastern Star.
Surviving are a so, Clarence E. Hoffman, Lewiston; three brothers, William E., Edson B. and Grover C. Greenleaf; two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Richards and Mrs. Maude M=VanPatten, all of Michigan, and a grandson, Herbert W. Hoffman, Lewiston.
Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Graham D. Child, pastor of the First Congregational church, at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Gridley Funeral home.
Burial will be in Riverdale cemetery.
- Last Edited: 26 Jan 2015