Bird C. Greenleaf
b. February 1876, d. 17 December 1952
- Bird C. Greenleaf was born in February 1876 in Michigan.
- She married Herbert Peter Hoffman, son of Henry Hoffman and Catharine Carl, circa 1899.
- 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.
- Herbert Peter Hoffman registered for the draft on 12 September 1918 in Niagara County, New York, While living with his wife Bird at 717 Linwood in Niagara Falls, and employed there as a city fireman.
- Bird C. Greenleaf became a widow at the 7 October 1924 death of her husband Herbert Peter Hoffman.
- 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.
- Bird C. Greenleaf appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 307 Buffalo Avenue enumerated as a practical nurse in the household of unmarried Elizabeth Townsend (age 90), along with another female domestic servant. She also is eunmerated in the Niagara Falls household of her son Clarence.
- Clarence E. Hoffman and Alice R. Combe appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 4214 Washington. Other members of the household included Bird C. Greenleaf, Herbert William Hoffman. Clarence's mother Bird also is enumerated as a practical nurse in another Niagara Falls household, and brother Kenneth is enumerated working in Midland, Michigan.
- Clarence E. Hoffman and Alice R. Combe appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1940 in Lewiston Township, Niagara County, New York, at Saunders Settlement Road. Other members of the household included Bird C. Greenleaf, Herbert William Hoffman. In 1935 Clarence and family were living in Niagara Falls, and his mother Bird in Saginaw, Michigan.
- Bird C. Greenleaf died on 17 December 1952 at age 76 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 1731 Michigan Avenue at her residence.
- She was interred at Riverdale Cemetery, Lewiston, Niagara County, New York.
- 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