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|Johnstown Weekly Tribune, 30 Aug 1907, Page 6, Contributed by Kerry L. Miller|
|Samuel Hoffman. |
Samuel Hoffman, who died at the old Hoffman homestead, near Scalp Level on Tuesday evening, was born in 1825 in Somerset County. His father and mother moved to the homestead mentioned, two miles northeast of Scalp, when he was only two years old.
His father died when he was eleven years of age and he then went to work on the farm with his two brothers and his mother. These brothers were both younger than Samuel. One of them, Jacob, died some years ago near Scalp Level. Aaron was for a long time in Argus, I. T., where he died.
When he became of age Samuel Hoffman bought the farm. His father's will was to the effect that either of the children could purchase the farm in its entirety if the others agreed upon a price.
Mr. Hoffman worked the farm until 1898, when his son Samuel got married. The deceased was married in 1856, at the age of twenty-one, to Catherine Fry. Three Children survive - Samuel, Nathan, and Mrs. Sarah Feight.
After his son's marriage Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman went West for a time. When they returned they moved to Paint Borough, Somerset County. In 1902 Mrs. Hoffman became ill and grew helpless. She became weaker and weaker until her death. Mr. Hoffman, bowed down by the weight of years, became sick himself. For several years he had been practically unable to aid himself in any way.
He was a member of the German Baptist Church for a long time. He was always willing to aid his congregation, especially for the purpose of building new meeting houses or for missions. On one occasion he gave $1,000 for missions.
"Live honest and true and give to the Lord" was one of his mottoes.
The funeral took Place yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the German Baptist Church at Scalp. The Rev. Joseph Shaffer was in charge of the services.