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HOFFMAN, Charles J.

    Johnstown Tribune, 24 Sep 1918, Page 13, Contributed by Lynne Canterbury


Charles J. Hoffman, proprietor of the Orchard Hotel, Geistown, whose death occurred yesterday, was born in Pittsburg 58 years ago. Mr. Hoffman suffered from a complication of diseases for several years. Mr. Hoffman came to Johnstown in 1878 as a representative of the Pittsburg Brewing Company. Later he became a local agent for Lutz & Co. Some years ago he and Louis Abler formed a partnership and conducted a wholesale liquor house at the corner of Locust and Clinton streets. Since 1908 he has been located in Geistown. Four years ago he purchased a tract of land from Bernard Nees and on this he built the Orchard Hotel.

The deceased and Miss Mary Schaeffer, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John W. Schaeffer, were united in marriage here on June 20, 1880, by the Rev. Dr. C. Knortz, who was then the pastor of Zion's Lutheran Church. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman. John V. Hoffman, one of the sons passed away five years ago. Mrs. Hoffman's death occurred at Geistown in 1914. C. J. Hoffman is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Lottie Byrne, of Pittsburg, and a son, Herman Hoffman, of Geistown. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Isabella Hoffman, of Pittsburg, and four grandchildren.

Mr. Hoffman was a member of Zion's Lutheran Church, was one of the charter members of Johnstown Lodge, Knights of Phthias, and was identified with Johnstown Lodge, No. 48, Loyal Order of Moose. The funeral will take place at 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon, the services to be conducted by the Rev. Ernest A. Tappert, of Zion's Congregation. Burial will be in the Grandview Cemetery.

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