HOFFER, CHRISTIAN, retired Hummelstown, Pa., was born in South Annville township, Lebanon county, Pa., January 13, 1824; son of George and Annie (Gingrich) Hoffer, natives of Lebanon county. Christian was reared in Lebanon county and received his education in the schools of that period. After reaching maturity he was engaged in farm work and driving team for eight years. In 1848 he was married to Miss S. A. Motter, daughter of Philip Motter, of Lebanon county. He was then engaged in keeping hotel at Annville for two and a half years, and in 1852 came to Hummelstown, where he conducted the old Zearfoss stand for one year, after which he removed to Palmyra and kept the hotel there for six years. From Palmyra he removed to Reading and became the proprietor of the Union Hotel, where he remained one year, after which he was at Palmyra again for eight years, and then came to Hummelstown, where he conducted the National Hotel until 1878. Since the last named date he has been retired from active business. Mr. Hoffer was one of the organizers and the first president of the Farmers’ Bank. In 1868 he and M. K. Burkholder established the flour and feed and coal business, which they continued two years, and also the implement business, which they conducted for several years. In his political views Mr. Hoffer is a Democrat, and served as postmaster at Palmyra under President Buchanan. He was a member of the first council of Hummelstown. Mr. Hoffer was also one of the organizers of the Hummelstown Building and Loan Association, and served as its treasurer for many years. His fraternity association is with Lodge No. 335, I.O.O.F. His children are: Edwin M., Hummelstown; Emma F., deceased, married Earnest M. Shope, of Hummelstown: Lizzie A., wife of H. G. Walmer, of Hummelstown; Sabina M., wife of F. D. Blessing, of Hummelstown; Ida A., wife of David Castle, Hummelstown; Agnes C., deceased; George, Hummelstown; and Calvin, died in infancy. Mr. Hoffer is a member of the Lutheran church.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 11 Feb 2001
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