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Occupation: Tailor, postmaster, and farmer
Note: Peter Reamer Hoffman worked as a tailor and a farmer.
Peter and Rebecaah had three sons: Phillip Henry, Oscar Franklin, and Osborn Howard.
Peter Hoffman was the first Hoffman to arrive in Hixton, WI in 1854, the year the town was settled. He farmed 360 acres, erected a sawmill and served as County Commissioner. Peter was the postmaster of Montoursivlle, PA from March 14, 1839 to August 23, 1841, and January 14 to 25, 1848.
1870 Census, Hixton, WI: Peter R. Hofman, age 53, farmer, born in PA, Sarah, age 64, born in PA, Howard, age 21, born in PA. Also in household: Lucy Mcbee age 16 and John Albins, age 19.
1880 Census, Hixton, WI: Peter R Hoffman, age 63, farmer, born in PA, both parents born in PA. Wife Sarah, age 74, born in PA, both parents born in PA.
History of Wisconsin, 1881: Peter Hoffman, farmer, Sec 16, P.O. Hixton, came to Wisconsin in 1854; was born in Pennsylvania March 14, 1817. Himself and family, consisting of wife and three children, came from Miswaukee to Jackson County with a yoke of oxen. Here he bought 360 acres from the State school lands and erected a house, which was nearly on the site where his present residence stands. When he first came to Hixton, there was plenty of game, and as he was very fond of hunting, he used to often have as many as twenty-six dressed deer hanging up at his home in the winter. But the hunters and trappers, who made a business of it, soon killed off the game. Sparta was his grain market before the railroad run through here; he purchased his first grocercies and general supplies at La Crosse. He is now engaged in raising hops on his farm, and raises annually from five to six tons; and has a natural trout stream running through his farm, which is situated in the Trempealeau Valley, being one of the finest stock farms in the country. Mr. Hoffman erected the sawmill at Merrillan, which is now operated by Wakefield & Trow, in 1859, and has served three years as County Commissioner in Jackson County.
From the Jackson County Banner, Published at Black River Falls, Wisconsin, July 20, 1867, Page 3:
Thirteen years ago last March, Mr. J. L. HICKS, Milton BUELL, Adolphus DART and Wheeler ROBBINS arrived at what is now the village of Hixton, having come direct from Galesville, Trempealeau Co., and made their road as they journeyed. Mr. ROBBINS continued on to Minnesota, and Mr. HICKS, after camping out with his family one night, erected a board shanty 12 by 16, in which he lived for some months, that being the first building erected in the town of Hixton. These gentlemen were followed the same year and the next, by Mr. Abner HOLMES, P. R. HOFFMAN, J. R. SECHLER, I. B. ALLEN, J. H. BERTO and a number of others whose names we cannot call to mind. These early settlers found that they had located in one of the most beautiful and productive valleys in Wisconsin, and went to work in earnest to make improvements. Their descriptions of the Trempealeau Valley to friends in other parts of the State and in other States, attracted emigration, and in a short time it was demonstrated that the entire valley would be converted into farms.
P. R. HOFFMAN, Esq., has recently started a brickyard. The clay found on his farm is pronounced, by those experienced in brick making, to be equal to the best found in Wisconsin, Minnesota or Iowa. Mr. HOFFMAN is going into the manufacture of brick quite extensively, and is prepared to supply the people of the Valley with all they wish for building purposes. He is making a good style of brick for bricking wells, which is said to be the best material for that purpose. They are burned harder than other brick, so there is no danger of them causing a bad taste in the water. He has a farm of 240 acres, 169 of which are under plow, well supplied with water and barn room. He intends to put up a brick residence the present season. See his announcement of brick for sale.
Date: 1 Nov 2009
Prior to import, this record was last changed 11:16:58 1 Nov 2009.
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