Thursday, December 8, 2011

Peter Hoffman 99 Years Old

Obituaries are not the only newspaper articles providing information on a person's life. Occasionally articles were published when local residents attained advanced age. Such was the case with Peter Hoffman, Henderson, Kentucky's oldest resident at age 99. The following article can be found in the 28 November 1926 issue of the Henderson Gleaner and Journal.

Peter Hoffman, Henderson's oldest resident, celebrated his 99th birthday Saturday and at conclusion of a happy day, expressed hope that his life might be spared for another year to round out the century mark.

Mr. Hoffman was born in Baden, Germany. When he was 13 years of age, he moved to the United States, residing in New York for two years. He then moved to Evansville, Ind., where he was married in 1856. Mr. Hoffman came to Henderson, where he has spent the rest of his life. Seventy years in one city is quite a record.

Until 1900, Mr. Hoffman was engaged in the tailoring business, retiring from business at the age of 63. He is now living with his daughter, Mrs. Joe Wuersch, and family on Plum street.

Mr. Hoffman has four children, Mrs. Wuersch and Mrs. Charles Unverzagt of this city; Mrs. Al Hoffman, of Denver, and Will Hoffman, of Louisville, and seven grandchildren. Mrs. Al Hoffman was the only daughter not present at the family dinner Saturday evening.

Editor's Note: Peter Hoffman did not live to reach the century mark. He passed away 17 April 1927 at the age of 99 years, 4 months and 19 days. According to his death certificate, he was born 27 November 1827 in Germany and was the son of Lawrence Hoffman, also born in Germany. His mother was unknown. He was buried at Fernwood Cemetery in Henderson on 18 April 1927.

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