Nov. 22, 1935


Lee J. Hoffman, a resident of California for more than seventy years, passed away Thursday evening of last week. Mr. Hoffman, who was a well-known former resident of Merced, had arrived here early last week from Woodland for a visit at the home of his son, Adrian Hoffman. Apparently in the best of health despite his advanced age of eighty years, he attended the meeting of the Merced Townsend Club in the John Muir school Thursday evening, when he suffered a heart attack from which he expired in Mercy Hospital.

The funeral services were held in Woodland last Sunday and were followed by cremation in Sacramento.

Mr. Hoffman was born in Illinois in 1855 and came across the plains to California with his parents when he was eight years old. A member of a second party which came across the plains at the same time was a small girl, Anna Melson, whom he did not know at that time but who became his wife in 1872. Mrs. Hoffman passed away in Merced about two years ago.

Mr. Hoffman grew to manhood in Colusa county and in 1894 came to Merced county, engaging in dairying in the McSwain district and also being employed for a time in the Crocker-Huffman Company’s cattle department. Several years later he moved to this city to establish a draying business, which he operated for several years and then became a driver for the local fire department. Moving to Woodland in 1912 he was appointed a member of the police department of that city and served until about four years ago, when he voluntarily retired. Since then he had spent portions of his time with relatives in Fort Bragg, Woodland and Merced.

Upright, honorable and friendly, Mr. Hoffman was widely known and was respected and esteemed by all.

He leaves two daughters and three sons—Mrs. Margaret Barker and Mrs. Etta Allen of Sacramento, Adrian and E. D. Hoffman of Merced and Vernon Hoffman of Woodland.

Contributed by: Carol Lackey