The couple have 7 children:
1. Sophia Hofer 1849 - 1890 m Reverand William Heiser (Note: (Sophia's granddaughter) had mental health problems too. She was given a lobotomy in the 1930s.
2. Godfrey Johann Hofer 1851 - 1903
3. Christian Hofer 1853 - 1900 m Jennie Weinert John Hofer 1856 - 1878
4. Lydia Hofer 1858 - 1936
5. Christina 1861 - 1892
6. Marie Hofer 1863
7. Adeline (Addie) Hofer 1867 - 1942
Christian married Jennie aka Jane Weinert on June 5, 1879. According to family members she thinks he is "crazy" and she wishes she had never married him. He won’t take baths for days at a time. They buy 80 acres in NE for $1,800.
Jennie and Christian's Children:
1. Freddie, heir first-born dies in 1880.
2. Ida was born on September 9, 1881, marries James Carner for 6 mo.
3. Charles Edward was born on October 16, 1885.
4. Louisa Melinda was born on July 3, 1887 marries James Carner, Jay Denny Lamm and dies in 1971 at the USAF Academy, El Paso, Colorado, USA
5. Edwin Daniel was born on July 31, 1888, later dies at 23 in 1911
6. Elmer was born June 9 1889 and was a pastor for 2 years.
7. Bennie was born on April 13, 1893 and dies March 10, 1895. Inscription: Age 1 yr. 10 mos. 27 days. Son of C. & J. Hofer. He is buried in the Rose Valley Cemetery, Osborne, Downs, KA
Summary: Let’s see if I have this right:
Jennie is born January 31, 1855, in Toronto, Canada. In 1859 she moves with parents to Argo, NE. She marries Christian Hofer, on June 5, 1879. He is "crazy" and she wishes she had never married him. The newspaper doesn’t agree and says he is one of their “best citizens.” They buy 80 acres in NE for $1,800. He won’t take baths for days at a time and ends up in an institution where he needs dry underclothing. He dies of "consumption" later called tuberculosis in 1900. The obit says he is a devout and zealous Christian and a member of the Evangelical Association.
Published Timeline of Events
March 14, 1895
Osborne County Farmer, page 4
Loss of Bennie H
Document A-Statement in Lunacy (in Jail)
In the matter of the insanity of Crist Hofer, of Osborne County,
Ross Township, Downs Post Office, in the Probate Court of
said County, State of Kansas, on the 22nd day of December, A.D. 1896
Home and address of nearest friend: ____________________________________
Tele [graphable?] address: ________________________________________________
Questions to be answered.
1-What is the patient’s age? Birth-date? 43 yrs. Born in Indiana
2-Married or single? If any children, how many? Married-yes-5 children. 7 to 12 years of age
3. How long a resident of Kansas? Of the county? 12 years-about 12 years
4. Former residence State? County? Post Office? Nebraska
5. Occupation? Pecuniary status? Farmer and stock raiser. Rather poor now
Document B-Letter to the Topeka Insane Asylum from Judge
Office of the
J.F. Frey, Probate Judge
Kansas Dec 23 1896
Supt, Insane Asylum
Dear Sir: Enclosed [found?]
Case of Crist Hofer.
We feel sorry to keep him
In hail- a place he dreads-[long?]
Therefore, kindly five us a reply
as soon as possible.
He is as nice citizen and des-
erves kind treatment. He has a
nice wife and 5 children-oldest
12-5 years youngest.
Give us as early a reply
May 6, 1896
Osborne County Farmer, page 6
Back from the Asylum
January 25, 1900
Osborne County Farmer, page 8
Coming Home Soon from Asylum
March 22nd, 1900
Osborne County Farmer, page 3
Home From Asylum
March 29th, 1900
Osborne County Farmer, page 8
Back at Home, Seriously Ill
April 26, 1900
Osborne Country Farmer
Phillip Hilker. His mother was Lydia Heiser, daughter of Sophia and William. This picture is of him in his WWI Army uniform and I think you can see a family resemblance to the Hofer line - especially the mouth: