Posted By:Jerri Strombeck
Subject:Re: Death Notice Margaret Hoffmire Shell IL>CO>CA died Milwaukee WI 1933
Post Date:April 12, 2013 at 04:22:04
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1920 census, Oakland, Alameda, California
Burleigh T. Braund 36 PA f PA m PA Salesman auto tires
Harriet H Braund 30 CO f OH m IL

He is listed in the Oakland city directories as Burt/Bert

1900 census, Colorado Spings, El Paso, Colorado

Jas A Hoffmyre 63 OH lawyer
Electa J 48 IL
Clara 27 CO instruction (she was a schoolteacher)
Hattie 14 CO
Gus E Cox 45 PA carpenter boarder

She was the superintendent of music first for Oakland public schools and then in 1920 went to Colorado Springs to do the same there. She resigned because she only wanted to teach grade school music, not high school.

Colorado Springs Gazette 12/25/1902
Frank S. Banks and Miss Harriet Hoffmire were married 12/24 at the home of Judge and Mrs. James Hoffmire....Mrs. T. Shell, sister of the bride, presided at the piano and played the wedding march. The bride was given away by Thomas Hoffmire of Denver, brother of the bride.

(Thomas R. was an attorney in Denver and ran for Congress)

There is a very good picture of Clara in the Denver Post, 11/10/1922,pg 3

1880 census, Abilene, Dickinson, Kansas
James Hoffmire 36 OH county attorney
Elesta 38 IL
Thomas 17 OH
Margaret R. 10 IL
James 7 KS
Clara 3 KS
Susan Morse 22 servant
Sorvelta Morse 14 servant
Louis N B Hoffmire 41 OH brother fruit grower

1870 census, Litchfield Ward 3, Montgomery, Illinois
James Hoffmire 30 Lawyer

It looks like James died about 1909 in Colorado Springs.

Electa was in Alameda County in 1914 and lived with Clara.
She was the daughter of George Lester and Roxana Palmer Hoisington, both from VT. Roxana died in 1870 of typhoid fever.

Electa J 20
Thomas 6
Margaret 10.12

James Hoffmire m Electa J Hoisington 11/8/1868 Montgomery County

According to a tree on, James was b in Knox Cty OH, son of Isaac and Margaret Packer Hoffmire

Sorvelta Morse, who seems to be a foster daughter, married a son of Ezra Comfort, and the three of them, along with some others, went to Topolobamo, Sinaloa, Mexico to start a colony sometime before 1891. They were Spiritualists. The husband of Sorvelta became ill and they travelled back to Delphos, Ottawa Cty, KS so that the son could die and be buried in the US. By that time the Hoffmires were in Colorado, and they are referred to as parents of Sorvelta.

Boulder CO attorneys

Born, Ohio, February 2, 1863; married Helen L. Marzulf, May, 1916; admitted Colorado Bar, 1891 ; formerly City At- torney, La Junta, Colorado; Prosecuting Attorney, Otero County; member Pueblo Bar Association, Commerce Club, Elks.


Hope all of these postings helps.