Hoff Family Genealogy Forum
I am sending/attaching a photo of WAYNE HOFF, one of the "Canadian Hoffs" who are descendants of POWELL HOFF, and his son JOHN H. HOFF (1830-1909). JOHN H. HOFF (1830-1909) had 8 children with MARY ANN AKINS (1833-1907), and the youngest was CHARLES WORTH HOFF (b: 1880). In about 1898-9, he went by train to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with the idea of traveling by horse to meet his two older brothers: OSCAR "Shorty" HOFF and JOHN CASSIUS HOFF (1875-1960 - my paternal grandfather). The older brothers had left the Dallas Co., IA farm homesteaded by their father in ~1855 for the gold fields of Alaska the year earlier, and were doing quite well hauling freight from port cities to support the gold digging miners. So, the brothers were, in essence "mining the miners", which proved to be lucrative. The brothers needed more help, and so then wrote and encouraged their younger bother to "come & join them", which he did. However, they instructed him to NOT do "what they did" by attempting the treacherous Chilkoot Pass and White River entrance to the Yukon, but rather, simply "take the train" to Edmonton, buy a horse and ride overland the 6+ weeks to Dawson Creek. He dutifully did that. He began on the Yukon Trail northwest from Edmonton. Then, he got to his FIRST Canadian River in the month of February, and he nearly drowned and froze trying to cross it. He swore he'd "never dross another one". So, true to his word to himself, when he got to Barrhead, and his next major Canadian River, he stopped, chopped logs, made a cabin, and wrote his older brothers "I ain't comin". However, he invited his brothers to "stop by" on their way back to Iowa, if they liked and would be coming that way, which they did. They spent some 6 months, helping him clear the land for a farm. OSCAR apparently missed the "action" of the wild Yukon, and he went back north (disappearing for ever - he died in Canada as a pensioner on 14 Dec 1941, a week after Pearl Harbor), while JOHN CASSIUS HOFF returned to Des Moines, where he earned enough money to get married in 1904, had 3 children, and saved enough money to eventually in 1920 buy out his siblings and ran the family farm (which became the Des Moines Golf and Country Club in 1963). So, CHARLES WORTH HOFF stayed there in Barrhead, Alberta, eventually married a school teacher and started a family, including two sons and a daughter (BERNICE HOFF). One of his two sons married, and he had the pictured son, WAYNE HOFF, who sadly died at an early age (in his teens). His school photo is attached or will be posted at <www.MyFamily.com> on the Hoff Family website.
His sister is BARBARA LYNNE HOFF (E/Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), who now lives in Sundre, Alberta, Canada. She operates a successful horse breeding farm there. Several recent photos of her are also attached, along with her father, son of CHARLES WORTH HOFF.
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