My mother, Norma Gertrude b.Aug. 3 1926, was the last child of Rufus and Nellie Hoffman. She has told me that after Nellie passed away most of the girls went to the Lutheran Home/Orphanage in Philadelphia because the family was too big for Rufus to take care of them. My mom, however, was adopted by the Straub family of Valley View.
She says her middle name is the name of an aunt, but didn't say whether it was Rufus' or Nellie's sister. I will ask her next weekend if you would like.
She also said she knows Rufus operated a piece of large machinery at a coal mine on the top of a mountain, and was known locally for being very good at operating large machinery. He also liked to drink warm beer when not on the job.
I have personally known only two of my mom's sisters - Martha and Mary - both of whom are now deceased. Martha lived in Maryland for a number of years before her death in the late 1960's (?). Mary lived in Lykens, and died just a few years ago. My mother talks about another of her sisters - Jean - but I never met her.
I can get more information about her siblings from my mom if you would like, but you indicate you don't need that info.
Let me know if I can be of further help.
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