Originally posted 24 May 2009
Jacob Hoffman, the oldest of the Hoffman immigrant family, had one daughter, Mary or Maria, who married and had two sons before dying at an early age. The younger son was Henry Benz. He became an engineer for the railroad and established a branch of the family in La Crosse, Wisconsin. On April 15, 1896, he married Mary Alice Fopper in Carroll County, Illinois. Kerry Tischer, one of his descendants has shared this wonderful photo of the couple. Mary Alice's fabulous dress was later worn by their granddaughter Geraldine as you can see below.