Originally posted 8 July 2009
I've also done more searching on the St. Helena Vegetarian Café that Henry H. Hoffman (Cliff's grandfather) was involved with. Oddly the items I found were about his apparent partner A. W. Robins and they don't mention Henry. Hmmm. Anyway, here is the front page story about Mr. Robins and his wife after the fire. There were accounts of their arrangement at the beginning of 1909, but this article has the news that there WAS an insurance payment after the fire. These were sure interesting folks 100 years ago! (Clicking on the image will bring it up full size.)
If you want to read more about the arrangement of this couple, here is what the paper reported at the beginning of 1909.