Thursday, May 21, 2020

Jane or Jennie Weinert (Hofer) 1855 - 1942

Beth Weinert:
"Jane, or Jennie - as she was later called, was born in Toronto, Canada January 31, 1855. She traveled with her parents to the community of Arago, Nebraska in 1850s where they made their first home in a hillside dugout. She remained in the area until her marriage to Christian Hofer on June 5, 1879. They were married by S. B. Brown, a minister in the Evangelical Association, Nemaha appointment. Their marriage license was signed by August Ernst, John Weinert, Emma Hessler and the unmarried sister of Christian, Christina Hofer. They settled down in the Arago district of Richardson County, Nebraska, living next door to his parents, according to the 1880 Census. Christian was the son of Johann (John) Ulrich Hofer  1819-1898 born in Switzerland and Anna Barbara Mosiman 1825-1896 born in Switzerland.

"Christian purchased property in Richardson County, NE for the sum of $1,850.00 - eighty acres. In 1883 his father bought the property from him for $1,800.00 and soon he and Jennie moved their family to Osborne County, Kansas, joining his brother, Godfrey. In 1884 Christ's parents moved to Kansas purchasing property and two months later Christ and Jennie purchased it from them and built the home on their farm where the children were raised.

"Their firstborn child, Freddie, died at birth in Nebraska, probably sometime in 1880. Ida, was born in Nebraska September 9, 1881. Charles Edward was born October 16, 1885. They were blessed with four more children, Louisa Melinda, born July 3, 1887 and then another son, Edwin born July 31, 1888 - he died at the young age of 23 and is buried in the Rose Valley Cemetery near Downs, Kansas. Elmer F. was born June 9, 1889 and their last child, a son called "Bennie" was born April 12, 1893 and died March 10, 1895 at 1 year, 10 months and 27 days and is buried in the aforementioned Cemetery.

"They were faithful members of the Evangelical Church north of
Downs and their son, Elmer, was pastor of the church for about two years.
The Hofer's are remembered as being "very poor" if not bordering on the poverty level. Nebraska families remember taking food to them and trying to persuade them to return to the state.

"Christian died at the young age of 44 in 1900 and Jennie was left with five of their six children to raise. She remained a widow and died in October of 1942. They are both buried in the Rose Valley Cemetery northwest of Downs, Kansas. Some of the children and their families are buried in the Downs Cemetery just west of the town on Highway 24."

Hofer Summary
Christian comes from a family of 10 children. The first five children were born in Ft Wayne Indiana including Christian. The next 4 were born in Wells, Indiana and their last child, Adaelina,  was born in Richardson, NE. Christian has an older sister named Sophia.  Sophia died of TB ten years before her brother Christian who died in the same place and for the same reason. Christian and his father were farmers.

Jennie Weinert was born January 31, 1855, in Toronto, Canada.  In 1859 she moved with parents to Argo, NE.  She married Christian Hofer, on June 5, 1879.  They bought 80 acres in NE for $1,800. Christian’s parents move to Kansas two months later, Jennie and Christian buy property from his parents. (1884)  He won’t take baths for days at a time and ends up in an Insane Asylum where he needs dry underclothing.  He is "crazy" and she wishes she had never married him. The newspaper doesn’t agree and says he is one of their “best citizens.”  He dies of "consumption," later called tuberculosis in 1900.  The obit says he is a "devout and zealous Christian" and a member of the Evangelical Association. 

The next year their daughter Ida, who is 20, is married to James Carner.  They are married for six months when Ida dies of the same illness as her father, namely consumption or TB.  James Carner dates his dead wife’s sister Louisa who is six years older than Ida.  They marry in 1904 and have three children: John Carner, Walter Carner and Gideon Lawrence Carner b 1907.  James died four years after his son Gideon is born in 1911. After his death Jennie Weinert Hofer, grandmother, takes care of Gideon for a time.  Four years after her husband’s death Louisa marries Jay Lamm in June 1915.  They have two children Milton Lamm and Virgil Lamm.  Jay died in 1951, Louisa died 20 years later in 1971.

Christian's letters:
November 22, 1898, These letters are probably written from Falls City to Osborne, Kansas, because the Scholl’s and Jane’s sister lived in Falls City and because he bought boots in Falls City when he lost his shoes. I have been told: In 1883 Christian’s parents move to Kansas two months later, Jennie and Christian bought property from his parents Johann and Barbara Moisman.
My Dear Ones, I take the in hand to drop a few lines for you [to] let you know I am getting along at present time. I am very tired this evening and I have [a] little cold too.

I have been husking corn and scrapped some cobs away in the steer pen.  I only husked hundred and 25 bushel, yet my wrists hurt so bad that I only can husk (for) a half a day. I have dug some post holes and set them and Saturday I went with Pa [Johann Hofer 1819 – 1898] to get some poles and so on Sunday, I was at your Sister Scholl’s [Jane’s oldest sister is Fannie Scholl].  In forenoon, in the evening at the Mosiman's [Christian’s mother was Barbara Moisman]. Last night they was [were] here. Mrs. and Mary and Fred, and their Pa [Philip Scholl], and Fred [Scholl, Fannie’s husband].  He was here after B Putnear? Being 3 weeks apart.  So give L [Louisa, Jane’s youngest sister] a kiss and all the rest if not much trouble and one for you.  I hope you have a good rest at nights about the little ones.  So good-bye for this time.  Hope we will soon see our. Again.  Emma Scholl [Fred and Fannie’s oldest daughter, 1877 - 1944] read this letter that [said] that it was good. I will come to close.  I am sleeping with Br =(brother in law), August [August Weinert Jane’s brother 1867 - 1932].  He is in bed so Ma= can pack his pants and Louise [Jane’s youngest sister 1873 - 1957, she is 15 years old].  They are jolly tonight. Well, so good night.]

Think of me,
From, yours truly,
Chris Hofer

I thought I had my shoe lost so bought me a pair of boots in Falls City and then at Emma’s mothers we found [excuse my poor writing] the shoe again. to visit me and your folks.  We had a nice evening but, they didn’t stay long.  I  and BA Went over to Fred one eve and then Ed [Christian’s brother] and Ma came to see me.  Was to bad that they was [were] gone when we came home. Ed has lots of corn out yet they have a [hired] hand .  Quarterly meeting commences tomorrow evening out at the Zion Church and so does yours out there. I think sister Christina [Christian’s sister,1861 - 1892] and B [Barbara Mosiman is Christian’s mother] will will be there.

Dear Jennie, [Jane is referred to as Jennie on her marriage certificate and in census']
I don’t hardly know what to say. Love to come home soon because Sister Christina is coming there, I would like to stay and to come home. Your folks treats me very good, especially Ma and Louise of course. Pa wants some work to be done. Plenty of work here, the folks wants me to come see them. I could spend a week before that. I didn’t get to see Sister Louise yet, so I will have to commence soon. I go on visits or it will get late to come home for me.

Dear Jennie,
You wrote about the ground J can take some ground north east crossing from the stable on the South bank. He had to turnaround and then back some down a little.  He can put some ground on the East and S and West side on the North.  He can leave it till  I come about  in  handy. I must come soon to close dear ones.  I hope these few lines find you all well and jolly. I can see you if we are far off my little ones.

Dear Jennie
On the picture where you are single, yet I feel like taking you in my arms and give you a kiss and squeeze you.

What happened to Christian and Jennie's children?
1.  Freddie Hofer, b 1880 died in Richardson at birth.
2.  Ida Hofer was born on September 9, 1881, marries James Edward Carner
     2 Oct 1901 and is married for 6 months and dies 1 April 1902 in Downs,
     Kansas. Ida and Louisa married the same man, namely James Edward
3.  Edwin Daniel Hofer was born on July 31, 1888, later died at 23 in
     1911. Edwin died in Portland and his cousin George Scholl returned the
      body by train back to Kansas. Edwin is buried at Rose Valley Cemetery,
      Osborne, KS. Kent Gardiner has the original formal photo of Edwin.
     Downs, KS, unmarried and no children. 
3.  Charles Edward Hofer was born on October 16, 1885.  Charles married 
     Loa Belle Bowers 1 April 1914. He lived until 1953 and died in Downs
     Kansas. Loa lived another 30 years. Children Harold E. and Gladys M.
4.  Louisa Melinda Hofer was born on July 3, 1887. She also married 1.
     James Carner. They had 3 children and he died in 1911. In 1915 Louisa
     married  2. Jay Denny Lamm. They had two children Virgil and Milton
     Lamm and she died in 1971 at the USAF Academy, El  Paso, Colorado, 
6.  Elmer F. Hofer was born June 9 1889. Married Ellen and was an
     Evangelical Pastor from at least 1930-1940. Children Donald A,
     Margaret E.
7.  Bennie Hofer was born on April 13, 1893 and died March 10, 1895.
     Inscription: Age 1 yr. 10 mos. 27 days. Son of C. & J. Hofer.  He was
     buried in the Rose Valley Cemetery, Osborne, Downs, KA

Jennie Hofer Timeline
1855 Jane aka Jennie born in Toronto
1879 Jane married to Christian Hofer
1884 Hofers migrate to Osborne KA, where they buy 12 mile farm.
1895 Death of Bennie Hofer, Downs, KA
1896 Christ's father returns Christ to the insane asylum
          Jane takes the children from Osborne to Falls City
          Jane expected to visit Christ with underclothing and try to cheer him
1898 Hofer children in Falls City for group photograph
1900  Bethany newspaper calls Christ "one of their best citizens and his
          complete recovery is hoped for by everyone."
          April: Christ passes. He has had TB for a year. He lived 30 years 9
          months 22 days. The newspaper says Christ is "a devout and zealous
          Christian." He was converted at age 14
1900  Jane is farming in Bethany Township, Osborne, KS. She has five
          children at home Ida, 18, Edwin, 16, Charles 15,, Louisa 12 and
          Elmer 10. She was born in Canada (census)
1910  Edwin is a farmer and the head of home. Jennie is keeping house.
          Charles 24 and Elmer 20 are at home. (census)
1920  Jennie is living with Charles, head of home, his wife Loa Bell Bowers
           and their son Harold 2 1/2 and Gladys M less than 1. Jennie is 62
1930   Elmer lives nearby. He is an evangelical minister with wife Ellen,
           son Donald 12 and daughter Margaret E. 9. Jennie is renting on
           South 5th Street and retired. Gideon is a clerk and is living with her.
           He is 23. (census)
1940  Jennie is 85, living with Preacher Elmer Hofer, wife Ellen and their
          daughter Margaret E who is 19. Jenny is 86.  (census)
1942  A contributor for Find-A-Grave searched the Rose Valley Cemetery
          in Downs KS and was not able to find a grave marker. It is assumed
          she was buried next to Christ but so far no evidence has been found.
          Jennie died at 87. Jennie holds the record for time living without
          their spouse at 42 years.

Hofer inscriptions in the Rose Valley Cemetery

Documents related to Jennie Hofer: 

Johann Ulrich Hofer 1819-1898
Christian's father

Anna Barbara Mosiman 1825-1896
Christian's mother
1860 Nebraska Territory Cenusu

1878 Marriage of Jennie and Christian Hofer

1879 Jane Weinert, Christian Hofer

1880 US Census, Arago, NE

1895 Kansas State Census

Bennie was born on April 13, 1893 and died March 10, 1895. Inscription: Age 1 yr. 10 mos. 27 days. Son of C. & J. Hofer. He is buried in the Rose Valley Cemetery, Osborne, Downs, Kansas

1897 LtR Edwin, Louisa, Ida, Charles
Elmer, Downs, Kansas, two years after
the census above

1898 Photo of the Weinert grandchildren
With Edwin absent but not forgotten

LtR back row
Lizzy 1879 Nov 22 Frederick/ Fannie Scholl 18 years 2 mo
George 1886 Aug 6 Frederick/Fannie Scholl 11 years 7 mo
Henry 1889 March 19 John Weinert/Anna Kaiser 9 years 0 mo
Fred 1886 Jan 30 Minnie Weinert/ Edward Julius Voegelein 3 years 2 mo
Gus 1888 Dec 6 Frederick/ Fannie Scholl 9 years 3 mo
Edwin 1883 July 31 Jane Weinert /Christian Hofer 14 years 8 mo
Charlie 1885 Oct 16 Jane Weinert/ Christian 12 years 5 mo
Clara 1887 Apr 27 Charles Weinert/ Mary Voegelein 10 years 11m
Ida 1881 Sep 9 Jane Weinert /Christian Hofer 16 years 6 mo
Laura 1881 Aug 27 Frederick/ Fannie Scholl 16 years 7 mo

Second row
Anna 1880 Oct 8 Frederick/ Fannie Scholl 17 years 5 mo
Melinda Edna 1891 Mar 5 John Weinert/Anna Kaiser 7 years
Carl 1888 Sep 27 Charles Weinert /Mary Voegelein 10 years
Lula 1887 July 3 Jane Weinert/Christian Hofer 10 years 8 mo
Alma 1890 May 10 Charles Weinert/ Mary Voegelin 7 years 10 mo
Eddie 1888 Sep 19 Minnie/ Edward Voegelein 9 years 6 mo

Front row
Edna 1895 July 9 to Frederick/ Fannie Scholl 2 years 8 mo
Clara 1891 Aug 16 Frederick/ Fannie Scholl 6 years 7 mo
Luella 1895 Oct 10 John Weinert/Anna Kaiser 2 years 5 mo
Arthur 1893 May 13 to John Weinert/Anna Kaiser 4 years 10 mo
Elmer 1896 Dec 24 August Weinert /Amelia C. 1 year 3 mo
Kate 1889 Nov 3 to Minnie/ Edward Voegelein 8 years 4 mo
Elmer 1889 June 9 Jane Weinert/Christian Hofer 9 years
Walter 1895 Jan 12 August Weinert/Amelia C.Ernst 3 years 2 mo
Fritz 1897 Oct 9 Frederick/ Fannie Scholl 5 mo 23 days
Emma 1877 March 22 Frederick/ Fannie Scholl 21 years
Rosa 1886 March 30 John Weinert/Anna Kaiser 12 years 2 mo

March 14, 1895
Osborne County Farmer, page 4
Loss of Bennie H
1896 December 22, Statement in lunacy
Downs, Osborne, KS. Christ is 43 years old.

Document A-Statement in Lunacy (in Jail)
In the matter of the insanity of Crist Hofer, of Osborne County, Ross Township, Downs Post Office, in the Probate Court of said County, State of Kansas, on the 22nd day of December, A.D. 1896

Home and address of nearest friend: ____________________________________
Tele [graphable?] address: ___________________________________

Questions to be answered.
1-What is the patient’s age? Birth-date?  43 yrs. Born in Indiana
2-Married or single?  If any children, how many?  Married-yes-5 children. 7 to 12 years of age
3. How long a resident of Kansas?  Of the county?  12 years-about 12 years
4. Former residence State? County? Post Office?  Nebraska
5. Occupation?  Pecuniary status?  Farmer and stock raiser.  Rather poor now

Yours truly, JF Frey Probate Judge

December 24, 1896
Osborne County Farmer, page 1
Christian Hofer Insane

December 24, 1896
Osborne County News, page 1
Crist Hofer Adjudged Insane

January 14th, 1897
Osborne County Farmer, page 6
Probate Court Fees

January 28, 1897
Osborne County News, page 8
Notice of Appointment-Estate Guardianship

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Document B-Letter to the Topeka Insane Asylum from Judge
Office of the
Probate Judge
Osborne County

J.F. Frey, Probate Judge
Osborne Kansas Dec 23, 1896
Supt, Insane Asylum Topeka Kans.

Dear Sir: Enclosed [found?] Case of Crist Hofer.
We feel sorry to keep him. In hail- a place he dreads-[long?] Therefore, kindly five us a reply as soon as possible.

He is as nice citizen and deserves kind treatment.  He has a nice wife and 5 children-oldest 12-5 years youngest. Give us as early a reply as possible.

Yours truly JF Frey Probate Judge 

1888 Letter from Christian to Jannie page 1

1888 Letter from Christian to Jannie page 2

This photograph shows three buildings at the Topeka State Hospital in Topeka, Kansas. The Topeka State Hospital (earlier called the Topeka Insane Asylum), a state funded institution for the care and treatment of the mentally ill in Topeka, Kansas, was in operation on this site from 1879 to 1997. It was located at 2700 W 6th St. The first buildings in both Topeka and Osawatomie were designed by John G. Haskell, one of the architects of the Kansas State Capitol.

May 6, 1896
Osborne County Farmer, page 6
Back from the Asylum

1898 John Ulrich Hofer Obit.
The Downs Times

January 12th, 1899
Osborne County Farmer, page 5

January 25, 1900
Osborne County Farmer, page 8
Coming Home Soon from Asylum

March 22nd, 1900
Osborne County Farmer, page 3
Home From Asylum

Unknown newspaper clipping

March 29th, 1900
Osborne County Farmer, page 8
Back at Home, Seriously Ill

April 26, 1900, Osborne Country Farmer
Page 8, Obituary

Osborne County Farmer, Page 8, 1900-04-26

Christian Hofer grave marker
Rose Valley Cemetery, Osborne, Downs, KA

1900 Osborne KS, Census
(Osborne County Farmer, Osborne City, Kansas, Thursday,
January 16, 1902, Page4)

1910 Osborne KS, Census

Three Weinert Sisters 
Minnie (Weinert) Voegelein, Jane (Weinert) Hofer,
Fannie (Weinert) Scholl?Three Weinert sisters 

Three Weinert Sisters 
Fannie (Weinert) Scholl, Jane (Weinert) Hofer,
Minnie (Weinert) Voegelein? 

1920 US Census, Osborne, KS

1928 Atchison City Directory for Jennie

1930 US Census, Osborne, KS

Found in Elmer's son Donald's
baby book. Beautiful photograph of Jennie!

Jane Weinert

The following three articles fit together:

 Newspaper clipping from the Osbourne Advantage 
Newspaper dated August 21, 1930.  
FYI-They mention
Elmer's son as Charles in the beginning of the
article.  Misprint, should have been Donald. Jenn

Picture/Attachment 3- Newspaper clipping from the Osbourne Advantage Newspaper dated August 21, 1930. This may or not be the time they went in the pics.  Just a guess. I do know that Elmer traveled a lot to Colorado to see his mother, Jennie and sister, Louisa.  August is very hot and in the pictures from Colorado, Elmer is wearing a suit, the boys long sleeves but, the girls are wearing short sleeve dresses.  Grandma Hofer is wearing a long sleeved dress.  Looks like it was taken possibly after church.  I know my great grandfather, Elmer was a preacher and was very strict and religious, so maybe there was a dress code for church.  FYI-They mention Elmer's son as Charles in the beginning of the article.  Misprint, should have been Donald. Jenn

A group of Hofers in Colorado.  I believe Elmer is taking the photo because he isn't in the picture. Possibly Louisa and her husband in the far back left?  Charles to the far right?  Although article didn't mention Elmer bringing daughter, Margaret, she might be sitting in the front right next to Grandma Jennie Hofer. 

Picture 2 B-I believe my grandfather is in the center.  I estimated his age around 12-13 years old.  I don't know of the boys on either side of him.  I believe they are cousins.  Newspaper didn't mention if Charles brought his children or not, so it might be Louisa's children that were the same age as my grandfather, Donald.  My guess possibly Lamm brothers, second guess Charles Homer's children. Jenn

1940 US Census, Osborne, KS

Jennie Weinert Hofer Obit part 1 Page 4 of Downs News
And The Downs Times, published in Downs,
Kansas on Thursday, November 12th,

Kansas Historical Society burial

Kansas Historical Society burial

Research: On Mar 9, 2014:
Hi my name is Jennifer Malinsky and I came across your website while doing some genealogy research.  My great great grandfather is Christian Hofer who was married to Jennie or Jane Weinert.

To break things down my mother is Marsha Hofer and her father was Donald Hofer (my grandfather). Donald is the son of Elmer who is the son of Christian.  I have a picture of Elmer and his wife, Ellen.  I'm quite sure he is the same person in one of your photos.  I will either scan or send you a link to the photo.  Several years ago someone was writing a book about Elmer's wife's side of the family.  We sent her copies of photos which she put up on her website.  I didn't have a chance to read how you are related to the Weinert’s.  I think your page is great!  Any feedback, comments or other info would be appreciated! (photo below)

Early photo of Elmer Hofer 1889-1958
and his wife Ellen Frost.
1901 Osborne, KA

1902 Jennie's daughter Ida Hofer

1904 Dec 55 Louisa and James Carner
marriage, Downs, KS

1915 June 30, Louisa second marriage record

1971 Louisa grave marker with her
second husband Jay Denny Lamm

1979 Gideon Carner obituary

Abt 1929 Donald Hofer's First Christmas Gifts

1940s This photograph shows three buildings at the Topeka State Hospital in Topeka,
Kansas. The Topeka State Hospital (earlier called the Topeka Insane Asylum),