George F. Hofstatter. More than forty-five years have passed since George F. Hofstatter first became identified with the varied interests of De Kalb County, Missouri, and during all that period he has been known as one of its most reliable and enterprising citizens. Although he now has reached the age of sixty-eight years and is living somewhat retired from active labors at his home at Maysville, time has but brightened his reputation as a man of integrity and strict reliability, and as secretary of the Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Company he enjoys an enviable position among his locality's foremost citizens.
Mr. Hofstatter was born at Geneva, Walworth County, Wisconsin, March 7, 1846, and is a son of Adam and Lydia (Rouse) Hofstatter. His parents were born, reared, educated and married near Crooked Lake, New York, and in 1845 migrated to Wisconsin, the father for some years carrying on extensive agricultural operations in Walworth County. In 1869 he moved to De Kalb County, Missouri, settling on a farm southeast of Maysville, and there he continued to till the soil for some years with a full measure of success, finally retiring to his home at Maysville, where he lived until the time of his death. His first wife having died in De Kalb County, he was here married a second time. By his first marriage he had twelve children, of whom four are living at this time: George F.; Josephine, who is the wife of Albert Craig, of Cameron, Missouri; Mary, the wife of W. J. Scott, of De Kalb County; and Ethan A., who is engaged in farming in this county.
George F. Hofstatter was reared in Wisconsin and secured his education in the early district schools of Walworth County, which he attended until he was eighteen years of age. At that time he enlisted for service in a volunteer regiment from Wisconsin in the war between the North and the South. As a private of Company K. Forty-ninth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, he fought gallantly until the fall of the Confederacy ended hostilities and then returned to his home and took up the pursuits of peace as a teacher in the public schools, having been prepared for this vocation by attendance in the high school at Lake Geneva. Wisconsin. Mr. Hofstatter came to De Kalb County, Missouri, with his parents in 1868, and here continued to be engaged in educational work for six years, eventually turning his attention to the pursuits of agriculture, in which he met with excellent success. He was energetic, industrious and enterprising, accumulated a large and valuable property, and carried on general farming and stock raising, building up a reputation as a man of business, ability and integrity. He still retains eighty acres in Adams Township, this being under a high state of cultivation and very productive. In 1901 Mr. Hofstatter became secretary of the Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Company of De Kalb County, a position in which he has become widely and favorably known among business men of this section of the state. .
On January 10, 1869, Mr. Hofstatter was married to Miss Eliza A. Erdley, who died in December, 1910. In November, 1912, Mr. Hofstatter was married to Mrs. Emma Bruso, who was born in New York State, and there married her first husband, a railroad man, who died in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. and Mrs. Hofstatter are members of the Maysville congregation of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In political matters he is a republican, but has not taken a very active part in public affairs, except when he has been able to help the passage of good and beneficial movements.
[A History of Northwest Missouri, Volume 2; edited by Walter Williams; Publ. 1918; Donated and Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]