The name of Joseph Peter Pfohl's father is not known as he died prior to the 1860 census listing. His mother remarried to a man named Joseph Gang prior to 1859, when Joseph's half-brother Charles Gang was born. Joseph's sister Mary was born in 1856, so it's believed their father died between 1856 and 1858.
Joseph Pfohl married Mary Louise Klumpp in 1875 and their only child, a daughter Mary Louise (Mayme) was born in 1876. Joseph and Louise had one daughter, Mary Louise (Mamie) who was born in January 1876.
The following obituary was published for Joseph Pfohl in the Syracuse Newspaper:
DIED OF APOPLEXY
JOSEPH P. PFOHL STRICKEN IN SON-IN-LAW'S OFFICE SAID HE WAS NOT FEELING WELL AND REELED OVER, DYING AS PHYSICIAN ARRIVED
Joseph P. Pfohl, a well known man and prominent Mason, was stricken with apoplexy as he was about to seat himself in a chair in the office of Cady & Coombs on the second floor of the Larned block at 2:45 o'clock yesterday afternoon, and expired almost instantly.
Mr. Pfohl had intended to go to the ball game at Athletic field yesterday afternoon and called at the office of Cady & Coombs, of which his son-in-law, George T. Cady, is a member, to have a little chat with him, as he had been in the habit of doing daily for a long time.
While he had not been enjoying the best of health for the last few days, he seemed to be feeling fairly well and it was thought that he was merely suffering a slight attack of indigestion.
Yesterday afternoon as soon as he entered, Mr. Cady noticed that he was looking very pale. He walked in, and drawing a chair towards him, he said: "I am not feeling well this afternoon.: He had no more than spoken when he reeled and would have fallen but for Mr. Cady, who rushed forward and caught him in his arms.
It was immediately seen that the attack was serious and Drs. Ellery Groat and James McMorrow were hurriedly summoned. They had hardly reached his side when he breathed his last. After an examination the physicians decided his death was due to apoplexy.
Mr. Pfohl was born in this city fifty-four years ago and had always made his home here. For twenty years he was the manager of the Mansion House and lately had been employed at the Winchester hotel, which position he held up to the time of his death.
Mr. Pfohl was a thirty-second degree Mason, belonging to the order of the Knights Templars and the Mystic Shriners. Charles Gang, with whom he had been associated for years, speaks in the highest terms of Mr. Pfohl, his gentle ways and good heart making him beloved by all with whom he came in contact.
Mr. Pfohl is survived by a widow and one daughter, Mrs. George Cady of No. 514 Tallman Street. Besides the Masons he was also a member of the Odd Fellows of Weedsport. The funeral will be held from the home, No. 514 Tallman street on Tuesday at 11 A.M. Burial will be made at Weedsport.