Herman Hofferkamp

Herman Hofferkamp

Death 7 Oct 1922 (aged 80–81)
Burial Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Plot Block 22, 100
Memorial ID 51830422 · View Source
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Civil War veteran. Company F, 10th Illinois Cavalry and Hospital Steward of Company I, 10th Illinois Cavalry Consolidated.

Civil War Vet, Former Coroner, Ends Own Life - Herbert Hofferkamp, 81 years old, veteran of the Civil war and a resident of Springfield for sixty-five years ended his life by shooting, in the basement of Hofferkamp Brothers' hardware store in East Adams street yesterday afternoon. Ill health was assigned as the cause.

Mr. Hofferkamp figured prominently in the early business history of Springfield and in later years served as coroner of Sangamon county and was custodian of the Lincoln home under the administration of Gov. John P. Altgeld. The decedent had been in ill health for some time, but in keeping with his daily custom went to the store of his sons yesterday afternoon. At 5:55 o'clock employes found him in the basement of the store. The Dr. was called but death came a few minutes later.

Mr. Hofferkamp had been a resident of Springfield since 1857. He was a former coroner of Sangamon county and was city prisonkeeper under former Mayor H. H. Devereux. He was prominent in Grand Army of the Republic circles. The decedent was born at Hanover, Germany, and came to this country in 1855, locating at St. Louis, In 1857 Mr. Hofferkamp came to Springfield where he engaged in the drug business. At the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted in the Tenth Illinois cavalry and served in the army three years. At the close of the Civil war he returned to Springfield and again entered the drug business. Five years later he purchased the American livery stable, which was located on the site which is now the postoffice park. He conducted this business until 1888 when he was elected county coroner. He served his term at this position and when John P. Altgeld was elected governor, Mr. Hofferkamp was appointed custodian of the Lincoln home, which position he held for four years. Later he was appointed city prisonkeeper.

Mr. Hofferkamp has led a retired life for a number of years. He was widely known in Springifeld. Mr. Hofferkamp is survived by one daughter, Mrs. P.J. Shannahan of Jacksonville; and three sons, William of St. Louis, Edward C., 719 East Jackson street and Harry, 512 South Eighth street. Mrs. Edward Broeker, 1112 South Eleventh street, a sister, also survives. IL State Journal, Springfield, IL 10-8-1922

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Herman Hofferkamp (1841–7 Oct 1922), Find a Grave Memorial no. 51830422, citing Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by BjJ (contributor 46902476) .