Thursday, April 19, 2012

Florian Hofmeister

According to page 70 of McKelvey's 1867 Sandusky City Directory, F. Hofmaester was a printer working for the Sandusky Herald, a newspaper in Sandusky in the 1860's.

The 1870 U.S. Census spells Florian's last name as Houghmister. The database Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997, available at Family Search Labs, lists the date of Florian Hofmeister as April 19, 1871. His occupation was listed as printer. Florian Hofmeister is buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. A GAR marker is located next to Mr. Hofmeister's tombstone, indicating that he was a Civil War Veteran. To date, no record of Civil War service has been located for Florian Hofmeister. His tombstone inscription is in German. Roughly translated, it reads:

Here Lies
Florian Hofmeister

Ivy leaves are found on the lower portion of Florian Hofmeister's tombstone. Ivy can represent the Trinity, fidelity, and friendship.

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