Philip M. Hoffman, Pekin, member of the Pekin Hardware Company, was born in Peoria County, Ill., May 28, 1872, and when three years of age accompanied his parents, Philip and Anna (Frank) Hoffman, to Tazewell County. His father was born in Germany, in 1831, and his mother, in the same country, in 1830. Young Philip secured his education in the public schools, and remained at home with his parents until 1893. In that year he secured a clerkship with Henry Roos, who was engaged in the hardware business, and with whom he remained until he invested in an establishment himself. The commencement of his career as a hardware merchant was his association as a partner with E. R. Peyton and Benjamin Strickfaden, the three purchasing the business of Mr. Roos and forming the Pekin Hardware  Company.
Mr. Hoffman was married in Pekin October 24, 1900, to Miss Lena M. Lohner, who was born May 9, 1880. They have one child, Ernest P. J., born September 11, 1902.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 1024
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