The following data is extracted from Historical and Biographical Sketches of Madison County, Nebraska - Madison.
F. Hoffmann, jeweler and watchmaker, is a native of France. In 1874, came to New York City; worked at the Marion, N. J., watch factory about two years. In 1876, came to Elgin, Ill.; worked at the Elgin Watch factory about two and a half years. March, 1880, came to Madison, where he has since carried on this business. Married, in 1855, Anna Champion, of Switzerland. They have three sons--Louis P. (now Deputy County Treasurer), Charles and Julius.
Source: Historical and Biographical Sketches of Madison County, Nebraska - Madison