Adair County Iowa
"In 1880 John C. Hoffstatter opened a wagon and repair shop. The building is 16x40, and he is still found at his place of business.
His mother, Mrs. William Hoffstatter, was born in Summit County, 0hio, on the 20th of July, 1815. Her father died in Michigan in 1841, and her mother died in Ohio in 1851. She moved to Michigan in the fall of 1849, where she remained about eighteen years, after which time she moved to Illinois, and two years later came to Iowa, settling in this county upon section 5, Orient township. Her maiden name was Mahala Collins, and in 1834 she was married to William Hoffstatter, in Ohio. They have had eleven children—John C., Mary A., William C., Jane A., Jacob W., Sylvia A. and Alice M., living ; and Mathew, Sarah, Francis M. and James, dead. Mrs. Hoffstatter owns eighty acres of improved land, and has an orchard of about four acres. Her husband was killed by a mower while at work in some hay. She is a prominent member of the Baptist Church."
taken from "History of Guthrie and Adair County, Iowa" 1884
"William A. Hoffstatter was the first body interred at the Orient Cemetery, October 6, 1869."
J. C. Hoffstatter built many of the schools in Orient Twp. Click here to go to the page where you will find further information.