HERMAN J. ELSHOFF. - Herman J. Elshoff, who, taking up his abode in Springfield in 1880, was thereafter connected with building operations in this city until his death, which occurred February 27, 1892, was a native of Holland, born October 14, 1857. His parents were Gerhard and Berhadena (Mohlendeik) Elshoff, the former a native of Germany and the latter of Holland. the father was a carpenter by trade and in 1880 brought his children to America, making his way direct to Springfield. He was not long permitted to enjoy his new home, however, for soon he was taken ill and died ten weeks after his arrival here. His wife had departed this life in Germany and Herman J. Elshoff was the last survivor of their eleven children.
In the common schools of Holland Mr. Elshoff, of this review, acquired his education and afterward began to learn the carpenter's trade there with his father. On coming to Springfield he worked in that line, doing general carpenter work until 1880, when he began contracting. He built the St. John's Hospital and a number of business blocks in Springfield and continued in close connection with building operations here until the time of his demise. He was well known among the contractors of the city and the liberal patronage accorded him brought to him a good income.
In 1884 Mr. Elshoff was married to Miss Catherine Daily, who was born in Sangamon county, October 12, 1863, a daughter of John and Mary (Driscoll) Daily, both of whom were natives of Ireland and were among the early settlers of Sangamon county. They were married here and Mr. Daily afterward engaged in farming near Springfield Junction. He removed to Phelps county, Missouri, where he purchased a large farm, upon which he is now engaged in general agricultural pursuits. His wife died there and was buried in Sangamon county. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Elshoff were born five children: Mary, born April 28, 1885; Gerhard, who was born October 18, 1886, and is now studying the patternmaker's trade in Ide's foundry in Springfield; Anna, born August 30, 1888; John, February 21, 1890, and Catherine, October 5, 1891. Mrs. Elshoff is providing her children with good educational privileges in Springfield. Owing to his industry and enterprise her husband left her in good financial circumstances and she owns a nice residence at No. 1327 East Cook street, which was built by her husband and which she and her children now occupy. She also owns residence property on East Capitol avenue, which she rents. In political affiliations Mr. Elshoff was a stanch Democrat and was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic church, of which his widow is also a communicant.