from Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa by Manoah Hedge The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1906
Dr. Ripley C. Hoffman, successfully engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery in Oskaloosa, is a native of Hocking county, Ohio, born November 12, 1860, and a son of Dr. D. A. and Emily (Smith) Hoffman, both natives of Ohio. The son acquired his education in the public schools of Oskaloosa, having been brought by his parents to this city when but eleven months old. Having mastered the elementary branches of learning, he continued his studies in Penn College until he had reached the senior year. He then put aside his literary text books in order to take up the study of medicine in 1880, matriculating in Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from which he was graduated in 1883 and with the exception of two years spent in Salt Lake City he has practiced continuously in Oskaloosa in partnership with his father. He was graduated from Jefferson College with honors, and had the first honorable mention at the graduating exercises as ranking member of the class. For the past two years he has been vice-president of the alumni association of the college. He is a general practitioner and keeps well informed in all departments of the science of medicine and surgery. His high standard of professional ethics has won him the esteem and regard of his brethren of the medical fraternity. He belongs to the American Medical Association, the Des Moines Valley and the Mahaska County Medical Societies. He was a delegate to the Pan-American Medical Congress which met at Washington, D.C., in 1893. Fraternally Dr. Hoffman is a prominent Mason and he also belongs to the Elks and Modern Woodmen of America. He is past commander of the Knights Templar commandery, which position he held for three years and he has been high priest of the chapter and illustrious master of the council: He has likewise been treasurer of the grand council since its organization in 1900 and has been representative to the grand council in Iowa from Oregon. He likewise belongs to the Mystic Shrine. He was made a Mason in 1882 in Tn Luminar lodge, No. 18, A. F. & A. M., at Oskaloosa and has become one of its strong representatives, ranking high in Masonic circles. In June, 1892, Dr. Hoffman was married in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Miss Maud Crosby, a daughter of the late Judge Crosby, who died in California. Their children are Stuart S. and David R. Dr. Hoffman is a man of. strong personality, of large physique and well proportioned and his physical prowess stands him in good stead in his professional work, which is often of an arduous character, many demands being made upon him for his services. He has continually advanced in touch with the progress of the profession and is deeply interested in all that tends to promote the efficiency of the physician.
Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa
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