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 George Hochderffer  (1863 - 1955)

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Lived/Active: Arizona/Illinois      Known for: portrait painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:

George Hochderffer, Sr.

George Franz Joseph Hochderffer (referred to as Sr., even though his son had a different middle name) was born December 22, 1863, near Pocahontas in Bond County, Illinois.  He was the son of Frank and Catherine (Kloster) Hochderffer.  He first married Mary Lucinda Baker November 10, 1887, in Ford County, Kansas and was soon to move to Arizona. There the couple had 4 children: Estella May, Frank James, George Elijah (referred to as Jr.), and a daughter who died in infancy.

After the death of his first wife, George (Sr.) married Mary Johnston on November 8, 1904, in Winslow, Arizona.  There are no known children by his second wife.  George died December 4, 1955, in Cottonwood, Arizona at the age of 91.

Book Review from Five Quail Books: “Col. George F. J. Hochderffer was one of the leading citizens of Flagstaff from 1886 to his death in 1955, having served in various civic positions such as town marshal as well as state senator from Coconino County.  At his death, Col. Hochderffer left a manuscript of his autobiography [Flagstaff, Whoa! The Autobiography of a Western Pioneer] to his son, George Hochderffer Jr.  This autobiography tells first hand the story of the inhabitants of a western town from the 4th year of its founding to the author's death, about 70 years later.  It is a valuable record of the town, of the author's life and of the later stages of the western frontier.”

Note: Arizona State Library in Phoenix has a collection of 2,500+ photos and paintings of the Hochderffer Family. Call No. PH 32 and PH 350.

Information courtesy of genealogical researcher, Brad Ziegler, Union, MO.

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Born in Bethlehem, Illinois, George Hochderffer became one of the leading citizens of  Flagstaff, Arizona, having moved there from the East by 1886.

He had studied art at Woodstock Art School and Columbia University.  At school, he painted some of his Jamaica Bay neighbors' children.

In 1965, his autobiography was published with the title Flagstaff Whoa! The Autobiography of a Western Pioneer.

Artwork by Hochderffer is in the Northern Arizona Pioneer Historical Society.

Doris Dawdy, Artists of the American West, p. 130

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