Twenty-three-year-old Adeline J. C. Hoffeins (b.1880) taught at the Drummond elementary school in
Chicago, at 1845 W Cortland St. Today the school is
a K-8 public Montessori school. Named after judge
Thomas Drummond, the Drummond school cost $76,000 to
construct and opened in October, 1893 with sixteen
classrooms and seating capacity for 993 pupils.
Adeline was the daughter of German immigrants,
Frederick (Friedrich) William Hoffeins (1848-1915)
and Elisabeth A. Domrose Hoffeins (1855-1922) and
had three younger siblings, seventeen-year-old Peter
Henry Hoffeins (1885-1962), thirteen-year-old
Eleanor Elizabeth Hoffeins (1889-1961) and eleven-year-old Florence Clara Hoffeins (1892-1944).
Elisabeth emigrated from Germany in 1871 when she
was twenty-nine years old and Frederick in 1872 when
he was twenty-eight years old.
married in 1878 and over the next fourteen years
Elisabeth gave birth to six children, two of which
died in childhood.
Frederick made cigars for a
It is not known who was in Adeline's theater party
but it may have been a fellow teacher. There were
several parties of Chicago teachers at the matinee
and two dozen died. Peter identified his
sister’s body. Her funeral was held at her parents
home at 292 Haddon Ave and she was buried at
Waldheim Forest Home Cemetery in Cook County,
Adeline's siblings all married and had children.
Peter became an auto mechanic and named his daughter
after his sister.