Clayton H. Hoffman

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Clayton Homer Hoffman
Clayton Homer Hoffman, as Potentate of Saladin Shrine circa 1924 (From the Lou B. Winsor Photo Collection)

A Grand Rapids attorney who took an active role in his community. Among other achievements, he founded the Grand Rapids Rotary Club and was one of the early originators of the local Shrine Circus.


This bio is taken from his Scottish Rite Obituary (1963 Proceedings Supreme Council, NMJ, pg 436-437)

Clayton Homer Hoffman, 33˚

Born in Allegan, Michigan, September 30, 1877

Died in Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 11, 1963

Ill. Clayton Homer Hoffman, 33˚, attended grade and high schools in Allegan. He then entered the University of Michigan. After graduating with the LL.B. Degree, he became associated with a law firm in Grand Rapids. On December 28, 1904 he married Miss Mabel Filkins.

Brother Hoffman had many interests, and was always ready to serve his community in worthwhile projects. He was one of the founders of the Grand Rapids Rotary Club, being active in that organization until his last illness. Always interested in good government, he was elected city comptroller, holding that office twenty-two years. He also loved the Theater ans was assistant manager of Powers Theater.

Ill. Brother Hoffman was raised a Master Mason in York Lodge No. 410, October 15, 1901, and was a member of DeMolai Commandery No.5, K.T. He received his Scottish Rite degrees at the February 1907 Reunion. Brother Hoffman was very much interested in the stage mechanics of the degrees, operating the lights, and never missing a reunion over a period of years.

On September 15, 1925 he was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33˚, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

He was a member of Saladin Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. and was Potentate in 1924. He was the first General Chairman of the Shrine Circus and continued as such until his retirement several years ago.

Ill. Brother Hoffman was a member of First Methodist Church and a Christian gentleman. He is survived by his widow. Funeral services were held in First Methodist Church, Grand Rapids with the Rev. James W. Wright, D.D., officiating. Internment at Allegan, Michigan.

-William A. Laveau, 33˚

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