From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana
J. B. Hoff, photographer, Angola, Ind., was born at Lagrange, Ind., Aug. 18, 1856, a son of George and Mary (Berk) Hoff. He received a good education, attending the schools of his native town till twenty-one years old. His father was a harness-maker by trade, and when fourteen years of age J. B. began working with him, continuing, when not in school, six years. He then learned the art of photography and in 1878 located at Angola, where he has since conducted a successful business. He was married in 1880 to Della Bowrie, a native of Ligonier, Ind., daughter of D. P. and Theressa (Driver) Bowrie. To them were born two children, a son and daughter -- Tressa and Earl. Tressa is deceased.
Submitted by Kim Davoli