Joseph August Potthof

1887–1946 (Age 59)
Peru, LaSalle, Illinois, United States

The Life of Joseph August

When Joseph August Potthof was born on 5 December 1887, his father, John Potthoff, was 34 and his mother, Catherine "Katie' Mueller, was 28. He married Caroline Sell on 26 November 1913, in Peru, LaSalle, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He died on 9 December 1946, in Peru, LaSalle, Illinois, United States, at the age of 59, and was buried in Peru, LaSalle, Illinois, United States.

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Joseph August Potthof
Caroline Sell
Marriage: 26 November 1913
Joseph Carl Potthoff

Spouse & Children

26 November 1913
Peru, LaSalle, Illinois, United States


Parents & Siblings

  • John Potthoff


  • Catherine "Katie' Mueller




  • Gertrude Potthoff


  • John Potthoff


  • Male1886–1957Male

  • Male1887–1946Male

  • Sena Potthoff


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World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 3

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.
1892 · The Chicago Canal

Age 5

The Chicago River Canal was built as a sewage treatment scheme to help the city's drinking water not to get contaminated. While the Canal was being constructed the Chicago River's flow was reversed so it could be treated before draining back out into Lake Michigan.
1903 · Department of Commerce and Labor

Age 16

A short-lived Cabinet department which was concerned with controlling the excesses of big business. Later being split and the Secretary of Commerce and Labor splitting into two separate positions.

Name Meaning

North German: perhaps a habitational name from a place in Westphalia named as Pothof ‘(plant) nursery’, from Middle Low German pote ‘seedling’, ‘young plant’ + hof ‘farmstead’, ‘courtyard’, or, more likely, a variant of Puthoff .

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Joseph Puthoff in household of John Bierbrodt, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Joseph Potthoff in household of Catherine Potthoff, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Joseph August Potthoff, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"

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