Max Travis Hofius

December 10, 1896 - January 3, 1924

Photo of and Year Book Entry for Max Hofius courtesy of The Alumni Association of the Colorado School of Mines
Young "Hof-in-war" has come out of the South; from Belize to be exact, but we don't think that will help any. On his way here he stopped for a spell at Shattuck where he learned the manual of arms and a few other things. "Hof" is one of our agitants and likes nothing better than an argument to which he can only see one side. He has been duly appointed to look after the Kaiser's interests here and is surely one of his best and most devoted servants. Can any one explain Hofius' interest in the rise, decline and final extinction of the trilobites.

Obituary for Max Hofius that appeared in the Daily Clarion

The Late Max T. Hofius The deceased was born on the 10th December, 1895, at Belize, the second son of the late Otto Hofius and Mrs. Hofius. He became a student of St. John's College in 1904 and after gaining the Gold Medal for the Highest Average in six classes, he left the College at the age of 15 to enter the Junior Class, Shattuck Military School, Faribault, Minnesota, U.S.A., where he gained high honours and graduated in the classical course in 1912. In addition to his scholastic attainments he was a keen athlete and represented Shattuck in the Track, Football and Baseball teams, and was a member of the Fifth Avenue Fraternity. He continued his successes at Yale University, where he passed the entrance examination and became a student of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, U.S.A. On successfully completing the four year course he secured the degree of Engineer of Mines having passed first in Metallurgy and Geology and was awarded a medal for Highest Scholastic Attainments. Here again he shone in athletics and was a Baseball star and a member of the Football and Track teams. He was an honorary member of Iota Beta Fraternity and a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Subsequently he returned home and spent two years in exploring British Honduras in search of oil but meeting with no success he joined the Mammoth Oil Company and was among the first Geologists to commence operations at Tea Pot Camp, Casper, Wyoming, U.S.A. He was married in Belize on the 17th October last to Miss Elspeth Currie. It was at Caspar,as reported by cable, that he died from burns, under circumstances not yet known here, on the 3rd instant. Max was always popular and had many sincere friends in Belize to whom his sterling qualities are known too well to need repetition. The news of his sad death came as a great shock and his loss has been deeply felt by the very many who were privileged with his acquaintance. He leaves to mourn his loss, his young wife who was with him in Caspar, his mother, one brother, Mr. E.J. Hofius and two sisters, Mrs. Alan Currie and Mrs. Hall, now of Trinidad; to whom we extend our sincerest sympathy in their sudden bereavement.

Article from the Colorado Transcript

Thursday January 10, 1924
Page 1 Column Five
Procured by The Foothills Genealogical Society



Max Hofius, a graduate of the School of Mines in the class of 1917, and well known in Golden, died in Salt Creek, Wyo., last Friday of burns received the previous day, when a gas stove in his home exploded. His wife was also burned severly, but it is not believed she was seriously injured. It seems that when Mr. and Mrs. Hofius retired Wednesday night they left a gas stove burning. The severe cold caused the pipes to freeze and the gas flame went out. In the morning, Hofius noticed a strong odor of gas. Getting up, he attempted to turn off the excaping gas, but was unable to do so. He then struck a match and a terrific explosion took place, tearing out one entire side of the house . Hofius was burned in a terrible manner, but his wife escaped the full force of the explosion. Both were rushed to the hospital where Hofius died a short time later. Hofius had been employed by the Mammoth Oil Co. for two years as a production foreman. A few months ago he secured a leave of absence and returned to his home in British Honduras where he was married October 17th to Miss Elfpeth Mactarnale Currie. Mr. and Mrs. Hofius returned to Golden for a few days in November and then went to Salt Creek.

Max was a favorite in Golden with all who knew him. He was graduated from Mines in 1917 with an enviable record as a basketball player. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Theta Tau fraternities, and was also a member of the local Sigma Epsilon and Theta Tau fraternities. He was a member of the local Masonic lodge. In his junior year he was editor of the Prospector, the school year book.

Recent advices from Casper state that a brother from British Honduras will arrive in about ten days to take charge of the removal of the body to his home in Central America. The body is being held in the Muck Funeral Home until the brother arrives.