July 18, 1858/9, Littleport, Iowa.
December 31, 1929, Bakersfield, California (she died while traveling by train from Los Angeles, California, to Portland, Oregon).
Hofer was educated at the Mt. Carroll, Illinois, Seminary and the University of Chicago. She taught music in the public schools of La Crosse, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois; and Rochester, Minnesota. She also taught at the Pestalozzi-Froebel Teacher’s College, Chicago; the University of California, the University of Georgia, and the University of Tennessee, and managed musical programs for the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. Her works include:
- Christmas in Peasant France (Chicago, Illinois: Clayton F. Summy, 1900)
- Primary and Junior Songs for the Sunday School (Chicago, Illinois: Clayton F. Summy, 1901)
- Children’s Singing Games Old and New, 1901
- The New Volume of Rhythms, Marches and Games, 1904
- Mother Nature and Her Children
- Story of Bethlehem: A Christmas Play with Music, 1912
- Christmasse in Merrie England, 1915
- Seasonal Festivals and Pageants (Chicago, Illinois: Clayton F. Summy, 1916)
- Old Tunes New Rimes and Games (A. Flanagan, 1917)
- Music for the Child World (Chicago, Illinois: Clayton F. Summy, 1926)
- All the World a Dancing (Chicago, Illinois: Clayton F. Summy, 1925)
- Popular Folk Games and Dances (A. Flanagan, 1929)
Hofer’s burial place