Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, pp. 405-406
Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1888
ANTHONY KIRKHOFF, deceased, was a native of Germany, born at Mauritz, Westphalia, January 28, 1840, a son of HENRY BARNEY and MARY (LUFFE) KIRKHOFF. He was reared in his native place at his father's farm and dairy, and there received his education. In the fall of 1857, when seventeen years of age, he immigrated with his mother to America, coming directly to Lafayette, Indiana, where two of his brothers and a sister were living. The father intended to follow them to this country the following spring, but in the meantime he died. They located in Fairfield Township, Tippecanoe County, where the mother of our subject died about 1867. Anthony's first employment after coming to this country was in the dairy of his brother, JOHN KIRKHOFF, for whom he worked until starting in business for himself. He bought out BARNEY KIRKHOFF, but they soon traded back, and ANTHONY formed a partnership with JOHN KRABBE, with whom he was associated three years when this partnership was dissolved, MR. KIRKHOFF continuing in business alone.
His first land purchase was a tract of forty acres, to which he added from time to time until he had 120 acres of valuable land, situated near the city of Lafayette, and well improved. He subsequently bought sixty acres of land, on which was a large brick house, and also two small houses, a brick and a frame. He was a man of fine business ability, and established an extensive business, and was one of the substantial men of his township.
October 28, 1867, he was married to MISS ELIZABETH ZINK, a native of Baden Baden, Germany, born at Sasbach-Amt-Achern, February 22, 1844, a daughter of JOHN BAPTIST and MAGDALENA (DEER) ZINK. In 1866 her father brought his family to America, and the same year settled in Fairfield Township, where the parents yet reside, MR. ZINK aged seventy-three years, and his wife aged sixty-eight years. Seven children were born to MR. and MRS. KIRKHOFF, as follows--LIZZIE, MARY, LENA, ANTHONY, ALBERT, GEORGIA and LOUISA. MR. KIRKHOFF died November 13, 1887, leaving his family and a wide circle of friends to mourn the loss of an affectionate husband and father and a good citizen. He was an active member of St. Boniface German Catholic Church, and was universally respected by the citizens of Lafayette. He was one of the the leading and most influential members of the St. Joseph Benevolent Society, and took an active part in the affairs of St. Boniface Benevolent Society at Indianapolis. Though a popular man he was not an office seeker. In his political views he was a Democrat.