Dr. Edward Hofma practiced in Spring Lake and Grand Haven. He was granted his request to join Walter Wellmanâ€™s expedition to the North Pole in 1898-99 as the groupâ€™s physician. The expedition fell 565 miles short of its goal. He was one of the original members of the Duncan Park Board of Trustees and worked at conservation. From 1914 to 1916 he was a State Senator. He was a founder of Peoples Savings Bank and served as its President from 1910 until his death and was a noted founder of the Ottawa County Medical Society.