- Birth-Rosa Hoffstatter prior to her death, recorded by her granddaughter, Lucile Morfitt Christiansen, autobiography of James Morfitt, copy in possession of Aloa Dereta;
Marriage-autobiography of James Morfitt and Rosa, recorded by her granddaughter as above stated.
Death-autobiography of James Morfitt, obituary, Boise Idaho Statesman, cemetery records Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise, Idaho.
1860 Census, Agency City, Wapello, Iowa. Rosa was 2 years old.
Rosa crossed the plains in 1864 at the age of 6 with her mother, two sisters and brother George. They joined their father who had made the trip two years before. She remembered a cousin of hers saying as they were in the wagon train, "Oh, see the horses with horns." Eliza would hide the children in the wagon under blankets whenever there was an Indian scare. Rosa remembered an old pockmarked Indian at Walla Walla who used to hang around the cabin and tell the children stories about the Whitman massacre in which he had participated.
Eliza and James got a cabin next door to a saloon which housed prostitutes. The children were watrched with great care there by their parents.
Rosa attended Notre Dame Academy at Baker and graduated in 1880. She worked her way through school and paid for her music lessons there. She was ever grateful to the sisters at the academy for their many kindnesses to her. Following graduation, she taught school at Clarks Creek and Malheur, Oregon in Baker County. She married James Morfitt at Clarksville, at the home of W. H. Buckland by William Curtis, J. P. They made their home at a sawmill near Malheur and when that venture ended she and James ranched at Malheur where they lived for 33 years and where they bought other property and built up a large cattle interest.
Rosa taught her son Frank and her daughter Gertrude, as well as her granddaughter, Lucile Morfitt, to play the piano. When Lucile stayed with her, Rosa used to get Lucile up early in the morning and make her practice.
in the 1880 census Rosa's name is spelled Hostetter, Baker. She was 20 B. IA.
1900 Census, Malheur, Malheur, OR. Rosa was 41, Md. 1st age 18, b. Aug 1858. Had birthed four children, three living.
Rosa is buried at Morris Hill Cemetery in Boise, Idaho. Biographical information from the time she was married until her death can be seen in the autobiography of her husband James Morfitt.