Opening a time capsule of Pinetop and Lakeside

Cecelia “Cec” Hoffman shares a photo of her late husband, Lon Hoffman Sr., who helped start the Chamber of Commerce, among other accomplishments.

PINETOP-LAKESIDE – Pinetop-Lakeside was incorporated in 1984, but it was a community long before it became a town. And, the town, as many know it today, does not resemble the Lakeside or Pinetop that longtime resident Cecelia (Cec) Hoffman and her family knew back when.

Hoffman and her late husband, Lonell D. “Lon” Hoffman Sr., had enjoyed a number of summers vacationing with friends in the White Mountains before moving to Pinetop in 1970.

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With 20 plus years media experience, Barbara Bruce is an award winning journalist, senior reporter and monthly columnist for the White Mountain Independent.

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What a beautiful story. When we first came to "the mountain" over 20 years ago, my husband, John Hoffman, stopped in and visited with Lon. They had a great discussion about cars and how happy we were to spend our summers up here in paradise!! Thanks Cec for a great history lesson.

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