Oofty Goofty was the stage name of a sideshow performer who lived in San Francisco in the late 19th century. His real name was Leonard Borchardt and he came to America from Berlin at the age of fourteen as a stowaway aboard the SS Fresia in 1876.

He was discovered en route to the new world by the Captain of the ship and forced to join the crew to earn his passage. He returned to Germany and back again to the United States aboard the Fresia, before being allowed to disembark in New York.

Borchardt drifted from state to state before signing up for the U.S. Cavalry in Detroit. After learning he would be fighting Native American Indians who might scalp him, he deserted, sold his horse and gun to a farmer, and headed for San Francisco. He arrived there in 1884 at the age of 22. 

Borchardt would…

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