EDWARD C. KAUFFMAN.
The advantages of a good practical education have been exemplified in the life of Edward C. Kauffman who is now
successfully engaged in the real estate business at Columbus Junction. He early resolved to make an honorable record
in The world and, possessing excellent habits and sound principles, he steadfastly persevered, even in the face
of grave obstacles. As a result he is now in a large degree financially independent. A native of Fillmore county,
Nebraska, he was born March 2, 1879, a son of Joseph and Mary E. (Dennis) Kauffman. The father was born in Pennsylvania
and the mother in Louisa county, Iowa. Mrs. Kauffman died in 1906, but her husband is still living and makes his
home in Columbus City township. There were eight children in their family, five of whom survive.
Edward C. Kauffman received his preliminary education in the public schools and at sixteen years of age, desiring
to prosecute his studies further, he went to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he attended college for two years. He then
began teaching school and engaged in that vocation for two years in Nebraska and for one year in Louisa county.
Having learned the barber's trade, he followed it for a year, at the end of which time he was attracted to the
restaurant and grocery business. After an experience of three years in those lines he sold out and went to Gladwin
where he was engaged for two years as a grocer. Having acquired the necessary capital, he purchased a farm in Oakland
township which he cultivated for two years. Having decided to change his calling, he rented his farm and moved
to Columbus Junction, where he has since engaged in the real estate business, being a member of the firm of Knott
& Kauffman, who deal in real estate in Columbus Junction and also in farm lands in various parts of the west.
The partners are men of energy, experience and ability and they are meeting with a gratifying measure of success.
In June, 1902, Mr. Kauffman was married to Miss Pearl I. Parsons, a native of Columbus City township and a daughter
of A. H. Parsons, who is still living on the old homestead. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Kauffman:
Milton, Dorothy N., Charles B. and Arthur. Mrs. Kauffman is a woman of fined intellectual attainments and is a
graduate of the Columbus Junction high school. She and her husband are both connected with the Methodist Episcopal
In politics Mr. Kauffman is a supporter of the candidates and principles of the republican party but not with any
desire to gain office, as he prefers to concentrate his attention upon his business. He is a valued member of the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America, all of Columbus Junction
and can claim many warm personal friends in those organizations as well as among citizens generally. He has had
a varied experience in life and having exercised good judgment in business affairs he has won an estimable position
among the people of the county.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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