Biography of Winfield Scott Kaufman
Chicago, Cook County, Il Biographies

KAUFMAN, WINFIELD SCOTT. - Born at Frederick, Md., May 4, 1846. Son of William and Emily (Dayhoff) Kaufman. Parents descended from the German. Mother died in September, 1892, at the age of 78. Hers was the first death in the family for forty years. Father is still living in Baltimore, 84 years of age. Subject of sketch was educated in the common schools and at the academy in his native town. He clerked in a store for a time, but in August, 1863, began learning the machinist trade in the shops of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad at Baltimore. Left that employment February 3, 1865, to enter the United States navy, as assistant engineer. Had made two previous attempts to enter the army, but was rejected on account of age. He served on the United States steamer, "Roanoke," on the James River blockade, afterward on the "Agawam," the "Oneida" and the "Iroquois," and was honorably discharged August 27, 1869. He entered the United States signal service May 13, 1871, and was ordered to the Chicago station the following month as an assistant observer. In February, 1872, he was sent to Nashville, Tenn., to reorganize the weather bureau station in that city, after which he returned to Chicago in June, 1873, in charge of the station, leaving that branch of the service on May 13, 1876. During the three years he was in the signal service as weather clerk he worked in the county clerk's office as assistant to the clerk of the board of commissioners. He was burned out during the great fire of 1871, and driven into the lake, being compeled to remain in the water for ten hours. He at once secured a new set of instruments from Washington, and on Wednesday following the fire began taking weather observations, his instruments being set up on the bed posts in his room on State street. He was employed one year in the county treasurer's officeand for fourteen years in the recorder's office. He eventually became deputy recorder and was acting recorder of deeds after the death of Col. Scribner. He was reared in the English Lutheran church, and has always been an active republican in politics. He is a member of Oriental Lodge No. 33, A. F. and A. M., of the Royal Arcanum, Veteran Union League and Union Veteran Club. Is a member of U. S. Grant Post 28, G. A. R., and has served in various positions from adjutant to commander of that body. He is a member of the Lincoln Club, and was one of the organizers of the late La Salle Club, which he served as a member of its first board of directors and its last secretary. Mr. Kaufman was married Feb. 24, i88i, to Miss S. Camille Joslin, of Geneva, N. Y., and has one daughter, Agnes Joslin.


FROM:
The Handbook of Chicago Biography
Edited by John J Flinn.
The Standard Guide Company
Chicago 1893

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