Biography of J. S. Kauffman
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J. S. Kauffman. One of the representative and widely known citizens of Ashland County is J. S. Kauffman, who is identified with the Polk State Bank as cashier. He was born in this city, July 21, 1869, the son of John and Eva (Oxender) Kauffman.

John Kauffman, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born in Berne, Switzerland, where he spent his early life. About 1854 he emigrated to the United States and came to Ohio, settling in Ashland County. He was a blacksmith by trade and later located at Polk, where he continued to live during the remainder of his life. He died in 1924, and his wife, a native of Pennsylvania, died in 1900. Both are buried at Polk. Mr. and Mrs. Kauffman were the parents of the following children: E. A., lives at Ashland; Mary Westhofer, who died in 1920; Catherine Gribben, who lives at Polk; James, who lives at Polk; and J. S., the subject of this sketch.

J. S. Kauffman grew up at Polk and attended the public schools of the village. He also took a general course at Ohio Northern University and later attended Ashland College, from which he was graduated. Mr. Kaufman engaged successfully in the drug business at Polk from 1891 until 1909. He then sold farm implements for the Walter A. Wood Company until 1915, and the following year took an active part in the organization of the Polk State Bank, being elected to the responsible office of cashier. This dependable institution has a capital stock of $25,000 and total assets amounting to $165,000.

On Nov. 19, 1914, Mr. Kauffman was united in marriage with Miss Hattie Reed, of Ashland County, the daughter of J. W. and Mary (Baum) Reed. Mr. and Mrs. Kauffman have three children: Mary Eva; Kathryn Grace and Ethel Mae.

Politically, Mr. Kauffman has always been a Democrat. He has held the office of mayor of Polk, and also was postmaster during the administration of President Grover Cleveland. He also served as township treasurer for a number of years.

Mr. Kauffman was a member of the Ohio National Guard for many years, and resigned from that organization in 1893 with the rank of captain.

Mr. Kauffman is a member of the Methodist Church, and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, 32nd degree, having both the York Rite and the Consistory.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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