John Kauffman, Model Builder and Painter


| May/June 1976



John Kauffman

John Kauffman lettering the Elizabethtown Fire Company ladder truck in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. [See story JOHN KAUFFMAN-MODEL BUILDER AND PAINTER]. Courtesy of picture, Mrs. James H. Shank, 414 Snyder Avenue, Elizabethtown, Pa. 17022.

Mrs. James H. Shank

Elizabethtown, Pa.

Harvey Hoffman of Rheems, Pa., a spry 88, remembers his old friend John Kauffman as a man of many talents. On a living room wall of Harvey's home hangs a picture of a steam engine, painted by John. A remark about the picture sets off a string of reminisces ... of boyhood days at Milton Grove, of threshing rigs and steam engines, and of John's talent with the brush.

Kauffman and Hoffman grew up in the Milton Grove area of Lancaster County where both became steam engine enthusiasts. They threshed many a bushel of grain in the days before combines and gas-powered engines took over.

John Kauffman died August 7, 1972, at the age of 75. His wife, the former Mary Dubler, preceded him in death on May 20, 1972. Out of their half-century of married life came 14 children, six boys and eight girls, all living today in or around Elizabethtown and Manheim. There are 33 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Kauffman lived in the same house for 73 of his 75 years. When he and Mary were married they moved into a house next door to the Kauffman family home in Milton Grove. Two years later, when John's father died, they moved back and stayed the rest of their lives.

Incidentally, Harvey Hoffman today lives in the same house he bought in 1919. Perhaps one of the secrets of longevity is putting down roots or 'staying put.'