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Industry and integrity were the foundation stones upon which the late August Kaufman erected the superstructure of an honorable existence, devoted to the welfare of wife and children, and to the discharge of duties devolving upon him as a citizen of his adopted country. With the exception of the first eleven years of his life, which were passed iu Ms native Germany, lie was identified with the United States throughout all of his busy career. Loyal and patriotic in the highest degree, he maintained a peculiarly deep devotion for the west, which was the scene of his mature efforts and his permanent successes. Although iu early life he had learned the trades of butcher and blacksmith, and had followed both of these occupations for a time, he gained prosperity through the tilling of the soil, and it was by diligence as a farmer that he acquired the valuable estate left to his heirs.

Upon crossing the ocean iu company with his mother when eleven years of age and settling at Boonville, Mo., August Kaufman entered the public schools in order to acquire a knowledge of the English language and the education necessary for life's activities. After he had completed the grammar course be began to assist his step-father in the butcher business and thus gained a thorough knowledge of the trade. At the age of twenty-one he came to California and settled in Sacramento, but after a time removed to Woodland, Yolo county. Later he established himself in business in Plainfield, where he invented and patented a plow. During 1876 he was united in marriage with Miss Minnie Krinki, a native of Germany, born January 2, 1852, but from childhood a resident of the United States. The family lived for some years in Ohio, near Belmont, and two of her brothers still reside in that state. Four years before the family came to the western coast her father, Charles Krinki, left Ohio and sought the, opportunities of California. "When finally he had established himself on a firm financial footing in this state he sent for his family, who came by ship, one brother dying during the course of the voyage. At that time Mrs. Kaufman was a young lady of eighteen and she settled at Woodland, living there and at Davisville until the time of her marriage, which was solemnized in Sacramento.

The united and unwearied efforts of Mr. and Mrs. Kaufman resulted in the acquisition of a comfortable home and a well-improved farm at Plainfield. Later they also bought four hundred and fifty-two acres in Capay. Had his life been spared to a good old age undoubtedly a greater prosperity would have crowned his efforts, but when he lacked just two months of fifty years death removed him from the sphere of his activities. Later his widow was married to Emil Kirch, who passed away in 1907. Although bearing a different name, he was a brother of Mr. Kaufman, the difference being due to the fact that he was reared in the home of a grandfather and was given his name. For years he was identified with the Ancient Order of United Workmen in San Francisco. Both brothers were brought up in the German Lutheran faith and always remained firm believers in its doctrines. For years the family have been connected with that denomination in Sacramento. The widow still owns and occupies the comfortable family residence at No. 2511 F street, but her children have left the old homestead to take up the activities of life and to establish homes of their own. Of the eight children comprising the family all but one are still living, namely: Mrs. Rosa Grover, of San Francisco; Jessie, who married William Born of Sacramento and has three children; Lillian, who married Frank S. Schoenbackler, also of Sacramento, and has three children; Minnie, Mrs. Julius Haller, of Sacramento, who is the mother of two children; Emma, Mrs. Wolgamott, who died in 1905, leaving two children, and Albert and Emil, both of Sacramento. Mrs. Kaufman now leases the ranch of three hundred and twenty acres purchased through her unremitting labors aud keen judgment. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011