On This Day In 1983

“Rosa Adeline Kaufman, aged 81 of 7200 Gable Drive, widow of Edward Robert Kaufman, died Monday. Born in Little Rock, she was a daughter of J. D. and Delilah Williford Henslee and was a retired grocer and member of Tatum Street Baptist Church. Survivors are two sons, Thomas David Kaufman of Little Rock and James Estes Kaufman of Atlanta, Ga.; three daughters, Lucille McAllester, Nettie Mae Mann and Nancy Arlene Davis of Little Rock, 21 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Griffin Leggett Healey and Roth by Rev. Lloyd Goodman. Burial will be in Pine Crest memorial Park.”

Arkansas gazette January 11, 1983
Ed and Rosa Kaufman

A PERSONAL REFLECTION OF LOVE

Grandma Kaufman always had a smile and could make me laugh at her stories. I can still smell her rolls baking in the oven. Oh how I would give anything if I had her roll recipe.

We had moved into the same neighborhood where Grandpa and Grandma Kaufman lived and one day, on the way home from the bus stop, I dropped in for a visit. Grandpa and Grandma were out in the yard working and she was clearing out from under a huge wisteria bush that was in a corner. She had seen me coming and grabbed a couple of peaches from the tree and we sat down underneath the wisteria canopy she had just created and ate our peaches. We talked until it was almost dark about this and that and I can’t even remember what we talked about. Around dinner time Grandpa came out from the shed and demanded dinner. Grandma just fussed back at him telling him that the girls were a talkin’ and she’d get dinner done when she got it done.

Those two always fussed and fumed at each other but you always knew they really loved each other. One day we stopped by to visit Grandma after Grandpa had died and she was sitting on the couch working on a quilt. She looked sad so I leaned over and asked her how she was doing and she simply replied, “I miss him.”

from: Laurie Skillern, Kaufman GAZETTE, July 2000, EDITED

Grandma Kaufman’s Quick Raisin Coffee Cake

  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 stick butter

Beat eggs. Add sugar, oil and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients together and add to egg mixture, alternately with milk. Add raisins. Pour into greased oblong pan and sprinkle with brown sugar that has been mixed with cinnamon. Dot with butter. Bake at 400 F for 30 minutes.

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