Bio: Woodruff, James H.
Contact: Janet Schwarze

---Source: 1881 History of Northern Wisconsin, pg. 223-224.


JAMES H. WOODRUFF, farmer. Town 29, Sec. 8, Range 8. Eagle Point, was born in Triangle, Broome Co., N.Y., March 28, 1822; came to Wisconsin in the Fall of 1843, stopping in Waukesha County, and the following Spring commenced farming, teaching school in the Winter. In the Spring of 1846, he went to Winnebago County, and pre-empted 160 acres of land in the town of Utica, subsequently entering at the United States land office in Green Bay. In the Spring of 1856, he came to Chippewa County .and settled on Eagle Prairie, now Eagle Point, purchasing 200 acres of land partially improved; subsequently adding three large farms. Mr. Woodruff entered somewhat extensively into farming and lumbering with varying success. In 1868, in company with I. B. Taft, he erected a saw-mill on Dry wood Creek, a tributary to Yellow River, and manufactured lumber until 1871, when his mill was destroyed by fire. He then retired from lumbering, selling all his real estate except forty acres of his homestead to his two sons, Charles and A. N. Woodruff, embracing 320 acres of the home farm, 360 acres of meadow land in town of Anso on the Drywood and 320 acres of timber and other lands in the town. He was married in Omro, Wis., March 17, 1851, to Miss Alzina Joslin. She was born in Waitsfield, Vt., Nov. 7, 1831. They have four children: Charles E., Adelbert N., Ella D. and Flora M., the latter born in Eagle Point, the three former in Winnebago County.



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