Lester Alfred Woodruff

29 June 1878–1927 (Age 48)
Summerfield Township, Clare, Michigan, United States

The Life Summary of Lester Alfred

When Lester Alfred Woodruff was born on 29 June 1878, in Summerfield Township, Clare, Michigan, United States, his father, Morris J Woodruff, was 33 and his mother, Martha Ellen Cooper, was 30. He married Stella Salisbury on 26 November 1919, in Vestaburg, Montcalm, Michigan, United States. He died in 1927, in Wayne, Michigan, United States, at the age of 49.

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World Events (8)

1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated
Age 1
After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield
Age 3
Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson
Age 18
A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of land where woodruff grew, Old English wudurofe (a compound of wudu ‘wood’ with a second element of unknown origin). The leaves of the plant have a sweet smell and the surname may also have been a nickname for one who used it as a perfume, or perhaps an ironical nickname for a malodorous person.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (6)

  • Alfred Woodruff in entry for Maurice Woodruff and Martha Spaulding, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • Lester Alfred Woodruff, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918"
  • Lelster A. Woodruff, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"

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