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Alfred Joshua Woodman
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Birth: Aug. 23, 1851
Somerset County
Maine, USA
Death: May 22, 1926
Lucas County
Iowa, USA

Husband of Alice Butts and Harriet Curtis. Son of John Woodman and Jane Simonton.


Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, May 27, 1926


Alfred Joshua Woodman was born in Somerset County, Maine, August 23, 1851. He received his education in the public schools of his native county and in Waterville Academy.

When twenty-one years of age, he came to Russell, Iowa, where he engaged in the hardware business. He was successful in this venture and as the need developed, other lines were added, including implements, furniture and undertaking.

For many years he conducted an implement business at Chariton, Iowa, in addition to the one at Russell. His business activities caused him to be widely known in surrounding communities and his hearse became a familiar sight on the road for a radius of many miles. At the age of seventy-four, Mr. Woodman has a record of fifty-three years years of continuous business in this vicinity with an enviable reputation for integrity and honor.

He was married on September 1, 1873, to Alice Butts, of Russell. To them were born six children: Abbie, Edward, Bertha, Arthur, John and Helen. His wife, Alice, and two children, Edward and Bertha, have preceded him in death. Of the living children, Abbie W. Boyd resides at Watertown, South Dakota; Arthur of Morris, Minnesota; Helen at Des Moines, Iowa; and John at Russell, where he has been associated with his father in business. On June 21, 1921, Mr. Woodman was married to Harriet Curtis of Russell.

During his fifty-three years of residence in this city, Mr. Woodman has been a prominent figure in all community affairs. He was broad minded and liberal, always ready to aid with effort and contribution any worthy public enterprise.

In his home he was an indulgent father, intensely interested in the welfare of his children. Both by example and teachings he emphasized those qualities of character that make real manhood and staunch American citizenship. He was proud of the honest accomplishments of his ancestry and eager that his children should hold as high ideals.

Mr. Woodman was the last living member of his father's family. He leaves his wife, four children and two grandchildren. The family, church and communtiy have suffered an irreparable loss.

Family links: 
  Alice Butts Woodman (1852 - 1918)*
  Abbie Woodman Boyd (1876 - 1936)*
  Edward Woodman (1880 - 1915)*
  Bertha Woodman (1885 - 1916)*
  Arthur Woodman (1889 - 1968)*
  John Herbert Woodman (1897 - 1967)*
*Calculated relationship
Russell Cemetery
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Section 3 Row 15 Grave 4
Created by: Skip
Record added: Jul 20, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39684201
Alfred Joshua Woodman
Added by: Doris Christensen
Alfred Joshua Woodman
Added by: Doris Christensen
Alfred Joshua Woodman
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