|Birth: ||Mar. 30, 1842|
|Death: ||Jan. 4, 1913|
The Marshall Daily News
Saturday January 13, 1913
CULTURED, BUT FOND OF SIMPLE LIFE
Late Rev. M.S. Woodruff Possessed Many Unusual Attributes of Head and Heart
---Rev. Montgomery Schuyler Woodruff who died suddenly at his winter home in the Ozarks, January 4, 1913 was born in Marshall, March 30, 1842 and was the third son of Hon. George Woodruff and Augusta Schuyler Woodruff.
---There are few now surviving who lived in Marshall at that distant day and those few were children with him. But memory of his early life and of all his years since down to the sudden end, is very bright, beautiful and inspiring to all who at any time had the privilege of his companionship, his ever quick and helpful sympathy, his wise advice.
---He was educated in the public school of Marshall, and assisted largely by his father, who was one of the finest classical scholars in the state, he prepared for a college course, entering the U. of M. at Ann Arbor in 1859. He was a fine, ardent student as well as a great favorite socially with his college mates but before his course was completed, the civil war burst upon the country, and he gladly gave it all up, and following the example of his two older brothers, George and William, enlisted in the army. He served in the western army in Merrill's Horse and though but twenty years of age, made a most admirable record for brave devotion to duty, of which any man might well be proud.
---He alone, of his father's sons, survived that terrible conflict, George, a West Point graduate, dying gloriously at the head of his battery, at Gettysburg, and William at the siege before Peterburg.
---Soon after the close of the war, Mr. Woodruff took up the studies for the Episcopal ministry. He was ordained in South Dakota, in 1866 and after a short time in the missionary field, in that state, he went to Missouri. There, as a missionary in Saline county, he put in thirteen years of tireless effort riding on horse back, winter and summer through his field. From Missouri he came back to his home state, being located successfully in Big Rapids, Ypsilanti and finally in Benton Harbor, where he made his permanent home.
---In 1872 he married Emma Forder, at St. Louis, Mo., who survives him with two sons, George of Ogden, Utah, Captain William S., of the United States Army; Eleanor, wife of George R. Perrett, of this city and Margaret E. wife of Lt. Agard Bailey, now stationed in the Philipines.
---Such is the bare outline of the life of Rev. Montgomery S. Woodruff, whose sudden death, for tho 70 years of age, he seemed so full of life and hope, and joy and animated by all the enthusiasm of the young, comes with the shock of bereavement, as though he were still in the early prime of life. And few there are of any ages who will leave so many loving hearts behind him.
---He was a man of much culture, who craved the simple life, and studied nature close at hand. He had natural artistic tales, which he cultivated as much as time and opportunity would permit.
---His soul was full of all generous emotions and he was quick to pour out his all, not merely for his own, but for all the afflicted sons of men. Full modesty, tender as a woman, he was a man of strength for all who needed him. By his unaffected integrity and profound sympathy for all, he was equally the favorite in the cabin of the poor, or in the home of the wealth and culture.
---This trait of genuine humanity left a path of good behind him, in all his walks and many a man he touched and lifted up to higher, whom very few could ever have reached.
---His bright and happy smile, so full of affection, his buoyant spirit so full of uplifting grace, his winning companionship, joy and devotion and ready aid for all, have left this world, but the gracious influence of that personality, still survives and will survive, through how many coming years, none can know, to make this world warmer, better, cleaner, sweeter, because of his life here.
---And for him, we know that the future must be well.
George Woodruff (1808 - 1887)
Augusta Schuyler Woodruff (1816 - 1863)
Emma S. Forder Woodruff (1852 - 1932)*
Mary Eleanor Woodruff Perrett (1873 - 1963)*
William Schuyler Woodruff (1881 - 1966)*
William S. Woodruff (1838 - 1864)*
George Augustus Woodruff (1840 - 1863)*
Montgomery Woodruff (1842 - 1913)
Sarah Woodruff (1844 - 1922)*
Frederick Woodruff (1847 - 1853)*
Note: Interment: 9 Jan 1913
Plot: Old Grounds, Lot 38
Maintained by: Amy (Decker) Veenendall
Originally Created by: William Kinney
Record added: Jun 26, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71990077