AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND
REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 1206
H. WOODFORD, who for years was
superintendent of White, Corbin & Co., is now the superintendent of the
White Corbin division of the U.S. Envelope Company, at Rockville, Tolland
county. A native of Avon, Conn., he
is a son of Franklin and Cordelia (Hawley) Woodford, and a grandson of Asaph and
Almira Woodford; the grandparents were
farming people of Avon, where they died. The
Woodford family has long been established in Avon and vicinity, and its
representatives have been numerous for several generations.
Woodford was born in 1820, and died July 26, 1899, at the home of his son, Edwin
H., in Ellington, where, with his wife, he had come in 1893.
The father spent his time until his death with his son and at Naugatuck
and Farmington, Conn.; the mother survives and lives with her son, Edwin H.
She was born in 1825, and her marriage to Franklin Woodford took place in
1843. They had two children:
Eleanor, who married George D. Buck, of the firm of John M. Page &
Co., hardware and stove dealers, and lived in Naugatuck, where she died;
H. Woodford was born May 28, 1849, in Avon, Conn., and when quite young
accompanied his parents to Farmington, where he attended the common schools for
several years, and was a pupil for a short time at the Williston Academy at East
Hampton, Mass. Shortly after leaving
school he entered the employ of the Nonatuck Silk Company, at Florence, Mass.,
starting to learn the silk business in a large factory, where several hundred
people were at work. Beginning at
the finishing department, he had been at work a year and a half when he was
appointed assistant superintendent of the establishment.
At the end of three years he resigned his position and returned to his
home at Farmington to spend a little time. In
1870 Mr. Woodford came to Rockville and engaged with Belding Bros. & Co.,
silk manufacturers, as superintendent of the "Department of
Finishing," where he remained about two years.
He then severed his business relations with this company, returned to
Farmington and remained at home about one year.
In 1873 he came to Rockville again and entered the employ of White,
Corbin & Co., thoroughly learning the business, and eventually became the
superintendent of the plant. Through
several changes of ownership and management he has continued in this position,
and is now the superintendent of White Corbin division of the United States
Envelope Company. Mr. Woodford has
seen the capacity increase from 400,000 envelopes daily to over 2,000,000 daily.
Woodford is a Republican; he belongs to Rockville Lodge, No. 18, A.O.U.W.
June 12, 1871, he was married to Imogene Corbin, a daughter of Lewis J.
and Mary A. (Upham) Corbin. A sketch
of Mr. Corbin appears elsewhere. To
this marriage was born one daughter, Grace, who is the wife of Thurston Wilcox,
and the mother of two children, Margery and Thurston Woodford.
Mr. Woodford was married July 1, 1891, to his second wife, Miss Carrie
Sprague, daughter of John and Sophronia Sprague, of Hartford.
Mr. Woodford resides in a very attractive home situated in Ellington,
near the city limits of Rockville.
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