Alexander County

Biography - C R Woodward

C. R. WOODWARD, wholesale and retail hardware merchant of Cairo, Ill., was born in Lockport, N. Y., on the 12th of July 1831, son of Warsham M. Woodward, who is a native of Connecticut, but for over sixty years a resident of Lockport, N. Y., where he still lives, being in his eighty-third year. He was married in Lockport to Miss Abigail Richardson, a native of New York, but of English parentage. She died, a few years after marriage, leaving one son, Gorodon R., who, at the time of the mother's death, was but a few months old. The father was subsequently married and reared two children, viz.: Chauncey (deceased), and Mary S., widow of James Gash, formerly of Lockport. and later of Cairo, where he died. C. R. Woodward was reared in Lockport, N. Y., and at the age of seventeen came to St. Louis, Mo., where he afterward took a thorough course in business training in a commercial school of St. Louis, attending the school through the winter term and engaging as pilot on the river the remainder of the year. He was for five years a pilot and five years a Captain of a steamboat on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. During the year 1859 and 1860, he was in the employ of a hardware firm in the city of St. Louis. In 1861, having embarked in the iron business on his own responsibility, and having taken a sub-contract of Capt. Eads to furnish boat supplies for Com. Foote's gunboats, he came to Cairo, as it afforded better facilities than at that time were to be had at St. Louis. Thus the city of Cairo obtained one of its most enterprising and energetic business men. He was married in 1852, at St. Louis, to Miss Christina, daughter of William and Celeste Christman, the former of German and the latter of French ancestry. She was born in East St. Louis on the 25th day of December, 1828. Her parents having died when she was a child, she was reared by a relative in St. Louis. They have four children— Agatha L., the wife of Alexander G. Boyse, Jabish H., Robert K. and Christina A. Woodward. Mr. Woodward is just completing a family residence on the corner of Tenth and Walnut streets, which, in architectural design, is a marvel of beauty, and which for durability perhaps surpasses any building in the city of Cairo. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the I. O. O. F.

Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 56.


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