Shelby County Indiana
The Shelbyville Republican
Mrs. Nora Swift, of Anderson, was in Shelbyville today searching for her daughter, Minnie Woodruff, whom she says she has not seen for fourteen years. The mother appeared at the court house, seeking to learn the whereabouts of her daughter, but was unable to learn of her there.
Monday, December 2, 1918
Page 1, column 1
HUNTS FOR DAUGHTER
Mrs. Nora Swift, Of Anderson
Has Not Heard Of Girl In Fourteen Years
NOW 21 YEARS OLD
Mrs. Swift, who formerly lived here, was the wife of "Upty" Woodruff, a well known Shelbyville character. When she left her husband, the daughter, Minnie, then six years old, was taken to the Gordon Children's Home, where she was received.
Mrs. Swift left Shelbyville for Anderson and there was married to her present husband. During all of the years she has heard nor seen nothing of her daughter.
Coming here today she found that the matron at the Children's Home had no records as far back as 1904 when the child was admitted and could tell nothing as to when the girl had been released from the home or where she had been sent. The records of the Juvenille court only extend as far back as 1906 and nothing could be learned from that source.
Mrs. Swift stated that the father of the child had told her that he knew nothing of what had become of the girl. Two sisters also are ignorant as to the whereabouts of the girl, they say.
Contributed by Barb Huff
The Shelbyville Daily Democrat
Jerry Woodruff has secured work in a foundry at Muncie at $2.50 per day, and has moved to that city.
July 19, 1899
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
The Shelbyville Democrat
The following appeared in today's issue of the Cincinnati Enquirer:
Thursday March 12, 1885
Page 3 column 4
JERRY WOODRUFF IN CUSTODY
Jerry Woodruff was arrested by Detectives Crawford and Schnucks at Sixth and Vine streets yesterday afternoon, and locked up on suspicion. Woodruff is only twenty-two years old, but has a bad record. He is wanted in Shelbyville, Indiana, for cutting a man named William Allen, about September 1st. Allen was very badly injured by Woodruff, but recovered after a long struggle for life. Woodruff served four or five years at the House of Refuge at Plainfield, Indiana, for cutting a boy. He has been in Cincinnati about two months, and made an effort yesterday to resist the officers, but was handled without much difficulty.
Woodruff was brought here Wednesday by Marshal Laws, who paid $25 reward for his arrest. He was living with his sister, Carrie Lawrence, in Cincinnati. Woodruff, from his own story, has wandered all over the West and South since he left here. He claims to have passed through here several times and staid here last Sunday night, at Madam Hoyt's, leaving on the five o'clock train in the morning. Woodruff was arraigned before Judge Hord yesterday morning and plead not guilty and was remanded for trial, which will take place Thursday, March 9th. Judge Hord instructed Prosecutor Wray to telegraph to
Will Allen, the man whom Woodruff cut, who is now at Wilmington, Delaware, and ask him to come here and testify against Woodruff, and his expenses would be allowed by the Court.
Contributed by Barb Huff
The National Volunteer
Notice.......is hereby given by virtue of an order of the Court of Common
Pleas of Shelby County, to sell the real estate of William Woodruff
deceased......Auction the 20th of April 1854 at the residence of the
deceased in Hanover Township...
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March 23, 1854
Josiah Small, Administrator
Abstracted by Maurice Holmes, in his book Shelbyville, Indiana, Newspaper Excerpts: 1853-1859.
Submitted by Sherry Badgley Ryan, with permission from the author.
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