Shelby  County  Indiana
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The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday, December 2, 1918
Page 1, column 1
Mrs. Nora Swift, Of Anderson
Has Not Heard Of Girl In Fourteen Years
          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.
          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
July 19, 1899
          Jerry Woodruff  has secured work in a foundry at Muncie at $2.50 per day, and has moved to that city.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Thursday March 12, 1885
Page 3 column 4
The following appeared in today's issue of the Cincinnati Enquirer:
          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
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March 23, 1854
 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...
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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