Another clipping saved by my grandmother: the brief July 1952 obit for Mrs. Bessie Scott Woodruff (née Fry), widow of Joseph Whitehead Woodruff (b. 1873). Joseph was the son of Ogden Woodruff and Phebe Asenath Bonnell, younger brother of Rev. Frank Stiles Woodruff, and older brother of Carrie Elizabeth Woodruff. Joseph was one of twelve children in all; the two specifically mentioned have appeared in past posts. The home at 866 Salem Avenue was also featured in a past post: “Old Woodruff Family Homestead: Witness to American History.” My grandmother’s father William Earl Woodruff (b. 1848) was one of Joseph’s cousins, although there was a 25-year age difference between them.
The memorial service brochure saved by my grandmother indicates that Bessie was born on November 6, 1873, in Elizabeth, NJ, and died on July 28, 1952 in North Plainfield, NJ. Services were held on July 30 at 2 PM in the home at 866 Salem Avenue in Hillside, NJ. Reverend Richard E. Craven presiding. Internment at Evergreen Cemetery in Hillside.
The Woodruff House at 866 Salem Avenue – present day