S. D. Woodruff & Sons
Orange, Connecticut

Stiles Denison Woodruff was a native of Orange, Connecticut born on November 27, 1837.  A prominent farmer and seed merchant.  He married Elizabeth M. (Clark) Woodruff and raised four children.  They were, (1) Frank C. is a graduate of Yale College who worked in the company with his father.  Frank married Julia Alling and had five children. (2) Robert J., who received the A. B. degree from Yale in 1896 and graduated from the law school in 1899, is was well known lawyer of New Haven and served as tax collector, prosecuting attorney of the court of common pleas and as a member of the legislature.  He was also a prominent Mason and served as second lieutenant in a cavalry regiment of the Connecticut National Guard. (3) Mary R., the only daughter, is a graduate of Wellesley College.

Stiles D. Woodruff took quite a prominent part in public affairs and in 1880 was a member of the first legislature which met in the new capitol. For twenty years he has been a clerk and treasurer of the Orange Congregational church and since 1900 has been deacon.

He passed away on April 10, 1906, at the age of sixty-seven years. His wife died March 8, 1906, at the age of sixty-six years.

The company produced garden seed and became one of the largest dealers of garden seeds, selling both at wholesale and retail levels, in the east.  They not only grew the standard varieties of garden vegetables, but have also done considerable experimenting and originated and introduced several varieties.  These included 'Country Gentleman' sweet corn, 'Early Ford Hook' tomatoes and the 'Ensign Bagley' and 'Admiral Foote' potatoes.


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