“Amelius E. Woodruff was born in Essex county, New York, July 26, 1842, a son of Lyman L. Woodruff, who was born in New York City, and Laura (Lee) Woodruff, who was born in Essex county, New York state.
Lyman L. Woodruff was a lumberman and handled wood, and was also connected with ore mining in New York state. He made his first trip West in 1861, coming to St, Paul, Minnesota, but only remaining for five months, when he returned to New York. Four years later, in1865, he came again to St. Paul, this time bringing his family with him. His first occupation after coming to Minnesota was manager of a stage line, with headquarters at Mankato. After two years in this business he located on a farm near St. Paul, where he lived the rest of his life. The children of this family were: William Wallace, Alonzo S., Harry, who died at the age of three years; Millard L., Amelius E. Alice A., Nellie E. Sarah, who died at the age of fourteen, and Millie.
Amelius E. Woodruff was educated in the district schools of Essex county, New York, and worked during his boyhood years with his father in the lumber and mining business. He came West with his father, in 1865, and was engaged for about four months driving the stage between Stillwater and Taylor’s Falls, Minnesota. He then went on a farm at Meriam Park, St. Paul, and farmed for nine years; then conducted a farm for one year at Fridley Park, Minnesota; following this he was employed on the railroad for two years. In 1875 he came to Cottonwood county and conducted a farm in Mountain Lake township for fifteen years. In 1890 he came to Mountain Lake, built a store and started a general merchandising business, which he continued until 1910, when he retired. For ten years he was connected with the Cottonwood County Bank, serving as director and vice president of this institution.
Mr. Woodruff was twice married, first to Lauretta Ware, daughter of Silas Ware and wife. His second marriage to Rose Bawman. To this union were born: Harry E., Winnifred, who died at the age of three years; Seymour and Winnifred, who died when a child. The mother died on March 14, 1902.
Mr. Woodruff is a Republican in politics. He is a member of the Presbyterian church. His fraternal affiliation is with the Masonic order, including the blue lodge, Royal Arch Chapter, and the Shriners, at St. Paul.”
Source: History of Cotton and Watonwan Cos., Minnesota, Vol. 2, by John A. Brown, B.R. Bowen and Co. Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana, 1916, pages 405-6