Woodbury Family Papers
00184

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Woodbury Family, (Charles Woodbury, b. 1884)
Creator
Woodbury, John D.
Creator
Woodbury, Richard B., (Richard Benjamin), 1917-2009
Title
Woodbury family papers
ID
00184
Date [inclusive]
1863-1976
Extent
0.3 Cubic feet
Language
English
Material Specific Details
Land List •SW ¼ of SW ¼ Section 22, Township 23, N R 2W Roscommon County/Higgins Twp •NE ¼ of NW ¼ Section 2, Township 26, N R 1W Crawford County/South Branch Twp •NW ¼ of NE ¼ & NW ¼ of SE ¼ Section 36, Township 27, N R 1W Crawford County/Lovells Twp •NW ¼ of SW ¼ Section 1 & E ½ of SE ¼ Section 2 & SW ¼ of NE ¼ & NE ¼ of SE ¼ Section 33, Township 27, N R 1W Crawford County/Lovells Twp •SE ¼ of NW ¼ & NW ¼ of SW ¼ & SE ¼ of SW ¼ & SW ¼ of SE ¼ Section 7, Township 23, N R 4W Roscommon County/ Lake Twp •NW ¼ of SE ¼ & S ½ of SE ¼ Section 23, SW ¼ of SW ¼ Section 24 & SW ¼ of SW ¼ Section 25, Township 24, N R 5W Missaukee County/Norwich Twp •SE ¼ of NE ¼ Section 8, Township 23 N R 4W & NW ¼ of NW ¼ Section 30, Township 24 N R 4W Roscommon County/Lake Twp & Lyon Twp •SE ¼ of SW ¼ Section 16, Township 23 N R 3W Roscommon County/Markey Twp •SW ¼ of NE ¼ & NW ¼ of NW ¼ Section 20, NW ¼ of NW ¼, Section 21, SW ¼ of SE ¼ Section 22, Township 24 N R 5W Missaukee County/Norwich Twp •SE ¼ of SE ¼ Section 10, SW ¼ Section 11, Township 24 N R 2W Roscommon County/Roscommon Twp •SW ¼ of NE ¼ & SE ¼ of NW ¼ Section 16, Township 24 N R 4W Roscommon County/Lyon Twp •NE ¼ of NE ¼ Section 16, Township 24, N R 4W Roscommon County/Lyon Twp •SW ¼ of NW ¼ Section 28, Township 24, N R 5W Missaukee County/Norwich Twp •NW ¼ of NE ¼ & SE ¼ of NW ¼ Section 30, Township 24, N R 5W Missaukee County/Norwich Twp •NW ¼ of SW ¼ Section 26, Township 24, N R 5W Missaukee County/Norwich Twp •NE ¼ of SE ¼ Section 16, Township 23, N R 3W Roscommon County/Markey Twp •NW ¼ of SE ¼ Section 16, Township 23, N R 3W Roscommon County/Markey Twp •E ½ of NE ¼ Section 16, Township 24, N R 1W Roscommon County/Au Sable Twp •SW ¼ of SE ¼ Section 16, Township 24, N R 1W Roscommon County/Au Sable Twp •NW ¼ of NE ¼ Section 7, NW ¼ of NE ¼ Section 15, Township 24 N R 1W Roscommon County/Au Sable Twp •SE ¼ of SE ¼ Section 16, Township 24, N R 1W Roscommon County/Au Sable Twp •NW ¼ of SW ¼ Section 4, NE ¼ of SW ¼ Section 10, SE ¼ of NE ¼ Section 19, Township 23, N R 2E Ogemaw County/Klacking Twp •NE ¼ of SE ¼ Section 25, Township 24, N R 1W Roscommon County/Au Sable Twp •S ½ of NW ¼ Section 2, N ½ of SW ¼ Section 2, Township 23, N R 3W Roscommon County/Markey Twp •NW ¼ of NE ¼ Section 2, SE ¼ of NW ¼ Section 2, NE ¼ of NW ¼ Section 2, Township 23, N R 3W Roscommon County/Markey Twp •NE ¼ of SW ¼ Section 2, Township 23, N R 3W Roscommon County/Markey Twp •W ½ of SW ¼ Section 4, W ½ of NE ¼, N ½ of SE ¼, Section 5, Township 22, N R 2W Roscommon County/Backus Twp •W ½ of SE ¼ Section 8, Township 22, N R 2W Roscommon County/Backus Twp •SW ¼ of SE ¼ Section 8, Township 22, N R 2W Roscommon County/Backus Twp •NE ¼ Section 30, W ½ of W ½ of SW ¼ , Section 20, Township 4, N R 5W Eaton County/Roxand Twp •NW ¼ of SW ¼ Section 4, NE ¼ of SW ¼ Section 10, SE ¼ of NE ¼ Section 19, Township 33, N R 2E Presque Isle County/Allis Twp •NW ¼ of NW ¼ Section 34, Township 37, N R 5W Emmet County/ Center Twp •SW ¼ of NE ¼ Section 3, Township 23, N R 6W Missuakee County/West Branch Twp •S 65 30/100 of SE ¼ of SW ¼ Section 33, Township 7, N R 5W Ionia County/Lyons Twp •Lot 67 of Englewood Park Addition to the city of Lansing •Village lots 85 and 86 of a Newman’s addition to the village of Portland •Timber rights- Roscommon County, Michigan •NE ¼ of SE ¼ Section 10, Township 3, N R 2E Ingham County/Leroy Twp •SW ¼ of NE ¼ Section 29, Township 48, N R 26W Marquette County/Negawnee Twp •City of Lansing, Lot 5 of Block 63 in Section 16 •Lots 546, 547, 548, 549 of Bartow’s addition to Portland •NE ¼ of NE ¼ Section 2, Township 23, N R 3W Roscommon County/Markey Twp •NW ¼ of NE ¼ Section 2, Township 23, N R 3W Roscommon County/Markey Twp •SW ¼ of NE ¼ Section 2, Township 23, N R 3W Roscommon County/Markey Twp •SE ¼ of NE ¼ Section 2, Township 23, N R 3W Roscommon County/Markey Twp •NE ¼ of NW ¼ Section 2, Township 23, N R 3W Roscommon County/Markey Twp •SW ¼ of NW ¼ Section 2, Township 23, N R 3W Roscommon County/Markey Twp •SE ¼ of NW ¼ Section 2, Township 23, N R 3W Roscommon County/Markey Twp •NW ¼ of SW ¼ Section 2, Township 23, N R 3W Roscommon County/Markey Twp •NW ¼ of SE ¼ Section 2, Township 23, N R 3W Roscommon County/Markey Twp •NW ¼ of SE ¼ Section 13, Township 23, N R 3W Roscommon County/Markey Twp •Timber Rights to E ½ of NE ¼, NE ¼ of NW ¼, SW ¼ of NW ¼, SE ¼ Section 25, Township 25, N R 3W Crawford County/Beaver Creek Twp •W ½ of SW ¼ Section 2, Township 24, N R 1W Roscommon County/AuSable Twp •S ½ of SE ¼ Section 5, Township 22, N R 2W Roscommon County/Backus Twp •Lot 2 of SW ¼ Section 4, Township 22, N R 2W Roscommon County/Backus Twp •Lot 3 of SW ¼ Section 4, Township 22, N R 2W Roscommon County/Backus Twp •SW ¼ of NE ¼ Section 5, Township 22, N R 2W Roscommon County/Backus Twp •SW ¼ of NW ¼ Section 5, Township 22, N R 2W Roscommon County/Backus Twp •SE ¼ of NW ¼ Section 5, Township 22, N R 2W Roscommon County/Backus Twp •SE ¼ of SW ¼ Section 5, Township 22, N R 2W Roscommon County/Backus Twp •SW ¼ of SW ¼ Section 5, Township 22, N R 2W Roscommon County/Backus Twp •S ½ of NE ¼ Section 8, Township 22, N R 2W Roscommon County/Backus Twp •Lot 2 of NW ¼ Section 4, Township 22, N R 2W Roscommon County/Backus Twp •NW ¼ of NE ¼ Section 5, Township 22, N R 2W Roscommon County/Backus Twp •NE ¼ of SW ¼ Section 5, Township 22, N R 2W Roscommon County/Backus Twp •NW ¼ of SW ¼ Section 5, Township 22, N R 2W Roscommon County/Backus Twp •N ½ of SE ¼ Section 5, Township 22, N R 2W Roscommon County/Backus Twp •SE ¼ of NW ¼ Section 5, Township 5, N R 2W Clinton County/Dewitt Twp •N ½ of NE ¼ Section 8, Township 5, N R 2W Clinton County/Dewitt Twp •Village Lots 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 591, 592, 593, 594, 595, 596, 597, 598, 599 of Bartow’s 2nd addition to Portland •Land between Village Lots 48 and 600, known as the Ann Matthews land of Bartow’s second addition to Portland •Lot 76 of the Englewood Park Addition to the City of Lansing •N ½ of Lot 2, Block 100, City of Lansing •N ½ of Lot 2, Block 107, City of Lansing •NE ¼ of NW ¼ Section 13, Township 24, N R 2W Roscommon County/Roscommon Twp.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing,Michigan".

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Biographical Note

John Downer Woodbury was a partner in Churchill and Woodbury general store in Portland, Michigan. He had a son, Chester Downer Woodbury.

Chester married May Goodrich and they had two children: John born ca. 1881, and Charles Goodrich, born on April 30, 1884. Circa 1887, the family moved from Portland, Michigan to Mississippi where Chester worked in the lumbering business. They lived there for three to four years and then moved to Lansing, Michigan. Chester started a store and also started with other businessmen the Capitol Savings and Loan Co. Circa 1894, his son John died of diphtheria.

Chester and a few other businessmen founded the Roaring Brook Association. They bought land in Little Traverse Bay, Michigan and built a resort hotel. They sold lots for members to build summer cottages.

Charles Woodbury started at MSU and graduated in 1904. He worked on his father's farm in East Lansing for a year. He then returned to MSU for graduate school for a year. In 1907, he accepted a position as Assistant Professor in Horticulture at Purdue University. In 1908, he was an Assistant Professor in Agriculture and in 1909 he was Associate Horticulturist at the Purdue University Agricultural Experiment Station in LaFayette, Indiana. He married Marion A. Benjamin in Lafayette on June 23, 1909. Their son, John Benjamin Woodbury, was born on May 30, 1911. He later died on October 26, 1914. Their daughter Barbara Ann was born October 20, 1913.

In 1912, Charles became Professor of Horticulture and Horticulturist at the Agriculture Experiment Station at Purdue. From 1913-1917, he was a Professor of Horticulture. From 1918-1920 he was the Director of the Agriculture Experiment Station. In 1920 he took a job in Washington D.C. as the head of the Bureau of Raw Products Research of the National Canners Association.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of the papers of the Woodbury family including, John D. Woodbury, Chester D. Woodbury and Charles G. Woodbury. The folders are arranged alphabetically by subject. The Capitol Savings and Loan folder contains correspondence, financial information, and promotional information about the bank. The Central Michigan Business College folder contains the Articles of Association.

The Correspondence folders contain letters between the Chester Woodbury family and the Charles Woodbury family. The majority of the letters are from Chester to Charles, however, a few are written by Charles, his wife Marion, May Woodbury, and Chester's mother. The letters contain information about happenings in the families, fatherly advice from Chester to Charles, household events, information about Chester's professional life, and information about the start up of Evelyn Orchards. Evelyn Orchards was located on South Pine Lake in Northern Michigan. One letter has brochures and advertisements for the Detroit Gas and Power Company.

The Edna Woodbury Estate folders contain documents relating to the settling of her estate. The Exhibit A folder contains the contents of an envelope included in the estate materials. The Evelyn Orchard Photos file contains pictures of the lodge, groves, and views of the surrounding area. Some of the photos have captions. The Hagadorn Estate Exemption from Military Certificate file contains a certificate exempting Johnson Hagadorn from military service because of a "substitute furnished." The Eudora Hagadorn Estate folders contain documents relating to the settling of her estate. Chester Woodbury served as administrator for the Eudora Hagadorn estate.

The Land Papers folder contains land indentures, discharge of mortgages, assignment of mortgages, taxes paid on land, an abstract of title, and warranty deeds. The documents are related to land in Ionia, Crawford, and Roscomon Counties. The folder contains references to land in the city of Lansing including: City of Lansing Lot 5, Block 63, Section 16, Township 4, North of Range 2W; Lot 76 of Englewood Park addition to the City of Lansing; N ½ of Lot 2 in Block 107 of the City of Lansing.

The Land Records folder contains indentures, discharge of mortgages, a State of Michigan Land Patent, warranty deeds, a mortgage, an executer's deed, an assignment of mortgage, and a state tax land deed. The documents in this folder were bound together with a ribbon labeled "Foote's Candy Shop 12 Strand Arcade of Lansing, Michigan" and therefore have been put in a folder together.

The Lindberg Baby Kidnapping Notice folder contains a public notice of the reward for the capture of the kidnappers of Charles Lindbergh's son.

The M.A.C. Record folder contains an M.A.C. Record that contains an article on Charles Woodbury.

The Miscellaneous folder contains a "Hamill's Beautiful Inland Route" brochure telling about steamer service between Petoskey, Topinabee, and Mackinac Island, and a "Road Map of Southern Michigan." Also included, is a March 7, 1921 issue of The Washington Date-Line newspaper.

The Northern Michigan Lands folder contains correspondence about selling land and taxes, a state tax land deed, a quit claim deed. The documents relate to land in Negaunee, Roscommon, Marquette County, Presque Isle.

The Photographs file contains various photos of family homes, some of the photos have captions. The Reminisces folder contains some of Charles's memories of his childhood and teenage years. The account has numbers in the margins that correspond with the pictures in the Reminisces-Photographs folder. The Reminisces-Fun of a River Trip folder contains a description about taking a fishing and camping trip. The account contains photos and captions. Some photos were falling away from the paper. They were assigned a by the archivist in brackets number that corresponds with the place the photo was on the page and put into a Reminisces-Fun of a River Trip-Photographs folder. A photocopy of the page shows their original location on the page. The Reminisces-The Fun of a River Trip Photographs and Captions folder contains "legends for prints" that Chester used in his account. Also included are some copies of photos that were used in the full account. The Roaring Brook Resort folder contains articles of incorporation, correspondence, and a land contract.

The Oversized folder contains two plat maps of Roaring Brook Resort, and a "Summer Resort Section" map showing railroad lines, it has been hand labeled with the location of Evelyn Orchard and various fishing spots.

The Material Specific Details note contains a list of section and township numbers and county and township names for the lands referred to in the land folders.

See also UA 10.3.138 for items related to Charles G. Woodbury.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections February 2004

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Richard B. Woodbury 1998-10-5 and 2000-4-18; unknown

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Capitol Savings and Loan Association. (Lansing, Mich.)
  • Detroit City Gas Company.
  • East Jordan Fruit and Land Co., Inc.. (East Lansing, Mich.)
  • Evelyn Orchard.
  • Roaring Brook Association. (Emmet Co., Mich.)

Geographic Name(s)

  • East Lansing (Mich.) -- History
  • Lansing (Mich.)
  • Lansing (Mich.) -- History
  • Michigan
  • Michigan -- Religion

Personal Name(s)

  • Hagadorn, Eudora R., 1847-1925
  • Lindbergh, Charles A., (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974
  • Woodbury, C.G., (Charles Goodrich), 1884-1971
  • Woodbury, Chester Downer, 1857-1936
  • Woodbury, Edna O.
  • Woodbury, John D.

Subject(s)

  • Banks and banking

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Collection Inventory

Papers 

Scope and Contents note

Box Folder

Capitol Savings and Loan 

1 1

Central Michigan Business College Articles of Association, 1905-1906. 

1 2
Box

Correspondence 

1
Box Folder

 1909-1910 

1 3

 1911 

1 4

 February-May, 1912 

1 5

 June-November, 1912 

1 6
Box Folder

East Jordon Fruit and Land Co, Inc. Brochures, ca. 1910 

1 7

Edna Woodbury Estate Exhibit A 

1 8

Edna Woodbury Estate Exhibit A 

1 9

Evelyn Orchard photos, ca. 1910 

1 10
Box

Hagadorn Family 

1
Box Folder

Eudora Hagadorn estate, 1871- May 1925 

1 11

Eudora Hagadorn estate, June 1925-1927, n.d. 

2 1

Exemption from Military Certificate, 1863 

2 2
Box Folder

Land papers, 1878-1938, n.d. 

2 3

Land records, 1879-1903 

2 4

Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping Notice, 19323 

2 5

M.A.C. Record, June 5, 1917 

2 6

Miscellaneous, 1921, n.d. 

2 7

Northern Michigan Lands, 1887-1936 

2 8

Photographs 

2 9
Box

Reminisces 

2
Box Folder

By Charles G. Woodbury 

2 10

Photographs 

2 11

The Fun of a River Trip, 1976, n.d. 

2 12

The Fun of a River Trip. Photographs 

2 13

The Fun of a River Trip. Photographs and Captions. 

2 14
Box Folder

Roaring Brook Resort, 1902-1930, n.d. 

2 15

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Oversized 

Drawer

Map showing Evelyn Orchard 

3

2 Roaring Brook Resort Plat maps 

3

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