Harry Wheeler Woodruff, M. D. - A member of the medical profession distinguished by more than 36 years of service
of the highest order in Joliet is Dr. Harry Wheeler Woodruff, a native of this city, and one of the community's
leading physicians and surgeons. He was born Feb. 18, 1868, the son of George H. and Achsah (Wheeler) Woodruff.
George H. Woodruff was born at Clinton, N. Y. He was graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, N. Y., in 1832,
and two years later came to Joliet. About 1840 he established the Pioneer Drug Store on Bluff Street and continued
in that business for nearly 50 years. He was a writer of local history, being the author of "Fifteen Years
Ago, or the Patriotism of Will County," "Forty Years Ago," and "Will County on the Pacific
Slope." Mr. Woodruff died at Joliet, Nov. 1, 1890. His wife, who was born at New Marlborough, Mass., April
10, 1824, died July 14, 1911. Two sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Woodruff: Dr. George F., physician and surgeon,
207 North Broadway, Joliet; and Harry Wheeler, the subject of this sketch.
Harry Wheeler Woodruff acquired his early education in the grammar and high schools of Joliet and Chicago and for
several years was interested in pharmacy. He was graduated from the Chicago College of Pharmacy in 1888 and from
the Chicago College of Physicians and Surgeons (now the University of Illinois) in 1892. He had one year of additional
training and practical experience as in interne in the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, and has since engaged in
the medical and surgical practice at Joliet, with offices in the Morris Building. He has also been connected with
the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary as assistant and surgeon for the past 35 years. He is a member and past president
of the Will County Medical Society, and is also identified with the Illinois State Medical Society and the American
Medical Association. He has been professor of opthalmology in the Chicago Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat College since
its organization 25 years ago. He was president of the Chicago Opthalmological Society, and first vice president
of the American Academy of Opthalmology and Oto-Laryngology. Dr. George H. Woodruff spent one year as Interne in
the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary and is now assistant surgeon in that hospital.
Dr. Woodruff married June 27, 1895, Miss Lydia Jane Coventry of La Salle County, Ill., the daughter of Robert and
Katherine (Lewis) Coventry of New York. Mr. Coventry died June 5, 1927 His widow lives at Sherman Station, Utica,
N. Y. Doctor and Mrs. Woodruff have the following children: George Henry, M. D., mention of whom is made below;
Robert Coventry, oil business, Joliet; Lewis Wheeler, M. D., resident physician in Presbyterian Hospital, Chicago;
Katherine, married Rupert Barnes, lives in Chicago; and Harry Walter, a student at Dartmouth College.
George Henry Woodruff was graduated from Joliet Township High School in 1914 and from Dartmouth College in 1918.
He received the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the University of Illinois in 1920, and spent the following two
years as interne in St. Luke's Hospital, Chicago. He is now associated in practice with his father in Joliet.
Dr. Woodruff is a Republican, a member of the First Presbyterian Church and belongs to the Union League Club of
Chicago, Joliet Country Club, Rotary Club, and Chamber of Commerce. He is a director of the First National Bank.
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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