Biography of George Woodland
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The printing business for many years claimed a worthy representative at Utica in the person of George Woodland, now deceased. He was industrious, energetic, capable and consequently highly successful in a vocation which he thoroughly understood in all its details. He was born in England, May 24, 1819, a son of George Woodland, Sr., who came with his family to America about 1832 and settled at Utica. He was a printer by trade and for a number of years was connected with the office of the Gazette.

Mr. Woodland of this review attended school in England and received further educational training in the public schools of Utica. He learned the printer's trade under his father and for a few years was connected with the Gazette, later being employed in the office of the Herald. He entered the printing business on his own account and continued in this line during the remainder of his life. He possessed good business tact and judgment and by untiring perseverance gained a competency for himself and family.

In 1842, at Utica, Mr. Woodland was married to Miss Hannah Stevens, a daughter of Nathan Stevens, of this city, and six children came to brighten their home, namely: George, who is president of the Prairie State Bank of Chicago; Isabelle, who is living at home; Charles, of California; Henry, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Kate, also at home; and Mrs. Melville Brown, of Utica. Mr. Stevens, the father of Mrs. Woodland, was born in 1790 and was one of the early settlers of Utica. He learned the carpenter's trade and engaged very extensively in the building business. He was married, October 1, 1813, to Miss Agnes Summerville. He purchased a tract of land from Mr. Hopper on Park avenue, which is now the choice residence section of the city, and built five homes on this avenue for himself and children. He died in August, 1875.

Mr. and Mrs. Woodland set an example of application, patience and selfreliance which had a marked effect in shaping the lives of their children. He was kind hearted and considerate to those with whom he associated and was greatly beloved by his friends, of whom there were many. He died May 8, 1895. He was a man of fine musical talent and for years sang in the old Grace church choir, also serving very acceptably as organist of Calvary church. In religious belief he was an Episcopalian and politically was an adherent of the republican party. He was a large hearted, public spirited man and richly deserved the respect in which he was held by all who came within the circle of his influence.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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