Biography of Kent H. Woodward
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Kent H. Woodward. One of Norwalk's prominent citizens is Kent H. Woodward, who is serving as treasurer of Huron County. He was born at Wauseon, Fulton County, Ohio, July 30, 1879, the son of Immer J. and Adele (Hopkins) Woodward.

Immer J. Woodward was born in Huron County, the son of Orris P. and Clarissa (Fenn) Woodward, who came to Ohio from the eastern part of the country during the early days and settled in Huron County. Both are buried in Norwalk. Orris P. Woodward was a pioneer merchant of Norwalk and the grocery business which was established by him was carried on by his sons, Immer J., D. O. and D. A. Woodward. They disposed of the business in 1878, and in that year Irnrner J. Woodward removed to Wauseon and purchased a farm, which he operated for two years. Upon his return to Norwalk in 1880 he again became proprietor of the grocery store in partnership with his brother, D. O. and they also established a grain and feed business in Norwalk. Later, on account of ill health, Mr. Woodward sold his business interests to J. L. Mead, and spent two years in travel. He again returned to Norwalk and spent four years as superintendent of the city water works. He also served several terms as a director of the Huron County Infirmary. Mr. Woodward died in 1907 and is buried in Norwalk. He was a Republican, a trustee of the Presbyterian Church, and belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Adele (Hopkins) Woodward, who died in 1925, was a native of Huron County. She was the daughter of James and Anne (Owens) Hopkins, who were natives of Canandaigua, N. Y. They came to Ohio in 1809 and settled at North Fairfield, where both are buried.

To Immer J. and Adele (Hopkins) Woodward were born seven children: 1. Estella, married M. R. Adams, deceased, and she lives at Minneapolis, Minn. 2. Edith Ann, married W. J. Dennis, lives at Minneapolis. 3. Addle Adele, married H. E. Sheldon, lives at Norwalk. 4. Blanche Edna, married Winthrop Wickham, both deceased. 5. Lela Laverne, deceased. 6. Kent H., the subject of this sketch. 7. Dr. Floyd Owen, physician, lives at Jamestown, N. D.

Kent H. Woodward has lived in Norwalk practically his entire life. He was educated in the public schools and for a time was proprietor of a drug store. He later became an agent for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, and after a time was appointed superintendent of the Norwalk district for that company. His next business connection was as State Agent for the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company, of Newark, with offices at Minneapolis, Minn. Mr. Woodward spent eight years as a traveling representative of the Ohio and Roseville Pottery Company, of Zanesville. At the time of his election as county treasurer in November, 1928, Mr. Woodward was interested in the real estate and insurance business in Norwalk. He was reelected to office in November, 1930.

Mr. Woodward was married (first) in 1889 to Miss Minnie Isabel Hatch, who died in 1905. She was the daughter of E. F. and Margaret (Holt) Hatch, natives of New York and Ohio, respectively. Mr. Hatch lives retired at Norwalk. His wife is deceased. To Kent H. and Minnie Isabel (Hatch) Woodward were born two children: 1. Stewart H., married, lives at West Palm Beach, Fla., where he is identified with the American Telegraph and Telephone Company. He has two sons, Kent H. and Robert. 2. Margaret, lives at Minneapolis, Minn.

Mr. Woodward was married (second) to Miss Alice Setzler, the daughter of George and Melinda A. Setzler, of Bellevue, Ohio. The former is deceased and the latter lives at Bellevue. To Mr. and Mrs. Woodward have been born three children: Alice Adele, a graduate of Oberlin College; George Kent, and Robert, both students.

Mr. Woodward is a Republican, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and belongs to the Kiwanis Club, Isaac Walton League, Norwalk Country Club, and Norwalk Business Men's Association. He has the following lodge affiliations: Mt. Vernon Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 64; Huron Chapter, R. A. M., No. 7; Norwalk Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 24; Norwalk Cornmandery, K. T., No. 18; B. P. O. Elks, No. 730; Knights of Pythias, Forest Lodge, No 145, Past Chancellor and Past Grand Deputy Chancellor; Fraternal Order of Eagles, No. 711; and United Commercial Travelers, Maple City Council, No. 268, Past Counsellor, secretary and treasurer for the past 14 years.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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