SEPTIMUS S. WOODWARD. One of the successful business establishments in Carlinville is that of which Mr. Woodward is President. It is the S. S. Woodward Hardware Company, well stocked with a carefully selected assortment of goods, and business there is conducted according to honorable methods and straightforward principles. The store is well-known to all who trade in Carlinville, as it has been established since in 1861, and the proprietor can look back over a successful career. Mr. Woodward is a Kentuckian by birth but has lived in this State since his infancy and has no recollection of his birthplace. His natal day was January 28, 1833, and his parents were henry and Mary (Bell) Woodward. Both were born in Kentucky and the mother died in Winchester, Scott County, in 1849. the father closed his eyes in death in 1853, in Pittsfield, Pike County, this State, where he was engaged in the grocery trade. the father was one of the pioneers of that county and until 1842 was engaged in farming, first near Griggsville and later at Winchester. He also gave some attention to the trade of a tobacconist, which he had learned in his native State.
As the parents of our subject were in limited circumstances it was necessary for the lad to aid in the support of his family as soon as he was strong enough. He worked on the farm until he was sixteen years old, then began working out by the day, receiving seventy-five cents and boarding himself. After spending one year in this manner he became an apprentice at the tinner's trade in Winchester. After a few months he changed to Naples, where he completed a three years' apprenticeship, receiving his board and $35 the first year, and each succeeding year $5 more than the last. He clothed himself from the small amount and at the termination of his apprenticeship was square with the world.
Mr. Woodward at once began work as a journeyman and in 1856 came to Carlinville where for five years he labored thus. In the meantime he had been industrious and economical and had paid for a comfortable home. In 1861 he mortgaged the property and with the proceeds purchased a stock of hardware and embarked in business. Close attention to the business and prudence in all its details resulted in success, and from year to year Mr. Woodward has seen his financial condition improve.
The marriage of Mr. Woodward and Elizabeth B. Trumbull took place January 8, 1853. the bride was born in Griggsville, Pike County, and is a daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah (Bickford) Trumbull, pioneers of that place and natives of Massachusetts. to Mr. and Mrs. Woodward six children have come, who are named respectively, Mary A., Nellie May and Charles T. Lora, May and Kattie are deceased. the eldest daughter, Mary A., is the wife of Edwin C. Barber, who is connected with Mr. Woodward in the hardware company; Nellie married J. W. O'Brien, and Charles is associated with his father in business.
Mr. Woodward exercises the elective franchise in favor of candidates on the Democratic ticket. He belongs to Carlinville Lodge, I.O.O.F. Public life has no charms for him, but he has been a member of the Common Council, yielding to the wishes of his neighbors. he and his estimable wife are well respected, and in business circles Mr. Woodward has high standing.