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Irvin Woodrum

Irvin Woodrum, who is proprietor of the best general store on Joplin Branch, Loudon District, Kanawha County, W.Va., was born May 17, 1877, in Boone County, W.Va., a son of Green and Mary Frances (Estep) Woodrum.

Green Woodrum was also born in Boone County and has Followed farming all of his life and is one of the older residents of his neighborhood, having reached his seventy-first year. He was married first to a Miss Griffith and they had three children, William, Robert and Letha, the last named being deceased. He married second Mary Frances Estep, who was born in Boone County and was a daughter of James Estep, once a well known farmer there. Six children were born to this marriage, namely; Victoria, who married E.W. Belcher; and Irvin of the present record. Mr. Woodrum married for his third wife, Louisa H. Dolan, and they have had eight children, as follows: J. Mc., the only son living; Bertie, Sarah and Isaac, all of whom are deceased; Belle, who married Nicholas Dolin; Virginia C., who married Olie Dolin; Virginia C., who married Olie Dolin; Geneva, who married William Miller; and Loria, who married William Triplett.

Irvin Woodrum went to work on the railroad after he was through with his school books and was in the employ of K & M road for three years. In 1904 he embarked in the mercantile business at this point and carries a large and well selected stock, including general merchandise and groceries and draws trade from the entire district. He owns his building and also has property on Roane Street, West Charleston. Mr. Woodrum may be justly styled a self made man and what he possesses he has honestly earned through his energy, temperance and industry and well deserves his prosperity.

Mr. Woodrum married Mary Frances Holstein, a daughter of L.D. Holstein, a farmer of Boone County, and they have four children, born as follows: Virgie May, Feb. 19, 1903; Annie Marie, Feb. 28, 1905; Margie Elsie, Nov. 4, 1907; Clarence Irvin, May 11, 1911. Mr. Woodrum is identified with the Odd Fellows and the American Mechanics.

Taken from History of Charleston and Kanawha County West Virginia and Representative Citizens, W.S. Laidley, Richmond Arnold Publishing Co., Chicago, 1911.

© 1996 Becky Falin
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