Monday, June 07, 2010

The Woodruff House

John Hermon Woodruff and his bride, Caroline Porter Beardsley, occupied this home at 15 Fort Street. John H. Woodruff, a Yale graduate, established in 1876 the Auburn Button Works.

The Auburn Button Works was a pearl button-making business. In 1900, the business moved to Washington Street and the company began making composition plastic products, including photograph records.

The Woodruff House was home to seven children - Anna, Carlton H., Hermione, Carrie Belle, Douglass, Dorothy and Mildred. Carlton H. and Douglass operated the Auburn Button Works after the death of their father. Both Anna and Hermione lived in the home until their deaths.

A fire destroyed the front of the 136-year-old building in 1986. It was then restored to its present condition.

~ Information from the Then & Now article - The Citizen Lake Life (6/6/10)

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