History of the Village of Woodhull, Steuben County, NY
From: Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted By: L. C. Aldrich and Others
D. Mason & Company, Publishers,
Syracuse, New York, 1896

[Also see the town of Woodhull]

THE VILLAGE OF WOODHULL. - This is one of the most important of the unincorporated villages in the county, and is situated near the center of a large farming district, hence attracts trade of such character as to materially advance all local interests. Moreover, the village is noted for its delightful situation and beautiful surroundings. The first beginning on the village site was made in 1806 by Caleb Smith, builder of the first mills in the town. Micajah Sherwood was also an early settler here and ,largely instrumental in building up the hamlet. Jusof the Peace Calvin Searles was an early corner here, as also were Joseph Tubbs, landlord; Levi Tubbs, carpenter and shoemaker; Lyman Rosier, blacksmith; Ichabod Leach, merchant and potash manufac turer; Ira Smith, storekeeper, and others. In these primitive industries was laid the foundation of the village, and after the separate organization of the town the little hamlet became the chief center of trade.

The village is on both sides of the Tuscarora, the stream being spanned by a substantial bridge. The public buildings of the village are the churches (elsewhere mentioned) and the public schools. The merchants are E. & D. Colvin, C. W. Tubbs, N. B. Payne, Gee & Stroud, general stores; J. S. Warner and J. C. Husted, druggists; James A. Walker and George A. Candy, hardware; E. & A. Colvin, and White Brothers, meat markets; F. S. Prutzman and M. E. Colvin, jewelers; H. P. Smith & Son, furniture dealers. The local lawyer is E. T. Hollis; the milliners are Mrs. "Payne and Mrs. Hollis; the blacksmiths are Randall Prutzman, Jacob Salisbury, Samuel Colgrove,; wagon shops, W. P. Perry, M. P. Wilson, and Frank Olin; barber, S. H. Barrett, who is also town clerk. The hotels are kept by James R. Lautz and Edward Potter.

Woodhull is also the seat of publication of a good family newspaper, the Southern Steuben Republican, edited and published by R. C. Park. This paper was founded in 1879 as the Steuben Sentinel and independent in politics, but eventually becoming a Republican paper, changed its name to Republican.

In addition to the business interests noted, the village and its immediate vicinity is the seat of several manufacturing industries, also worthy of mention. They are the furniture factory of William Benjamin; the saw mill and feed mill of Lamson & Bartle; the saw, feed and cider mills of James W. Miller; the saw and grist mills of Baldwin & Stryker, and the cheese factories of George Harris and William Wildrick. In addition to these are the lesser interests and industries, all of which combine to establish a prosperous suburban village. The postmaster of Woodhull is S. L. Wildrick.

The Woodhull Academy and Union School is the pride and glory of every loyal inhabitant of the town, and is indeed a worthy institution. It was built in 1868 and designed for academic purposes, the most prominent of its supporters being Hamilton Marlatt, and Orrin B. Baxter, the former donating the site on which the building was erected. The academy was incorporated under the statute, but was soon afterward deeded to the district and established as a Union Free School, with an academic department. The first principal was Prof. Jeffreys. The present principal is Miss Belle Ingersoll. The members of the Board of Education are Delancy Colvin, S. L. Wildrick, N. P. Matson, Hiram Ten Broeck, and William Carpenter.

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