Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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James Henry Woodul

DR. JAMES HENRY WOODUL. Among the prominent physicians residing at Edna, Labette county, Kansas, is the gentleman whose name heads this sketch. He was born in Wilson county, Tennessee, December 22, 1834, and is a son of George W. and Amanda (Allen) Woodul.

George W. Woodul was a mechanic by trade; his death occurred in Illinois in 1870, where he bad moved in the "fifties." He married Amanda Allen, a native of Tennessee, and she died in Illinois sometime after his decease. Five children born to them reached maturity, namely: James Henry; Kitty and Elizabeth, deceased; Sophia (Calvert), formerly of Texas, but now living in Oklahoma, and Lucinda, deceased.

Dr. Woodul was reared, as a boy, but 16 miles from the "Hermitage," and in 1853 left his native place and went to Missouri, where he alternately taught and attended school for several years. He attended Cumberland University, at Lebanon, Tennessee, and his last study, excepting his medical course, was at St. Paul's College, at Palmyra, Missouri. He held the office of superintendent of the schools at Scottville, Virden, and Pana, Illinois. His last school was at California, Missouri, near Jefferson City. After the close of the war, Dr. Woodul decided to study medicine. He attended lectures at the Missouri Medical College, at St. Louis, graduated in 1875, and afterward began practicing. He went to Jamestown, Moniteau county, Missouri, where he remained one year, and then to Columbus, Johnson county, Missouri, where he entered into partnership with Dr. Newman, and later was associated with Dr. Coleman one year. He then practiced two or three years alone, after which he went to Jackson county, Missouri, and in 1881 graduated from the Kansas City Medical College. Dr. Woodul then went to Aubrey, Johnson county, Missouri, where he practiced for three years. In 1884 he went to Whiting, Jackson county, Kansas, where he remained nine years. From Jackson county, he moved in 1893 to a point 11 miles northeast of Carthage, but returned after two years to Whiting, where he still had property. After disposing of this property, he moved to Labette county, where he built a comfortable home in Edna, and opened an office over R. H. Muzzy's hardware store. He has an excellent practice, and is well pleased with Labette county. In the few years he has resided in this county he has won the confidence of the citizens of Edna, and is highly esteemed as a gentleman of learning and honesty. He has a large and lucrative practice, and is considered one of the best physicians in the county. Dr. Woodul served as mayor of Edna during 1900.

Dr. Woodul was married in Missouri in 1861 to Adelaide Lillard. She was born in Maryland in 1840, and is a daughter of W. C. and Sarah J. (Richmond) Lillard. Her father was a farmer, and located in Missouri when she was young. He is deceased, but his wife still lives in Lafayette county, Missouri. Dr. Woodul and his wife have been the parents of nine children, namely: Washington Harold, of Arkansas City, Kansas, who works in the Santa Fe railroad offices; Richard Lynn, who is a railroad agent at Alice, Texas; Eva F. (Spears), who lives at Oneida, Kansas; Bell S. (Watts), who is the wife of Dr. Watts, of Napoleon, Missouri; Helen (Myers), who is the wife of a merchant of Whiting, Kansas; Maude (Hobert), whose husband is agent for the Chicago Great Western Railway Company, and lives at De Kalb, Illinois; Lewis Edwin, who is in the employ of the "Sunset" route, at Schulenberg, Texas; Charles B., of Alice, Texas, who is in the employ of the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railway Company; and Milton Chester, aged twenty years, who is at home.

Dr. Woodul is a Republican, in politics. Fraternally, he is a member of the I. 0. 0. F. Religiously, he is a member of the Christian church.