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Daniel C. Woodend
(1860-<1900?)

In the first issue of The Exchangers' Monthly (November 1885), Thomas Chamberlain, brother of the editor and printer of the journal, advertised printed and customized mineral specimen labels for sale to collectors and dealers. One of the examples shown is the label of D.C. Woodend of 260 Park Street in Denver. One might suspect this to be a fictitious example, but for the ad for D.C. Woodend in the following issue, which confirms his existence. A Daniel Woodend appears on the 1880 Colorado Census as a 60-year-old British-born miner living in the town of Arkansas River. Fred W. Woodend, a 29-year-old accountant, is listed in Denver.

The Denver city directories for the following years confirm two people having these names as brothers in the mineral business. The 1881 directory lists "Daniel C. Woodend" at 821 Stout Street, and also "Fred W. Woodend, minerals and fossils," with residence at the same address. Their relationship is confirmed in the 1882 directory where thay are listed as "Woodend Brothers (D.C. & F.W.), manufacturers and dealers in mineral curiosities, 821 Stout." Herbert P. Woodend, a gasfitter, is listed at the same address. The 1883 directory lists only "F.W. Woodend" under "Mineral Curiosities" at 821 Stout Street. The 1885 directory (concurrent with the Exchangers' Monthly ad) lists "Daniel C. Woodend, mineral worker," with residence at 260 Park, and the 1886 directory lists him as a "mineral dealer." The 1887 directory provides further confirmation, listing "Daniel C. Woodend, mineral dealer," with residence at 2129 Marion Street. It also lists Frederick W. Woodend, "mineral curiosities," with a shop at 2911 Stout and residence next door at 2913 Stout. The 1888 and 1889 directories list only "Frederick W. Woodend & Co., mineral curiosities," at 2524 Larimer. By 1900 Daniel Sr. had died; his wife Selena is listed in the Denver Census as "widowed." The 1904 directory lists "Frederick W. Woodend, mgr. and president, Woodend Curio Company, wholesale and retail dealers in minerals and curiosities, 410 17th." Joseph D. Woodend is listed as a clerk in the company.

More of their history can be learned from the 1870 census, where Daniel Sr. (b. 1821/2 in England) is listed as the head of the household in Kankakee, Illinois, working as a shoemaker. He is accompanied by his wife Selina, and children Moriah (b. 1849 in NY), Frederick (b. 1850 in CT; working in a planing mill), Madeline (b. 1858 in IL), Daniel Jr. (b. 1860 in IL) and Herbert (b. 1862 in IL). This reveals that the Daniel Woodend who was listed as a 60-year-old miner on the 1880 Colorado census was in fact the father of Daniel C. Woodend, mineral dealer in Denver. Daniel Sr. came to the U.S. from England some time before 1850, settled first in New York, moved to Connecticut, then moved to Illinois in the mid-1850's. They must have moved West around 1860, for the family was not recorded on that census; Daniel Sr. worked as a miner in Colorado in 1880 and at least some of his children settled in Denver, where his sons Dan and Fred went into the mineral business.

Finally, checking the online genealogical databases we learn that Daniel C. Woodend was born in 1860, the son of Daniel S. Woodend (1819-1882) and Salina Elliott (1828-1905).
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The Mineralogical Record - Daniel C. Woodend 28 x 40 mm,
Daniel C. Woodend's label as illustrated in the November 1885 issue of The Exchangers' Monthly.
The Mineralogical Record - Daniel C. Woodend Daniel C. Woodend's ad in the December 1885 issue of The Exchangers' Monthly.
The Mineralogical Record - Daniel C. Woodend Daniel's brother Frederick W. Woodend's ad in the 1880 Denver City Directory.
The Mineralogical Record - Daniel C. Woodend Mineral diorama, about 15 x 18 inches--one of the "mineral curiosities" manufactured by F.W. Woodend, ca. 1885-1905 (his card is attached to the back).
The Mineralogical Record - Daniel C. Woodend Mineral diorama, about 18 x 21 inches--one of the "mineral curiosities" manufactured by F.W. Woodend, ca. 1885-1905 (his card is attached to the back).
The Mineralogical Record - Daniel C. Woodend Ad in The Young Oologist (1885).
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