Charles Woodruff, the veteran editor of the Ypsilanti Sentinel, who wielded for many years the most vigorons aud trenchant pen of any editorial writer in Micüigan, died at his home in Ypsilanti, Wednesday, after a long illness. In fact it has been generally known that he has been failing for the past two or three years. He was a strung man, of many idyiosynoracies, who had a contempt for poonlarity er money.who said what he thonght was right regardless of whom it hit or woh it affeoted himself. He always stood np for the under dog in a fight and was master of most vigorons English. He several times ref used lucrative positions because he would not submit tohavehi wirtings pruned, or to sink his iindividnality in the policy of the paper, seeking the aid of his able pen. He was born in Séneca county, N. Y., February 7, 1816, learned a tailor's trade and carne to Michigan with his parents in 1836, settling at Carpenter's Corners, Pittsfield. The same year he began workiug at his trade in ypsilanti, earning enough to complete his eduoation at Allegheny College in 1842. Retnning to Ypsilanti, in 1844 he purchased the Ypsilanti Sentinel which had been established the previous year, and which he continuously conducid np to the time that his failing health obliged Iiim to give over the paper to his son, M. T. Woodrnff. He gave a great deal of his time and energy to advancing the cause of education and was largely influential in establishiog the present school sysfc9m ia Michigan. For several years during his early rosidence in Ypsilanti, he ran un academy at Ypsilauti. For a number of years I he was a member of the Ypsilanti board I of education. Por mauy years also he ' was an alderman of the flrst ward of Ypsilanti. He was a candidato for i ieutenanfc governer on the ü'Counor : i ticket of 1872, and several times was ! the democratie candidate for mayor of Ypsilanti. He represented the Detroit ; i Pree Press at Lansing dnriug tue legislative sossions of 1855 aud 1857. Much might be writteu of the publio ife of Mr. Woodruff, of the zeal and jonestness with which he favored sonie projeets and opposed others. To ' ;rate : He advocated the building of a I straet railway between this city and Aun Arbor twenty years before the present line, which today is looked upon as being as necessary for travel Detween the two places as the highway itself, was oonstructed. DnriJig the summer of 1878, immediately after tbe oíd Ypsilanti high sohool bnilding had burned, a strong opposition against rébuilding aróse, many thinking tbat ward primaries were all the city needed, that the high school shonld be abolished and those who sougbt an aoademio education ought to pay for it at the state normal school or elsewhere and not be taught at public expense. With all the ardor that was in him, Mr. Woodruff fought for the rebuildiug of the high school and when on the last day of August, 1878, a contract was let for one of the handsomest high school buildings in the state, he feil a victim of uervons prostration, from which he was a long time recoveriug, i being conflned to the house for six months. Mr. Woodruff was a fine Germán, Latin, French and Greek soholar, and during his last illness quite frequently sang Germau songs. He was au orthodox broad-miuded Christiau gentle men and devotedly attachfid to the rnemory of his mother. On October 29, 1850, he was united in marriage with Mary M. Jones, one of the earliest settlers of Abii Arbor. They settled in the home which they contiuned to occnpy until reninved' by death. Bsides his widow, four soiis survive ; the oltlest, Charles M. , and youngest, Caius L., reside in Detroit ; the seoond son, Marons T. , is the present proprietor of the Sentinel, and the third son.Attioue, resides in Ypsilanti. The funeral services will be held at his late residenoe at 2 :30 o'clook this afternoon.