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Mrs. C.D. WOODS (Maud BROSNAN)

Oliver WOOD

Violet Maude (Hearing) Childers, WOOD

William H. WOOD


Mrs. C.D. Woods

There departed this life on Thursday, July 10th, 191, Mrs. C.D. Woods, aged 25 years. Maud Brosnan was born at Ontario, Ore. During the year 1894 and was married to C.D. woods during the month of February last. They had made Wallowa County their home up until the time of her decease.

Husband and wife had walked the streets of our city together but shortly before her death which came very suddenly at the Roseman Hospital. How little we know of what time has in store for us, for those Gates of Pearl may swing open at the least expected moment to welcome some one of us in. Our heart felt sympathy goes out to the deeply bereaved husband as well as to the grieving parents, Mr. And Mrs. T.J. Brosnan of Ontario, Ore. And the two brothers and one sister who are mourning her departure.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday July 17, 1919

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Oliver Wood Rites Being Held Today

Funeral services for Oliver wood are being conducted by the Bollman Funeral Home today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. at the Christian Church with the Rev. Lester Wells officiating. Mrs. Harry Stein will be organist and Ella McArtor and Sue Smyth will sing "Whispering Hope" and "Beyond The Sunset."

Casket bearers will be E. J. Hook, Howard Williamson, Orval McArtor, Delbert Wart, S. G. Sheets and John Lewis. Interment will be in the Enterprise cemetery.

Mr. Wood had been in failing health for the past five years and had been a patient in Wallowa Memorial Hospital for six months. He passed away there on Saturday, September 21, 1963.

He was born February 23, 1881 at Sweet Home, son of John D. and Martha Wood. He had lived in Wallowa county for 63 years and was a skilled carpenter. On October 3, 1919 he was married at Enterprise to Violet Maude (Hearing) Childers, who passed away on June 15, 1951. He was a member of the Christian church and an honorary elder.

He is survived by four daughters: Mrs. Ruth Nuxall of Pendleton; Mrs. Everett (Norma) Goodale of Sacramento, Calif.; Mrs. Uley (Georgia) McGinnis of Enterprise; and Mrs. Lulu Dimmick of Joseph; one son, Howard Childers of Joseph; three sisters, Mrs. Abbie Mayfield and Mrs. Lillie Nye, both of Portland; and Mrs. Sam (Verda) Knight of Joseph; 13 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Thursday September 26, 1963
Page 5

Submitted by: Tom Childers

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Mrs. Oliver Wood Laid To Rest

Mrs. Oliver Wood passed away at the Wallowa Memorial hospital Friday morning, June 13, 1951.

Viola [sic - Violet] Maude Henry [sic - Hearing] was born in Linn County, Oregon April 1, 1880, the daughter of George and Mary (Conner) Hearing. At the age of four, she and the members of her family, came to Wallowa county to a home in the Leap district. On June 28, 1898 she was married to Boone F. Childers and to this union five children were born. Mr. Childers passed away June 24, 1912, and on October 2, 1919 she was united in marriage to Oliver Wood, and two daughters were born to them. From the time of her first marriage she resided in Lostine until 1948 when she and her husband moved to Enterprise.

She is survived by her husband, Oliver Wood; one son, Howard Childers, Enterprise; five daughters, Mrs. Georgia McGinnis, Enterprise, Mrs. Lulu Dimmick and Mrs. Ruth Nuxall, Walla Walla, Mrs. Pauline Cruzan of Portland, and Miss Norma Wood of Oakland, California. One son, Paul Childers, preceded her in death. She is also survived by one brother, Merle Hearing, Joseph; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Leeper of Medford, and Mrs. Eliza Crossler of Walla Walla; thirteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Four of her grandsons, Gordon and Pat McGinnis and Robert and John Dimmick, are members of the armed forces overseas.

Funeral services were Sunday, June 17 at 2:00 p.m. from the Booth-Bollman Chapel with Rev. H. C. Stover officiating. Mrs. Patricia Dishman accompanied by her aunt, Mrs. Garnet Best on the organ sang, "Whispering Hope" and "Beyond The Sunset." Pallbearers were A. B. Miller, Kearns Heasty, Gilbert Wiseman, Adolph Nuxall, Charles Scott and C. P. Crawford, with interment in the Enterprise cemetery.

Mrs. Wood was a quiet woman whose main interest in life was the welfare of her family and her home. She was a loving wife, a wonderful mother and a good neighbor. She will long be remembered by all who knew her.

Miss Norma Wood of Oakland, California, Mrs. Pauline Cruzan of Portland, and Mrs. Lulu Dimmick and Mrs. Ruth Nuxall of Walla Walla were here for the funeral.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Thursday, June 21, 1951
Front Page
Submitted by: Tom Childers
Portland, Oregon

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Pioneer Gone to Rest

William H. Wood was born August 26, 1822 in Cattaragus County New York. When three years old he was taken by his parents to Michigan and in the course of a few years found his way from Michigan to Iowa. From there to Missouri, and from Missouri to California in 1846. About this time there was trouble between U.S. and Mexico, and "Uncle Billy" volunteered in the Federal forces. Mr. Wood was one of the runners who carried the peace terms to the Mexican lines, traveling 190 miles without food or rest, stoping only to change horses. Later in the Willamette valley, he was ordered during the excitement in California, to lock the ferries on Willamette River to prevent deserters reaching the gold fields of California.

The time came however, when Mr. Wood panned his share of gold during the rush of "49. Returning from California he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Tatum and to this union four children were born, all of whom are now deceased. The young wife died in 1859.

Later he was united in marriage to Mrs. Mary E. (Francis) Boatman, who had two children by a former marriage, making a family of six children. To this union one child was born, George D. Wood of Evans. The mother passed away January 13, 1909.

For the past few years "Uncle Billy" suffered from blindness but bore all discomfort with the greatest fortitude. Always jolly and a delightful conversationalist of his thrilling experience as a pioneer.

Mr. Wood settled on the Wallowa River, four miles below Enterprise. In late years he moved to Lostine living there until his wife's death then making his home with his son George D. Wood.

He leaves to mourn his death, one son, a number of valley relatives and a few outside. His brother, Israel Wood of sweet Home, Oregon and a half-brother in Canada, David Wood, survive him.

Wallowa County Reporter Thursday July 17, 1919