Obit: Wood, David (1847 - 1915)

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----Source: Clark County Republican & Press (Neillsville, Wis.) 10/21/1915, Photo from the Judy (Marden) Hansen Album

Wood, David (22 NOV 1847 - 12 OCT 1915)

David Wood died at his home west of Neillsville, Clark County, Oct. 12, 1915 after an illness of several years.

Deceased was born near Montreal, Canada, Nov. 22, 1847, and came to Wisconsin with his parents when eighteen years old, settling at Sheboygan, where they resided a few years later moving to Neillsville and settling on the farm where he has resided the past 47 years. He was married to Miss Mary Marden of Globe, Sept. 7, 1887. He leaves to mourn his loss, a wife and eight children, Mrs. Walter Amidon of Neillsville; Mrs. John Parker of Portland, Oregon; Homer Wood of Hixton, Wis., are children of a former marriage; and Mrs. Chas. Seif of Neillsville; Earl Wood and Mrs. Ed Wightman of Tioga; Mrs. J. J. Hanes of St. Paul, Minn. and David Wood Jr., who is still at home.

Mr. Wood was a kind husband and father always thinking of the comforts of of those around him, and although he had been in ill health for several years, he endured the most of his suffering in silence, very seldom complaining. He was a kind and generous neighbor and was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. He leaves many friends who will sincerely mourn his death and he will be greatly missed by the entire community. Thus another worthy pioneer has passed from us, as we shall all pass leaving a few sad ones to remember us till they too pass from the busy throng.

Mr. Wood was a man who contributed greatly to the development of this locality, undertaking and carrying out many of the rough, hard tasks that a new country needed to have performed. For many years he engaged in logging and lumbering, operating on Wedges Creek, Hay Creek and the upper waters of Black River. He had the genius to save from waste and loss large tracts of timber that other loggers had run over and could see nothing more in. Some of his most successful operations were on proposition that looked hopeless to others, He also took and carried out contracts for road building in new places, and hauled the rock for the foundation of the first court house built in Neillsville. Although necessarily spending a large portion of his life in connection with its rougher tasks, he remained a kindly, generous sympathetic man; he was in fact one of nature’s noblemen. This community owes to his memory a devotion that shall not die.

The funeral was held at the home Saturday afternoon, Rev. L.B. Colman officiating. All of his children were in attendance and others from a distance who were present were Mr. and Mrs. Bill Marden of Greenwood, George Amidon of Melrose, and Cora Wren of Minneapolis.

Biographical Information

Bio: Wood, David (1847 - 1915)

Dave Wood supplied stone for the Clark County Courthouse built in 1876.  He owned one of the principle logging farms and he and James Hewett were contractors - "Hewett & Wood & Co."  My grandmother, Daisy Marden's sister was married to Homer Wood.  Somehow there was another connection because grandma always referred to "Uncle Dave Wood" when speaking of him.  He was a tobacco farmer in Richland Center for a time.  Judy (Marden) Hansen


The Family of David & Mary Jane (Marden) Wood


Back Row: Elsie, Homer, Lou, Mabel, Earl

2nd Row: Mary (mother), Iva, David (father)

Front Row: Nan and Dave



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