Obit: Wood, David #2 (1847 - 1915)

Contact: Ann Stevens

Surnames: Wood, Goddard, Marden, Sief, Wightman, Haynes, Amidon, Parker, Colman, Wren

----Source: Neillsville Times (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 10/21/1915

Wood, David (22 NOV 1847 – 12 Oct  1915)

The passing of David Wood marks another period in the transition of Clark County from a timbered wilderness to a modern agricultural community, for Mr. Wood was one of the very few surviving pioneers of this county. For nearly a half century, his life work was to pave the way for the farmer. He came here forty-nine years ago when the only roads were logging roads and timber cutting was the dominant idea and farms were but a remote possibility. He was associated with Hi Goddard for many years in the logging business, operated for himself at various times and experienced all the vicissitudes and hardships of the early lumbermen with characteristic zeal and fortitude. With his associates he went through the financial ups and downs of that period with steady nerve and unfailing good humor. He early established a reputation for his honesty and square dealing which followed him through life and in the face of many an unfavorable season maintained his reputation for uprightness in every respect. Mr. Wood was one of the prominent figures in the development of lower Clark County and the Black River Valley for while he logged he looked ahead to the future with the result that when the timber was gone he was ready to settle down upon one of the fine farms which he had laid away for such a period. Mr. Wood was a pioneer of the right type, one whose memory will live for many years and who, while on this earth, accomplished a great good for his family and fellow man.

Mr. Wood was born near Montreal, Canada, on Nov. 22, 1847, and died at his home west of this city on Oct . 12, 1915. With his parents he settled at Sheboygan, Wis., when he was 18 years of age. He lived there a few years and then struck out for himself, coming to Clark County. He took up the farm west of the city which remained his home place until his death. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Marden of Globe on Sept. 7, 1887. He is survived by his wife and eight children, who are Mrs. Chas. Sief of Neillsville, Earl Wood and Mrs. Ed Wightman of Tioga, Mrs. J.J. Haynes of St. Paul, David Wood who is still at home and also by the following children of a former marriage: Mrs. Walter Amidon of Melrose, Mrs. John Parker of Portland, Ore., and Homer Wood of Hixton. Mr. Wood had been in poor health for a number of years, but with characteristic fortitude, he endured his suffering in silence that his family might suffer no inconvenience from his illness, although they were at all times ready and willing to be of assistance to him.

Mr. Wood was laid to rest last Saturday afternoon and his remains were followed to their last resting place by a large cortege of sorrowing friends and neighbors. The services were held at the home, Rev. Colman officiating. All of the deceased’s children were here for the funeral and among others who were here from away were Mrs. Wm. Marden of Greenwood, Geo. Amidon of Melrose and Cora Wren of Minneapolis.

Card of Thanks
During the time of the illness of my husband and at the time of his death and burial, myself and children were made the recipients of many kindly attentions and to those persons who so thoughtfully rendered them, I wish to extend my very sincere thanks. I especially wish to thank the ladies of the W.C.T.U. and others who sent flowers and the R.N.A. for lining the grave. Mrs. David Wood



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