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1890 Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Story County, Iowa

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the result of this union. Mrs. Wood died on February 3, 1870, and Mr. Wood was married again on December 8, 1870, to Mrs. Julia Hobbs, a widow, and the daughter of Mr. Addis, a native of Ohio. One daughter is the fruit of this union. Mrs. Wood died on May 8, 1874. Mr. Wood is now living with his fourth wife, whose maiden name was Sarah. Griffith, but who was the widow of a Mr. Davis. She was born and reared in Ohio, and by her first marriage became the mother of one child, a daughter, who is grown and married. Mr. Wood is a member of the Baptist and his wife a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He has bad three wives who were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a Mason, but has not met with the lodge for a number of years.

Jesse R. Wood. Prominent among the successful men whose history forms the glory Story County, Iowa, is found Jesse R. Wood, an extensive farmer and stock-raiser of Indian Creek Township. Mr. Wood was born in Allen County, Ohio, August 19, 1832, and is a son of John G. Wood, who was born in Mason County, Ky., July 17, 1792. After a happy youth passed in the Blue-Grass State, he moved to Ohio, where lie met and married Miss Anna Kinnison, of Greenbrier County, Va. After his marriage Mr. Wood settled in Logan County, Ohio, in 1816, from thence he moved to Allen County in 1826, after which he located in Story County July 17, 1854, remaining there until the Hine of his death, January 27, 1870. He served in the War of 1812. The subject of our sketch moved with his parents to Indiana in September, 1840, and remained with them until nineteen years of age, when he located in Story County, Iowa, while there was still an abundance of game. His estate of 220 acres is in a state of excellent cultivation and very well located. In politics Mr. Wood was a Republican, but is now an Independent. In 1862 he married Miss Julia E. Wilson, of Ohio, a daughter of Alfred and Anna Adams Wilson. They are the parents of six children: Anna (who is now the wife of Walter King), Henrietta, Harvey A., Louisa A., Jessie E. and Ada L. Mrs. Wood and her daughters are members of the Christian Church, Mr. Wood belonging to the Baptist Church. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and also of the Grand Army of the Republic. Through the late war he served from 1861 until discharged April 29, 1862, on account of disability, as third sergeant Company E, Third Iowa Infantry Volunteers.

Curtis A. Wood, county sheriff. Among the representative, thorough-going and efficient officials of Story County, Iowa, there is probably no one more deserving of mention than Mr. Wood, far his residence within its borders has 1 extended throughout his entire life, his birth haying occurred here on the 9th of October, 1855. He became familiar with the duties of farm life at a very early period, his father being a well-to-do agriculturist, but, in addition to tilling the soil, he attended the common schools near his home, and in 1873 entered the Iowa State Agricultural College, where lie continued to pursue his studies until the spring of 1876. He left this institution a wide-awake, enterprising and well-informed young man, and immediately began buying and shipping stock to Chicago, an enterprise which tended to develop his knowledge of things in general, and human nature in particular. In pursuing this calling, he became well and favorably known throughout the county, and, being a stanch Republican in his political views, his numerous friends elected him to the position of county sheriff in 1887, and in 1889 re-elected him with a majority of 1,805. He is the first native-born resident of the county elected to a

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