|Birth: ||Mar. 10, 1853|
|Death: ||Jul. 18, 1927|
Chase County Leader News, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, July 20, 1927
William Lyon Wood was born Mar. 10, 1853, at Mt. Gilead, Ohio, and died July 18, 1927, at his home in Cottonwood Falls. He was the second son of Samuel N. and Margaret Lyon Wood.
November 3, 1874, he was united in marriage to Zilphia Maria Williams, a native of Rhode Island.
To this union were born three children, Roy Samuel, who preceded him in death four years ago, and David William and Bessie Marian of this city. A niece, Clara Winsor, has grown to womanhood as a member of the family.
Mr. Wood is survived by his wife, two children, five grandchildren, his brother, David Wood, of Montrose, Colo., and a sister, Mrs. Florence W. Abbot, of Hagerman, Idaho.
He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge of Strong City and of Zeredathah Lodge No. A. F. & A. M. of Cottonwood Falls. A 30-year jewel was presented Mr. Wood by the Odd Fellows shortly before he became sick in recognition of his 30 years membership in the lodge.
Born into a family of pioneers, he came to Kansas territory with his parents in June, 1854, at the age of 15 months. The family settled first in eastern Kansas, on the old California road, a few miles from the town site of Lawrence, which was ty, which was organized that year laid out later in the same year.
In 1859 they moved to Chase County. There were here as yet only a few scattering settlers. William L. Wood as a boy and man was identified with the growth and development of this county for the next 68 years.
His boyhood years were the early days of Kansas history. At the age of 12, with his brother David, two years older, he was accustomed to make the long drive with wagons to Leavenworth for supplies. Also they sometimes drove cattle from Cottonwood Falls to Westport Landing, whose straggling streets were later to take form as Kansas City. These cattle were then shipped to St. Louis, at that time the nearest market. At the age of 17 he helped to drive a bunch of cattle up from Texas through the Indian country, where life was never secure.
After his marriage, he located on Fox Creek, where he engaged in farming and cattle-raising, until 11 years ago, when he moved to Cottonwood Falls.
He was possessed of a fearless nature, ready for all vicissitudes, advancing years brought illness, and for more than a year and a half he was confined to his room, obliged to endure the weary round of an invalid's life, But there was no word of complaint, no fretting. Instead he studied for cheerful witticisms to entertain those around him.
Conscious almost to the last, he met death with the steady and fearless spirit that had characterized the pioneer days. His only regret seemed to be in leaving those he loved.
One of his chief characteristics was his great devotion to his family. His affection reached out to the little children of the community and they knew him as their friend and comrade.
Samuel Newitt Wood (1825 - 1891)
Margaret Walker Lyon Wood (1830 - 1919)
Zilphia Maria Williams Wood (1854 - 1941)
Royal Samuel Wood (1876 - 1922)*
David William Wood (1878 - 1947)*
Elizabeth Marion Wood (1882 - 1938)*
David Walker Wood (1851 - 1944)*
William Lyon Wood (1853 - 1927)
Florence Sarah Wood Abbott (1857 - 1936)*
Mary Elizabeth Wood (1865 - 1879)*
Prairie Grove Cemetery
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Record added: Aug 13, 2009
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