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Isaac Wood

                                                         Vernon Township.
                                                             [Hog Raiser.]

Vernon Township 1874: Isaac Wood, 28; spouse, Catherine, 24.
Kansas 1875 Census, Vernon Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                           age sex color          Place/birth  Where from
Isaac Wood                 29  m     w            Indiana             Indiana
Kate Wood                  24    f      w            Indiana             Indiana
Jesse Wood                   5  m     w            Indiana             Indiana
Mollie Wood                  2    f      w            Indiana             Indiana
[Cena]? Wood      6m    f      w            Kansas
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, September 2, 1875.
Petit Jurors. Solomon Smith, Job Shields, T. J. Forsyth, John Stalter, E. F. Green, E. P. Young, George Stout, Noah Kimball, Isaac Wood, L. S. Kibbe, W. A. Hill, and B. Goff.
Winfield Courier, March 31, 1881.
Ike Wood, John Dunn, and one of the McCarsons are erecting new residences, I understand.
Winfield Courier, October 20, 1881.
Winfield Courier, December 8, 1881.
Vernon never has shown greater signs of real permanent prosperity than those to be observed at present. Many fine residences have been erected, costing from six to fifteen hundred dollars. Among those who have built a residence are Mr. Jackson, Mr. John Dunn, Mr. Isaac Wood, Mr. Corson, Mr. H. H. Martin, A. J. Werden, Albert Hawkins, T. Thompson. Mr. Ed Allen and Mr. M. Croco have built themselves nice little barns.
Winfield Courier, May 25, 1882.
EDS. COURIER. Upon visiting our neighbor Hiram Hopkins, we found him with one leg broken twice, the other broken once, and one of his arms twice. The accident occurred in a grist mill, about ten miles north of Winfield and the Walnut River. His coat tail was caught by a shaft. Seeing the condition he was in, we felt it a duty as well as a pleasure to contribute to his wants. So we started with two papers. L. A. Millspaugh canvassed the south half of Vernon Township and H. H. Hawkins the north half. We give the names with the amount opposite.
Winfield Courier, June 8, 1882.

A Trip to Oxford. We passed some of the most fertile farms in the county, and from the substantial buildings, large wheat and corn fields, splendid orchards, tasty yards, etc., it can be plainly seen that they are owned by men of industry, experience, and means. The residences of A. J. Werden, W. H. Martin, John Dunn, Silas Hahn, Ike Wood, and J. F. Paul are very attractive, and being near the road, a good view is obtained of their comfortable homes and surroundings. As we approached the Arkansas bottom, we noticed with interest the beautiful farm of Jacob Nixon, our very efficient Register of Deeds. This is one of the richest farms on the way, and the neat house, situated on a slight raise about fifty yards from the road, surrounded by shrubbery and trees of numerous varieties, gives the place an air of thrift and comfort.
Winfield Courier, September 28, 1882.
Mr. Isaac Wood, of Vernon Township, exhibited the finest lot of hogs at the fair. He has been breeding fine hogs for several years, and now has a herd of sixty-five which he has imported from different states.
Winfield Courier, September 28, 1882.
Mr. F. A. A. Williams carried off 2nd premium on filley and on heavy draft mare. Mr. F. Childers took sweepstakes premium on his 6 year old mare, and Isaac Wood on best pair of draft mules.
“CLASS D”—SWINE. In this class the exhibit was very fine and the stock shown fully up to the average at the state fair. There were thirty-eight entries, and fifteen premiums awarded as follows.
Mr. Isaac Wood, of Vernon, exhibited a fine lot of hogs and carried off seven premiums; 1st for best boar under one year old, 1st for best sow over one year old, 1st for best sow under one year old, 1st for best boar, 1st for best sow, 2nd for best boar over one year old, and 2nd for best sow under one year old. He also took the sweepstakes premium for best herd of thoroughbred hogs.
“CLASS H”—FARM PRODUCTS.    Isaac Wood exhibited a new variety of corn (Improved prolific bread) on which he was awarded the red ribbon.
Winfield Courier, August 30, 1883.
We visited Mr. Isaac Wood’s place. He had about 2 acres of fine cottonwood trees, about 50 feet high; could not learn when they were planted—would judge about 7 or 8 years from cuttings.
Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.
We learn of a very sad and serious accident which happened to Mr. Isaac Wood, of Vernon, Saturday. When returning home from the fair with his hogs, one of his teams ran away. He mounted a large mule and started back when the mule fell down, falling on him and crushing the bones about his hips. His recovery is despaired of. Mr. Wood was one of our most liberal, public spirited citizens, and has many friends all over the county. His Poland China hogs carried off most of the premiums at the fair, and it was his intention to exhibit them at Wellington next week.

Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.
In hogs the entries were very large, and of such excellent grades that the judges found great difficulty in forming an opinion as to which was the best. The big hog special premium of ten dollars offered by Geo. W. Miller was awarded to Isaac Wood, his hog weighing seven hundred and fifty pounds.
Boar 1 year old and over, Isaac Wood, Vernon, 1st premium; F. W. McClellan, city, 2nd.
Boar 6 months and under 1 year, Isaac Wood, Vernon, 1st premium; also, 2nd.
Boar 2 months and under 4, Isaac Wood, Vernon, 1st premium; F. W. McClellan, city, 2nd.
Sow 6 months old and over, Isaac Wood, Vernon, 1st premium; F. W. McClellan, city, 2nd.
Sow 4 months old and under 6, Isaac Wood, Vernon, 1st premium; Samuel Axley, Geuda, 2nd.
Best boar of any age or blood, Isaac Wood, Vernon, 1st premium.
Best pair turkeys, Isaac Wood, Vernon, 1st premium.
Half bushel red fall winter wheat, Isaac Wood, 1st premium; A. Copeland, city, 2nd.
Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.
[WINFIELD FAIR: SPECIAL PREMIUMS.] By Geo. W. Miller: $10 for largest hog of any age or breed was awarded to Isaac Wood of Vernon. Hog weighed 700 pounds.
As usual, Isaac Wood’s exhibit of Poland China hogs was superb. Isaac never stops half way, and as a result, gets all the blue ribbons in his class. Mr. E. R. Morse and Col. J. McCloy divided some of the honors with him on sweepstakes, however.
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.
On Monday afternoon the stockholders of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association met in the Opera House for the purpose of re-organizing the Board of Directors for the year 1884, and receiving reports of the condition and doings of the Association for the year. About seventy-five stockholders, representing nearly all of the subscribed stock, were present.
Isaac Wood was a stockholder, holding one share.
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1884.
Isaac Wood and Mr. Hahn, of Vernon Township, had a disturbance last week over some stock trespassing on the former’s premises, resulting in a severe knife wound in the hip of Hahn. The blade struck the hip bone and broke off. Had it struck an inch higher, it is supposed the wound would have been fatal.
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.
CIVIL DOCKET. FOURTH DAY. 42. David Hahn vs. Isaac Wood.

Winfield Courier, October 2, 1884.
Isaac Wood took $55.50 in premiums on his hog exhibit and sold his huge show hog, “Kentucky King, 2661,” to Stewart & Boyle, of Wichita, for $100.
Boar 1 year old and over, Isaac Wood, 1st.
Boar 6 months old, Isaac Wood, 1st and 2nd.
Sow 1 year old or over, John R. Smith, 1st; Isaac Wood, 2nd.
Sow 6 months old, Isaac Wood, 1st.
Sow 4 months old, Isaac Wood, 1st; Samuel Axley, 2nd.
Sow and six pigs, Isaac Wood, 1st.
Best pen of 6 pigs, Isaac Wood, 1st.
Best boar any age or breed, Isaac Wood, 1st.
Best collection of swine, Isaac Wood, 1st.
One or more best sheaves of wheat, $10.00 by Bliss & Wood, Isaac Wood, 1st.
Isaac Wood, of Oxford...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 26, 1885.
The Cowley County Farmers’ Institute held an adjourned session Saturday last, with President F. W. McClellan in the chair and a good number of farmers present. Secretary F. A. A. Williams reported that he had very favorable rates on grass seed from Kansas City and Lawrence, which rates would be given to members of the Institute desiring to order.
James P. Martin presented the name of Isaac Wood, of Oxford, as a member of the Institute and stated that Mr. Wood reported fine success with English blue grass, red clover, and red top on his Arkansas bottom sub-irrigated soil. Alfalfa had failed with him, probably because the water was so near the surface.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 16, 1885.
The case of David Hahn against Isaac Wood, sued for damages, was dismissed at cost of plaintiff.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.
Mr. Isaac Wood was in Friday from the Arkansas valley, and informed us that the web worm has entirely destroyed eighty acres of corn for Thomas Jackson, sixty for John Jackson, P. Hunt’s whole crop, and numerous others. Many will begin to replant immediately. They are determined to try late planting as the last alternative.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
The Third Annual Exhibition of the Cowley County Fair & Driving Park Association opened this morning.
                              YESTERDAY AFTERNOON’S AWARDS—HOGS.

In the hog department, Mr. T. A. Hubbard, of Wellington, took nine first premiums, four seconds, and the sweepstakes for the best board and best sow, of any age or breed. His display was truly fine, and has never been equaled at a county fair in Kansas. M. B. Keagy, of Wellington, also had a very fine display, and took six first premiums and one second. Isaac Wood took first on best exhibition of pedigreed hogs, and second on Poland China sows over one year old.
The display of hogs on Tuesday was just immense. The awards of premiums give a faint idea of the number of hogs, but not of the quality. There were 92 hogs competing. One or more were neglected as not worthy of notice; in speaking of the fact, a gentleman who has been a close observer of hogs at fairs for twenty-five years or more, stated that the rejected sow twenty-five years ago would have taken the sweepstakes as a Magee hog of fine pedigree. There was very little difference between three and four of the best pens—one hog as a case in point got one vote for first premium and one vote for second premium in one of the leading classes, yet in the final decision did not get any award. Messrs. Hubbard & Keagle, both of Sumner County, had a very fine display of Berkshires, and Mr. Hubbard had some very fine specimens of Poland Chinas. Mr. Morse, of Red Bud, this county, had a very fine lot of Berkshires. Mr. Wood did not prepare for or intend to show this year—wanted to give others a chance. He had to bring about a dozen over, and of course the judges, as has always been their habit, tied a few blue ribbons to his pens. Mr. Howells had a single hog that was hard to beat. Mr. Roach, of Sumner, had two Chester White pigs, but somehow white pigs do not suit the fancy of Kansas farmers. Hardly a person passed Keagy’s pens, but stopped to admire the “baby,” a coal black little four weeks old Berkshire, the only care of a 400 pound mother. One of the most difficult positions at a fair is a judge in the hog department. Most men can tell when a hog is nice and fat, but very few can decide between hogs that are thin in flesh as to which are best for all purposes. The judges this year appeared to know a hog whether he had on his good clothes or not. They gave as near general satisfaction as it is generally possible to do.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.
Mr. J. D. Guthrie got through with his department yesterday, that of agriculture. This department includes the big pumpkins, corn, and other products, and the farm displays. Isaac Wood took the blue ribbon on red fall wheat, white and yellow corn, and orchard grass.
Isaac Wood has some orchard grass seed on exhibition and specimens of Arkansas valley growth of orchard grass. He informs us that off one half acre he gathered five bushels of seed. (Cut with cradle.) Immediately after cutting the seed, he mowed it with a machine, and got one and a half tons of good hay, and since then on the aftermath, he has pastured six of his fine Poland China brood sows with no other feed and they are yet doing fine and will till a heavy frost. As the President says about fruit: “If we could only grow grass, what a fine country we would have.” Mr. Wood claims that in the Arkansas river bottom (the best corn land in the world) he can raise as much feed for hogs on one acre of orchard as he can on two acres planted in corn, and he raises corn that weighs 2 pounds to the ear.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.
The list given below shows money premiums only. Checks for same will be ready after October 1st, and must be claimed by November 1st, 1885, or forfeit to the association. (See rule 12.) Diplomas for exhibits having no competition may be had by calling at the Secretary’s office.

Class D.—HOGS. Lot 1. Poland China.
Boar, 1 year old and over. I. Wood 1st, T. A. Hubbard 2nd.
Sow, 6 months and under 1 year. T. A. Hubbard 1st, I. Wood 2nd.
Pen of 5 pigs, farrowed since March 1, 1885. T. A. Hubbard 1st, I. Wood 2nd.
Sow and litter of pigs, not less than 5, under 2 months old. I. Wood 1st.
Half bushel red fall wheat. I. Wood 1st, J. R. Sumpter 2nd.
Half bushel orchard grass. I. Wood 1st, J. H. Curfman 2nd.
Half bushel white corn. I. Wood 1st, A. W. Beswick 2nd.
Peck beans. I. Wood 1st, W. C. Hayden 2nd.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.
Isaac Wood lost one of the best hogs he exhibited at the Fair while taking them home Saturday. The heat and moving was too much for the animal. It was a male and very valuable.


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