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Warren Wood

                                                 Beaver Township, Winfield.

[1869/1870]           PAGE 55.
WARREN WOOD was one of Cowley County’s most enterprising and prominent farmers. He owned 560 acres in Beaver Township of valuable farm land, although he tilled only 200 acres—the remainder being leased out. Mr. Wood in 1901 was not living on the farm, having been for the past year, or more, a resident of Winfield, where he removed in order that his children might be able to obtain better schooling.
Warren Wood was born in the year 1837, in Albany County, New York, and was a son of William Wood.
His father, William Wood, was born in New York State, where the family had resided many years, and whence they moved, in 1837, to Illinois, where they lived in different counties, although mainly near East St. Louis. There William Wood died in 1870. The wife of William Wood was Margaret Baird, who was also a native of the Empire State, and who died near East St. Louis, in 1844. They reared the following children: Herman, deceased; David, who lived in the state of Washington; Warren; Walter and Morgan, who also resided in the state of Washington; Catherine (Gammon), who, with her husband, resided at Spokane Falls, Washington; Emma, who was twice married, first to a Mr. King and, later, to Mr. Trout (both being deceased), and who was living in 1901 in Beaver Township, Cowley County; and Henrietta, deceased.
Warren Wood attended school during his younger days, and at fifteen years of age launched out for himself. He accompanied some neighbors to the Indian Nation, where he gathered cattle to take across the plains, and in so doing he gradually worked his way west, to Marysville, California. After reaching that point, he worked in the mines until 1867. His subsequent occupation was as sawyer in a mill, for which he received $5 a day. Continuing there but a short time, in 1867, he went to Washington, and joined his brother, who had located in that state in 1865. There he assisted his brother in farming and running a brick-kiln. In 1869, he located in Johnson County, Kansas, where he first worked with a threshing outfit.
In May 1870 he moved to Cowley County, but shortly afterward returned to Johnson County, and in the fall of the same year located in Beaver Township, Cowley County, Kansas. He first preempted the northwest quarter of section 15, township 33, range 3 east, and farmed that quarter until about the year 1878, when he sold it for a good sum of money. He then secured the northeast quarter of the same section, upon which he made extensive improvements, and where he lived for a score of years. His house was destroyed by fire and he at once erected a six-room, story-and-a-half house. He built numerous outbuildings and a large, substantial barn, and being successful in his operations, added to his possessions from time to time, until he became the owner of 560 acres, all in Beaver Township. Stock raising and general farming were his chief pursuits for thirty years. Later he made Winfield his home, and there owned a two-and-a-half acre block in the eastern portion of the city, where he had a handsome home and a good barn.

Mr. Wood married Jane Hatched, a native of Canada, whose parents were pioneer settlers of Kansas. They had four children.
1. Edmund Wood, who was a teacher at Newkirk, Oklahoma.
2. Lillie (Mrs. Ernest Graham), who lived in Walnut Township.
3. Morgan Wood.
4. Roy Wood.
Mr. Wood served three years in the United States army, in campaigns against the Indians, and was a member of Company A, 1st. Reg., Oregon Cavalry. He was mustered out at Vancouver.
He was a Republican, and, religiously, he favored the Christian church. He was a member of Arkansas Post, G. A. R.
Beaver Township 1873: Warren Wood, 34;spouse, Jenny, 23.
Beaver Township 1875: Warren Wood, 35; spouse, Jennie, 25.
Kansas 1875 Census Beaver Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                     age sex color   Place/birth         Where from
Warren Wood        35    m    w New York              Washington
Jenny Wood           25     f     w      Canada                  Iowa
Eddie Wood             1    m    w Kansas
Beaver Township 1879: Warren Wood, 40; spouse, Jennie, 30. P. O. Address Winfield.
Beaver Township 1881: Warren Wood, 43; spouse, Jennie, 33.
Beaver Township 1882: Warren Wood, 45; spouse, Jennie, 45.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, January 16, 1874.
The Beaver grange of the order of Patrons of Husbandry was organized at Thomasville, Cowley County, Kansas, on the evening of December 26th, 1873, by Deputy J. H. Werden. The following named persons paid their fees, took the obligations, and were duly installed into the following offices: W. A. Freeman, Master; B. F. Nesmith, Overseer; Z. B. Myers, Lecturer; A. K. Jenkins, Steward; James Dalton, Assistant Steward; M. S. Roseberry, Chaplain; Warren Wood, Treasurer; C. M. Roseberry, Secretary; Philo Kent, Gate Keeper; Mrs. Jennie Wood, Ceres; Mrs. Mary J. Freeman, Pomona; Mrs. Susan Dalton, Flora; Mrs. Mary C. McCulloch, Lady Assistant Steward.
Other members are J. A. McCulloch, Harvey Dwyer, Jasper Smalley, Mrs. C. J. Dwyer, Mrs. M. A. Roseberry, and Maggie Kent.
After instructing members with reference to their duties, the Deputy closed the meeting.
C. M. Roseberry, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, February 13, 1874.
Pursuant to a call of Deputy J. H. Werden, the delegates from the different subordinate granges throughout the county met at the Courtroom in Winfield. The meeting being called to order by the worthy Deputy, proceeded to temporary organization by electing brother A. S. Williams temporary Chairman, and N. C. McCulloch Secretary pro tem. Whereupon the Master appointed the following committees.

On Constitution and By-laws: J. H. Werden, Jos. Stansberry, and Frank Cox.
Committee on Credentials: W. H. Grow, H. H. Martin, and A. Walck.
Committee on Resolutions: T. A. Blanchard, John Irwin, J. C. Vanorsdal, C. G. Handy, and A. T. Stewart.
Adjourned to meet at 1:30 o’clock, p.m.
1:30 p.m.: Meeting called to order by the sound of the gavel, whereupon the committee on Credentials made the following report and declared the following members entitled to seats.
Pleasant Valley grange: Lucius Walton, E. Frederick, H. H. Constant.
Winfield grange: A. T. Stewart, J. D. Cochran, N. C. McCulloch.
Darien grange: W. H. Grow, John Irwin, Wm. White.
Eagle grange: Daniel Grant, Samuel Jay, J. Tipton.
Bethel grange: Jos. Stansberry, John Mentch, Geo. Yount.
Silverdale grange: B. A. Davis, Wm. Butterfield, S. C. Winton.
Beaver grange: W. A. Freeman, Warren Wood, J. A. McCulloch.
Grand Prairie grange: Adam Walk, W. P. Heath, Thos. Cooley.
Sheridan grange: Jos. Burt, H. W. Stubblefield, W. H. Clay.
Vernon grange: A. S. Williams, J. H. Worden, T. A. Blanchard.
Philomathian grange: H. H. Martin, A. H. Beck, John Boyd.
Richland grange: S. W. Phoenix, N. J. Larkin, Frank Cox.
New Salem grange: J. J. Johnson, C. C. Crow, J. C. Baker.
Centre grange: C. G. Handy, Ed Millard, A. T. Gay.
Committee on Constitution and By-Laws made the following report, which was unanimously adopted.

CONSTITUTION. ARTICLE I. The association shall be know as the Cowley County Central Committee of P. of H. ARTICLE II. The object of this Council is to aid Patrons and persons connected with the business department of our order in buying supplies, in selling, in marketing, and shipping their surplus products, and for mutual consultation and action of all members upon matters that effect their financial interest, and relate to the good of the order. ARTICLE III. This Council shall be composed of delegates from the subordinate granges of Cowley County and others adjacent thereto, as follows: one for each grange at large and one for each ten members or fraction equal to six, who shall be elected by the subordinate granges at their last regular meeting of the Council in February next following their election, and hold their office for one year, or until their successors are duly elected. ARTICLE IV. The officers of this Council shall be a Master, Overseer, General Agent (who shall be ex-officio Secretary), Gate Keeper, and an Executive Committee of five, two of whom shall be the Master and Overseer. The Council agent shall be the Assis­tant State Agent within his council district, and shall give suitable bond to the Executive Committee of the Council for the faithful performance of duty. The officers shall be elected by ballot at the first regular meeting after the meeting of the State Grange in each year. ARTICLE V. This council shall hold its regular meetings on the second Saturday of each month at 10 o’clock a.m. Nine members shall constitute a quorum for doing business. ARTICLE VI. The Executive Committee shall have the general supervision of the officers of the Council, any three of whom shall constitute a quorum for doing business, and shall have the power to remove at any time the Council and appoint someone in his place. ARTICLE VII. It shall be the duty of the Council agent to receive, bulk, and forward all orders for goods, under the seal of the State Agency and upon their arrival see that the same are properly distributed to the parties ordering. He shall levy such percent upon goods purchased, and upon products sold through this agency, as the executive committee of the council shall direct, and at the end of each quarter report the total cash value of such purchases, and, sales to the office of the Central State Agency. He shall keep a correct cash account of all money received and paid out by him as Council Agent and keep his books open to inspection at all times by the Executive Committee, and under their direction make arrangements with the retail dealers and business houses of his district for supplying goods to members of the order. He shall open a stock record, keep prices current from different localities that are deemed of importance, attend to the business correspondence of the Council, and perform such other duties as the Executive Committee or Council may from time to time direct, and receive such compensation for his services as the Executive Committee may designate, subject to the approval of the council. ARTICLE VIII. Any article of this constitution may be amended or repealed at any regular meeting of the Council by a vote of two thirds of all the members present, provided notice of such change was given at some preceding meeting of the Council.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1874.
Election Judge: Warren Wood, $2.00.
Winfield Courier, November 16, 1876. Editorial Page.
Township Officers, Beaver Township: R. H. True, Trustee; L. P. King, Clerk; W. Wood, Treasurer; J. H. Kinney, J. P.; M. Teter and W. A. Snyder, Constables.
Winfield Courier, November 15, 1877.
Beaver—C. G. Holland, Trustee; Warren Wood, Treasurer; W. A. Freeman, Clerk; C. G. Bradbury, Justice; Theo. Wright, Constable.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 9, 1878.
THOMASVILLE, Jan. 3, 1878. Thinking you would like to know how the good people of this vicinity spent their holidays, I take this opportunity of penning you a few lines.

On Christmas day at half past nine o’clock your humble servant started for Winfield with orders to appear at the house of Mr. Warren Wood, between the hours of one and two p.m., or I would lose my share of turkey; consequently, horse flesh suffered until I returned, and not any too soon, for I found Mr. Turkey ready to step from the stove to the table, preparatory to the carving knife which W. A. Freeman held in his hand. You ought to have seen this table. It would have made a hungry man dance with joy to see so much hash piled on one table. After the turkey and other substantial grub was served (such as farmers have and farmers’ wives and daughters know how to cook), then came the side dishes. O hurrah! it would take a column of the TRAVELER to name them. The Rodger Bros. furnished the horse hair and rosin and the way the calico flew and the box toed boots pawed the floor. Well, to describe it would be to paint the sun beams, but every­body lived over it and are doing well now. More anon about the farmers and crops.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 16, 1878.
Mr. Heizer has Mr. Wood’s new house almost completed, which makes quite an addition to our little vale.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 20, 1878.
Mr. Warren Wood is doing some lasting improvements on his place. Mr. Wood is one of those whole-souled, wide awake farm­ers, and will ever succeed.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 13, 1878.
BEAVER. Trustee: W. D. Lester, elected by lot. Clerk: W. A. Freeman, elected by lot. Treasurer: Warren Wood. Justices: W. V. Sutton and H. J. Wright. Constables: R. N. Huff and W. D. Anderson.
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1878.
Many of our farmers are holding wheat and hogs for higher prices.
Philo Kent is erecting a new residence. Those of Warren Wood and George Teter have just been completed.
Winfield Courier, February 7, 1878.
The following gentlemen have built new residences in Beaver recently: Warren Wood, a good pine house; Geo. Teter, a splendid farm house; Moses Teter, a cottage; Harvey Dwyer, a cottage also; and David Dix, a box house. Others will build residences and barns soon. Thus, you see, Beaver is improving rapidly, notwithstanding the hard times.
Winfield Courier, March 28, 1878.
Warren Wood is one of Beaver’s go ahead farmers. From the extensive piles of posts and rails that have accumulated on his farm, it is evident he intends vast improvements.
Winfield Courier, April 4, 1878.
Immigrants still continue to swell our numbers. One arrived at the residence of W. Woods last Monday at early dawn—receiving an introduction to the family through the affability of Dr. C. G. Holland.
Winfield Courier, July 25, 1878.
Mr. Warren Wood, who is determined to keep pace with the progress of the times, has purchased a new carriage. He is a clever, accommodating gentleman and a good financier.
Winfield Courier, May 1, 1879.

Uncle Warren Wood is determined to keep pace with the times, having erected a tenant house on his farm, and ornamented his pretty residence with one of those conductors of the electric fluid, which secures comfort and safety to the inmates thereof.
Winfield Courier, September 11, 1879.
Committee on credentials reported the following named delegates entitled to vote in this convention; which report was adopted.
Beaver: M. S. Roseberry, L. P. King, Warren Wood.
Winfield Courier, October 7, 1880.
Pryor & Kinne have been doing a lively business in real estate for several weeks past. Last week they succeeded in locating Mr. Wood, a brother of our Warren Wood, in Beaver township. We don’t know Mr. Wood’s politics; but if he is anything like Warren, Beaver is the place for him. They need a few more Republicans in that locality.
Winfield Courier, September 1, 1881.
Warren Wood, of Beaver township, brought in a load of wheat Tuesday for which he received $65 spot cash. He had on 52 bushels and got $1.25 per bushel for it. And he has some more.
Winfield Courier, December 22, 1881.
Mr. Warren Wood is now preparing a piece of land on his new farm for an extensive orchard. Mr. Wood is one of our energetic and science farmers, and generally makes things move.
Winfield Courier, February 21, 1884.
Warren Wood has been seriously troubled with rheumatism lately, but is able to be out on crutches.
Winfield Courier, July 24, 1884.
SPECIAL VENIRE. Joseph Abrams, C. G. Bradberry, George Easterly, J. M. Jarvis, Warren Wood, R. N. Huff, D. S. Beadle, E. B. Gault, J. F. Carter, Z. B. Myer, J. M. Midcalf, A. DeTurk, T. F. Axtell, Adin Post, J. S. Pickering, I. H. Bonsall.
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.
Warren Wood was a stockholder, holding one share.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 15, 1885.
Mr. Louis King and Mr. Warren Wood were baptized into the Christian church on Monday of last week by Rev. Frazee; also Mrs. Dr. Marsh united with the same by letter on the following evening.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 26, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.

W J B McCulloch et ux to Warren Wood, sw qr 11-33-30, 160 acres: $5,000.00.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 21, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
Tannehill Tidings. August 19, 1886.
Warren Wood is building a storehouse for his machinery; other farmers may be able to draw a lesson from his actions and go and do likewise.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 29, 1887. From Thursday’s Daily.
The officers of Pleasant Valley Grange at Hackney were installed on Saturday the 23rd by N. Zimmerman, lecturer of the State Grange.
On Tuesday night he held a meeting at Tannehill at which place a large Grange was organized with officers as follows.
Master, E. N. Kessinger; Overseer, J. W. Browning; Lecturer, J. Bower; Steward, C. G. Bradbury; Assistant Steward, Philo Kent; Chaplain, J. W. Sipe; Treasurer, Warren Wood; Secretary, H. T. Bayless; Gate Keeper, J. W. Lessedger; Pomona, Mrs. Jennie Wood; Flora, Mrs. Jessie Browning; Ceres, Mrs. Sarah Clark; Lady Assistant Steward, Mrs. S. A. Bradbury. The prospects for this Grange are very flattering. Taking it altogether the Grange movement is on a boom, which is likely to be a healthy one.



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