The Valley Falls New Era
November 18, 1915

Mrs. Preston Wood Celebrates 84th Birthday.

The following from the Jacksonville Ill., Daily Journal of last Saturday, will be of interest to our readers, as Mrs. WOOD is the mother of Rev. A.L. WOOD, of Valley Falls, who was present at the family gathering. Today Mrs. Preston WOOD of No. 6 Duncan Place is celebrating her 84th birthday. Her six children have all arrrived and are enjoying a family reunion. Mrs. WOOD was born in Montgomery county, Ill., Nov. 13, 1831. Her ancestors were the CHRISTIANS and GRANTHAMS, well known throughout the south. August 8, 1853, she was married to the Rev. Preston WOOD, a member of the Illinois Conference of the M.E. church, who afterwards, became known as one of the most effective and efficient presiding elder in the whole connection, and a leader in his conference. They served together, among other charges, Hillsboro, Waverly, Beardstown, Decatur,LeRoy,Atlanta, Clinton,Lincoln,and Carlinville. Mr. WOOD was elder of the Danville, Griggsville,(West Jacksonville, Bloomington and Springfield Districts.)

During the War of the Rebellion he was chaplain of the 38th Illinois Infantry. Several years he spent, at great personal sacrifice, to raise funds for the Illinois Wesleyan University and for the Preachers' Aid society of the Illinois Conference. The labors of all these positions Mrs. WOOD gladly shared and no small part of her husband's unusual success before the public was due to her work for and in the home. Ten years ago Mr. WOOD died in Springfield. Soon after Mrs. WOOD settled in Jacksonville, where she has built her a beautiful home at No. 6 Duncan Place.

All six of the living children are present and there will be a birthday dinner served today. The children are: Col. William T. WOOD, U.S.A, of Washington, D.C., who is accompanied by his wife; Mrs. Mary WOOD, Mrs. Ann Wood GALFORD, of Clear Lake, Iowa; Miss S. Catherine WOOD of Jacksonville, Ill.; the Rev. Preston WOOD, district superintendent, Springfield district and the Rev. Albert L. WOOD of Valley Falls, Kansas, and Wood PHILLIPS of this city.