DR. and MRS. CHAS. S. WOOD
Mrs. Chas. S. Wood moved from Morgan Co., Ohio to Elliott, Iowa with
their family in 1893. The Dr. continued his practice of Veterinary
Surgeon until his health failed about ten years before he died in
His life’s work began as a
boy of 11 working with his father, who was the local veterinarian.
One day a man came to the house to get the Doctor to go treat his
valuable horse that was very sick. The Doctor was out on another
call and no telling when he’d return. Chas. listened to the
symptoms, said he worked with his father a lot, understood what was
wrong and knew what to do and would go take care of it. The man was
very reluctant to let a “kid” do a job this important, but as there
was no alternative, finally consented. Chas. had to stand on a
packing box to drench the horse but it recovered in good shape. So
from then on, whenever the Doctor was unavailable he took care of
the work that came in, and when old enough got his own license.
Mrs. Wood were parents of six children, all of whom have lived in,
or near, Elliott at one time.
They were: John M. (Mike);
Zacharih W. (Zack); Wm. C. (Clark); Joseph C. (Joe); Ruth Esther and
Oscar O. The latter two were young, unmarried folks when coming to
Elliott. Joe had just married Addie Hutton in June 1893 before
coming to Elliott that fall.
Clark had both become vets and worked at one time with their father
After Mike’s wife died in
Ohio, he came to Iowa to live with Grandma and help care for her
until her death in March 1921.
death of Scott Wood, a grandson, the last of Dec. 1974, at age 84,
the son and last member of the Clark and Etta Wood family, that
leaves no relatives in Iowa to revive the memory of the Wood family
as all the seven remaining grandchildren have moved to the western
states. The oldest, Ethel (Wood) Benjamin, 92 as of this year, lives
at Bellflower, Calif.