Elliott Centennial, 1879 - 1979

Elliott Centennial Committee

Page 195 - 196




     Joe and Addie (Hutton) Wood were married in June 1893 in Morgan County, Ohio, came that fall to Elliott, Iowa, with his parents, and started working for local farmers.

    By May 1895 they were working for John Talbot on his farm first place north of the Lantis farm, where their first child, Carl, was born; May, two years later, Carrie was born; in March 1899 Emma was born.

In 1901, Joe decided to try farming for himself and moved to the Axel Johnson farm, which joined the O. D. Stone farm on the east and south.

   After two years the farm was sold so he moved to the John Rush farm one mile north of the Centennial or Kirby School. Six years later Rush’s oldest son married and wanted the farm, so – another move.

This time to a farm three miles west and ½ north owned by Rodney Pierce. That stay was only three years as Frank Hamlin bought the farm and wanted the house for his hired man.

    Next move was to the Donald McKenzie farm next to Caledonia Church and school, where in 1913 Arvella, fourth and last child, was born. All these farms were in Waveland Township, Pottawattamie Co.

Joe belonged to the Modern Woodman Lodge and for many years was Chief Forester of the drill team. He also was a member of the Elliott Drum and Bugle Corps, as were Orville and Dean Manker. The other two members, a fifer and bass drummer varied from time to time.

    Addie belonged to the Royal Neighbors and was in their drill team.

After retiring from the farm they moved to California where she passed on in 1936 at age 63. He died in March 1959 at age 86.

   Their family of four children are all still living; Carl in Grants Pass, Oregon; Carrie and Emma in Bellflower, California; and Arvella in Thermopolis, Wyoming.



~ Emma Wood Truitt