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Wood, James F. (Franklin) – Obituary

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Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon

James Franklin Wood, a resident of Wallowa for the last five years, passed away Tuesday afternoon following a lingering illness. Mr. Wood had been ill just three months and two days having been working at the mill the day he was taken sick.

Funeral services are to be held this afternoon at two o’clock at the Nazarene Church, of which he had been a member for many years, with Rev. J. S. Stuart in charge. Music will be furnished by a quartette composed of Opal Lively, Verla Hawley, Glen Henry and Jesse Johnson with Geneva Schaeffer at the piano. The songs they will sing are: “Saved by Grace”, “When I Get to the End of the Way” and “The Eastern gate”, at the church, and “Asleep in Jesus”, at the grave. Internment will be in the Lostine cemetery. Pallbearers will be O. L. Hawkins, Joe Fisher, B. B. Oliver, Wm. George, Joe Rounsavell and Ted Landis.

James F. (Franklin) Wood was born in Bloomington, Illinois, on August 25, 1881, the second child in a family of ten born to George (Sedgewick) and (Nancy) Ellen (Bunney) Wood.

When a small child Mr. Wood moved with his parents to Nebraska and in 1910 came out to the west where he was engaged in signal maintaining on the railroad, which was his occupation until five years ago when he came to Wallowa and began working at the Bow-man-Hicks mill.

On January 14, 1919, at Pendleton, Oregon, he was married to Clara Womack of Echo who survives him as well as their three children, Marjorie, a senior in the Wallow high school, LaVonne and LeLand.

He is also survived by eight brother and sisters, Mrs. Emma (Emmaline) Bunney, Leonard Wood and Ora Wood all of Norcatur, Kansas, Joe Wood of Council Bluffs, Iowa, William Wood of Princeton, Idaho, Charles Wood of Tensed, Idaho, and Mrs. R. C. Lord and Mrs. Elsie Gilbank, both of San Francisco, California.

He has, too, a stepfather, C. S. Smith, who resides at Princeton, Idaho.

One brother died in 1917, his mother in 1935 and his father in 1919.

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Wood and C. S. Smith of Princeton and Mr. C. E. Wood and nephew, Norman, of Tensed, Idaho, arrived here Tuesday morning and will remain until after the funeral services.


James F. Wood passed away at Wallowa, Tuesday, May 03, 1938. He was born in Bloomington, Illinois;, August 25, 1881, a son of George and Nancy (Bunney) Wood. Most of his younger days were spent in Nebraska.

He was married to Clara Lureene Womack January 14, 1919 at Pendleton and Marjorie Ellen, Sarah La Vonne and Leland James were born to them. The family resided in Princeton, Idaho a short time, coming to Wallowa County the last time six years ago, and this has been his home since. His health had been very poor for several years, but he was able to get around until the last three or four months. He has been confined to his home where he was a patient sufferer.

He was a faithful member and attendant of the Nazarene church for many years. He was tenderly cared for by his wife and mother and father-in-law. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas(Mack) and Emily Gastin at whose home he spent his last weeks of life.

He is survived by his wife and three children, four sisters, Mrs. Emma Bunny and Nora wood, of Norcator, Kansas, Mrs. R. C. Lord, and Mrs. Elsie Gillbank, of San Francisco, California, and four brothers, Joe Wood and Leonard Wood, Council Bluffs, Iowa; Charles Wood, of Tensed, Idaho, and William Wood, of Princeton, Idaho, also C. L. Smith, of Princeton, Idaho. His step-father, Charles and William Wood and C. L. Smith were here this week when he died.

Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. J. W. Sturart at the Wallowa Nazarene church, Thursday at 2:00 p.m.

Contributed by: Gary Jaensch


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