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Biography of Millard Fillmore Wood

Millard Fillmore Wood. A little more than forty years age Millard F. Wood came to Montgomery County, a young school teacher. While he taught school for a time, he also interested himself in improving a homestead claim, and afterwards advanced rapidly in business and also in politics. He is now secretary and treasurer of the Ideal Supply Company. An Illinois man by birth, he was born at Aviston, Clinton County, November 12, 1850. His grandfather, Wiley Wood, was born in Virginia in 1791, and was a farmer and one of the early circuit riders of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1872 he came to Kansas, and died in Mound Valley Township of Labette County in 1876. William Devers Wood, father of Mr. M. F. Wood, was born in Tennessee in 1822. His early boyhood days were spent in Indiana, and from there he moved to Aviston, Illinois, where he was a merchant and also postmaster. In 1880 he moved from Illinois to Cherryvale, Kansas, and continued the mercantile business there until his death in 1896. He was a republican, a deacon and local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and when a very young man enlisted and offered his services in the Mexican war, being rejected on account of physical disability. William D. Wood married Naomi Carr Lear, who was born in Laneaster, Pennsylvania, in 1828. She was descended from Charles McMicken, who was a prominent philanthropist and founded and dedicated the McMicken University at Cincinnati, Ohio. He also gave large sums of money to the Methodist bishops who were promoting the colonization of American negroes in Liberia, Africa....

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