Early Pioneer Waits 85th Birthday Fete
Tribune Intermountain Wire

WOODS CROSS--In observance of his eighty-fifth birthday, Joseph C. Wood of Woods Cross will be honored at an open house arranged by members of his family Tuesday, starting at 8 p.m. at the American Legion home at West Third South street, Bountiful. A dinner for 35 members of the immediate family at the Wood home, will precede the reception.

Mr. Wood, who is the son of Daniel and Peninah Cotten Wood, was born October 28, 1856, at Woods Cross, and has always resided here.

The town of Woods Cross was named in honor of his father, who gave a right-of-way to the railroad which ran through his farm. It was originally called "Woods Crossing," and was later changed to its present name, Mr. Wood said.

Wed in 1878

He married Josephine Chase, whose childhood was spent at Chase Park, one of Davis county's landmarks at Centerville. She was a granddaughter of Isaac Chase, who built the old mill in Liberty park at Salt Lake City. Their marriage took place at the old Salt Lake Endowment House on December 12, 1878.

Years after the death of Mrs. Wood, which occurred May 30, 1910, he married Mrs. Pearl Bond of Bountiful, who died about nine years ago.

Mr. Wood has personally known presidents of the L D S church from Brigham Young to the present church head, Heber J. Grant.

Grows Evergreens

One of Mr. Wood's hobbies is the cultivation of his many tall evergreens on the large lawn at his home. These he keeps within bounds by trimming twice yearly. Another hobby is his music. When only 12 years old, he began playing a tambourine, changing to a cello as he grew older, and then to the bass viol.

He was a member of Davis county's first orchestra, then known as the Wood Brothers' orchestra. He sang with the group, and still plays and sings for his own enjoyment as well as for his family and community. Mr. Wood expects to sing and play at his party Tuesday.

Mr. Wood filled a mission to England, starting in 1901. He served for many years as bishop's counselor in the West Bountiful ward.

He is a successful farmer and is widely known as an authority on gardening in this vicinity. He did all his own blacksmith work until he was 80 years old, and did the plumbing for their home water system.

Of his 12 sons and daughters, six are living. They are: C. C. and Isaac C. Wood, both of Los Angeles, Cal; Mrs Andrew Anderson of Woods Cross, Mrs Joseph F. Naylor of Bountiful and Mrs. Stanley Poole and Mrs. Zora Hampton, both of Salt Lake City. There are 56 grandchildren and 60 great grandchildren.

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Typed from photocopy of original newspaper article by Norma Jean Wood 5 July 1991