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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Henry H. and Rachel (Storer)Wood, 6 South 46 West



"Henry H. Wood moved to Kit Carson County near Stratton in 1909 from Hill City, Kansas. Here Henry and wife Rachel raised six boys and one girl. They originally lived in a sod house until the 2-story stone house was built around 1914. In 1933 son Harvey and wife Iona joined his parents on the ranch, had six children and purchased the home place in 1940. One of the children, Robert, continued to live on the ranch and cared for his mother after Harvey passed away. He purchased the land in 1993 where he and wife Phyllis raise horses, grow alfalfa and lease out pasture land. The original house, 1916 barn and various outbuildings continue to be utilized in the operations, while the W- upside down 4 brand is still registered to the ranch. "

In 1880 Osborne County, Kansas, James M. Wood is 49, Celia A. 46, Charley 17, Marshall 14, Unice Ann 12, Henry 10, and Elsie 3.

In 1880 Osborne County, Aaron Storer is 65 born in Maine, farming, Abigail 53 Kentucky. William M. is 12, Maria 9, and Rachel 7. Wyatt Pennington 21 and John Goens 17 are stepsons, both born in Missouril. Jordan Pennington 32 wife 3mma 23, and one mont old Charles are the next household.

Aaron 1815-1899 is buried in Osborne County, # 39335938 with spouses Charlotte 1836-1875 # 39335939, and Abigail 1827-1916 # 130486795 "Abigail lies in an unmarked grave. She first married _____ Martin and later married Isaac Pennington in 1844. Then Abigail married Thomas Goens on April 6, 1862, and finally married Aaron Storer on November 1, 1876.




In 1900 Osborne County, Henry "Woods" is farming, born Nov 1870 in Iowa, married six years to Rachel July 1873 Kansas. Lucy July 1895, and Arthur July 18997 were born in Kansas. James 70 and Selia A. 68 both born in Indiana are with them. So is brother Marshall August 1866 Iowa.

In 1910 Kit Carson County, Henry 39 and Rachel 37 have Lucile 14, Arthur 12, Harvey 7 born in Kansas. Lester 5 was born in Idaho, Earl 3 and Ralph fifteen months in Kansas, so they must have gone to Idao in 1895
Henry claimed a parcel in sections 13 and 14, 6S 45W in 1917, and another in sections 11, 12, and 14 in 1921.
In 1920 Kit Carson County, Henry and Rachel have Lucy C. 24, Arthur M. 22, Harvey W. 16, Lester H. 15, Earl A. 13, Ralph R. 10, and Ivana - daughter 7 [this is a son, Ivan, who was in Clarkston, Washington in 1940 ] born in Colorado.

In 1930 Harper County, Oklahoma, Henry 59 and Rachel 57 are running a rooming house.

They might have gone there because Rachel's brother is the town watchman in Buffalo Oklahoma, 62, born in Maine, with Anna J. 55 born in Missouri next to Henry and Rachel Wood.

August 4, 1938 Kirk items "Henry Woods, who had spent some time visiting a son at Fort Collins, is again with his daughter, Mrs. Earl Messenger."

Henry 1870-1950 is buried in Burlington # 89190303, with Rachel 1873-1933 # 89190395.

May 18, 1933

LUCY

1939 Kirk items "The Earl Messenger family will soon move to Stratton. Mr. and Mrs. Messenger have lived on the Ira Messenger farm for a number of years. Their many friends are sorry to have them leave. With their three children taken from the Hell Creek school it will only leave three pupils - two beginners and an eighth grader."

Earl 1895-1973 is buried in Stratton # 75456991. So is Lucy 1895-1948 # 75456978.

"Jean Schlichenmayer, longtime resident of Kit Carson County, CO, died at home in Grand Junction, CO, on March 2. She was 85 years old. Born July 19, 1927 in Stratton, CO, Jean was the eldest daughter of Earl and Lucy (Wood) Messenger. "


Arthur M. Wood married May Holstine April 17, 1928, recorded in Denver.

Arthur is farming in Kit Carson County in 1930, 32, with May H. 30, Joyce one and Kenneth L. one month.
In 1940 Loveland Colorado, Art is farming, 42, with May 38 born in Oklahoma, Joyce 11 and Kenneth 10.


He's buried in Benton County, Washington, 1897-1957 # 41379504
"Funeral services for Arthur Melvin Wood, 61-year-old Kennewick resident who drowned following a boating accdent on Sage Lake near Othello Friday will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Mueller's Chappel of the Falls, with the Rev. Ronad Yates of the Kennewick First Christian Chuch offciating.
Burial will follow in Desert Lawn Memorial Park.
Mr. Wood was born July 12, 1897, in Alton, Kans., and was employed as a firean for the General Electric Co. at Hanford. He was a vetern of World War I.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. May Wood, at the family home; a daughter, Mrs. Ray (Joyce May) Combs, Kennewick; a son, Kenneth Lee Wood, Kennewick; five brothers, Harvey Wood, Stranton, Colo.; Ivan Wood, Spokane; Earl Wood, Englewood, Colo,; Ralph Wood, Longmont, Colo.; and Lester Wood, Winchester Bay, Ore.; and two grandchildren. "

"May F. Wood, 80, of 6529 Arrowhead Ave. Kennewick died Thursday, March 16, 1978 at the Hillcrest Nursing Home in Pasco.
Born in Chelopa, Kansas, she had been a Tri-City resident since 1946.
She is survived by her son, Kenneth Wood and daughter Joyce M. Combs, both of Kennewick, sisters Mrs. Lorene Hackett, Fort Collins Colo., Mrs. Ada Amsbury Boulde, Colo., Mrs. Avia Clark,Boulder, Colo., and Mrs. Margaret Holstine, Fort Collins, Colo. "

"Calvin Lee Holstine, born 22 April 1874 in El Dorado Springs, Cedar, Missouri. Calvin married Martha Ann Cooper 12 September 1893 in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. Calvin Holstine died 31 March 1929 in Kirk, Yuma County, Colorado. He is buried at the Kirk Cemetery. Martha Ann Cooper was born 13 August 1874 at Albany, Gentry County, Missouri. She died 23 January 1968 at Englewood, Arapahoe County, Colorado. She is buried at the Kirk Cemetery, Yuma County, Colorado. "



Joyce M. Combs, 86 of Kennewick, passed away on Friday December 26th, 2014 at her home in Kennewick, WA. Joyce was born on November 16th, 1928 to Arthur and May Wood in Burlington, Colorado. She moved with her family to Richland and then returned back to Denver, Colorado to go to nursing school. Joyce met Raymond M. Combs while home on break from nursing school. They married in 1949 and had two daughters Katherine and Laura. Joyce worked part time as office nurse from 1949 to 1977 for Dr. R. deBit. Joyce was an avid reader, enjoyed traveling, and being with her family.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and May Wood, and brother, Kenneth Wood. She is survived by her husband Raymond Combs of Kennewick; her daughters Kathy Newton (husband David) of West Richland; Laura Allred (husband Robert) of Kennewick; Grandchildren Carrie Walters (husband Colin) of West Richland, Raymond Newton (wife Heather) of West Richland, Melissa Allred of Pasco, Jessica Bailey (husband Mike) of Richland, Julie Allred (Jason Eubanks) of Pasco, and her nine great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Home Hospice for their care and support during the last months of her life.
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Pasco, Wash. Kenneth L. Wood, known to family and friends as Ken, age 80, of Pasco, died November 20th, 2006 at Kennewick Life Care Center...

Violet Rose “Rosie” (Drydale Wood) Russell went to be with the Lord at age 79 on July 28, 2015 in Kennewick, Washington.
She was born September 11, 1935 in Nampa, Idaho to Thomas Joseph Drydale and Violet Madean Brown Drydale.
Rosie lived her life to the fullest, always up to an adventure and making many friends along the way.
Rosie grew up on a farm in Nyssa, Oregon. It was there that she learned many lifes lessons. She worked hard at the daily chores, learned to sew and cook, and formed strong bonds with her cousins that would last a lifetime.
She graduated from Nyssa High School in 1953. She remained connected to friends and attended many class reunions.
In 1960, she married Kenneth Lee Wood; they moved to Richland, buying a home on Wright Avenue. This would be her home for more than 55 years.
They had three children (Jeff, Twila and Teresa) before they divorced in 1973.
She married the love of her life, James Manuel Russell, on July 15, 1983. She cherished every day with him until he passed away in 2006.
As a single woman with three kids, Rosie worked a number of jobs to make ends meet. Hired by the Richland School District in 1972, she found her calling as a Personnel Secretary in Human Resources. As a very social person, this was the perfect job for her. Even long after her retirement in 1998, she could remember faces and names of people when she saw them around town.
Rosie was an outdoor person. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and traveling in their RV.
She spent time working in her yard, collecting antiques (especially amber glass), working on genealogy, creating photo albums, and just sitting on her front porch with neighbors.
Rosie loved her family; she took care of her grandkids every opportunity she had.
She was an avid square dancer for many years and kept in touch with friends long after.
With a strong faith in Christ, she was an active member of Cathedral of Joy/Hillspring Church for more than 30 years.
Rosie is survived by her children Jeffrey (Mya) Wood (grandsons Nathan and Quentin), daughters Twila Wood, and Teresa Nastri (grandchildren Gable, Leah and James), step children Suanne Baker (grandchildren Tyler, Casey and Kristin) Deborah Lewis (granddaughters Heidi and Monica), her brother Duane (Shirley) Drydale (nieces and nephew Brigetta, Jerry, Tonya and Tina).
Rosie is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jim Russell, and her grandson Ethan Wood (Jeff and Mya).
Services are Friday, August 7, 2015 at Einan’s Events Center, Sunset Memorial Cemetery, 915 Bypass Highway.
Viewing from 9 to 11 am, graveside committal from 11 to noon, memorial services from noon to 1 pm with a catered reception immediately following from 1 to 3 pm.




Harvey is farming in 1930 Kit Carson County, 27, with I. Dale Wood 23 and Helene L. two months, married two years.



1938 Kirk items "Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Woods are redecorating and remodeling their house."

In 1940 Kit Carson County, still farming, Harvey 37 and Iona P. 33 have Lois Helene 10, Edward Curtis 8, Mima M. 5, and William H. 3.

November 9, 1950 "Miss Lois Wood and Ralph Adolph were married Sunday evenint, October 29 at the Emanuel Lutheran church of Bethune."

May 29, 1947

June 14, 1962

August 30, 1962

November 26, 1964

June 12, 1969

August 13, 1987

When grandson Wes Adolf died in 2002, survivors included grandmother Iona Dale Wood of Stratton.

Earl "Woods" is operating a dairy in 1930 Kit Carson County, 23, married three years to Mabel 20 Nebraska, with Elinor 2.
In 1940 Chaffee County, Earl is a powder helper, 32, with Mabel A. 30, Eleanor R. 12, and Audrey J. 5.

Lester H. Wood 1904-1993 is buried in Douglas County Oregon # 102891857, with Florence Marie (Fitzsimmons) Wood 1908-1979

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