Richard Julius Woods 1
- Born: 22 Nov 1906, Timewell, , IL, USA 1,27,432
- Marriage: Mildred Elizabeth Snyder on 26 Sep 1925 in Illinois 3,124
- Died: 13 Jun 1988, Rushville, Schuyler, IL at age 81 1,27,35
Great grandfather of Joey & Corinne.
The following is an English theme paper, written by grandson Mike Woods on Valentine's Day, 1968. It's about Richard Julius Woods. It's titled, "A 'Last Leaf' I've Known Well." He received an A- and a B-. The teacher's corrections include "Needs paragraphing. This a beautiful description. Work it over for more clarity." No teacher corrections are added below.
"My grandfather has been through just about everything. He's been alive through World War I, the Great Depression of 1929, World War II, the Korean War, and now the Viet Nam War. He's lived through the world's worst times. But he's proud of his country and he believes in and reads the Bible. For this, I'm very proud of him. He's now a farmer, and one of the best in central Illinois. He takes part in many social activities, goes to church regularly, loves his kin, and is one of the kindest men around. Although his style of clothes and beliefs about our generation may seem odd to us, I'm sure my love of him will last forever. I always take his advice because I'm sure I need it. Some of my grandest times have taken place when being with him. He is very kind to me, and to keep this friendship, I do everything I think will please him. He's only sixty years old, and I hope he lives at least thirty more years of good life like he has already lived. I hope my life will be as fine as his, and I also hope I am liked by some younger person when I age, as much as I love him."
Noted events in his life were:
• Residence, 3 May 1910, Pea Ridge Township, Brown, IL. 13 Living here are John O. as head; wife Clara B.; Opal, daughter; John G., son; and Richard, son.
• Military Service. He was a private, serving in San Francisco, CA during the war. 271st Rifle Co., A.P.C. 711. Source: a V-Mail Christmas greeting sent to Mr. & Mrs. John O. Woods in Mt. Sterling, IL.
• Residence: Cooperstown Township, 9 Jan 1920, Brown County, IL. 14 Living here are John Oliver as head, wife Clara, and children John, Jr., "Ritchard", Mary Helen, and Jerold.
• Residence, 12 Apr 1930- at least 5-15-1940, Cooperstown, Brown, IL. 3,6 Living here in this rented house are Richard and Mildred. Renting next door are Snyders (relations) with Wayne as head, Evelyn his wife; Mary A., daughter; Robert, son; and another daughter whose name I can't read. Then living next door down from there is Charlie Snyder (relations), and his wife Ann. These are all farm residences. Mildred would have been expecting when the census was taken.
In 1940, living here were Richard J. as head; Mildred E., his wife; Galen S., and Carol J., their children.
Richard married Mildred Elizabeth Snyder, daughter of Charles Henry Snyder and Anna Dunbar, on 26 Sep 1925 in Illinois 3.,124 (Mildred Elizabeth Snyder was born on 4 Nov 1907 in Brown County, IL 1,431 and died on 9 Jan 1998 35.)
The 1930 census says Mildred was 18 at marriage. That would mean they would have gotten married in December when Richard had reached age 19 and Mildred was still 18. But that's wrong, it was September.
There is a newspaper clipping glued in the back of a scrapbook once owned by the Kendrick family, now owned by Mike Woods. The article reads as follows:
"A Beautiful Wedding" At the beautiful country home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Snyder, three miles east of Cooperstown on Sunday afternoon, September 26, occured the marriage of their youngest daughter, Miss Mildred to Mr. Richard J. Woods. Mr. Woods is a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Woods, also of Cooperstown.
A few minutes before three o'clock, Mrs. Whitfield Barcliff, a sister of the bride, took her place at the piano and Mr. Barcliff his place near where he very beautifully sang, "I Love You Truly." Then to the soft strains of "Lohingrin's Wedding March," the bridal party descended the stairs and took their places beneath a canopy of flowers and wedding bells.
In the presence of sixty-one relatives and friends the Rev. Huff of Mt. Sterling performed the solemn and impressive ceremony which united the happy couple.
The bride was very sweet, attired in a gown of blue gorgette and flat crepe, carrying a bridal bouquet of Ophelia roses.
Miss Ellen Fry, a life long friend and school mate, served as bridesmaid and was attired in old rose flat crepe. Her bouquet also being of Ophelia roses. Dale Quinn served his friend as best man.
Immediately after congratulations and best wishes had been extended, (sic) the couple, a dainty luncheon was served the guests.
Mrs. Woods was a member of the 1926 graduating class of M.S.H.S. and Mr. Woods a member of the 1926 graduatig (sic) class of Hersman High school.
Mr. and Mrs. Woods left the following Tuesday for Galesburg to reside, Mr. Woods holding a position in the C.B. & Q railroad yards.