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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
([1924?] )

Mrs. Lewis N. Wood,   pp. 97-99 PDF (614.7 KB)


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outpost of civilization among the Indians and the pio-
neers of the frontier. Dr. Wood travelled to his new home
via Buffalo, where he took a sailing vessel going by way
of the Great Lakes to Chicago. When Mrs. Wood took
her family they went by boat from New York City to
Albany, then by canal boat to Buffalo and thence by sail
boat by the same route the head of the family had taken.
The boat on which Dr. Wood expected his family to em-
bark was burned enroute and all the passengers lost. He
learned of the tragedy and suffered the agony oFrelieving
all his family had perished until the vessel arrived on
which they had taken passage. The canal boat from Al-
bany was so slow in its journey that they missed the ill-
fated vessel and so there was a joyful reunion in the new
home.
    They found Chicago a rude pioneer town and the
young doctor concluded it was not a suitable place with
its changing population in which to rear his children and
he bought three hundred sixty acres of land in Walworth
County, where they all went in 1839. In that region he
practiced his profession and gave some service to the
State after its admission to the Union as a member of
the legislature. He was successful in the practice of his
profession and was in advance of his time for he was a
constant student with a philosophical mind. He had re-
ceived a fine education and Mrs. Wood had also enjoyed
unusual advantages. Their home, though a pioneer one,
was one of culture, study and much reading. Mrs. Wood
was a handsome woman of great physical endurance, en-
dowed with courage and fortitude. While her husband
practiced his profession, she managed the big farm effi-
ciently, trained the sons and daughters in ways of un-
selfishness, industry and studiousness, and shielded her
husband in his arduous work. She secured tutors for
the children and when they grew older they went away
to school and college. Dr., Wood's office adjoined the
house and his wife and daughters rendered assistance in
emergencies. Several young men studied medicine thiere
and one of them married the daughter Clarissa. Another
daughter married John B. Crawford of Baraboo, Wis-
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