Pages 317-318, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




ASA M. WOOD—Although one of the more recent arrivals in Allen county, Asa M. Wood is already widely known and has made for himself a place among the practical and progressive agriculturists who have made Elm township to bloom and blossom as the rose. He was born in Harrison county, Missouri, August 14, 1860, and is a son of John Irwin and Elizabeth (Bartlett) Wood. His paternal great grandfather was a native of England and became the founder of the family in America at an early period in the development of this country. George Wood, the grandfather, was born in Kentucky during the pioneer epoch in the history of that state, and there occurred the birth of John Irwin Wood in 1816. Having arrived at years of maturity he wedded Elizabeth Bartlett, who was born in Tennessee in 1818. She has a brother Nathan who is living in Mississippi, and a half brother, Daniel T., who is also a resident of that state. (Her father was married twice.) Mr. and Mrs. Wood became the parents of seven children, namely; Asa M.; D. C., a ranchman of Seward county, Kansas; Joseph, a farmer of Missouri; Amanda and Martha, who manage the homestead in Harrison county, Missouri; and Mrs. Arazilla Easton, who is also a resident of Harrison County. Robert H. died in 1874.

On his father's farm Mr. Wood, of this review, spent the days of his


boyhood and youth, and at the age of twenty-six went to Colorado, where he remained for two years engaged in ranching. Returning to Missouri he spent the two succeeding years in his native state, and then again located in Colorado, but after four years he came to Kansas and in 1896 purchased his present farm in Elm township, formerly owned by Mr. Swartzman. Since that time he has been engaged in the cultivation of his fields and in stock raising. He conducts both branches of his business profitably for he follows progressive methods and in all his dealings he is strictly reliable.

In 1888, in Missouri, Mr. Wood was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Frisby, whose people were from Ohio. Her father, J. C. Frisby, is still living, and spends the summer months in Kansas, while in the winter season he makes his home in Missouri. Mrs. Wood has two brothers, Adna H. and E. H., who are residents of Missouri. Our subject and his wife have two sons, Glenn and Kirk, aged respectively eleven and five years. Mrs. Wood is a lady of considerable business ability, who is now contributing to the family income through the raising of poultry on an extensive scale.

In his political views Mr. Wood is a stalwart Republican, unswerving in his support of the principles of the party, and on that ticket he was elected to the office of township trustee of Elm township, in which capacity he is now serving. He is a western man by birth and by inclination and is thoroughly imbued with the western spirit of progress and enterprise.

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