Wood, Eliza E. (née Wentworth) (Died on 12 Nov 1914)
appeared in Grimsby Independent, 18 Nov 1914, p. 5

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In the death of Eliza E., relict of the late William Wood, at the home of her oldest daughter, Mrs. Thos. Graisley, Cossitt's sideroad, on Thursday last, this district lost one of its oldest and most highly respected citizens. Mrs. Wood was one of the pioneers of this district and her stories and reminiscences of the old days in this district were of the most interesting kind, and showed the hardships that the first residents here went through to build their homes and clear away the forests that the land might be tilled. The deceased lady was the eldest of 15 children of the late William Wentworth and was born at the "Old Forty" (as Grimsby was then called) on March 28, 1825, making her age at her death 89 years and 8 months. She was born in a house that at that time stood at or near the present Methodist parsonage, and it was her father who planted the big sweet cherry trees on the Methodist church property that stands there today. In her early womanhood she was married to Mr. William Wood, who predeceased her by 46 years. Despite her great age she was very active and was up and around the house as usual up to four weeks ago, when she took to her bed and she gradually grew worse till she passed away on Thursday last. A queer coincidence in her passed away was the passing away of Mr. Jas. Russ at the age of 88 years within a few hours of her. The late Mr. Russ and Mrs. Wood were schoolmates together and great friends in later years. A year ago her son-in-law from the States visited with her and took her out automobile riding and she took a very keen interest in the workings of the machine and the way to handle it. At that time she spoke of the great transformation that had taken place in the last half century in transportation. Her memory of the olden time ox-cart rides, then the horse and democrat and later the buggy and then the automobile. She often made reference to the running of the first train through this district over the Great Northwestern railroad and how people came for miles to see the first train go through. Right up to the time of her death, she retained all her faculties and her memory was as bright and as strong as it ever was. She took a great interest in the war and read every line of the war news in the papers every day. She was a great student of the Bible and read it most studiously every day. She was a member of St. Andrew's Church, Grimsby, being christened and confirmed in the present church during the charge of the late Rev. Mr. Grout...She leaves to mourn her loss two sisters, Mrs. Bolo, of Kendall, Orleans county, N.Y., and Mrs. McIlroy, Fort William, Ont.; three children, Mrs. Fred Maurer, Adams Basin, N.Y.; Mr. Robert Wood, Holly, N.Y.; and Mrs. Graisley and 10 grandchildren. The funeral took place to Queen's Lawn Cemetery on Saturday afternoon, the Rev. J. Allan Ballard officiating. The pallbearers were J.C. Farrell (who acted as pallbearer for her mother), S. Oakley, E. Wilson, Wm. Clarke, J.J. Groce and Samuel Whittaker.

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Newspaper located at the Grimsby Museum.
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18 Nov 1914
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12 Nov 1914
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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Wood, Eliza E. (née Wentworth) (Died on 12 Nov 1914)