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    CHARLES LEONARD WOOD, proprietor of the Piqua Planing Mill and Lumber Company, of Piqua, is one of the city's old and reliable business men, one whose activities have been almost altogether in the line of manufacturing. He was born June 28 1841, in New Hampshire, and is a son of Charles A. Wood.

    The late Charles A. Wood came with his family to Piqua, in 1843, and for about ten years conducted a cooperage business. He then resided on a farm for some years but later embarked in the manufacture of staves and heads, at Dunkirk, Indiana, where he lived for seven years. Upon his return to Miami County he engaged in the lumber business at Piqua, in which he continued until he retired. His death occurred March 17, 1906.

    Charles Leonard Wood was two years old when his parents came to Piqua, in which city he was educated both in literature and the law, and after studying under Attorney McKinney, he was admitted to the bar in 1865 and entered into practice with W. N. Foster, under the style of Foster & Wood. After one year of law practice, Mr. Wood turned his attention to manufacturing and has been concerned in manufacturing plants ever since. For seven years he was so connected at Dunkirk, Indiana, and for thirty years he has been in the lumber business at Piqua, operating a planning mill and manufacturing doors, sash, blinds and all house woodwork. For twenty years he has been interested in the operation of a large paper mill at Kokomo, Indiana. While Mr. Wood's natural inclinations led him to a optan industrial rather than a professional life, he has never regretted his early training, realizing that all kinds of knowledge are useful to those who are at the head of enterprises which affect the interests of many employees.

    In 1870 Mr. Wood married Miss Julia A. Miller, daughter of William Miller, and they have three children, namely: Martha; Mrs. George H. Taylor, of Hartwell, Ohio; and William W., of Kokomo, Indiana. Mr. Wood and family are members of the Green Street Methodist Episcopal Church, of the board of trustees of which be has been a member for twenty years, and for eleven years he was superintendent of the Sunday school. He has been identified with many charitable and benevolent movements; at present he is one of the board of trustees of the Ball Memorial Hospital, and for twelve years he served on the board of directors of the Y. M. C.A. His interest in educational matters has always been marked and for fifteen years he served on the School Board and for ten years was president of that body. Coming of Revolutionary stock, he is a member of the board of managers of the Ohio Society of the Sons of the Revolution. For many years he has been a Mason and belongs to Blue Lodge and Chapter at Dunkirk, Indiana.

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