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    H. K. WOOD

    H. K. Wood, president of the Wood Shovel & Tool Company, and one of the leading factories in business and civic affairs of Piqua, was born in 1847, in Miami county, a son of William W. Wood. His father was born at Hollis, N. H., and was a representative of a family that came to New England from Amesbury England, in 1638. William W. Wood became one of the pioneer manufacturers of Miami county and as such brought the first car of coal to Piqua. He was prominent in all of the early public affairs of the county and was the first president of the board of education. He took upon himself many of the early responsibilities which brought subsequent good to his fellow-citizens. In 1850 he made the overland trip to California by ox-team, returning in 1852 by way of Nicaragua, and for a long period thereafter controlled the cooperage business in this section. For thirty-one years, with his son, he was engaged in the linseed oil business. Mr. Wood married Caroline Kirk, who was born in Ohio, a daughter of William Kirk, and they had four children, of whom two lived to maturity: H. K., and William Albert, the latter of whom was engaged for many years in the wholesale tobacco business at St. Louis and died in California, in September, 1881. The death of William W. Wood occurred in 1905 at the advanced age of eighty-eight years, his birth having occurred in 1817. On both sides he had come from Revolutionary ancestry. H. K. Wood received practical educational opportunities in his youth and September 6, 1873, was united in marriage with Frances Adelaide, daughter of judge William Martin Wilson, a very prominent man. Her mother was a daughter of Major James Maxwell Dorsey, the first treasurer of Miami University. Mr. and Mrs. Wood have one son, W. W. Wood III, who is vice-president and treasurer of the Wood Shovel & Tool Company. H. K. Wood is a member of the Green Street Methodist Episcopal Church in which he has served as steward. In the early history of the Young Men's Christian Association he was its president, and later was chairman of the building committee when the present structure was erected, For eighteen years he was president and general manager of the Piqua Electric Company and at this time is president and a member of the board of directors of the Piqua National Bank. He has served on numerous civic boards and has belonged to numerous commissions for the general welfare. He is a Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Piqua Club and the Sons of the American Revolution. He is director in the Third Savings & Loan Company, and belongs to the Dayton City Club.

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