Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Wood mss., 1862-1923, consist of account books, deeds, etc. of Hiram Wood, 1819-1878, and his son Eugene Waldo Wood, 1848-1925.

Hiram Wood was born on August 5, 1819 at Foster, Providence County, Rhode Island. After working from 1843- 1845 in Tyler's store in Foster he was station agent for several years at Central Village, Connecticut, being at the same time connected with his brothers Albert and Ira in the mercantile business. He was also station agent at Webster, Massachusetts, for a number of years. In March 1868 he moved to Greenfield, Indiana, where he engaged in selling coal, lumber, flour, and feed until his death on October 7, 1878.

The Hiram Wood mss. and papers, 1862-1878, in the collection are in the main for his Greenfield, Indiana period. They include three ledgers of his flour mill, 1867- 1869, 1870-1875, and 1875-1878; a petty ledger of the flour mill, 1873-1878; a petty ledger of the coal and lumber business, 1877-1878; a description of his real estate, 1878; the partition of his estate, 1878; and two pictures of him.

Eugene Waldo Wood was born in Foster, Providence County, Rhode Island, on May 31, 1848. After his father's death in 1878 he carried on his coal, lumber, flour and feed business in Greenfield, Indiana, until about 1890 when he turned to farming in Greenfield. In 1902 he moved to Sudbury, Massachusetts, and subsequently lived in Swampscott and Beverly, Massachusetts. He died at Prides Crossing, Massachusetts, on January 12, 1925.

The Eugene Waldo Wood mss., 1878-1923, in the collection include both his Indiana and Massachusetts periods. They consist of six cashbooks, May 22, 1882 to July 23, 1923; an account book, July 1, 1884, of his coal and lumber business in Greenfield, Indiana; accounts, 1878-1888 and 1879-1893, in Hiram Wood's petty ledgers for 1873-1878, and 1877-1878; business forms and a business card.

Collection size: 29 items

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