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Eben W. Wood

History of Door County, Wisconsin : The county beautiful Chicago: by Holand, Hjalmar Rued; S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1917, Pages 229 - 230

Eben B. Wood, who is actively identified with the fishing industry, makes his home in Union township, Door county. He was born in Holland, Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, on the 15th of December, 1856, his parents being Ephraim and Rose (Ingersoll) Wood, the former a native of Vermont and the latter of Cleveland, Ohio. The father spent his youth in New England but afterward removed to Cleveland, Ohio, where he married and a little later took up his abode on a farm in Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, establishing his home on an eighty acre tract of land near Holland. He also conducted a store in Amsterdam, Wisconsin, in connection with the development and cultivation of his land and remained a valued resident of that district fourteen years. On the expiration of that period he returned to Cleveland, Ohio, where he conducted a stone quarry, and later he lived at Newburg, Wisconsin, until his death, which occurred in the fall of 1881, when he was sixty-seven years of age. His widow survived until 1909 and had reached the age of seventy-two years of age when called to her final rest. When the father came to Wisconsin he found a new and undeveloped country. The forests stood in their primeval strength, the roads were uncut, the streams unbridged. People had to blaze their way through the forests and they utilized every available opportunity to make this district a habitable one. Mr. Wood built a log cabin, in which there was no door or window for a time and ingress and egress had to be made through an opening in the roof. Later, however, conveniences were added to this pioneer home and still later a frame dwelling was erected.

Eben B. Wood spent his boyhood days upon the home farm until the age of eleven years and then accompanied his parents to Cleveland, where he had the opportunity of attending the city schools. He continued his residence in Cleveland until he reached the age of twenty-four, when he went to Bay City, Michigan. Afterward he resided for a time in Chicago and still later in Cedar Grove, Sheboygan county, Wisconsin. He became identified with the fishing business as an employee of George Rathburn and still later he removed to Schumacher's Point. Since that period he has been identified with the fishing industry in Door county and now makes his home in Union township, from which point he directs his business interests. He is actively engaged along that line and his business has reached substantial and gratifying proportions.

In 1886 Mr. Wood was united in marriage to Miss Octavia Lampereur, a daughter of Eugene and Lucy (Delwich) Lampereur, who were natives of Belgium, and Mrs. Wood was born in Suamico, Brown county, Wisconsin. To Mr. and Mrs. Wood have been born ten children, namely: Clara, Eugene, Rosie, Eli, Charles, Mary, Ephraim, Henry, John and Laura.

In his political views Mr. Wood is a republican and has always supported the party, but he does not seek nor desire office as a reward for party fealty.

He has held a busy life and while he had no special advantages at the outset of his career he has made steady progress and is today conducting a successful business, while his personal characteristics and his fidelity in citizenship make him one of the valued residents of this section of the state.

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