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473. Emma J.7 Wallingford (John Noble6, Jonathan5, Peter4, John3, John2, Nicholas1) was born in Minnesota about 1859. Emma died in 1949.(2778)

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William D. Wood in 1897


She married William D. Wood, about 1883/84. They had been married 26 years at the time of the 1910 census taken on April 19th.

William was born 1 December 1858, in Tomales, Marin County, California.(2779) William was the son of Guy M. Wood and Sarah J. Bell. William died of an intestinal ailment, 23 March 1917, at Seattle General Hospital, in Seattle, King County, Washington, at 58 years of age.(2780)

A biographical directory of Seattle, Washington has a two-page entry on William, and much of the following information is extracted from that source.(2781) Additional information comes from an excellent Seattle-area history website.(2782) William was raised on the farm of his Canadian-born parents in California. After graduating High School he became a student at Napa College, getting a degree in teaching. When the 1880 census was taken he was employed as a school teacher and was living with his parents and siblings in Middletown, California.(2783) His future wife Emma Wallingford, living in Napa, California, was employed as a teacher in that same census.(2784) Next he studied law at the University of California for two years and was admitted to the California bar in 1882. He moved to Seattle, Washington and began his law career there as a partner with J.T. Ronald for about two years. After that he partnered with Judge I.M. Hall. In addition to his practice he did court reporting using shorthand skills. In 1885 he was elected probate judge of King County for two years, but didn't win re-election. In 1888 he became associated with Eben S. Osborne in the title and abstract business under the firm name of Wood & Osborne for one year. His law career was behind him and by 1889 he had become a speculator in large real estate and purchased a large amount of property in the Green Lake area of Seattle. His first purchase was the 132-acre homestead of Erhard Seifried, the first white settler to set foot in the area. He and Emma moved into one of the existing log cabins on the property but soon built a more comfortable residence. Within a short time he had accumulated more than 600 acres, much of it shoreline property, which he laid out for resale as 30 x 100 foot lots. Another entrepreneur, Dr. E.C. Kilbourne, had extended Seattle's new electric trolley line northward from downtown into the Fremont area, and in 1891 Wood partnered with Kilbourne to extend the line even further, into Green Lake, constructing the Green Lake Electric Street Railway. The corporation laid 4.5 miles of rail along the eastern shoreline of the lake and constructed a ten-acre picnic grounds at the point of linkage with the Fremont line. With accessibility to his land holdings assured, Wood next organized the Green Lake Home Building & Guarantee Company and sold house lots there quite successfully. The Panic of 1893 caused development in the area to halt. Wood was by now well-known among Seattle's business elite and found new life in politics. In 1889 he had been elected as a member of the first state senate of Washington, representing King County for one year. Then in 1893 he was appointed to the board of regents of the University of Washington for two years. In April 1896 Wood was appointed mayor of Seattle to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Mayor Frank D. Black. (Black had been nominated, elected and installed against his will and resigned after only three weeks in office,(2785) citing heart trouble and the stress of the job.) He remained in office for two years but subsequently left Seattle to take part in the Klondike Gold Rush. In the summer of 1897 Mayor Wood was attending the annual Christian Endeavorers convention in San Francisco when on July 12th the steamship Portland, with its hold full of two tons of Klondike gold, docked in Seattle. 'Klondike Fever' spread rapidly and by 9:30 in the morning the city’s downtown streets were so crowded with people that some streetcars were forced to stop running. Seattle Times reporters, longshoremen, and others quit their jobs on the spot and looked for passage to Alaska. The news spread rapidly, and within 24 hours, 2,000 New York residents attempted to buy tickets for the Klondike. Wood's response was to immediately wire investor friends in Seattle and they quickly formed a partnership called the Seattle-Yukon Tranding Company to provide steam passage from San Francisco and Seattle to Alaska. He wired his resignation as mayor and headed to Alaska without even stopping in Seattle. He focused his attentions on that endeavor for the next few years until 1901, at which time he sold out his interests and returned to Seattle. He and Emma left their Green Lake residence for more spacious accomodations on Capitol Hill in the city. He continued his business interests, forming a partnership to build the Central Building and sold investment securities. When the 1910 census was taken on April 19th, the Woods were living at 816 35th Avenue in Seattle with their son Paul and adopted daughter Gladys as well as Emma's widowed mother Arabella and a 23-year-old servant named Effie Shaffener. William gave his occupation as president of a Trustee Company. Emma was said to be the mother of four children, only one of whom, apparently Paul, was then living.(2786)

Emma J. Wallingford and William D. Wood had the following children:

child 662 i. Gladys8 Wood was born in California about 1894/95. She was aged 15 in the 1910 census. Gladys is an adopted member of the family.

child 663 ii. Paul Wood was born in Washington about 1897/98. He was aged 12 in the 1910 census.

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