EUGENE AUSTIN CARSHINA WOOD.
Eugene Austin Carshina Wood is the proprietor of the Canyon House, a popular road house on the Monticello road
out of Napa, and is one of the best known men in Napa county, of which he has been a resident for more than half
a century. He was born in Honolulu on the island of Oahu in the Hawaiian group, August 8, 1863, and is a son of
Oral Reed and Anna Maria (Whitcomb) Wood, both of whom were born in Littleton, Massachusetts, the mother May 11,
1834, and the father in July of 1822. Oral Reed Wood came to California in 1848 and not long afterward went to
the Hawaiian islands, where he established himself in the sugar business, with his home and headquarters in Honolulu,
of which city he served as sheriff for some time. There he remained until 1871, when he returned with his family
to California and after a year of ranching in the vicinity of Alameda came to Napa county and presently established
himself on the place above referred to on the Monticello road. Both the Woods and the Whitcombs are of English
stock and representatives of colonial families in New England. To Mr. and Mrs. Oral R. Wood, were born four children:
Arthur Oral, Agnes Lenora, Charles Orrin and Eugene A. C.
Eugene A. C. Wood was about nine years of age when he left his island home and came to California with his parents.
As a young man he was for five years or more engaged in ranching in association with a brother, but in 1885 he
returned to the Canyon House and there remained for about eight years. At the end of that time he went to San Francisco
and was employed in that city until 1900, when he again returned to the Canyon House, where he has since been engaged
in business. This structure is an old landmark and was built in the '60s.
On June 22, 1915, Mr. Wood was united in marriage to Rosa Penn, who was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, March 21, 1859,
a daughter of John and Catherine (Reihn) Penn, both natives of France. Mrs. Wood is a spiritualist and for twenty-three
years has been following the vocation of a clairvoyant, spiritual medium and mental healer at the Canyon House.
Mr. and Mrs. Wood are members of the Protestant Episcopal church and are republicans, and they are interested in
the general affairs of the community in which they live, being helpful in all local good works.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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