MRS. PHOEBE S. WOOD.
Among the highly esteemed and respected residents of Napa county is Mrs. Phoebe S. Wood, who is successfully conducting
her productive and well improved ranch, located about three miles east of St. Helena. She is a native of Tompkins
county, New York, and she was born on the 12th of January, 1844, a daughter of P. and Jane A. (Meeks) Brown, both
of whom also were natives of the state of New York. She received her elementary education in the public schools
and then entered Howland College, in her native state. At the age of twenty one years she began teaching school,
which vocation she followed until 1876, when she became the wife of R. W. Brown. Mr. Brown was a native of New
York state, where he was reared and educated. In 1866 he came to San Francisco, California, where he was engaged
in the wholesale meat business up to the time of his death, which occurred in 1891, at the age of forty nine years.
He was an energetic and wide awake business man and prospered in his affairs, and he enjoyed the respect of all
who knew him. Mrs. Brown lived in San Francisco for seventeen years, or until 1892, when she became the wife of
R. E. Wood, of Napa county, on whose ranch they at once located, and she has resided here continuously since.
Mr. Wood was born in Massachusetts, August 10, 1838, and came to Napa county, California, in 1859, coming with
one of the typical old emigrant trains of that day. He first located in the town of Napa, where he engaged in the
match and broom business in partnership with his father. Mr. Wood materially assisted his father and mother in
buying a ranch about four miles east of St. Helena, and eventually he located on it himself and there spent his
remaining years, his death occurring April 1, 1925. He made many permanent and substantial improvements on the
place, including a large vineyard and an extensive grove of olive trees. He was a good farmer, energetic in his
manner and methodical in his work, and was held in the highest regard by his fellow ranchers. He consistently stood
for all that was best in community life, giving his support to all measures for the advancement of the public welfare.
In his political views he was a republican, and he was deeply interested in all public affairs.
Mrs. Wood maintains a kindly and generous attitude toward those with whom she comes in contact, and she possesses
those gracious qualities of character which have gained for her so many warm and loyal friends throughout this
community. She, too, is a republican in her political views, and in religious faith she is a Protestant. Hospitality
has always been a predominating feature of her home, and throughout the locality where she lives there are none
but good words spoken of her.
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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