Biography of Dr. George C. Wood
Tipton County, IN Biographies





GEORGE C. WOOD, M. D., Windfall. The grandparents of our subject were John and Susan Wood, natives of Virginia, where they were married, subsequently removing to Nicholas County, Ky., where the father of our subject, Caleb Wood, was born in 1809. The ancestors of his mother came from Ireland, locating in Bourbon County, Ky., at a very early day. Here his grandparents, George and Sophia (Marsh) Carr, were born in 1790 and 1797, respectively, and his mother, Letitia McDole Carr, was born in the same county in 1819. His parents were married there in 1839, and in 1841 migrated to Decatur County, Ind., subsequently, in 1856, locating in Tipton County. Of a family of eight children born to them, five are now living, three girls and two boys - George C. was born January 3, 1852, in Decatur County, Ind., and was only four years of age when his parents came to Tipton County. He began his earlier education in the schools of that pioneer period, working upon the farm during the summer months. In the fall of 1871 he attended, for ten weeks, Howard College, located at Kokomo, applying himself with such industry to his studies that he was enabled to secure a twelve month teacher's certificate, and the ensuing winter taught his first term in District No. 8, Prairie Township, being at that time only nineteen years of age. The ensuing spring he again attended Howard College, remaining ten weeks, and then attended for ten weeks a select school, and upon account of proficiency was awarded a first grade certificate, and again taught the school at No. 8. In February, 1873, he went to Lebanon, Ohio, and remained attending school until August, returning and teaching a select school in his home distric. He continued teaching district and select school in Tipton County until the spring of 1875, when he again returned to Lebanon, Ohio, and remained until August, 1876, when he was awarded the degree of B. S. Returning to Tipton County, he was Principal of the Graded School at Sharpsville. January, 1877, he commenced the study of medicine under the tutelege of Dr. A. B. Pitzer, and this study he has maintained since. He continued teaching select and graded schools until the fall of 1878, when he went to Indianapolis and attended the Medical College of Indiana, taking one course. Returning to Sharpsville, he taught a select school, and in June, 1879, he was elected Superintendent of Schools of Tipton County; he was reelected in June, 1881, and has served the two terms in a highly satisfactory manner to the citizens of the county. He continued to teach normal and select schools during his terms of office, and as an educator held superior rank. Dr. Wood also gave much time to his professional studies, attending courses at Indianapolis during the winter terms of 1879 and 1880, and March 3, 1881, was awarded his diploma. In April, 1883, Dr. Wood removed to Windfall, where he has already inaugurated what promises to be a most successful career. He was united in marriage, November, 1879, to Miss Elnora Linslay. To them was born, January, 1881, a son - Gordon, who died November 9, 1882.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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