Biography of R. L. Woods
Adams County, NE Biographies





R. L. Woods is identified with the business interests of Prosser as the owner and manager of an up to date and well patronized hardware store and has gained recognition as a man of enterprise and sound judgment. His birth occurred in Erie county, Pennsylvania, on the 27th of November, 1864, and his parents were Albert 1). and Mary Etta (Coon) Woods. They were born and reared in New York state, where their marriage occurred, but subsequently removed to Pennsylvania, whence they came to Nebraska in 1871. They located in Otoe county, and there the father passed away in that year. Subsequently the mother returned to Pennsylvania with her family, but still later removed to Portland, Oregon, where she died in 1914. The father followed the occupation of farming and stock dealing, and as he was industrious and understood the business thoroughly he met with a gratifying measure of success. There were five children in the family, namely: O. S., who is living at Pauline, this state; R. L.; Leland, deceased; Clarence A., who resides southwest of Blue Hill, in Webster county, Nebraska; and Susie B., the wife of Joseph Bayliss, of Lincoln.

R. L. Woods received a good common school education and remained with his mother until he reached the age of thirteen years, when he returned to Otoe county, Nebraska. After he attained his majority he engaged in farming in that county for some time, but in 1890 went to Milford, Seward county, where he worked for the Adams Express Company for three years. At the end of that time he located near Pauline, Adams county, and for nine years concentrated his energies upon agricultural pursuits. At the end of that time he decided that he would prefer to devote his life to other business pursuits, and accordingly purchased a hardware store at Pauline from Glasier & Son. After conducting that business for some time he came to Prosser in 1912 and purchased a hardware business here, which he has since owned and managed. He carries a large stock of shelf hardware, paints and oils, and the high quality of his goods, combined with his reasonable prices and fair dealing, has commended him to the support of the public.

Mr. Woods was married in September, 1907, to Miss Reka Rodemacher, by whom he has two sons: Dexter D., who is six years of age; and Chester H., who is three years old.

Mr. Woods supports the republican party, as he believes in its principles, and he is now serving in the office of township clerk. He belongs to the Masonic blue lodge at Blue Hill, the consistory at Hastings and the Shrine at Lincoln, and exemplifies in his life the beneficent teachings of that order. He attends the Methodist Episcopal church and contributes to its support. The representative and lucrative patronage which he has gained is due entirely to his business ability and integrity, and he is recognized as one of the men who are contributing to the commercial growth of Prosser.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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