Biography of Irving S. Wood
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Irving S. Wood. - One of the highly successful business men of Oswego County is Irving S. Wood, who is president of the Phoenix Paper Manufacturing Company, of Phoenix. He was born in this city, April 23, 1877, the son of H. D. and Eva (Spencer) Wood.

H. D. Wood lives retired at Phoenix, Oswego County. He was born at Palermo, N. Y., in 1853. His wife, a native of Oswego County, N. Y., died in 1923 and is buried at Phoenix. In 1875 Mr. Wood became interested in the paper manufacturing business and was the founder of the Phoenix Paper Manufacturing Company, with which he was actively identified until his retirement in 1918. He is one of the pioneers in that industry in northern New York. He was succeeded to the business by his two sons, Irving S. and J. Howard Wood, mention of whom is made below. Mr. Wood is a member of the Methodist Church, and belongs to Callemachus Lodge F. & A. M. No. 369, Phoenix; Phoenix Chapter; Oswego Commandery; and Media Temple of Watertown. He is a Democrat in politics. His wife held membership in the Order of the Eastern Star. To Mr. and Mrs. Wood only two sons were born: 1. Irving S., the subject of this sketch. 2. J. Howard, who met with an accidental death on July 8, 1924. He married Miss Elizabeth Hobbs, of Portland, Me., and they had three children: J. Howard, Jr.; Nancy; and Irving Spencer. Mrs. Elizabeth Wood and her children live in Oswego. Mr. Wood was affiliated with the Masonic and Elk lodges and was prominent in the city's civic and social life.

Irving S. Wood attended the Phoenix public schools and at the age of 14 years entered the paper mill of his father. He learned the business thoroughly from the very foundation and in 1918, at the time of his father's retirement, Mr. Wood proved an able successor. In 1926, two years after the death of his brother, he acquired full control of the business, which at that time was also incorporated with Mr. Wood as president. The plant employs 40 people and are widely known manufacturers of paper specialties. Mr. Wood is also a director of the Phoenix Bank.

On Feb. 3, 1918, Mr. Wood married Miss Nettie Louster, of Clyde, N. Y., the daughter of Nicholas Louster, a native of Germany. He lives at Clyde. His wife died in 1925. Mr. and Mrs. Wood have no children.

Politically Mr. Wood is a Republican. He is a member of the Callemachus Lodge F. & A. M. No. 369, Phoenix Chapter, Phoenix Council, Oswego Commandery and Media Temple, of Watertown. He is also a member of B. P. O. Elks.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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