THE FOLLOWING IS A LETTER FROM LOUAN A. TOOL, (Now Deceased)
DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM H. WOODY
At the request of my father, William H. Woody, I, Louan A. Tool, will write some in this book. The first and best thing I will write is that my dear parents have been Christians all my life of 51 years.
To live a Christian life and try to do our Masters bidding is the kind of a life that suits me best. I was converted at the age of 14 and joined the Regular Baptist Church at the age of 17. I was a member of that church for fourteen years. On account of living so far from the Baptist Church, and no regular services, I felt it my duty to go into the Methodist Church with my husband, and have tried in my weak way to do what I could to help others do right.
I have composed a piece of poetry which I will write in this book also, not that I want to brag of it, but the Love of God in my heart prompted me to write it.
December 10, 1946
Dear Woodys: -
As I was requested to contribute a letter to the Woody Record, I will endeavor to do so.
Of the William Hampton Woody family, I am the only one living. Many memories come to me of my childhood, in the dear old home; happy times with my sisters and brothers and kind parents, who have all been called to their Heavenly Home.
Having had the pleasure of knowing many Woodys, I can say, they believe in God, are courageous, industrious, and law-abiding citizens; as were our ancestors, who encountered many hardships on their voyage across the ocean from Ireland, before the Revolutionary war.
In South Carolina, where they first settled, life was not easy. Later they moved to Indiana, building their homes from the large trees, (log houses no doubt). I can recall many interesting stories told of my Grandfather and his family on their Westward trip to Iowa in 1849 (97 years ago) where they found a place to have a home not far from the town of Monroe, Iowa.
All honor to our ancestors who were brave men and women, paving the way for us, that we might enjoy the comforts, of life.
As for me, I am proud to be a Woody.
(Signed) Irena (Woody) Misner
Greetings to all the Woody relatives. We have many pleasant memories of the times weve spent together, and hope that there will be many more. Each time some more of our loved ones have gone on ahead. Hoping some day, we will all meet in our Home above.
Dedicated to My Mother, Ruth Catherine (Woody) Montgomery.
If I can and will follow the splendid example of clean, honest Christian. Living, which my darling Mother lived, I shall die with that blessed assurance, and meet her in heaven, as was her request to her family and friends, shortly before she breathed her last.
Jemima C. (Montgomery) Birkenholtz.
December 21, 1946
We, Etta and Mark, join with our letter of good will to all the Woodys living, and wish to pay a tribute of love and respect to our ancestors, and especially to our grandfather the late William H. Woody, who started this Record more than thirty years ago, requesting that some one might bring it down to date.
Many were the days, months and years he spent, obtaining the early history of our ancestors and we appreciate his efforts, and the information he left us. Thus we have tried to fulfill his request, and in turn, ask that the Woody Record be carried down to date each generation.
(Signed) Etta Ross
Grandfather left us with a memory, his "hobby", always making beautiful and useful articles with his saw and square; one in particular, a family album, which we treasure. He requested it be kept in the Woody family, (one who bears the Woody name).
After his death, my father, the late John M. Woody prized it very highly, and now it is in my possession to cherish and keep for one of my sons.
I wish to say of my father and mother - "They were the best a son ever had." Also Aunt Phena (Mrs. Icephena Misner) who spent her last years with us, was loved very dearly.
(Signed) Mark M. Woody
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Woody who have celebrated their sixty-third wedding anniversary. Especially are congratulations in order, as Morgan Woody is the sole representative of the fifth generation in this Record.
Mr. and Mrs. Woody spent most of their married life on their farm, some three miles south-east of Reasnor, Iowa, improving it with nice buildings, which with their careful planning and hard work, have kept it an outstanding place and real home.
The lovely trees that were set with their own hands are now very beautiful, --especially one very large Elm, that towers with such wonderful grace in the south yard.
A painting of that immense tree on each cover of our Woody Record, could well have made it a "Woody Tree".
Mr. and Mrs. Woody have retired and are now living in their beautiful home in Reasnor where the "latch string hangs out" to all their friends, (and they are many) who wish them happiness and blessings from above.
(Signed) A Friend.
A WORD OF THANKS
December 21, 1946
"Thank you", every one, who gave me information to carry our Woody Record down to date. I appreciate your help and patience.
Mrs. Etta Ross