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Mervel Eugene Wood

Male 1920 - 2014  (94 years)


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  • Name Mervel Eugene Wood 
    Born 17 Jun 1920  1321 St. Louis Ave., East St. Louis, St. Clair, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Jul 2014  Wesley Willows, Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 21 Jul 2014  Riverview Cemetery, Oregon, Ogle, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 13 Nov 2020 

    Father Leonard Chesteen Wood,   b. 03 Jan 1877, Corning, Adams, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1960, Iowa Falls Hospital, Hardin, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Clara Myrtle Bredenkamp,   b. 22 Apr 1890,   d. 01 Apr 1970, K.S.B. Hospital, Dixon, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 26 Jun 1912  East St. Louis, St. Clair, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Margaret Ellen Ritts,   b. 18 Feb 1923, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1997, Oregon, Ogle Co., Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Children 
     1. John Martin Wood
     2. Living Wood
     3. Douglas Eugene Wood,   b. 2 Nov 1947, Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Living Wood
     5. Living Wood
     6. Living Wood
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Living Gantzert 
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • REF: Mervel Wood
      Dad said that his mom travelled to East St. Louis to be with her parents for his birth.

      When Leonard and Myrtle separated in 1936 she put Mervel (then 17 years old) on a train in Iowa City and travelled to East St. Louis to live with his aunt, Pearl. Pearl wanted to place him in the local high school but was told it was full. Pearl was upset with the school - "We have no children and we have been paying taxes to support this school system and you cannot take in my nephew?" So Mervel went to live with his great aunts, Ella Bell Stahlhuth and Julia Maria Stahlhuth in Lebanon, IL. He lived in their home but had his meals in Sophia (Stahlhuth) Hanson's home just several houses away. Mervel attended Lebonon High School as a Junior. He returned to Alden, Iowa in the summer of 1937 and finished his Senior year in 1938.

    • Education records
      1937 Junior at Lebanon High School, Lebanon, Illinois
      1938 Senior at Alden High School, Alden, Iowa
      1939-41? Attended Ellsworth Junior College in Iowa Falls, Iowa
      1941-43? Attended Iowa State College in Ames, Iowa
      1943? Graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering