LEONARD W. WOOD is also engaged in the sale of general merchandise, having erected the building and entered into this business in Oct., 1883. He is young, enterprising, and endowed with good business tact, and is bound to make a success.
Leonard W. Wood was born Dec. 31, 1859, in Bluffdale township, Greene county, Ill., and is a son of Wilson and Luetta (Mulberry) Wood. On the 29th of April, 1884, he was united in married with Viola Stone, a daughter of James and Mary (Allen) Stone. One child - Clarence - has blessed this union. In Oct., 1883, Mr. Wood erected a store building in the town of Woodville, in which he carries on a general merchandise business. His stock consists of dry goods, boots and shoes, groceries, queensware, and everything belonging to a general store. He also owns a residence and a blacksmith shop, both in Woodville, Returning to the history of his youthful life, Mr. Wood spent his school days at the Woodville school until he was advanced sufficiently to enter college. He then went 3½ years to the State University of Missouri, at Columbia. Becoming tired of school, and wishing to see the west, he went to Colorado, where his brother Clarence was in the cattle business, and doing well. Finding, however, that he did not like the business, he went farther west, obtained a position in a grocery store at Canon City, and remained there nine months. He then went to Leadville and other points. Remaining a few days with his sister at Denver, the Queen city, he then returned home, and soon went into business, having decided that "there is no place like home." He has since met with good success, and being a live, energetic business man, increased prosperity will doubtless be his lot.