HARRY WOODS, proprietor of the Woods Valve and Machine Company and superintendent of the steam fitting, hydraulic and water departments of the La Belle Iron Works, is a substantial and reliable citizen of Steubenville, Ohio, where he has been located during the past nine years.
Mr. Woods was born in Sweden in 1866, and was nineteen years of age when he came to the United States, first locating in New York City, where he spent eleven months. From there he went West to Minneapolis, Minn., where he worked in a stone quarry for a time, then went to North Dakota, where he was for a brief period in the employ of the Great Northern Railroad. He next went to Duluth, Minn., where he, for nine years, engaged in steam fitting and machine work. From there he moved to Pittsburgh, thence about ten months later to Cleveland, where he was an employee of the American Wire and Steel Company, and then to Sharon, Pa., where he was with the National Steel Company. About the year 1901, Mr. Woods located at Steubenville and became identified with the La Belle Iron Works as superintendent of the steam fitting, hydraulic and water departments, in which capacity he has since served with marked efficiency. He is the head of the Woods Valve and Machine Company, which manufactures hydraulic operating valves for controlling high pressure, of which Mr. Woods is inventor and patentee. He has made rapid progress in a business way since coming to this country, having worked his way to the front through hard work and persevering effort. He stands high in the community.
In 1888 Mr. Woods was married to Miss Allie Wolstead of Minnesota and they have four children: Helma, Leonard, Arthur and May. Religiously, he and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Fraternally, he is a member of Steubenville Blue Lodge, No. 45, F & A. M.; Steubenville Commandery, No. 11, K.T.; and Aladdin Shrine, A.A.O.N.M.S., of Columbus, Ohio.