Thresher Builder and Inventor Mr. Franz J. Wood Passes at 92

Mr. F. J. Wood

Mr. F. J. Wood addressing: several thousand people in the Grandstand at the Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Reunion. See the article of Mr. Woods passing, elsewhere. Courtesy of Wm. P. Kupka, Chelsea, Iowa

Wm. P. Kupka

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Chelsea, Iowa

we have this article on the passing of Mr. Wood. We are sorry we do not have the date of his death. The picture of Mr. Wood in this issue was taken by Mr. Kupka at the Mt. Pleasant Reunion last Fall.

Franz John Wood, 92, pioneer Des Moines (Iowa) threshing machine manufacturer and inventor, died at his home here early Saturday.

He had been ill about nine weeks and the cause of death was believed to have been complications of pneumonia.

Wood leaves a daughter, Helen of Des Moines, a son, Robert of 1826 3rd Avenue, SE, Cedar Rapids, and three grandchildren.

Wood and his brother, the late R. L. Wood, started making harvesting machinery in 1893 and later founded the nationally known Des Moines firm of Wood Brothers, Inc.

The factory was later sold to Dearborn Motors of Detroit.

Last year the Wood plant became the Des Moines implement plant of the Ford Motor Company.

Wood was born March 7, 1864, in southeastern Minnesota. He and his brother began manufacturing harvesting equipment in 1893 in Rushford, Minnesota.

During his career, Wood designed a full line of threshing machinery and steam engines and has taken out a total of 26 patents.

His latest patent, applied for in July 1949, was for a self-feeding chicken feeder, a modification of the first invention he made as a boy.

The Wood Brothers moved their factory to Des Moines in 1899 and built the present plant in 1926. Wood war, president until 1945, when he retired.