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

| July/August 1956

  • 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

  • Mr. F. J. Wood

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.