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  • ID: I50849
  • Name: Alvin WOOD
  • Given Name: Alvin
  • Surname: WOOD
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1 May 1918 in Green Bay, Howland Township, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
  • Death: 5 Aug 2001 in Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
  • Burial: 7 Aug 2001 Green Bay Cemetery, Howland Township, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
  • Change Date: 6 Dec 2015 at 21:03
  • Note:
    Manitoulin Expositor, March 19, 1986
    Cited for merit in agriculture
    Sheg. farmer wins award
    Alvin and Aleta Wood have seen many changes from the vantage point of the Green Bay farm house they have lived in for almost 50 years. They remember when children had to travel by horse to the school in Green Bay, for example. They have also made quite a few changes at their farm over the years, and becasue of this Alvin was recently honoured with an award of merit from the Northeastern Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association.
    Alvin was brought up with 11 brothers and sisters at his parents' farm on the shore of Lake Manitou, and in 1937 he married Aleta Davis, of Mills township. They started out with a 400 acre farm which they purchased five years later, and a herd of 16 milk cows and a few beef cattle.
    Over the years they were able to buy another 400 acres across the Green Bay road, where their son Ron lives. They also bought 50 acres with 1000 feet of frontage on Lake Manitou. they have five sons and two daughters-Bruce, Ronnie, Jack, Lawrence, Ivan, Marion and Myrna-and most of the family are involved in farming as well. Aleta remembers baking bread every other day in the massive McClary woodstove that dominates their well-kept kitchen. "Everybody had big families in those days," Alvin says remembering his parents and their neighbours'families. " You could feed them cheaper then. Flour was only $1.89 a bag."
    When they started out, a two-year old cow sold for $40, Alvin recalls. The McClary wood stove was bougth for $40 in the 1930s, and the family still uses it now for supplementary heat and cooking, Aleta says. She still likes to bake bread in it because it does not dry the bread out as much as the standard electric oven on the other side of the well-kept kitchen does. Their daughter Marian's dauschund Heidi also seems to prefer the massive old iron stove as a warming spot.
    Aleta says they owe their success to a policy of never buying anything before they could afford it. Alvin adds that high capital costs, such as the price of farm equipment, make it much more difficult for a young farmer starting out today.
    Alvin is quick to point out that although the award is in his name, the farm is not a one-man operation. Aleta has been an active partner in getting the work done and managing the farm.
    The Woods were chosen for the award becasue of their success of their herd and their wise use of their land. They currently grow 40 acres of corn for silage and 40 acres of barley and oats to supplement their cattle's hay feed.
    Alvin says there used to be many more farmers on Manitoulin growing barley and oats for feed, but it became cheaper to buy the grain than to grow it. However, with transportation costs rising, it is worth farmers' while to grow their own grain for cattle feed once more, and he predicts that many more farmers will be doing so soon.
    The Woods' herd has grown to over 100 beef cattle, breeding Simmental cows to a Limousin bull. They kept their dairy cows until selling them in 1983.
    The Woods have converted their three barns into loose or open housing for the cattle rather than stalls, and this means most of the barn work can be done by tractor.
    The farm has become a regular stop on farm tours for the Soil and Crop Improvement Association, with the use of tile drainage, the growing of feed grains and the backcross cattle breeding program being points of special interest to fellow farmers.
    One agricultural innovation the Woods are not impressed with is the use of massive round 1200-pound hay bales, which can be seen around the Island. Alvin says he has stuck to the smaller traditional square bales because they are more economical. The larger bales are less work for the farmer, becasue they mean fewer trips to refill the cattle feeder. However, they also "waste enough hay to feed six cattle," Aleta says. Alvin says the cattle tend to pull hay off the larger bales and trample it while feeding-resulting in a high degree of waste.
    The award of merit is offered annually by the Northern Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association to farmers who have contributed to agriculture in the region. Candidates are nominated by fellow members of the association, and the winners chosen by the executive of the association. The Woods received their citation at the Soil and Crop Improvement Association conference in New Liskeard earlier this month.
    The Woods say they were delighted by the recognition of their fellow farmers-and they enjoyed the three day trip to New Liskeard to receive the award.

    Obituary, Manitoulin Expositor, August 8, 2001 -
    In loving memory of Alvin Wood on Sunday, August 5, 2001 at Manitoulin Health Centre at the age of 83 years.
    Beloved husband of Stella. Predeceased by wife Aleta (January, 1988). Dear father of Jack (wife Betty), Marion (husband Gary Morrison), Ron (wife Judy), Laurence (wife Kathy), Myrna (husband Terry Aelick), Ivan, and Bruce (wife Pat).
    Will be missed by 24 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Also loved by stepchildren Doreen (husband Harold Rowe), Mac Stringer (friend Donna), seven step grandchildren and 11 step-great-grandchildren.
    Remembered by brothers Larne and Marie, sisters Edith Bayer and friend Royce Vanzant, Vera Shering, Bernie and Verdon Sloss, Marie and Cliff Tann, Myrtle Wood and sisters-in-law Doreen and Irene Wood.
    Predeceased by parents Leslie and Sarah, brothers and sisters Florence, Stella, Elmer, Leonard, Norman and Charlie.
    Visitation at the Island Funeral Home. Funeral service was held on Tuesday, August 7, 2001 at Little Current United Church. Burial in Green Bay Cemetery. Arrangements in care of Island Funeral Home.

    Father: Leslie WOOD b: 15 Mar 1887 in Rockville, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
    Mother: Sarah Elizabeth COSBY b: 16 Nov 1896 in Howland Township, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada

    Marriage 1 Aleta Winnifred DAVIS b: 12 Apr 1918 in Mills Township, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
    • Married: 10 Mar 1937 in Mindemoya, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
    • Note:
      Newspaper announcement, uncited
      AT HOME
      Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Wood of Sheguiandah, will be at home to relatives and friends on, the occasion of their 35th wedding anniversary Saturday, March 11, 1972, from 7 p.m.

      Manitoulin Expositor, March 23, 1972
      Mr. and Mrs. A. Wood Married 35 Years
      Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Wood Mar - Sheguiandah, celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary last Saturday. More than 100 friends and relatives attended a party held Saturday evening, to mark the occasion, all members of their immediate family attended.
      Mr. and Mrs. Wood received many congratulatory messages, as well as many lovely gifts.
      At the close of the evening a buffet lunch was served; and an attractively decorated anniversary cake centred the table. The cake was baked by Mr.s Ronnie Wood and decorated by Jack Wood.

      Coming Events from uncited newspaper
      The family of Alvin and Aleta Wood invite their friends and relatives to a "Social Evening" in honour of their Fortieth Wedding Anniversary on March 19, 1977 at the Green Bay Community Hall from 8 to 10 p.m. NO GIFTS PLEASE.
    • Change Date: 6 Dec 2015
    1. Has Children Living WOOD
    2. Has Children Living WOOD
    3. Has Children Living WOOD
    4. Has Children William Laurence WOOD b: 7 Dec 1949 in Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
    5. Has Children Living WOOD
    6. Has Children Living WOOD
    7. Has Children Living WOOD

    Marriage 2 Stella Lucille FINCH b: 25 Aug 1914 in Sheguiandah, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
    • Married:
    • Change Date: 1 Jul 2009
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