Husband: Glen Lewis Woodford (1)
Born: 03 Mar 1901 in Rockwell City, Calhoun, Iowa
Died: Nov 1979
01 (?): Living
02 (?): Living
03 (?): Living
04 (?): Living
Glen Lewis Woodford:
Cause of Death: accidental fall
Glenn died at the home of his brother, Gaye. He accidentally opened the wrong door and fell down the basement stairs
"Mr. and Mrs. Glen Woodford" by Pearl Carroll Woodford
In Des Moines, Iowa a son Glen Lewis, was born to Harry and Kate Woodford on January 31, 1895. The father was a teamster in the city until Glen was about seven years old; then started farming near Norwalk, Iowa. This was a happy experience for young Glen and he was ready to help move again in 1908.
When a group of young families decided to head north in search of a better farming district, they loaded possessions on an emigrant train and headed for Webb...with 13 year old Glen and his father also on the train to care for the livestock. The Woodfords settled two miles east and one-half mile north of Webb, on the present Lyle Williams farm.
Mrs. Ada Cook was the children's teacher at the one room school on the George Speed farm. In 1911 the Garfield Consolidated School was built three miles east of Webb. Glen drove a horse drawn school bus which carried about 20 pupils and, like the other older boys, attended only in the winter months, and gave Mr. Crowder a bad time with their pranks.
He liked farming and felt his father needed him, so stayed with him until called into service in the first World War in May 1918. After a few weeks training at Camp Dodge, he left for embarkation to France and arrived overseas in early September. He spent the next weeks in France and Germany and was in the front firing lines at Metz when the Armistice was signed November 11.
Meanwhile, tragedy struck the family back home. Early in 1919 the 2 ½ year-old twins died of the flu in February and March, and in April, the father, Harry died with appendicitis. Glen came home in May and took over the farming with the help of his younger brothers John, Gaye and Bernerd
On August 6, 1919, Glen and Pearl Carroll were married and helped farm the home place for 2 ½ years before moving to another nearby.
Pearl Carroll was born at Rockwell City, Iowa on March 3, 1901. In 1902 her parents moved to Marathon where she attended school until 1915 when the family came to the Webb community.
Glen and Pearl's four children, Harry, Carole, Beverly and Roydal were born in Garfield Township. Glen served several years on the Garfield School Board and Harry and Carole graduated there. The family took part in community activities and enjoyed many good times with the neighbors and friends at Garfield PTC, school and neighborhood picnics, and square dances held in the homes. Sunday School Classes for the whole family were held at the Garfield School or a neighboring one-room schoolhouse and were usually well attended.
There were hardships with those good times particularly the depression years when Glen remembers buying corn for 18 cents a bushel, and the furious winter of 1936 when Garfield School was closed for six weeks.
But they enjoyed the family “togetherness” with thankfulness for health, plenty of food and their warm fire. Their comment on another catastrophe of those years, the hailstorm of July of that year: “neither we nor the landlord got rich in 1936!”
In 1938 the Glen Woodfords left their old neighbors and friends in Garfield Township and moved to a farm three and one-half miles west of Webb in the Cornell School District. Again they soon became involved in school and church affairs and Glen served on the Cornell School Board and the two younger children, Beverly and Roydal, graduated there.
Soon the three older children were married: Harry and Shirley Miller; Beverly and Darrel Donaldson; Carole and Clarence Hammill. Roydal went into service for two years, spending most of the time in Japan. Soon after his return home, he and Sharon Olson were married.
Glen and Pearl moved to their present home at Fourth and Lake Street in Webb and observed their golden wedding anniversary in 1969.
Webb means “Home” to them.
[From A collection of family stories compiled by the Webb History Update Committee, entitled
WEBB, IOWA 1900 - 2000.]
[A collection of family stories compiled by the Webb History Update Committee, entitled
WEBB, IOWA 1900 - 2000.]
Revised: November 26, 2016