Joseph & Ida Woods

Joseph A. Woods came from Ontario, Canada to Devils Lake, North Dakota, where he married his wife, Ida.

They moved to Granville, where they took out a homesteading claim in 1901, in Kottke Valley Township, 156N, Range 80W, Section 2. The rest of the family came in the spring of 1902. The emigrant car brought his machinery, four horses, a walking plow, two cows, chickens and furniture.

Joe built a 12x14-foot homesteading shack in the summer of 1902, and placed a tent over the family's furniture. In cold weather, the chickens roosted on the furniture until another place was made for them.


In the winter of 1902, while Earl Woodall went back to Iowa, the Woods family lived in Woodall's claim shack, which had a dirt floor with boards laid on top of it.

In 1903, Joe built a 16x24-foot house, and began breaking ground for neighbors for $2 an acre.

The farmers built their own telephone line in 1906.

In the winter of 1904 and 1905, they had to burn flax straw in order to heat their home, and in the winter of 1906-07, there was a coal famine, with coal being delivered to Granville. Coal was gotten at the coal dock or off the coal tenders, as much as 800-1,000 pounds per family. Several teams came in to get coal.

In 1902, there was a scarlet fever epidemic. Joseph's sons, Ennis and Harry, died of scarlet fever and had to be buried at the homestead, as anyone who died of a contagious disease could not be buried at the cemetery. Joseph and Ida's children, Louis, Vera, Wilda, and Lilly, survived.

In the spring of 1902, there was a flood. People used boats to get around to their neighbors.

In 1918, Louis married Marie Hillerud, living on the homestead until 1923, when they moved to Granville for a couple of years before moving back onto a farm until 1955, when they moved back to Granville.

Joseph A. Woods died in Canada on November 30, 1957.

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