McDonough County Biographies





George Woods

George Woods was born in Sullivan, N. Y., June 5, 1831, and is the son of Asa Woods, who came to this county with his family in 1836. They came in a two-horse wagon, and were on the road six weeks, and the old gentleman was sick nearly the entire time. Asa Woods' brother, Salem Woods, came to McDonough Co., Ill., in 1831, and still lives on the farm he first entered. The subject of this sketch, Mr. George Woods, attended the first school in Union township. It was taught by a Mr. Davis. He was married, Dec. 20, 1854, to Sarah A. Parkin, who is a native of England, and was born July 4, 1832. They have 5 children, 1 boy and 4 girls. Mr. W. is engaged in farming. P. O., Avon.

[History of Fulton County, Illinois; together with Sketches of its Cities, Villages and Townships, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History; Portraits of Prominent Persons and Biographies of Representative Citizens. Chas. C. Chapman & Co., Peoria, Illinois, 1879, page 895, Union Township]

Submitted by Sara Hemp



ISAAC N. WEAR, M.D., of whom a portrait will be found in this volume, is one of the most successful physicians of North Dakota and a prominent resident of Fargo. He has much natural ability, but is withal a close student and believes thoroughly in the maxim “there is no excellence without labor.” His devotion to the duties of his profession, therefore, combined with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of the science of medicine, has made his a most successful and able practitioner, whose prominence is well deserved.

The Doctor was born in McDonough county, Illinois, March 25, 1852, a son of Joseph D. and Mary (Downs) Wear, natives of Tennessee and Indiana, respectively. The grandfather, Hugh Wear, was born in Virginia and was a planter of that state prior to his removal to Knoxville, Tennessee. Later he became a resident of Illinois, where he took up government land, and in that state he died at the age of eighty-four years. The father of our subject, who was a farmer by occupation, also died in Illinois at the age of eighty-one. In his family were five sons, four of whom are still living.

Dr. Wear acquired his literary education at Abingdon, Illinois, and for six years successfully engaged in teaching school in that state, being made principal of the Plymouth schools at the early age of twenty years. While thus employed he commenced the study of medicine and in 1876 entered Rush Medical College, Chicago, from which he was graduated in 1878. For four years he engaged in the practice of his chosen profession at Fandon, Illinois, and in the meantime took a post graduate course at Rush in 1880.

In 1882 Dr. Wear came to Fargo, North Dakota, where he has since made his home, enjoying a large and lucrative practice. In 1890 he went to Europe and visited the hospitals of London, Paris and Germany, remaining abroad three months, and in 1897, in company with Prof. Senn and Prof. George R. Fowler, of New York, visited Rome and Athens, the Constantinople military hospitals, Vienna, Buda Pest, Moscow, St. Petersburg and the hospitals of Stockholm and Christiania. In this way he has become familiar with the different methods of caring for suffering humanity in all countries and has adopted those customs and practices which he believes to be the best. This, together with the love he bears for his profession, has been the secret of his great success. For eight years, up to 1898, he was assisted in his work by Dr. Campbell, and in May, 1899, he took in as his assistant Dr. Wheeler, which connection still exists. Dr. Wear is a member of the American Medical Association, the North Dakota State Medical Society and an honorary member of the Minnesota State Medical Society. He is now serving as president of the North Dakota state medical board of examiners and is ex-president of the North Dakota State Medical Society, and devotes his entire time and attention to his professional duties.

Dr. Wear was married, in 1888, to Miss Lula Thomas, a daughter of Judge Thomas, who is represented elsewhere in this volume. Socially the Doctor is a thirty-second-degree Mason and a member of the Knights of Pythias. Travel and his social, genial nature have made him an entertaining companion and he is a stanch and loyal friend, fond of good fellowship and devoted to those who have his confidence. It should be mentioned in this connection that Dr. Ware is local examining physician for the New York Life Insurance Company, Mutual Life of New York, Equitable Life of New York, Germania Life, Pennsylvania Mutual, Home, Northwestern Mutual of Milwaukee, Union Central of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Travelers Life. He is also surgeon for the Northern Pacific & Milwaukee Railroad, at Fargo, and also surgeon for Fargo hospital.

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Transcribed by Christi Boyer


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