Born: June 10, 1872, son of Mary Wood (born ~ 1840)
Died: November 27, 1956
Sam Wood was a guide. Samuel Wood was buried with his daughter in Pine Ridge Cemetery in plot number U 19-. His daughter, Blanche Olive Wood, born February 14, 1898, died October 16, 1918, possibly a victim of the flu epidemic.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, November 28, 1956
SAM WOOD DIES
Sam Wood, once an Adirondack guide and more recently a carpenter, died yesterday afternoon at 4:30 at the general hospital, where he had been since Thanksgiving eve.
Mr. Wood, born June 10, 1872, was 84 years old and had been a resident of this area for many years.
He leaves a nephew, Henry Wood of Utica, and a niece, Mrs. Kenneth Moody, who lives in the South.
The body reposes at the Fortune Funeral Chapel. Service arrangements are incomplete.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, November 29, 1956
Tall, rawboned Sam Wood passed away this week and the few lines devoted to his passing hardly expresses the loss in historical significance that Sam embodied in his quiet, easygoing way.
The pity is that nobody really ever heard Sam out on the things he knew and the life he lived as a part of the rough, hobnailed village that existed here over a half century ago.
Sam knew the community when oxen pulled their loads with mud up to their bellies and trout swam undisturbed in the clear bed of the Saranac River. He saw the big changes and the little changes and the slow pattern of progress.
Whenever Sam picked up his pail around blueberry time, you knew damn well that there were some berries going to be picked. Sam was the pickinest of them all! Besides that, he liked to ride so well that he'd go along even if he knew there wasn't a blueberry within a country mile of the place . . and he DID know!
His stories of the log drives on the Saranac made fine listening and whenever an argument came up around the Belvedere concerning the early local scene, the settling part of it usually came on the suggestion of "call Sam Wood . . he'll know".
They can't call Sam anymore ... ever!