Evelyn Annie Wood

b. 30 July 1875, d. 26 April 1960

Evelyn Annie Wood, 1875-1960
  • Evelyn Annie Wood was born on 30 July 1875 in Montgomery County, Texas, at the family homestead.
  • Campbell Wood and Ann Hall Mitchell appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1880 in San Saba County, Texas. Other members of the household included Evelyn Annie Wood, Elizabeth Augusta Wood, Sarah Josephine Wood and Annie Laurie Wood.
  • Evelina Wood wrote (from Willis) to her grandson Wood Powell on 12 April 1887, ". . . I wish your three sweet daughters & Campbell's girls, Lina's & "Ella's little red head could see each other & become acquainted. I want Lina to send you one of "Willie's pictures recently taken. How I long to see you my dear boy and your sweet wife & children. I sometimes think Is life worth living? when kindred are so far away . . ."
         Letter in private collection of B. M. Henwood, descendant of Wm Wood Powell; original transcription by R. E. Reichardt.
  • She married Thomas Oliver Riley, son of James C. Riley and Mississippi Elles Moore, on 26 April 1896 in Llano County, Texas, his second marriage.
  • Thomas Oliver Riley and Evelyn Annie Wood appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Llano County, Texas. Other members of the household included Thelma Wood Riley. Also in the household were Thomas Riley's children Lucy (20), Allen (16), Inez (14), Jeff (11) and Frank (10).
  • The following appeared on 14 November 1903 in The Lampasas Leader: Mrs. Campbell Wood, of this city, passed away, in Houston, on Monday, Nov. 10, 1902, at 8 a.m. Mrs. Wood has been a great sufferer for many months, and at her earnest entreaty she was carried to Houston early in October, Miss Bessie Chism, of this city, kindly accompanying her, and where she was met by two of her daughters and other relatives. Her death was not unexpected. Though all of the family could not be with her, three of her daughters attended and tenderly nursed her, and there were present many other relatives of the family. The interment took place at Willis, in Montgomery county, on Tuesday afternoon, where the family formerly lived before moving to this section of the state. The family have resided in this city since October, 1901, having moved from Cherokee, San Saba county.
  • Thomas Oliver Riley and Evelyn Annie Wood appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Llano, Llano County, Texas, at Main Street. Other members of the household included Thelma Wood Riley, Viva Ellis Riley and Vivian Nanny Riley.
  • The following appeared on 28 October 1914 in The San Antonio Light: Dr. Campbell Wood, aged 72, died Wednesday morning at 12:45 o'clock at his apartments, 314 West Carolina street. Dr. Wood was a native of Alabama, having been in San Antonio only during the last eight months of his life, although he had lived in Texas about 60 years. He was a Confederate veteran, and saw service with Hood's Brigada from Texas. He is survived by five daughters, Miss Ellerbe Wood of San Antonio; Miss Lollie Wood of San Francisco; Miss Lulu Wood of Colorado Springs; Miss Bessie Wood of Boston, Mass; Mrs. T. O. Reilly of Llano, a son, Campbell Wood of San Antonio, and a sister, Mrs. D. N. Campbell of Houston. Funeral arrangements have not been made yet, pending the advice of Dr. Wood's sister, Mrs. D. N. Campbell of Houston.
  • Thomas Oliver Riley and Evelyn Annie Wood appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, at 370 Schley Avenue. Other members of the household included Thelma Wood Riley, Viva Ellis Riley and Vivian Nanny Riley.
  • She was a milliner in a department store, according to the 1920 census.
  • Evelyn Annie Wood became a widow at the 8 September 1921 death of her husband Thomas Oliver Riley.
  • The following appeared on 15 April 1928 in The San Antonio Light: Miss Annie Laurie Wood, of Boston, arrived Saturday to be the house guest of her sisters, Mrs. E. W. Riley and Miss Bessie Wood.
  • The following appeared on 20 October 1929 in The San Antonio Light: Announcement -- At an early date the Bessie Wood Hat Shop will consolidate with the Riley Hat Shop, hence our Consolidation Sale . . .
  • Evelyn Annie Wood appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, at 110 West French. Other members of the household included Vivian Nanny Riley and Edward John Mitchell. Edward Mitchell and his son Ed possibly were kin to Evelyn's mother. Daughter Vivian also may have been enumerated as "Vivian Johnson," living with her aunt Bessie Wood.
  • She was working with millinery in a retail store, according to the 1930 census.
  • The following appeared on 29 December 1935 in the San Antonio Express: Miss Ellerbe Wood of New York City, formerly of San Antonio, is spending the holiday season here with her sisters, Miss Bessie Wood and Mrs. E. W. Riley. Miss Wood will sail from New York early in January for Paris, France.
  • The following appeared on 18 July 1937 in The San Antonio Light: "Accent room personality with venetian blinds," is the advice given by Mrs. E. W. Riley and Mrs. E. M. Stevens, operators of the local agency for National venetian blinds, located at 107 East Mulberry street.
         Through many windows everywhere you see National venetian blinds adding new beauty to both the exterior and interior of the home. Venetian blinds are a rare form of decoration that have been revised and proven a most decorative way to control light and ventilation, and may be correctly used with the earliest period furnishings or modernistic motif, according to Mrs. Riley.
         National blinds are made by one of the world's largest exclusive venetian blind manufacturers, with a reputation for quality, lasting satisfaction and reasonable price. Correct installation, with or without channel guides, insures perfect operation, and the local studio personally supervises and tguarantees all installations. An antique and decorating shop located at 1109 Main avenue, is operated by Miss Bessie Wood in connection with the venetian blind studio.
  • The following appeared on 23 December 1937 in The San Antonio Light: Miss Elerbe Wood of New York and Paris, but formerly of San Antonio, and her brother, Campbell Wood of New York, are the guests of Miss Bessie Wood and Mrs. Evelyn Riley. Miss Wood and her brother will leave soon by plane for a few days in Mexico City. Upon their return East, Miss Wood will sail soon after the new year for Paris.
  • She and Ellerbe English Wood, Annie Laurie Wood, Elizabeth Augusta Wood and Campbell Wood Jr. was mentioned in the obituary of Mary Lou Wood that appeared on 13 January 1944 in The New York Times: Mary Lou Wood, stylist for Julius Kayser & Co., knitwear manufacturers, died Monday of influenza at her home, 17 West Fifty-first Street, after an illness of a few days. Miss Wood leaves four sisters, the Misses Ellerbe and Annie Laurie of this city, Mrs. Evelyn W. Riley and Miss Bessie Wood of San Antonio, and a brother, Campbell Wood, who is an executive of the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation.
  • The following appeared on 11 April 1950 in The San Antonio Light: Misses Ellerbe Wood and Mary Jane Lightbound are arriving Saturday by plane from New York. They will spend fiesta with Miss Wood's sisters, Miss Bessie Wood and Mrs. E. W. Riley, and her niece, Mrs. E. M. Stevens. This will be Miss Lightbound's first trip to Texas.
  • The following appeared on 7 May 1950 in The San Antonio Light: Miss Ellerbe Wood, New York city, aunt of Mrs. E. M. Stevens, and sister of Mrs. Evalyn Riley and Miss Bessie Wood, with Miss Mary Jane Lightbown, also of New York, have been house guests of Mrs. Riley and Miss Wood.
         Miss E. Wood, for a period of years, has been largely interested in our international trade relations and was an observer at the UN meeting in Paris last year. She had an opportunity to go into Germany and see some of the activities of the American army of occupation.
         Miss Lightbown is assistant editor of the Architect Forum. She is visiting Texas for the first time and is particularly interested in building projects in this part of the state. She is leaving for a few days in Mexico before returning to New York.
  • The following appeared on 6 January 1959 in the San Antonio Express: Miss Bessie Wood, of 124 E. French Place, passed on Saturday at 107 E. Mulberry Ave., the home of her sister. Survivors: brother Campbell Wood of Los Angeles, CA; sisters Mrs. E. W. Riley of San Antonio, Miss Ellerbe Wood and Miss Annie Laurie Wood, both of New York City; nieces Mrs. Vivian Riley and Mrs. E. M. Stevens, both of San Antonio. Graveside service was held Monday afternoon at 3:30 at Sunset Memorial Park. Arrangements by Porter Loring.
  • Evelyn Annie Wood died on 26 April 1960 at age 84 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, at 107 East Mulberry Avenue at her residence. . Her death was officially witnessed by Thelma Wood Riley.
  • She was buried at Sunset Memorial Park in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.
  • The following appeared on 28 April 1960 in the San Antonio Express: Mrs Evelyn Wood Riley, of 107 E. Mulberry Ave., died Tuesday (26 Apr 1960) at her home. She was a member of Travis Park Methodist Church. Survivors are: Daughters Miss Vivian Riley, Mrs. E. M. Stevens, both of San Antonio; brother Campbell Wood, Los Angeles, CA; sisters Miss Ellerbe Wood, Miss Annie Laurie Wood, both of New York City. Service Thursday at 3:30 at the Porter Loring Chapel with Rev. Grover I. Chapman officiating. Honorary Pallbearers: Edwin Word, Henry Word, Parvin Spencer, R. C. Delevan, George Delevan, A. V. Bowers, Ted Morehouse, Dr. A. E. Boysen, James Caskey, Robert Barbee, Rolla Steen, Eric Heydenrich. Interment in Sunset Memorial Park under the direction of Porter Loring.
  • Last Edited: 26 Mar 2014

Family: Thomas Oliver Riley b. 31 December 1857, d. 8 September 1921