Category Archive: Woodward Family

May 08

Tribute to My Mom

Josephine Emma Perkins (1917-1993)

My Mom, Josephine Emma Perkins, met my father, Oscar Herman Woodward, Jr., when he returned to the home of his parents when he completed a tour of duty with the U.S. Army. His parents had recently moved to a house in Loudon, New Hampshire, that was directly across the street from the home of mother and maternal grandparents. Rev. H.F. Parker married Jo and Herman on 21 September 1940 in Chichester, New Hampshire. [1]

Mom served as the Town Clerk of Walpole, New Hampshire, from 1949-1951. Our living room had been converted to the office. I remember that on the first day of hunting season and the first day of fishing season she would be ready to issue licenses to the community and this was a service highly regarded by the busy farmers.

Following her service as town clerk, part of our living room and dining room (connected by a wide arch) became her paint studio. For many years she was a decorative painter for the local florist Herman Woodward (no relation) and his son Elliott who had a woodworking shop. Things got particularly crowded in our little house during the Christmas season.

Mom was creative and really enjoyed design. I think some of her best work were the design creations that she adapted for trays, boxes, chests, etc. using metallic powder stenciling and tole painting.

When I was a freshman in college, when back to college to finish her teaching degree. She taught English to junior high and high school students for years. Some of her best friends during retirement were former students and fellow faculty members.

Mom was an inspiration and I’m thankful for that. She passed away on the 2nd of January 1993.

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[1] Marriage Record of Oscar Herman Woodward Jr. and Josephine Emma Perkins, New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Hazen Road, Concord, New Hampshire.


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Apr 11

Military Monday: Daniel Russell Woodward in Co. E, 16th N.H. Regiment

My Great Grandfather Daniel Russell Woodward served with Company E (Captain Jonathan P. Sanborn’s Company) in the 16th New Hampshire Regiment, N.H. Volunteers. According to his Certificate of Disability found within his pension application [file #WC-711-973, National Archives, Washington, D.C.]. Daniel R. was enlisted by Sanborn on 12 September 1962 to serve 9 months. Following an accident in camp where he fell on a tree stump, he was listed as unfit for duty and and given a certificate of disability for discharge on the 27th April 1863 at New Orleans, Louisiana, where he received a disability discharge from A.W. Smyth MD.


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Mar 30

Wordless Wednesday: Church Choir

3 generations of Woodwards sang in the choir, 1959

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Mar 28

Military Monday: World War II, Old Man’s Draft

On the 12th of September 1918, my grandfather, Oscar H. Woodward, Sr., registered at Local Board #2 in Franklin, New Hampshire,  for the World War I Draft [WW I Draft registration Card of Oscar H. Woodward; RG 163, Selective Service System (World War I), National Archives-Southeast Region, Morrow, Georgia]. At the time of registration he was thirty-eight years old and resided in Franklin.

World War II Draft Registration Card of Oscar Herman Woodward

On the 25th of April 1942, he again when to his local draft board to register. This time he was enrolling in the fourth draft registration for World War II [World Wr II Draft Cards (Fourth Registration) for the State of New Hampshire, Record Group 147, Records of the Selective Service System 1940-; National Archives micropublication M1963, reel 19]. At this time, he was sixty-two years of age and resided in Loudon, New Hampshire.

Grand Dad was not called to military service on either of these occasions, nor did he volunteer.

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Mar 18

Family Recipe Friday: Sweet Red Pepper Relish

I can’t wait for  August. Yesterday I finished my last jar of Aunt Virginia’s Sweet Red Pepper Relish. I”ll have to put up the full recipe this year instead of cutting it in half like I did the last time.

Get Ready!

Recipe for Sweet Red Pepper Relish made annually by Virginia (Woodward) Smith

Sterilize 24 pint jars and lids

20 medium-size onions
20 medium-size green peppers
20 medium-size red peppers
1 quart vinegar
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons salt
2¾ cups sugar

Get Set!

Put peppers and onions through food chopper, using coarse grinder. Cover with boiling water.

Let stand 5 minutes. Drain. Cover with boiling water again, let stand another 5 minutes, and drain.

Add sugar, vinegar, and salt. Boil mixture 15 minutes.

Pack in jars and seal.

[In addition, I give the jars a ten-minute hot water bath]

yield: 24 pints



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Mar 17

Two Special Women: Alice & Virginia

Today I mailed three quit blocks for the quilt to be raffled off at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree on Saturday 11 June 2011 at the Marriott Burbank Conference Center. The block challenge is being sponsored by Genea-Quilters with the assistance of the Glendale Quilting Guild.

My three blocks were inspired by my maternal grandmother Alice (Brown) Perkins whom we called Nana Perkins, and my father’s sister, Virginia (Woodward) Smith.

I grew up in rural New Hampshire where I never knew anyone to produce a quilt that was not made from scraps left over from sewing clothing. The backing was generally a sheet, and instead of batting, the innards were generally two sheets that had been patched and/or very worn. It wasn’t until I left rural New Hampshire that I learned there were delightful block patterns and that some folks actually purchased fabric just for quilt making and that cotton (and later polyester) batting was available for loft and warmth. Nana Perkins started me off quilting, but we never used a particular pattern or “block design.” We did pre-determine the size of the squares and the width of piecing strips and the number of square we’d need for a particular project. Our blocks were built from non-descript strips and sometimes with embroidered elements (generally inspired by Aunt Virginia who did lots of hand embroidery and crewel work).  The squares I’ve submitted reflect the teachings of the two special women in my life, Nana Perkins and Aunt Virginia.

The first full size quilt I made for my son was a combination of embroidered and appliquéd squares of our favorite things. As I had been taught, the back was a sheet and the interior layer was a couple of worn sheets.

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Feb 25

Family Treasure

This desk was given to me by my mother in October of 1977. It had been in the family for years and I fondly remember Nana Perkins using the desk every time she set about answering letters, writing invitations, and all. Following Nan’s death, Mother used the desk for the same purposes.

In an obscure drawer in a cubicle hidden by a locked door we found a note by which my third great grandmother had made arrangements to transfer the desk to my great grandfather Alfred H. Brown, at the time of her death. The note reads

“The living know that they must die,
But all the dust forgotten lie;
Their memory and their sense is gone,
Alike unknowing and unknown.
Then what my thought Design to do,
My hands with all your might pursue
Like no Device nor work is found,
_or faille nor hope beneath the ground
For Value received I promise
Alfred H. Brown my Desk at
My decease”
[Signed] Elizabeth Goddard.

Now that little drawer also contains two more notes, one by which Nana Perkins gave the desk to my Mom, and the other…my Mom to me.

Originally published in Anamnesis

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