November 1, 1898
Death’s sudden call
Mr. Robert B. Wood stricken fatally without warning yesterday
The community was shocked shortly after 6 o’clock yesterday evening to learn of the sudden death of Mr. Robert B. Wood, an old and highly esteemed citizen, which occurred at about that hour. While it was known that Mr. Wood’s health was feeble, there had been no warning of the end which came with startling suddenness. He suffered a stroke of paralysis about two years ago, but there had been no subsequent visitation of the dread disease until it came yesterday in fatal form, touching the springs of life.
Robert B. Wood was a native of Hampton, had spent his entire life here and was consequently universally known. Owing to his failing health he had retired from active business several years ago, his last occupation being as postmaster of the town. To this position he was appointed by ex-President Harrison and discharged its duties efficiently until the inauguration of Mr. Cleveland in 1893, when he sent his resignation to the department. Mr. Wood was a gentleman of fine character and was generally esteemed. He is survived by his wife and nine children. They are Messrs. Will, Walter, Montie and Reginald Wood; Mrs. Cora Topping, Mrs. Minnie Prince, and Misses Lillie, Eva and Nellie Wood.
Mr. Wood was a member of the Knights of Honor and was a member of the Masonic order, but was no longer an active member of the lodge. Messrs. William A., S. B., G. R. and E. H. Wood, all of Hampton, are his brothers.
At this writing no announcement of the hour of the funeral can be made, arrangements not having been completed therefore.