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Aug 02 2011

Johnson Honors Community of Wood on 100th Anniversary

Washington, DC U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) today recognized the community of Wood on the 100th anniversary of its founding this month.  Johnson entered a statement in the Congressional Record highlighting the milestone.

“One hundred years after its founding, Wood remains a strong community and a great asset to the state of South Dakota.,” Johnson said. “I am honored to highlight this milestone for the community with a statement in the Congressional Record.”

Full text of the Congressional Record Statement from Johnson below:

Mr. President, today I rise in order to pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the founding of Wood, South Dakota. This community in Mellette County in Western South Dakota has a rich and proud history of representing our state’s frontier spirit.

Wood, named for its founder, Albert Kirk Wood, was organized in 1911 a few miles north of Albert’s trading post. In just two years it was home to a newspaper, a bank, and daily mail service. Thousands of people came to Wood for its renowned July Fourth celebrations, as well as the Mellette County Fair. Like many towns in South Dakota the railroad served as a major lifeline to the town of Wood. This first train from the Chicago Northwestern Railroad rolled into Wood from Winner on October 19, 1929. Wood claims many exceptional residents including James Abourezk, the first Arab-American to serve South Dakota in the United States Senate.

Today, Wood stands as a testament to the steadfast commitment of the residents to their small town. Wood still maintains close ties to the rich agricultural heritage of South Dakota. Small communities like Wood are a vital part of the economy of South Dakota and a reminder of the hard struggles endured by our frontier-era forefathers. One hundred years after its founding, Wood remains a strong community and a great asset to the state of South Dakota. I am proud to honor Wood on this historic milestone.

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For more information on Senator Tim Johnson visit his website at http://johnson.senate.gov