Grave marker for Elvira Wood
The grave marker of Elvira Wood, who died at age 39 in 1876 just three months after she married. She shares the marker with her first husband, Jacob Fridley. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on June 8, 1876, in the Oregon Cultivator (Albany), Page 6, Column 2.

Philomath, May 29.
Elvira Powell was born January 17th, A.D., 1837, in Knox county, Illinois. She crossed the plains to Oregon in the year 1853. She was married August 28, 1854 to Jacob H. Fridley, who died January 3d, 1875. She was married the second time, February 17th, 1876, to Joseph C. Wood her now bereaved husband, and departed this life May the 26th, 1876, aged 39 years, 4 months and 9 days. She professed religion about the year 1854, or ‘55 and lived a consistent Christian in the M.E. Church, for about 23 years or until the time of her departure. Her whole life, conversation and influence was on the side of Christianity, by which she left an unmistakable evidence to us all that she has gone to dwell with Jesus.