Sidney Atwood shares a grave marker with his wife in Mount Union Cemetery’s Northwest section. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on May 15, 1924, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times Page 8, Column 4.

S.D. Atwood Passes After Long
Illness at Knoll Krest, the
Country Home

Sidney Delos Atwood went quietly to sleep at 7:30 last evening at Knoll Krest, the Atwood country home two miles west of Corvallis. Death followed a long illness from paralysis and complications that had extended over the last two years and during the past ten days Mr. Atwood had been gradually slipping away.

Mr. Atwood was born in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, September 2, 1853, and on October 29, 1879, he was married in that state to Alice Julia Guile. A short time after the Atwoods located in Chester, Nebraska, and Mr. Atwood was the first school teacher in that district, and his oldest son, Raymond H., the first boy born in the settlement. The home in which the family resided was brought there from Chicago. After two years he entered the mercantile business and five years were devoted to farming. In 1898 the family moved to Crete, Nebraska, that the young people might attend Doane college, and two years later, the Atwoods went to Lincoln, where Mr. Atwood again became interested in the merchandise business. During those years he served on the school board in both Chester and Lincoln and was one of the influential citizens of his home community. In 1911 Mr. Atwood and his family came to Oregon and located in Sheridan, and in the Fall of 1914 came to make their home in Corvallis.

Eleven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Atwood, one dying in infancy. The wife survives, and the children include R.H. Atwood of Chester, Nebraska, O.K. of Astoria, Clayton S. of Sheridan, R.G. of Gearhart, C.L. of Mill City, Harlow E. of Corvallis, Mrs. E.H. Olmstead of Toledo, Mrs. George O. Lee of Maltby, Wash., and Mrs. Lawrence W. Park and Mrs. Clair Wilkes of Corvallis. One sister, Mrs. Perry Niskern, resides in Berlin, Wisconsin, and there are 22 grandchildren of whom Mr. Atwood was justly proud. His death came on the birthday anniversary of one of these, Master Richard Atwood, two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. R.G. Atwood, of Gearhart.

Ten years a resident of Corvallis and interested in every good thing developing in his home community, Mr. Atwood had made his life felt and with his going the city loses a loyal citizen in every sense a Christian gentleman. He had won to himself a wide circle of friends and these mourn with his family the loss of a beloved husband, father and friend.

The funeral will be held from the Congregational church at 10 o’clock Sunday, with Rev. Herbert Livingston officiating, and interment will be in Newton cemetery, a few miles west of the Atwood home, a beautiful spot overlooking Oregon hills and country Mr. Atwood had grown to love so well.