biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
WOODFORD BASS, a prominent and well-to-do resident of Monroe Township, was born in Van Buren County, Iowa, April 13, 1844. His father, W. L. Bass, of Kentucky, was born Jan. 8, 1802, and died March 18, 1885. His mother, Margaret (Roberts) Bass, was born April 1, 1803, and died Nov. 2, 1883, both parents having lived to a ripe old age. The subject of this sketch was carefully reared, receiving a good education, and was united in marriage with Miss Mary E. Atwood, Feb. 14, 1878. She was born in Shelby County, Ind., Nov. 15, 1838, came to Iowa with her parents and settled in Mahaska County, in 1849. There were two children in the family, herself and a sister, Harriet E., now residing in Adams Township. Her father died Dec. 24, 1867, and her mother, Dec. 1, 1877. At the time of his decease Mr. Atwood owned 2,000 acres of land, which was equally divided between his two daughters. Mr. Bass is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Industry Lodge No. 260, at Rose Hill, and De Payens Commandery, Oskaloosa. He is also a member of Bloomfield Lodge No. 23, I. O. O. F. In politics he is a Republican. During the late war he enlisted in 1863 in the 4th Iowa Artillery, and served until the close. Mr. and Mrs. Bass own 780 acres of land in a good state of cultivation and well improved. Their home is one of genuine hospitality and good cheer, and they enjoy the esteem and confidence of a large circle of acquaintances and friends.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy