By Kent A. Stock
Florinda Wood Martin was a resident of Arthur who moved from her native Virginia. She settled, raised 16 children, and passed away at the age of 97. She is buried in the Arthur Cemetery.
Her father was Alexander Wood, a Revolutionary War veteran. According to the Daughters of the American Revolution, the connection makes her a “true daughter” because her father fought in the Revolutionary War.
The local chapter of the DAR, the Stephen A. Douglas Chapter, has helped along with relatives establish the history that makes the connection between Florinda and her father Alexander. The national organization has recognized their work and a commemorative marker will be placed on Florinda’s tombstone on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12 at 2 p.m.
The Stephen A. Douglas Chapter is in charge of the ceremony because Mrs. Martin is buried in Douglas County. Family and DAR members from across the area, state and beyond will be in attendance. They welcome and encourage anyone in the public who is interested to join them at the service.
Following the commemorative event at the Arthur Cemetery there will be a reception with refreshments served hosted by the Stephen A. Douglas Chapter of the DAR in the Arthur Community Building at 120 East Progress.