Bluff in San Juan County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Josephine Catherine Chatterley Wood
Affectionately know in the community as “Aunt Jody”
In addition to serving the children as Bluff's Primary president for 25 years, Josephine Wood was called by Bishop Jens Nielson to serve as the community's midwife and doctor. As she had no previous experience prior to this calling, she began studying, became friends with the Indians and learned their remedies, and most of all relied on the Load to do her work. She performed well over 165 births and provided healing and comfort to any and all that were ailing, including those as far away as Moab. Although Josephine had a large family of her own, she often spent up to two weeks caring for babies and mothers in their home, which was possible due to the support of her husband Samuel and his plural wife Emma Louise Elliker.
“She took care of me when my eight children were born.... To have Aunt Jody near was worth more than medicine. Her tender touch, encouraging words, calm spirit, cheerful way, and prayers were many times the only medicine needed.” -Caroline Nielson Redd
“To us it seemed quite unthinkable that any one could die in Bluff, or be born, or have pneumonia, a broken limb, or a broken heart without Aunt Jody.” -Albert Lyman, after the death of his father.
“Jody was a legend. She was not just a person, but an institution.” -Charles Redd, reflecting on the tiring yet cheerful care of Jody when he was a child, dangerously ill with an abscess on his lung.
As her descendants, we pay tribute to the legendary sacrifice and service Josephine Wood offered to her community and to our God. May we emulate her courage, compassion, selfless service, and stalwart faith.
Erected by The descendants of Aunt Jody's granddaughter, Josephine Wood Fairbanks (1914-2004), daughter of Joseph Henry Wood and Anna Lillian Decker.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Settlements & Settlers • Women.
Location. 37° 17.035′ N, 109° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 550 East Black Locust Avenue, Bluff UT 84512, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Co-op Store (a few steps from this marker); Replica of the Bluff Meetinghouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Parley R. & Ency Camilla (Bayles) Butt (within shouting distance of this marker); Kumen Jones Home (within shouting distance of this marker); The Barton's Well (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Kumen Jones Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Amasa Barton's Blacksmith Shop (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jens House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bluff.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 352 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 4, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.