Biography of C. B. Goodrich

C. B. Goodrich. A life of quiet effectiveness, marked by a record of many duties well done and many responsibilities faithfully fulfilled, was that of the late, C. B. Goodrich, who died in Lawrence in 1910 at the age of sixty-six. He was one of those quiet unassuming men, rarely known to the world in general, but worthily filling the niche in the affairs of life allotted to them.

Of Canadian nativity, born at Sarnia, he was brought to the United States when very young and was reared in and about Kankakee, Illinois. The first service in his quiet routine came with the outbreak of the Civil war. He enlisted under the stars and stripes as a member of the One-Hundred and Fifty-ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and as a private soldier did his part and share in preserving the Union.

After his marriage to Mary E. Misner, he came to Kansas in 1879, and located near Valley Falls. By good management and industry as a farmer he accumulated a competence, and about 1898 moved to Topeka, where he lived until 1906. He then moved to Lawrence, where he spent his remaining years with his family, honored and respected for his many sterling qualities. He never aspired to public life, but in the round of commonplace accomplishment and in the faithful and intelligent performance of every task that was allotted to him he left a record which may well be envied and admired by the generations that follow him. He read extensively, was an intelligent observer, was loyal to his principles and was especially devoted in his friendships.

Fred E. Goodrich, son of the late C. B. Goodrich was born near Valley Falls, Kansas, in 1881, and spent the first seventeen years of his life there, receiving his education in the public schools, and later attending the high school at Topeka. While at Salina he learned the milling business, and on returning to Topeka in October, 1911, became identified with the Shawnee Mills, as manager. On July 12, 1916, he accepted the position of manager of The Arkansas City Milling Company, at Arkansas City, Kansas, one of the largest milling plants of the state. Fred E. Goodrich married Miss Josephine Van Amburgh.


Connelley, William E. A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans. Chicago : Lewis, 1918. 5v. Biographies can be accessed from this page: Kansas and Kansans Biographies.

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