Whitley County Obituaries

Goodrich, Adaline Miner
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, November 1, 1922

     Mrs. Adaline Goodrich, 72 years old, wife of Silas Goodrich, of Thorncreek township, fell dead Monday evening at 8:30 o'clock on the stage at Merriam as she was in the act of crowning Miss Mary Gandy Queen of Hallowe'en. The tragedy brought a sand and unexpected ending of an evening of merrymaking and was witnessed by a large crowd of masked revelers.
     Mrs. Goodrich had been in good health and had been active in connection with the preparations for hallowe'en, gathering leaves and corn for the decorations. Just as she was about to crown Miss Gandy she fell forward on her face, gasped a couple of times and passed away. Physicians were immediately summoned, but she was beyond medical aid. The body of the deceased was conveyed to her home at Loon Lake.
     Mrs. Goodrich was dressed as an Indian and was seemingly enjoying the fun as much as any of the older members of the celebration. She had not been sick and no one noticed anything to indicate that she was indisposed. It is believed that the excitement of the occasion and the extra exertion in preparing for the entertainment brought a heart attack and the sudden death. It was a great shock to the large gathering and many expressions of sorrow and regret were heard. Quite a few persons from this city attended the celebration and witnessed the sudden collapse of Mrs. Goodrich.
     Adaline Miner was the daughter of Samuel and Mary Cannon Miner, and was born in Columbia township on August 16, 1850. In 1875 she married Silas Goodrich, of Thorncreek township, who survives. Since that time she has resided mostly at Loon Lake, where Mr. Goodrich managed the resort for some time. The following children, Esta, at Blythesville, Ark., Roy Goodrich, of Columbia township, Mrs. Nova Humbarger of Merriam, Donald, of Thorncreek township, and three step-children, Mrs. William Keirn, of Columbia City, Mrs. Eli Miller, of Fort Wayne, Mrs. Joseph Blain, of Etna township; and two sisters, Mrs. E. C. Cummins, of Monrovia, Cal., and Mrs. Resin Hawn, of LaPorte, Ind. survive.
     Mrs. Goodrich was a member of the Ormas Baptist church and was most highly esteemed by a large circle of relatives and friends. She took a large part in the annual reunions of the family, was active in church work and in all movements for the good of the community in which she resided.


Goodrich, Alfred Marion
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday October 15, 1919

     Marion Goodrich, a well known farmer who lived many years in this county until he moved to Noble county, locating on a farm near Ormas, died at his home there Friday morning at 5 o'clock, death being due to pneumonia. He had been ill but five days, and at the time of his death was 63 years, 10 months and 3 days old. He was a son of Ralph and Lucinda Goodrich and was born in Larwill. His younger days were spent in this county and he grew to manhood in the northwest part of this county.
     On May 23, 1901, he was united in marriage to Miss Jane Bennett, who survives. There are four children, Mrs. Edith Blanchard of Troy township and Martha, Mary and Ferry [sic: Perry], at home. There are two surviving brothers, Sway Goodrich, of Cromwell, and David Goodrich, of Memphis, Tenn. The death comes as a distinct shock to his relatives and friends, for he had been enjoying good health until he became sick with pneumonia.
     The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Ormas church, Rev. Moorman officiating, and the interment will be made in the church cemetery.
    


Goodrich, Alton LeRoy
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
March 20, 1979

     Alton LeRoy Goodrich, 69, of 2827 West Brook Drive, Apt. 331, Fort Wayne, died at 11:10 a.m. Monday, March 19, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. March 12, 1978 he suffered a stroke. He was admitted to the hospital march 17 of this year. On Monday he suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage.
     Born January 6, 1910 in Richland township, he was a son of Frank LeRoy and Nettie Shoemaker Goodrich. His birth was at the Price Goodrich farm. He was reared in Whitley county and graduated from Columbia City High School in 1928.
     He graduated from Purdue University in 1932 with a degree in agriculture and animal husbandry. From 1933-1953 he was director of Civilian Conservation Corps with the United States Department of Agriculture serving in Washington, Peru, Goshen and Rising Sun.
     He owned and operated the A. L. Goodrich Drainage Contracting business. From 1966 to his retirement in 1973 he served at Decatur as district SCS conservationist. At his retirement he moved to Fort Wayne.
     Mr. Goodrich was a member of Eagles Lodge of Fort Wayne, BPOE, of Rochester, Moose Lodge of Rochester, Farm Bureau. He was a licensed Indiana state realtor, was past president of Fulton County board of realtors, was a 1964 candidate for Fulton county auditor, and was Fulton county's first chosen conservationist.
     He was married in 1938 to Dorothy Newland. She preceded him in death in 1962. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Jack (Ellen) bondi of Rueflesdorf, West Germany; two grandchildren, David and Lynn Bondi; one sister, Mrs. Veril V. Pontzius, R 7.
     Friends may call at J. A. DeMoney and Son Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Wednesday. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. James B. Willyard officiating. Burial will be in the IOOF cemetery in Rochester, Fulton county.


Goodrich, Arabella S. Miller
Columbia City Commercial - Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday January 28, 1886

     Died. Goodrich - Arabel [sic] S. Goodrich was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, November 9, 1847 died January 20th, 1886 aged 38 years, 2 months and 11 days.
     The deceased whose maiden name was Miller, was married to John W. Goodrich, January 21st, 1869, was converted and united with the United Brethren church in 1872, and lived a faithful and consistent member thereof until death. She suffered with that terrible disease, consumption, for eleven years, during all of which time she patiently bore her affliction, never murmuring at her lot. She was a kind wife, a devoted mother and an esteemed neighbor, as the immense crowd that attended her funeral fully attested. Her funeral was held at Beech Chapel, on Friday, January 23d, Revs. Parker and S. J. McElwee officiating. Her husband and motherless children have the sympathy of all.


Goodrich, Charles Willis
The Platte County Record - Wheatland, Wyoming
Friday January 14, 1938

     Business houses closed Thursday afternoon during the hour of service for Charles W. Goodrich, pioneer to the Wheatland flats, where still stand several buildings, monuments to his ability as a builder of brick and stone.
     Mr. Goodrich was born in Columbus City [sic], Indiana, August 25, 1867, and at the time of his death was a few months past 70 years of age. He had been a resident of Wheatland since April 7, 1894.
     In 1885 Mr. Goodrich heard the call to go west and moved to Fort Collins where he followed the trade of his father and grandfather, that of a brick layer and mason. He also worked for a while in Denver where he said brick layers were at that time drawing $6 per day and board could be had for about $3 per week.
     In 1890 he returned to Indiana to visit his family where he met Miss Flora Sappington whom he married March 18, 1890 and brought her to Fort Collins with him. From Fort Collins Mr. Goodrich went to Eaton where he had a brick kiln and where he later met L. W. Gray who was later one of the first merchants in Wheatland.
     March 18, 1894, Mr. Goodrich accompanied by his brother Clem, J. J. Shaw, Jim Cooper and Henry Burnhart came to what is now Wheatland. The five men brought thru five covered wagons. Blizzards and blocked trails caused them untold difficulties. They finally arrived in Wheatland April 7.
     When they arrived the Coll Morrisons and M. R. Johnsons were about the only families living near the present location of Wheatland and the Wyoming Development Co. building was the only structure.
     They put up a tent near the present location of the Park to Park garage and camped there two weeks before they could get into the hills for lumber to build a house. Mr. Goodrich then started the brick yard and the construction of several buildings.
     Their first fourth of July here, Mr. Goodrich said, was spent at the Two-Bar ranch. The whole population of the valley turned out which at that time didn't number much over 20 persons.
     A school building, later rebuilt into one of the Henke apartment houses, the Buechner Drug Store building, Palace Market building, Globe Hotel and Depot were the first brick buildings built in Wheatland by Mr. Goodrich. The house owned by Margaret Loomis was the first brick dwelling and was built by Mr. Goodrich for I. W. Gray. Before the end of the year Mr. Goodrich had a crew of 35 men working with him.
     When he started the brick yard which was located on the west side of Wheatland where the dump yard now is, Mr. Goodrich employed a brickmaker from Fort Collins. They burnt their own lime and used wood brought down from the hills. Mr. Goodrich did the cooking in addition to his other work. Later as his crew grew he hired a cook for the outfit. He furnished the brick and layed them at $10.00 per 100.
     Mrs. Goodrich arrived in November, 1894 with their son Leon by train. At that time the train only ran north to Orin Junction and returned. They located on a tract of land three miles northeast of Wheatland which Mr. Goodrich improved. The farm is now owned by Louis Spevak and the brick barn built by Mr. Goodrich still stands.
     Leon Goodrich lacked a couple of months being three when arriving here with his mother. He is an architect in Casper at this time. Their other son Arlo was born here and is following the trade of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
     A large number of the buildings built by Mr. Goodrich and his associates still stand. The last bricks made by the brick yard were used in some of the court house construction. Mr. Goodrich was a builder in more than one sense of the work and has done a lot in the building of Wheatland. He had said all this would not have been possible had it not been for the help given him by his wife, who grew nearer and dearer to him year by year.
     Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon from the Methodist Episcopal Church with Rev. Wilbur P. Wood officiating with Watson and Dennis Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Goodrich, Chauncey
The Wheatland Times - Platte County, Wyoming
Wednesday February 2, 1921

     Chauncey Goodrich, widely known as “Grandpa” Goodrich, died at the family residence Tuesday morning, February 1st. He had been in failing health for more than a year and the end was not unexpected.
     Mr. Goodrich was born in Whitley County, Indiana, October 7, 1839, he being the third white child to be born in that county. On July 24, 1861 he was united in marriage to Miss Rhoda Noble of Larwill, Indiana. To this union were born three children; Mrs. Ella Jameson, Clement Z. Goodrich, and Charles W. Goodrich, all of this city. In 1886, the family moved to Colorado, coming to Wheatland in 1895, where they have since resided.
     In the passing of Chauncey Goodrich, Wheatland loses one of its oldest and most highly esteemed citizens. He was a building contractor and brick layer by trade and with his own hands assisted in the erection of many of the business houses and residences of the town. For more than fifty years he was an active member of the Methodist church. His father was a minister and he himself held the position of class leader until his death. He was humble, patient, and devout, his daily life exemplifying the highest principles of practical Christianity.
     Whatever talents he possessed in prayer or speech or service were used to make the world a little better and brighter. There was “no moaning of the bar when he put out to sea” no dread of death, but a calm peace, for he longed to go and be with the Father.


Goodrich, Clement Zenus
The Platte County Record, Wheatland, Wyoming
Thursday December 31, 1936

     Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon for Clement Z. Goodrich, 73 year old Wheatland pioneer, who died of a heart attack on Christmas Eve. He had not been in good health for some time.
     Mr. Goodrich was born in Indiana, November 17, 1863, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Goodrich. He was on of the real “old timers” in this community, having come to Platte county from Colorado forty two years ago. He had been a widower since 1896, when his wife died. She was the first person to die in the then youthful town of Wheatland. He was buried beside his wife in the Wheatland cemetery. No children were born to them.
     He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Ella Jameson of Seaside, Oregon and a brother, Charles W. Goodrich of Wheatland. Mr. Goodrich was a likeable man, a strong booster for the state and most thoroughly interested in mining. He spent a good deal of his time prospecting in the big hills west of town, ever hopeful that they would some day yield a fortune.


Goodrich, David F.
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday November 12, 1921

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     Logan Staples, proprietor of the Tri Lake Resort, received a letter Thursday from Mr. and Mrs. Ira Shoemaker, of Memphis, Tenn, announcing the death of Mrs. Shoemaker's father, David F. Goodrich, formerly of Etna, last Friday. The letter stated that the cause of death was complications due to old age and that he had been in poor health for some time.
     Mr. Goodrich, who was well known in the northern part of Whitley county, was seventy-eight years of age. He resided at Etna, Ind., until six years ago, when he went to Memphis, Tenn., to make his home with his daughter. Another daughter, Mrs Ada Cauts, survives. Mr. Goodrich's wife passed away several years ago.
     The deceased was a civil war veteran and it was his request that he be buried in the National cemetery of Memphis. Funeral services were held for him last Sunday.


Goodrich, Donald C.
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday October 8, 1969

     Donald C. Goodrich, 81, R 1 Kimmell, a retired Noble county threshing-machine and sawmill operator, died at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday at the Whitley County Hospital where he had been a patient since 9 p.m. Monday. On June 21, 1969, he suffered an initial heart attack, but following hospitalization, recovered sufficiently to again operate his car. A re-occurring attack earlier Tuesday forced him to again return to the hospital by ambulance.
     He was a native of Loon Lake and was born on August 28, 1888, a son of Silas and Adeline Miner Goodrich. He resided on the farm at Loon Lake until he was 21 years of age. On November 25, 1911 he was united in marriage to the former Goldie Adair. Their first home was on the Goodrich farm just south of Loon Lake. In 1921 they moved to Noble county where they spent the greater portion of their married life.
     On two different occasions, they owned and operated the Ormas General Store. In 1931 Mr. Goodrich purchased a portable saw-mill which he operated for many years in both Noble and Whitley counties, having sawed lumber for many of the barns which were constructed throughout that area. For a period of 32 years he also operated the threshing machine in that community.
     He served as the Democratic committeeman in Washington township, Noble county, for 30 years and assumed an active part in the work of the party. Mr. Goodrich was the vice president of the Thorn cemetery at the time of his death.
     The surviving relatives include his wife, Goldie; two sons, Phillip D. Goodrich, Wolf Lake and Lynn D. Goodrich, R 1 Kimmell; four daughters, Mrs. Aileen Hill, City; Mrs. Phil (Ellen) Metzger, City; Mrs. Errol (Billy) Schuman, R 6; Mrs. Waldo (Shirley) Miller, R 2 Ligonier; 20 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. H. C. Humbarber, R 2 Albion. One son, Hale, two brothers, Roy and Esta, and three half-sisters preceded him in death.
     The body is at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where friends may call after 7 p.m. today. The Rev. Donald Cutts of Kimmell will officiate at the funeral service to be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Committal services and burial will follow the funeral home rites in the Thorn cemetery at Ormas.


Goodrich, Donald Hale
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
April 14, 1928

     Goodrich Boy Drowns Wednesday near Ormas. Seven-Year-Old Child of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Goodrich Swept One and One Half Miles Downstream by Current in Ditch, in Which He Had Gone Wading.
     Two hours after he had been missed from home, Wednesday afternoon and following a third search downstream, the body of Donald Hale, seven-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Goodrich, of Ormas, was found caught in a bush at the side of the dredged ditch leading from Smalley Lake to Big Lake. The child's body had been carried one and one-half miles west of the place where it is known he entered the water to wade. Discovery of the lifeless body was made by the father and Adam Hill, at about four o'clock.
     The parents of the lad resided until a month ago on the Earl Wise farm, near Old Lake. They moved to Ormas, where Mr. Goodrich started a general store, and the Goodrich family resided in the dwelling joining the store.
     Donald Hale was last seen about the home at about 1:30 Wednesday afternoon. His absence at 2 o'clock caused concern to his father, who began a search for him. The child had been accustomed last summer to going in wading daily. Mindful of this fact, Mr. Goodrich went to the ditch, 200 feet north of his store. A few feet east of the bridge, he saw his son's shoes and stocking, lying on the bank. His calls to the missing boy were not answered. Fearing for the worst, Mr. Goodrich secured neighbors to assist him, and a general search was begun. Failing to find the body in the ditch under or about the bridge, Mr. Goodrich and others made a careful search for a half-mile downsteam, or west of the bridge. Later the search was extended some distance further, but it was not until Mr. Goodrich and Mr. Hill had gone two miles down the creek and returned east a half-mile that they found the lifeless form of the boy.
     In all probability the lad had gone in wading at the bridge, and was swept into deep water by the current. The water in the ditch is from 18 inches deep at the sides to over four feet deep in the center, the ditch being swollen with water, and having a rapid current at this time of year. The body had been washed by the current against a bush, which held it, in abut two feet of water. Death had occurred long before discovery of the body, which had been in the water at least two hours.
     Surviving the lad are the parents; four sisters, Irene, Ellen, Lowillo and Jean, the latter being only five days of age; one brother, Phil. Mr. and Mrs. William Adair, of Ormas, are grandparents, as were the late Mr. and Mrs. Silas Goodrich, of Whitley county. The deceased child was a nephew of Roy Goodrich, east of this city, and of Mrs. William Keirn, of Columbia City.
     Since the drowning occurred just across the Whitley county line, in Noble county, Coroner Shaw, of Kendallville, conducted the inquest, which was completed at the Goodrich home Thursday.
     The funeral will be at the home at 9 o'clock Saturday morning, with Rev. Hults of Etna officiating. Burial will be in the Thorncreek cemetery.


Goodrich, Dorothy Newland
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday November 29, 1962

     Mrs. Alton (Dorothy) Goodrich, 52, of Rochester, died at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday at her residence on West 12th St. She had been ill for a year and seriously ill for the past two weeks.
     Mrs. Goodrich was born December 18, 1909 at Washington. She had lived in Rochester since 1944 moving there from Goshen. She was married July 1, 1939 at Washington to Alton L. Goodrich. Her parents were Arthur and Mary Ann Donahue Newland. She was a housewife and former school teacher.
     Mrs. Goodrich was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church at Rochester; the Rosary Society; the Tri Kappa and Women’s Club. She was graduated from the St. Mary-of-the-Wood College at Terre Haute.
     Surviving are the husband, Alton; her mother, Mrs. Mary Ann Newland of Washington; a daughter, Mrs. Ellen Bondi, Chicago; three sisters, Sister Helen Rose Newland, Galesburg, Illinois; Mrs. W. W. Bailey, Kendallville, Mrs. John C. Williams, Washington and three brothers, John and Paul Newland of Washington and James G. Newland of Indianapolis. A brother, Robert Newland, preceded her in death while serving in World War II.
     Funeral services will be at 11:15 a.m. Saturday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rochester with the Rev. George Lanning officiating. Burial will be in the Rochester Odd Fellows cemetery.
     The Rosary will be said at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Zimmerman Brothers Funeral Home in Rochester. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7:00 this evening.
     Mrs. Goodrich was a sister-in-law of Mrs. Robert Pontzius, Thorncreek township.


Goodrich, Esta
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday, April 20, 1939

     Funeral rites were held today in Blytheville, Ark., for Esta Goodrich, who left Whitley county a number of years ago to make his home in Blytheville.
     Mr. Goodrich died in a hospital at Blytheville. Mr. and Mrs. August Erdmann, of this city, the latter a sister of Mrs. Goodrich, who recently returned from Blytheville after spending the winter there, have returned to be present at the funeral rites.
     He was a son of the late Silas Goodrich, owner for many years of the Loon lake resort, and was born in Whitley county. He is survived by the widow, Flossie Jontz Goodrich, a daughter of the late R. J. Jontz, of this city; three daughters, Dorothy, Winnifred, Vera Elizabeth; and a son, Robert, of Blytheville; a half sister, Mrs. Will Keirn, of this city; one sister, Mrs. Knova Humbarger, residing near Wolf Lake; and two brothers, Don and Roy Goodrich, residing in Whitley county.


Goodrich, Fay Leroy
Columbia City Post & Mail, Whitley County, Indiana
January 15, 1993

     Fay Leroy Goodrich, 75, of Lake Tippecanoe, died at 5 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 11, 1993, at St. Joseph Hospital, Port Charlotte, Fla. near his winter home. Mr. Goodrich was born on Oct. 28, 1917, in Whitley County. On Sept. 5, 1942, he was united in marriage to Idabel M. Lovett in Gulf Port, Miss. She survives.
     He was former owner of Lovett Tool & Manufacturing Co. of Mishawaka in 1984. Then he retired from Reliable Metal of Mishawaka in 1989 after four years of service. Mr. Goodrich lived in Mishawaka for 47 years and two years in Tippecanoe. He was a member of FOE Lodge No. 2083 of Mishawaka, South Bend Moose Lodge No. 4025, Elks Lodge of Englewood, Fla. And East United Methodist Church in Mishawaka.
     He is survived by his wife, Idabel; two daughters, Marilyn J. Shroyer and Judith Ann Zorn both of Mishawaka; three grandchildren; one sister, Zovelda Andris of Gibson City, Ill.; three brothers, Kenneth Goodrich of Grants Pass, Oregon, Gerald Goodrich of Drummond Isle, Mich. and Clyde Goodrich of South Bend.
     Memorial services are 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, 1993, at Bubb Funeral Chapel North, 3910 N. Main St., Mishawaka, with the Rev. Al Kundenreich officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Chapel, Osceola. Visitation is one hour prior to services on Monday. Memorials are to the American Red Cross or Salvation Army.


Goodrich, Fletcher
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday December 14, 1907

     Fletcher Goodrich, of Troy township, one of the prominent citizens of Whitley county, passed away Thursday at 9 a.m. after an illness ranging over eight years, due to nervous trouble. In the last eight months, he had brain and spinal trouble and suffered greatly from the maladies which afflicted him. In the last four months his trouble steadily increased despite the best medical treatment and he succumbed to the disease. He was one of the earlier settlers of the county and leaves a wife and large family, besides many other relatives and friends, who are saddened by his early death.
     The deceased was a son of Price and Julia Ann Goodrich, who came to this county in 1840, and located in Troy township, where he was born April 27, 1850. He was aged 57 years 7 months and 15 days at the time of his death. The deceased was one of nine children, his parents dying about fifteen years ago.
     He grew to manhood and was educated in the Richland township schools. He was married in 1878 to Mary Ann McCown and nine children were born to them, two dying in infancy from scarlet fever. The surviving children are Mrs. Amon Beard, Mrs. Leonard Foster, Frank, Chauncey, Floyd, Frances and Irma, all of Troy township. The unmarried children live on the home farm. Besides his wife and children, he is survived by two brothers and three sisters – Chauncey Goodrich, of Wheatland, Wyoming and Silas Goodrich of Loon Lake. Mrs. Scott Barber and Miss Martha Goodrich of Larwill and Mrs. Fanny Marrs of Troy township.
     The deceased was the owner of one of the finest farms in Troy township and was one of the best farmers in the county, until his health began to fail. He was one of the progressive men of his neighborhood and for nine years filled the position of supervisor, in a creditable manner. He was a member of the M. E. Church and politically was a democrat.
     Personally, he was a good neighbor, a kind husband and father, a staunch friend and a man whose death, so early in life, is more generally regretted. The sympathy of all is extended the bereft family and relatives, in their hour of sorrow.
     The funeral will occur Sunday leaving the residence at 1 p.m. for the Free Methodist church at Lorane. Rev. D.W. Sanders will preach the sermon and the remains will be laid to rest in the Adams cemetery.


Goodrich, Flora Belle Sappington
The Platte County Record - Wheatland, Wyoming
Friday May 9, 1947

     Funeral services were held Thursday May 8, at 2 p.m. in the Schrader Chapel for Flora Belle Goodrich, Rev. W.W. Maxwell officiating. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, February 8, 1869 Mrs. Goodrich died at her home April 6, at 3:00 p.m. following a short illness at the age of 78.
     She had been a resident of Wheatland since 1894, and prior to that time lived in Fort Collins, Colorado. She was affiliated with the Methodist Church. Surviving her are: two sons, Arlo S. Goodrich of Wheatland, Leon C. Goodrich, Casper; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Fleckenger of Goshen, Indiana, Mrs. Alice Terman of Wheatland and four grandchildren. Her husband Charles W. Goodrich preceded her in death in 1939.
     Burial was in the Wheatland cemetery, pallbearers were “Curly” havens, Frank Windom, Lyle Clay, Tom Garrett, John Merback and Albert Cobb, Sr. Schrader Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Goodrich, Frank LeRoy
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday February 5, 1959

     Frank LeRoy Goodrich, 78, of 121 North Chauncey St., died at 8:55 this morning at his residence. He had been in failing health since last fall and had been hospitalized at various times since then.
     Mr. Goodrich was born April 17, 1880 in Richland township to Fletcher and Mary McKown Goodrich. In June 1909 he married Nettie A. Shoemaker, Richland township and for many years resided in Columbia township, west of Columbia City on the Lincoln Highway. He was a retired farmer and has lived in Columbia City since 1946.
     Mr. Goodrich was a member of the Trinity Methodist Church, the Methodist Men’s Club, the IOOF Lodge and was one of the original members of the Whitley County REMC Board of Directors.
     Mrs. Goodrich died on December 31, 1949. Surviving are two children, a son, Alton L. Goodrich, Rochester, and a daughter, Mrs. Robert Pontzius, Thorncreek township; four grandchildren; two brothers, Chauncey Goodrich, Sierraville, California, and Floyd Goodrich, Oroville, California; three sisters, Mrs. Amon Beard, Larwill, Mrs. Leonard Foster and Mrs. Birdie Schuman. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Mrs. Erma Brown.
     Funeral arrangements are incomplete.


Goodrich, Goldie B. Adair
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday September 15, 1971

     Mrs. Goldie B. Goodrich, 77, R 1 Kimmell, the widow of Donald C. Goodrich, died at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday at the National Nursing Home. She had been in failing health for the last five years and for the past three months her condition had remained critical.
     She was a native of Noble township, Noble county, and was born on December 17, 1893, a daughter of William C. and Margaret Ellen Sterling Adair. Her formative years were spent in the Ormas community where she was educated in the Stults school.
     On November 25, 1911, she was united in marriage to Donald C. Goodrich. They started housekeeping on a farm immediately south of Loon Lake in Thorncreek township. In 1916, they purchased the Ormas General Store which they managed for two years. They then returned to Thorncreek township where they made their home until 1938 when they purchased their present farm two and one-half miles north of Ormas in Washington township, Noble county.
     Mr. Goodrich preceded her in death on October 7, 1969. Mrs. Goodrich was a member of the Washington Township Home Demonstration Club and the Mission Circle of the Ormas Baptist Church.
     The surviving relatives include two sons, Phillip D. Goodrich, Wolf Lake and Lynn D. Goodrich, R 1 Kimmell; four daughters, Mrs. Aileen Hill, City; Mrs. Phil (Ellen) Metzger, City; Mrs. Errol (Billie) Schuman, R 1, Pierceton; Mrs. Waldo (Shirley) Miller, R 2 Ligonier; 21 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Marjorie Beers, Cromwell and Mrs. Grace Judd, City.
     One son, Hale, four brothers, Arthur, Walter, William, and Forrest, and two sisters, Hazel and Jessie, preceded her in death.
     The body is at the Smith and Sons Funeral Home where friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. William Utley, pastor of the Ormas Baptist Church, will officiate at the funeral service to be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
     Committal services and burial will follow the funeral home rites in the Ormas Baptist Church north of Ormas.


Goodrich, John S.
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday March 25, 1970

     John Goodrich, 86, of Kimmell, died about 6 a.m. Tuesday in the Miller Merry Manor Nursing Home near Warsaw where he had been a patient since February following a stroke and a fairly brief hospitalization at Murphy Medical Center in Warsaw.
     He was born Aug. 1, 1883 near Etna, a son of Alfred Marion and Jennie A. Long Goodrich. His wife, Myrtle Cox, whom he married Dec. 12, 1916 in Detroit, Mich., was from the Etna area. Mr. Goodrich, once a farmer, then became a blacksmith at Kimmell. For a number of years he had been retired.
     Surviving are two daughters, Odelight Newhouse in Florida; and Mrs. Merle (Marie) Brower, Albion R 4; six grandchildren; three great grandchildren; three half-sisters who are all Columbia City residents, Mrs. Josie Knight of Chicago street, Mrs. Martha Ewing of South Chauncey street, and Mrs. Glen (Mary) Blew of Collins street; a brother, Perry Goodrich, address unknown.
     Preceding him in death was a son, Kenneth, of Ligonier, who died in 1969; a half-sister, Mrs. Mable Eley of Larwill, and two half-brothers, Fred and Beryl Young, Columbia City; also a brother, Delbert, in childhood.
     The body is at the Ulrey Funeral Home in Ligonier where funeral services will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in the West Etna cemetery. Selected as pallbearers are Kimmell friends and neighbors, Dale Gorsuch, Dale Parker, John Moore, Lester Phares, Merrill Wallace and George Williamson.


Goodrich, Leroy Price
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday May 26, 1951

     Leroy Price Goodrich, past 71 years old, died at 2:35 Saturday morning at Memorial hospital in Columbia City. He had been ill for three years and was hospitalized for two weeks.
     He was born in Thorncreek township just south of Loon Lake on July 2, 1879 and was a son of Silas and Adaline Miner Goodrich. Mr. Goodrich lived in Washington township 12 years and in Columbia township 14 years and operated the store at Ormas for four years. He resided at Larwill for the past four years. From 1926 to 1935 Mr. Goodrich managed the Productive Shipping Association in Columbia City.
     On Dec. 24, 1916 he was married to Ruth Ramsey of Thorncreek township, who survives. Also surviving are 5 sons, Fay L., Mishawaka; Orville E., Jefferson township; Kenneth C., a 1st lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force at Randolph Field, Texas; Gerald of Tri Lakes and Clyde D. of Union township; and two daughters, Mrs. Russell Andris, Saybrook, Ill., and Mrs. Richard Slater, Union township. Two sons, Grover and Harold are dead. A brother, Gerald, R. R. 1, Kimmell and a sister, Mrs. Hugo Humbarger of Wolf Lake also survive. A brother and 5 half sisters are dead.
     Mr. Goodrich was a former chairman of the county AAA. The body was brought to the DeMoney-Hollingsworth funeral home where friends may call after 8 p.m. Saturday and where services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. The Rev. Mark O. Burnett, former pastor of the Larwill Methodist church and now pastor of the Hudson M. E. church will conduct the services and burial will be in the Hively cemetery.


Goodrich, Marjorie
The Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday August 10, 1912

     Little Marjorie Goodrich, one of the twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Esta Goodrich of East Jackson street, died at 6 o’clock Thursday morning, and the parents and immediate relatives are wild with grief and anguish, and have the deepest sympathy of the community.
     The little girl had been ill since last Sunday with bowel trouble, and although every effort was made to save her precious life, it was of no avail. A trained nurse came Wednesday from the Hope hospital at Fort Wayne and the best of care was given, but death could not be warded off.
     The child was born February 19, 1910, and was 2 years, 5 months and 20 days of age at the time of her death. She was a sweet, lovable child and is survived by her parents and a twin sister, Dorothy. The mother is a daughter of R. J. Jontz, of East Van Buren street.
     The funeral will occur Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the family home, conducted by Rev. C. W. Shoemaker, of the M. E. church; interment in the Linvill cemetery.


Goodrich, Martha Jane
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday May 9, 1912

     Larwill soldier died this morning. Martha Goodrich dead in same home. For two adults to pass away within little more than twelve hours in the same home is unusual, yet that has been the sad experience of the inmates of the household of Alonzo King, a half mile from Larwill. Sunday evening, Martha Goodrich, who had been assisting in nursing and caring for Mr. King, while seemingly in perfect health, quickly passed away, and the morning after, Mr. King's death followed, and the house is truly a house of mourning.
     The sudden death of Miss Martha Goodrich at the Lon King home came as an awful shock to the residents of Larwill, as she had been working all day Sunday doing those things which have to be done where there is sickness and she was in her usual good health. She had from time to time suffered from attacks of heart trouble, and Sunday evening shortly before seven o'clock she walked out onto the porch and complained of shortness of breath. Mrs. Lon King suggested that she take a fan and fan herself, but at about the same time she collapsed. Willing hands fanned her and every effort was made to give her relief. Dr. Tennant was summoned but within a few minutes after his arrival, she passed out of this life.
     Martha Goodrich was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Price Goodrich and was born in Troy township, May 4th, 1845, and was 67 years, 3 months and 1 day old at the time of her death. She had made her home for some time with her sister, Mrs. Scott Barber, of Larwill, and was a devout, Christian woman. She early became identified with the Methodist church and in her death is recorded the passing of a pure and upright soul. The deceased is survived by one sister, Mrs. Scott Barber, and by two brothers, Silas Goodrich, of Loon Lake and Chauncey Goodrich, of Wheatland, Wyoming.
     The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon, the cortage leaving the house at 1:30 for the Methodist church, where Rev. E. E. Wright will preach the sermon, and the interment will be in the Adams cemetery in Troy township.


Goodrich, Mathilda Jane Bennett
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Sunday June 11, 1933

     Mrs. Mathilda Jane Goodrich, 65, was fatally hurt and three others were injured when the automobile driven by her daughter, Mrs. Rose Lamy, Chicago, crashed into a tree a mile and a half south of Coesse about 9:30 o'clock Saturday night.
     Mrs. Goodrich was a passenger in Mrs. Lamy's Chevrolet coach. Other members of the automobile party were Miss Mary Goodrich of Columbia City, and Darl Slessman, local resident.
     The accident happened on the Lawrence road, a mile and a half south of Coesse, at a point about 200 feet from an intersection. Mrs. Lamy, driver of the car, apparently lost control of the machine. It plunged down an embankment and struck a cottonwood tree. The car was headed east at the time of the accident.
     Mrs. Goodrich was rushed to the Linvill Memorial hospital where she died at 5 o'clock Sunday morning. Her injuries consisted of a compound fracture of the left arm, a fractured jaw, broken nose, chest and internal injuries.
     The remaining members of the automobile party, except for Mrs. Lamy, received first aid treatment at the hospital. Darl Slessman suffered a sprained right hand, an inch and a half gash on the forehead which caused him to lose much blood, and the left side of his face was scraped. Miss Mary Goodrich, half-sister of Mrs. Lamy, received a cut on the forehead, a jagged laceration which cut through her chin, and numerous contusions. Mrs. Lamy, driver of the car received several fractured ribs, a crushed chest and a deep cut about 5 inches long on her left thigh. She will be confined to the hospital for some time.
     Mr. Slessman was riding in the front seat of the vehicle with Mrs. Lamy. Mrs. Goodrich and Miss Mary Goodrich were occupying the rear seat. The four were enroute to a country home to see Mrs. Slessman.
     Mrs. Goodrich, fatally hurt in the Saturday night accident, had been employed as housekeeper by Hamer Irwin, Etna township farmer, for several years. Her body was removed to the DeMoney Funeral Home where it will remain until the time of the funeral. Funeral services will be conducted at the Ormas Baptist church at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon by Rev. Moorman, of Brimfield, and burial will be made in the nearby Thorn cemetery. The body will be taken to the Hamer Irwin home Monday night.
     Mrs. Goodrich was a native of Keokuk, Iowa, born on September 1, 1868. Her first marriage was to Ezra Bennett in 1883. Surviving this union are three children, Mrs. Richard Lindemeyer of Omaha, Neb., Mrs. Rose Lamy of Chicago and Mrs. John Blanchard of Silver Lake. Following Mr. Bennett's death she was married in 1900 to Alfred Marion Goodrich.
     Children surviving this union include Miss Mary Goodrich and Mrs. Bernard Pollock of this city and Frank P. Goodrich of Washington. In addition, a step-son, John Goodrich of Kimmell and a sister, residing in Sioux City, Ia., survive. Mr. Goodrich passed away 13 years ago.
     According to Dr. Park Huffman, So. Whitley, county coroner who conducted an investigation of the accident, a verdict of accidental death will be returned. The Lamy Chevrolet, practically demolished by its collision with the tree, has been taken to the Columbia Motor Sales.


Goodrich, Melissa Blanchard
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday April 14, 1915

     Mrs. Melissa Goodrich, wife of John Goodrich who is a son of Mrs. Ed Young, of North Line street, by a former marriage, died at the Young home in this city Friday evening at 8:20 o'clock. She had been ailing for about four years from tuberculosis but she did not become bedfast until Friday. She was twenty-three years, ten months and four days old.
     Mr. and Mrs. Goodrich lived in Troy and Etna townships since their marriage. They lived with Mrs. Elizabeth Long, mother of Mrs. Ed Young, until her death last winter at Etna, and they have always resided in this county.
     Melissa Blanchard was a daughter of Oscar and Mary Blanchard. She was born in Troy township, June 5th, 1891. Her parents are both dead. She was united in marriage to John Goodrich, Dec. 28th, 1908. Two children were born to them, both of whom survive. They are Kenneth, aged four, and Odalite, aged 2 years.
     On last Saturday, she came to this city, accompanied by her husband, to stay with Mrs. Young, as it was felt that she could get better care here than she could get in the country. She was able to be up and around the house and her relatives did not think that the end was so near.
     Six brothers survive. They are John, Tom, Charles, Scott, Will and Lyman Blanchard. There are also three sisters: Mrs. Freeman Heneline, of this county, Mrs. George Coverstone, of Falon City, Nevada, and Goldie Blanchard, of this county.
     The deceased was a member of the Etna Methodist church and she used to belong to the Rebekah lodge at Etna until she dropped out on account of ill health.
     Her death is deeply mourned by a large circle of friends and relatives, who were greatly shocked at the news of her untimely end. Her husband, who is subject to heart attacks, was completely overcome and his condition was alarming for some time following his wife's death, but he was better Saturday morning.
     The funeral was held Sunday. The cortege left this city at 12:30 for the Etna Baptist church, where Rev. E.T. Spohn, of this city, delivered the funeral sermon. The burial was in the church cemetery.


Goodrich, Nettie A. Shoemaker
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday, January 3, 1950

     Mrs. Nettie Alberta Goodrich, past 71 years old, died Saturday evening at 9 o'clock at the family residence on North Chauncey street. She had been in failing health since about ten years ago when she had a stroke. She was seriously ill for the last six weeks and was confined to her bed.
     She was born in Columbia township on August 28, 1878, and was a daughter of Samuel F. and Louisa Beard Shoemaker. She spent her entire life in this community. The family lived west of Columbia City until six years ago when they moved to town.
     Miss Shoemaker was married 41 years ago in June to Frank L. Goodrich, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Alton Goodrich, Rochester; a daughter, Mrs. Robert Pontizius, Thorncreek township, 4 grandchildren and two brothers, Roswell Shoemaker of Larwill and Luther Shoemaker of Columbia township. A brother and sister are dead.
     Mrs. Goodrich was a member of the Trinity Methodist church and the Whitley County Home Division. The body was taken to the DeMoney-Hollingsworth Funeral Home where funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday by Rev. Dale C. Beatty, pastor of the Trinity Methodist church. Interment was in South Park cemetery.


Goodrich, Price
Columbia City Commercial - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday November 4, 1891

     Rev. Price Goodrich was born Dec. 17, 1799, in the state of Connecticut; moved to Delaware county, Ohio, in 1808; was married to Julia Ann Black, Feb. 2, 1831; joined the M. E. church in Oct. 1828, and lived an exemplary Christian life up to his death: died Oct. 30, 1891, aged 91 years, 10 months and 18 days.
     He was a pioneer settler, a pioneer mechanic, a pioneer official in the county and a pioneer in church and society and a man whose example it would be safe for any one to follow. He was the contractor who built the old Whitley county court house.   W. S. BARBER

Counties of Whitley & Noble, Indiana
Goodspeed and Blanchard, 1882
Page 316 (Richland Township Biographies)

     PRICE GOODRICH was born in Hartford, Conn., December 17, 1799, the son of Bela and Sally (Church) Goodrich, both natives of Connecticut. He was brought at eight years of age to Franklin County, Ohio, by his parents, with whom he remained, assisting on their farm, till nineteen years old, when he went as an apprentice at brick-laying and plastering, which trade he followed a number of years North and South; then returned home, and February 2, 1831, married Julia A. Black, daughter of Isaac and Mehitable (Brown) Black, who bore him seven children, six of whom are yet living.
    In 1838, he quit his trade and settled on the farm he now occupies, which he has converted from a wilderness to one of the pleasant homes in the township. In 1842, he resumed his trade and went to work in Fort Wayne for a season, and after that, employed himself in his own neighborhood at the same business till age warned him to cease in 1875, since when he has been living in retirement on his farm.
     He was Inspector at the first election held in Troy Township, at which there were but thirteen votes polled, and has always been a leader in movements for home progress. He served as Probate Judge, County Commissioner and Township Trustee. He was licensed as an exhorter in the M. E. Church in 1841, and officiated nine years, and then as local preacher for twenty-five years, and was then ordained a minister of the Gospel in the Free Methodist Church. He and wife have been active members in this society since 1828 and 1819 respectively.


Goodrich, Rhoda Noble
The Wheatland Times - Platte County, Wyoming
Thursday July 31, 1924

     With the death of Mrs. Rhoda Noble Goodrich which occurred late Sunday night Wheatland lost one of its most respected tho most unassuming citizens. Mrs. Goodrich was aged 81 years and three days at the time of her death, and had lived in Wheatland continuously for almost 30 years.
     She was born in Ohio on July 24, 1843. At an early age she moved to Indiana with her parents, and was married to Chauncey Goodrich at Larwill, Ind., on July 24, 1861. To this union there were born three children, Chauncey Z. Goodrich of Wheatland, Charles W. Goodrich of Casper and Mrs. Ella Jamieson of Wheatland. She moved to Fort Collins with her husband and children in 1886, coming from there to Wheatland in March, 1895.
     She was the last survivor of a family of 10 children, all of whom lived to a ripe old age. Her husband, Chauncey Goodrich, Sr., preceded her three years ago. She had been ill for nine months before her death, bedfast most of the time, but bore her trial with the cheerful patience that marked her life.
     The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist church followed by interment in the Wheatland cemetery.


Goodrich, Rozena Wilcox
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday June 7, 1922

     Relatives in this city were greatly shocked Monday afternoon to receive a message from Los Angeles, California, announcing the death of Rozena Goodrich at that place some time during the day. The message did not state the time nor the cause of death. Her neice, Mrs. Yost Braddock, received a letter from her two weeks ago at which time she was in good health. No word of her illness was received here and her death is believed to have been sudden. The remains will be brought to this city to the home of Mrs. Yost Braddock the latter part of the week and funeral arrangements will be announced at that time.
     Rozena Wilcox was a daughter of Edmond and Louisa Ford Wilcox and was born in Thorncreek township on November 22, 1859, making her 62 years, 6 months and 14 days old. She grew to woman hood in Thorncreek township and when a young woman married John Goodrich, who preceded her in death 23 years ago. Shortly after his death she came to Columbia City and made her home with the Will Stephens family on North Main street, where, after the death of Mrs. Stephens, she devoted her time to caring for the daughters, Ruth, Glenn and Ethel Stephens. Mr. and Mrs. Goodrich had no children. A step-son, Clinton Goodrich, of Des Moines, Iowa, a sister, Mrs. John Jackson, of this city, two nieces, Mrs. Ruth Braddock, of this city, and Mrs. Ethel Unrue, of Bloomingdale, Ind., survive.
     Three years ago in January Mrs. Goodrich felt that a change in climate would benefit her health and went to Los Angeles, where she resided until her death. She united with the Methodist church when a young woman and was active in the work during her entire life. She devoted a great deal of time to the church while in Lost Angeles and was a faithful friend and one whose life was characterized by worthy acts and good deeds.


Goodrich, Ruth Ramsey
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
January 16, 1975

     The memorial services of Mrs. Ruth Ramsey Goodrich, 85, of 416 Jolly street, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the J. A. DeMoney & Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Edward S. Vaught, pastor of the Columbia City United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be at the St. Matthew's (Hively) cemetery in Thorncreek township. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
     Mrs. Goodrich, the widow of LeRoy Price Goodrich, was found early Wednesday in her bed by a neighbor, Mrs. Mary Magley, and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Gerald Goodrich, R 4. She was taken to the Whitley County Hospital, where her family physician determined that her death had occurred at 1 a.m. following a stroke. She had bee in failing health for several weeks and had recently undergone surgery.
     Mrs. Goodrich was a native of Thorncreek township, born on October 13, 1889 to Charles and Linnie Hively Ramsey, Whitley county pioneers.
     She completed her education in the public schools of Thorncreek township and was married on December 24, 1916 at her parents' home to LeRoy Price Goodrich of Thorncreek township. They established their first home in Washington township, where they resided 12 years then moved to Columbia township for 14 years. From there they moved to Larwill, where Mr. Goodrich died May 26, 1951. Following his death Mrs. Goodrich purchased and moved to her home at 416 Jolly street.
     She was a member of the Columbia City United Methodist Church and the Women's Society of Christian Service.
     Surviving are five sons, Fay L. Goodrich, Mishwawaka; Kenneth C. Goodrich, R 7; Gerald E. Goodrich, R 4; Orville E. Goodrich and Clyde D. Goodrich both of South Bend; two daughters, Mrs. Russell (Zovelda) Andris, Saybrook, Ill. And Mrs. Richard (Hazel) Slater, Duluth, Minnesota; one sister, Mrs. John (Hazel) Benner, South Bend; 33 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
     Two sons, Harold and Keith Goodrich, two brothers, Grover and Walter Ramsey, and a sister, Mrs. Orpha Koester, are deceased.


Goodrich, Silas
Columbia City Commercial-Mail - Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday February 27, 1923

     Silas Goodrich, well known and prominent resident of Thorncreek township, died at his home on the old Goodrich homestead at 1 o'clock Tuesday morning. Mr. Goodrich first took sick a week ago and from that time on his condition failed to improve. Death resulted from senility and complications of old age.
     Silas Goodrich was born in Delaware county Ohio, Valentine day, February 14, 1835 to Price and Orelia Goodrich and at his death was aged 88 years and 13 days. He came to Thorncreek township, Whitley county, at the age of three years and lived there continuous until his death. In 1856 he married Amanda Elder and to this union three children were born. One child survives by his first wife, Mrs. William Keirn of this city. His first wife passed away in 1862, and he then married Adeline Cook who passed away in 1873. Two children survive this union. They are Mrs. Melvin Blain of New Lake and Mrs. Eli Miller of Fort Wayne.
     After the death of his second wife Mr. Goodrich married Adaline Miner, who passed away last Halloween evening at Merriam where she was taking part in the Halloween festival. The following children survive the last union: Esta Goodrich of Blythesville, Ark; Roy Goodrich of this city; Donald Goodrich at home and Mrs. Conova Humbarger of Merriam.
     Although at one time engaged in the saw mill business, Mr. Goodrich spent most of his life at farming. In later years he opened a resort at Loon lake and for a time managed the hotel there. Of recent years his farm has been farmed by his son, Donald, with whom he made his home.
     He served as justice of the peace for sixteen years and was active in other ways. Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock Thursday morning from the Hively church. Burial in the church cemetery.

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