Charles Churchill Goodrich

Contributed by Jim Simmons. Thanks, Jim.

Pub. Unknown newspaper


Former Mayor Of The City of McLeansboro Died At Benton Hospital Sunday Night.


          Charles Churchill Goodrich was born in Shawneetown, Illinois, on Tuesday, September 27, 1870; departed this life at Benton, Illinois, on Sunday, June 20, 1937, at 8:00 o'clock p.m., at the age of 66 years, 8 months and 23 days.

          He was the son of Hanson and Sallie Goodrich, and with his father came to McLeansboro when a small boy, where he has resided continuously since.

          On June 6, 1898, deceased was married to Hattie Yarborough and to this union were born seven children, two of whom died in infancy, Hanson and Arthur.  He is survived by his beloved wife and five children, Charles Churchill, Jr., Lucille, Howard, Mrs. Coralee Frazier and Dorothy.  He also left surviving him, two sisters, Mrs. Sallie E. Black of this city, and Mrs. Coralee Parks of Los Angeles, Calif., besides a host of relatives.

          Mr. Goodrich attended the public schools of this city and after completing his education went into business for himself and built the two-story building on the East side of the square, where he has continuously conducted the business for a period of 49 years.  Mr. Goodrich was the oldest merchant of the city and by his devotion to business and fair dealing had built up a very lucrative trade.  He was most attentive to business, was at his post duty early and late and rarely ever took a vacation.

         In 1919, when the city's credit was badly impaired and city warrants were worth only 40 cents on the dollar, Mr. Goodrich was prevailed upon to made the race for Mayor.  He was easily elected and immediately brought to the attention of his council the fact that as long as expenses ran ahead of income, they might expect that condition to continue.  By the application of strict economy and thorough business methods, the financial condition of the city began to improve.  'Altogether Mr. Goodrich served the City as Mayor five terms and during that time many of our present improvements were made.  It was he who first established a "sinking Fund" into which a portion of the city's earnings went every month, and which has since been of great benefit to his successors.  Under his leadership our electric light plant was brought to its present high state of efficiency; the White Way lighting system on the public square; free lights for our churches are fruits of his administration.  It was during his tenure of office that Mary E. McCoy Memorial Library was accepted by the city; he appointed the first 'Board of Directors and assisted in every way to make the library a success.  Deceased was justly proud of our lighting system and the part he played in making it the success it is.  In addition to his service as Mayor, deceased served as member of the School Board.  Politically, Mr. Goodrich was a Republican and served as chairman of the Republican County Central Committee.

        Our subject was an outstanding public spirited citizen.  In the building to the churches of the city he was a most liberal contributor, and always stood for the best interests of the churches, although he never became a member of any church.  He was charitable to a very marked degree, and in this respect will be greatly missed by the poorer class of our citizens.

        Mr. Goodrich's devotion to his family was a very noticeable characteristic; and loyalty to a friend was his religion.  He was no "fair weather" friendship and his interpretation of the term was a lesson to us all.

        He was a member of three fraternal organizations, namely the A. F. & A. M., Knights of Pythias and I.O.O.F., and exemplified their teachings in his daily contact with his fellowman.  Truth, honesty and square dealing were his creed and his word was his bond.  After 49 years of service to the citizens of McLeansboro, Charles Churchill Goodrich will be missed from the walks of life.

        Funeral services were held at the family residence at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, June 23, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, under the auspices of Polk Lodge No. 137, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Rev. John B. Maulding conducted the funeral service.

        In accordance with a proclamation issued by Mayor Clyde Shepard, all business was suspended in the city during the funeral and burial.

        McLeansboro has truly lost a great, good citizen.

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