MOSES GOODMAN, blacksmith, Elco. Grandfather Goodman lived in North Carolina, and there Paul Goodman, the father of our subject, was born in 1813; lived there until he reached manhood, and then married a Miss Williams. The twain, soon after they were made one, came West and settled near Jonesboro, Union Co., Ill, where the father soon after his arrival began running a saw mill. Mrs. Goodman died soon after her arrival at that place, and the father was married the second time to Chrissie Earnhart, daughter of Phillip Earnhart. She was the mother of five children, and of that number subject was the second and was born January 25, 1855. When he was about eight years of age, his father moved to Cape Girardeau County, Mo. Here he received his first education in a German school at that point. After about a year's residence there, his father died, and our subject, accompanied by his mother, came back to Alexander County and settled near Mill Creek. He early commenced to carry on affairs on the home place, but although having to take care of things generally, he managed to attend school some and obtained a fair education. He remained at home until his mother's death, which occurred in 1874. After that he rented the farm and hired out himself the following summer. The next fall, having married, he took charge again of the home place and remained there about one year. He next moved to a farm on Sandy Creek and there he remained until the year 1879, when he also sold out that farm and came to his present location at Elco. On this place he first obtained a livelihood by working at the saw mill of Durham & Cauble, and also followed teaming. In 1880, he purchased his present shop from Warren Durham. At this place he now does blacksmith work, and also does a general wagon repairing business. Mr. Goodman was married, December 18, 1874, to Rosana E. Dills, daughter of Wiley Dills, of Union County. She is the mother of five children — Henry C, Laura J., Dora E., Earnest L. and Lloyd E. Subject is a member of Elco Lodge, No. 643, I. O. O. F., and of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Elco. In politics, he is a Democrat.
Extracted 29 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, page 222.
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