Biography of R. P. Goodale
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Goodale, R. P., Colton, was born in Pittsford, Vt,, March 11, 1822, a son of F. C. Goodale, of New Hampshire, born in 1793, who married in 1815, Ruth St. John, of Hubbardton, Vt., by whom he had six children. In 1825 he came to Parishville with his family. He and wife were prominent members of the Methodist church, and assisted in building the Parishville edifice. He died in 1842, in his forty ninth year. His wife died in 1840, in her forty third year. R. P. Goodale learned the blacksmith's trade at the age of eighteen and when twenty years of age went to Vermont and worked with his Uncle St. John, with whom he had lived since nine years of age till the time he was fourteen. Here he remained one year, then went to Framingham, Mass., and worked one summer at his trade, then went to Dedham and worked a short time. Returning to Parishville, he worked on a farm two years. He and his brother worked at the blacksmith trade one year. He married, August 8, 1846, Susan L. McOmber, a native of Bristol, Vt., and a member of the M. E. Church, of Colton, born September 3, 1829, a daughter of Harmon McOmber and Lydia E. Wright, the former a native of Vermont, (died December 29, 1869), and the latter of New Hampshire, (died February 14, 1887), who came to Parishville in 1837, and who were the parents of fifteen children, One son, Adolphus, was killed in the war, at the battle of Gaines Mill. Eleven children lived to maturity, and were married before another death occurred. Mr. and Mrs. Goodale had three children: Earl D., of Potsdam, who married Etta Lyman, and has three children; Grace C., Gertrude E., and Url Rolla. The second son, Delmer I., a farmer, of Colton, who owns a half interest and has charge of his father's farm, married Catherine M. Sullivan, and has one child, Jessie M. The third child, Alice, married Jackson Collins, of Colton, and died November 22, 1882. Soon after his marriage, Mr. Goodale went to Rensselaer Falls, and worked at his trade. In 1847 he bought the farm he now owns, to which he has since added, owning now one hundred and fifty three acres. His first house was a log cabin, with bark roof. He has been a railroad man for some time, having been connected with the Hudson River Railroad Company. He then went to Boundbrook, N. J., and was engaged in lengthening locks on the canal one winter, and then went to Connecticut and for a year was foreman of the grading department at Waterville. He worked at blasting and then went to Fort Deposit, and was foreman in taking dimensions for stone in bridge building. He next went to Dover and had charge of surfacing the track. Mr. Goodale is a Republican, and has been assessor, but resigned after serving one year. He has since served as assessor and highway commissioner. December 12, 1861, he enlisted in Company D., Scott's Nine Hundred, but changed to the Eleventh N. Y. Cavalry, and served two and a half years. He was orderly sergeant and was promoted second lieutenant, and then to first lieutenant, He is a member of the High Falls Lodge, No. 428, F. & A. M., and of the G. A. R., Wait Post, No. 581.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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