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Daniel W. Goodenough.—One of the representative business men of the city of Ludington is Daniel Webster Goodenough, who has here maintained his home for nearly forty years and who has contributed his quota to the civic and industrial development of his home city and county. He may well be designated as one of the pioneers of Mason county, even as he is a scion of a family whose name has been identified with the annals of Michigan history for more than sixty years. The lineage of the Goodenough family is traced back to English origin and the first representatives in America settled in New England in che Colonial epoch. i

Daniel W. Goodenough reverts to the old Empire state of the Union as the place of his nativity, though he has been a resident of Michigan since his childhood days. He was born in Cattaraugus county, New York, on the 16th of March, 1842, and is a son of David Washington Goodenough, who likewise was a native of the state of New York, where he was reared and educated and where he continued to be identified with agricultural pursuits until 1849, when he removed with his family to Michigan and settled in Lawrence township, Van Buren county, but he died on the 1st of May of the following year.

He was a man of sterling character and strong individuality, and in his younger days he had been a successful teacher in the common schools of his native state. His father, David Goodenough, was born in Vermont and passed the closing years of his life in Cattaraugus county, New York, where he settled in an early day. Mrs. Laura (Tryon) Goodenough, mother of the subject of this review, was born in the province of New Brunswick, Canada, and she passed the closing years of her life at Lawrence, Michigan, where she died in 1890, at the venerable age of seventy-eight years. Of the four children Daniel W. was the third in order of birth and the only son; of the three daughters only one is now living, Darliska, who is the wife of Hanable M. Marshall, of Ludington.

He whose name initiates this review was a lad of seven years at the time of the family removal from New York to Van Buren county, Michigan, where he was reared to adult age under the sturdy discipline of the farm and where his educational advantages were those afforded in the common schools of the locality and period. He early initiated his business career, as it became incumbent upon him to aid his widowed mother as well as to provide for his own needs. Thus he secured employment in a general store at Lawrence, Van Buren county, when he was but thirteen years of age, and he continued to be employed as a clerk in mercantile establishments of this order for a period of about ten years, at the expiration of which, when twenty-three years of age, he brought his experience and limited financial resources into play by engaging in the same line of enterprise on his own responsibility in the village of Hartford, Van Buren county, where he conducted a general store about seven years.

He was energetic, careful and enterprising, and this fact, as couplied with his fair and honorable methods, gained to him definite success in his business operations. At the expiration of the period noted, in 1872, he disposed of his interests at Hartford and came to Mason county, where he has maintained his home during the long intervening years, within which he has witnessed and aided in the development of this section from virtually the primitive wilds to one of the attractive and opulent organic divisions of the fine old Wolverine state. He engaged forthwith in the general merchandise business in Ludington, which was then a mere village, and after continuing this enterprise about four years his establishment was destroyed by fire. He then turned his attention to the lumbering industry, with which he continued to be actively and successfully identified for many years and with which he is still connected to a limited extent.

His operations in this line reached large proportions and were continued actively until about 1890. He is the owner of valuable farm property in Mason county, as well as of the old Olney homestead farm in Van Buren county, and he gives a general supervision to these properties, the while he has been manager and one of the principle stockholders of the Ludington Milling Company since 1890. This corporation owns a large and well equipped flour mill, the mechanical facilities and other accessories of which are of the best modern type. Mr. Goodenough has directed his business operations with much circumspection and judgment, and through his association with normal lines of industrial and business enterprise he has gained a substantial fortune. In addition to his other interests he has for some time given attention to the extending of financial loans on approved real-estate security.

Every measure and undertaking that have been projected for the general good of his home city and county have been accorded the earnest support of Mr. Goodenough, and his attitude as' a citizen is essentially progressive and public-spirited. In politics he is aligned as a supporter of the cause of the Democratic party, and while he has never had any predilection for official preferment, he represented the second ward of Ludington on the board of aldermen in the early period following the incorporation of the municipality under city government. He is well known throughout his home county, and his genial personality and sterling attributes of character have retained to him the high regard of those with whom he has come in contact in the various relations of life.

In the year 1866 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Goodenough to Miss Lodema Olney, who was born and reared in Van Buren county, this state, and who is a daughter of Burrill A. and Elvira Olney. Her father was one of the first settlers of Hartford township, that county, and was prominently identified with the development and upbuilding of that section. Mr. and Mrs. Goodenough had two daughters and one son. Eleanor is the wife of H. S. Gray, a representative member of the bar of Benton Harbor, Michigan, and they have two children— Emily and Luman. Olive Emily died at the age of twelve years. Luman W. Goodenough, the only son, was afforded the best of educational advantages, including a course in the law department of the University of Michigan, and he is now engaged in the successful practice of his profession in the city of Detroit. He married Miss Elizabeth Noble, and they have two children—Elizabeth and Eleanor.

A history of northern Michigan and its people, Volume 2 By Perry Francis Powers, Harry Gardner Cutler

 

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