A Narrative History of The People of Iowa with SPECIALTREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR,INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, ETC. by EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A.M. Curator of the Historical, Memorial and Art Department ofIowa Volume IV THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc. Chicago and NewYork 1931
JOHN E. GOODENOW at Maquoketa, grandson of the founder of that town, is a well known business man and stock breeder whose entire life has been spent in this community, with which the family name is so closely and vitally identified.
He was born at Maquoketa January 7, 1878. His father, Osceola Goodenow, was the first white child born in Maquoketa. For many years he conducted a general store in that city and owned a large amount of farm land and realestate. He was born in 1840 and died in 1903.Osceola Goodenow married Fannie Cassin, who passed away in 1921.They were the parents of three children: Carlota, widow of Fred H. Young; Mrs. Imogene McIntire; and John E.
John E. Goodenow was graduated from the Maquoketa High School in 1895.His talents turned toward the practical side of farming and animalhusbandry, and he remained on one of his father's farms until he wastwenty-five, when he rented a place of his own. Later he bought twenty-eightacres, then a hundred acres, subsequently two hundred and twenty acres more, andat the present time his stock farm comprises three hundred and forty-eight acres, adjoining the city limits of Maquoketa on the south. This farm is widely known over Eastern Iowa for its pure bred live stock. He raises registered Shorthorn cattle, Chester White hogs and Shropshire sheep. In addition to his farming and stock raising interests Mr. Goodenow is a director of the First National Bank and the Farmers Trust & Savings Bank.
From 1920 to 1924 he was secretary of the Jackson County Farm Bureau and for several years was secretary of the Cooperative Stock Shipping Association. He was recently appointed an alderman from the Third Ward of Maquoketa. He is a member of the school board and with his family worships in the Congregational Church.
Mr. Goodenow married, January 14, 1909, Miss Myrta King.Herparents were George W. and Harriet (Smith) King.Her father was in themeat business and for many years lived at Maquoketa.The two children ofMr. and Mrs. Goodenow are John E., born in 1915, and Dorothy, born in1920.