Passing in Review Reminiscenses of Men Who Have Been Residents of St. Charles
Joel Goodell - It is a delicate undertaking to write about the living in such a connection as this, but with a good subject the task is somewhat easier. In the case of "Joe" Goodell, as everybody has called him ever since I can remember, the timber is worthy of a better effort than I feel capable of making. Mr. Goodell is a native of the state of New York. I believe he was born in St. Lawrence county, but lived for years in Jefferson, which adjoined it on the south. There is some very attractive country along the eastern shore of Lake Ontario, although some of it is too stony to be worth much for agricultural purposes. In fact, there are many places where the limestone bed rock crops out boldly and says to the husbandman, "You can't cultivate me worth a cent." Doubtless Mr. Goodell made up his mind there were other parts of the country where a man's brow would not have to perspire so freely in the effort to earn his bread. In the fall of 1855, as my record goes, he took to himself one of the fairest products of Jefferson county in the person of Miss Orrinda Everden, and early in 1857 removed to St. Charles, which has since been the family home. Here a son, Ernest F. Goodell, was born the next year and everybody in St. Charles knows the sterling quality of his manhood.
Joel Goodell was an able and careful veterinarian, and found a goodly amount of business in and around St. Charles. If there was any chance of saving a sick animal, horse or cow - he was the man to do it. If there was no chance he did not pretend to be able to accomplish the impossible. Some twenty years ago there was an epidemic of pleuro-pneumonia among the cattle in this region, and Mr. Goodell's services were in great demand. When Dr. Paaren, the state veterinarian, came up to investigate, Mr. Goodell rendered much valuable assistance. It used to seem to me ad to many others, that our own man knew a heap more about the business than the much vaunted state official, and exercised more sense in the treatment of the disease. Well, those days are over, and I suppose Mr. Goodell does not attempt much in his old line in these late years. I'll warrant his judgment, however, is as good as ever, and he would be a safe man to trust.
He has always taken a strong interest in politics, being a republican of the deepest mould, and locally has held office many years. He was an efficient collector of taxes and later was chosen year after year, against any opponent who might dare to enter the lists, as township assessor. Probably he might still be holding the position if he had cared to do so. That he made a good assessor goes without saying, and his knowledge and judgment of property values have brought his services into demand in other ways.
Mr. Goodell holds his more than seventy years well, but has undoubtedly been a lonesome man since the death of his estimable wife, two years ago this summer. Mrs. Goodell was truly a noble woman in every respect. As a neighbor and friend she was beloved by all who knew her. Her disposition was remarkably even and sweet, and she was a representative of the truest type of wife and mother. She loved her home and her family, but never forgot her duties to others, an when she was called away the summons sent the keenest sorrow to the hearts of all who had known and respected and loved her.She certainly accomplished a splendid work in the time allotted her to live and her memory is precious. Any community is better for having in it such people as Mr. and Mrs. Goodell. Would the world had many more of the same stamp. Pliny A. Durant. June 8, 1903 Aurora, Ill. -------- This newspaper item posted as a courtesy. I am not related to nor researching this family and have no further information.