Lee County Biography

ALPHONSE GODING


Alphonse Goding was born April 12, 1828, a native of Maine. His parents, Jonas and Patience (Hathaway) Goding, were New Englanders of the genuine old Puritan stock. His father died in 1863, at the age of seventy-six years, and his mother, in 1802, aged seventy-four years. From both sides they inherited a strong and sturdy vitality, like the old oaks in their native forests, several of the ancestors nearly reaching the centenarian's mile-post on life's highway; the grandmother Hath away lacked only eight days of arriving at the age of one hundred years. They were a strong, stern, patriotic race, loved their religion and liberty, and, deep in their hearts feared only God, and hated the devil. The grandfather gave to the sacred cause of independence seven years of faithful service in the Revolutionary army, and the father was a soldier in the War of 1812-15. Thus the spirit of patriotism was well implanted in the family.

Alphonso L. was one of a family of fifteen children, twelve of whom grew to maturity. He remained at the home of his parents on their farm until he attained his majority. The entire family, like most of the farmers of the older States, were industrious and frugal. In connection with the farm, his father kept a hotel in Brighton, Mass., for about thirty years; and at one or the other of these employments the children, commencing even at a tender age, could find some work to do. Their opportunities for education, however, were not great, it being nothing more than the average of that of farm boys in the vicinity; but the lessons which the children learned in thrift and economy were the cause of each one in this intelligent family, even in the limited time they spent in the schoolroom securing the solid foundation of a fair English education.

Alphonso L., the ninth child, well improved the opportunities afforded him. November 28, 1847, is the date of his marriage with Lydia M., daughter of Jeremiah and Fidelia (Chase) Chandler. The Chandlers and Chases were of New Hampshire nativity, and on both sides the names are connected with some of the most prominent of American citizens. Jeremiah Chandler was an uncle of the late Hon. Zachariah Chandler, of Michigan, and Fidelia Chase was a cousin of Chief Justice Chase. Mr. and Mrs. Goding have had seven children: Alphonso C, at home with his parents; Flora C, who became the wife of J. W. Wamsley, of Kaneville; Josephine, who died some years ago; Ella M., who became Mrs. George Phelps, of Chicago; Horace L., now deceased; Frederick W., a physician in Rutland, 111., who graduated at the Chicago Medical College in the class of 1880; and Oscar W., now in the lumber business with his father.

In 1862 Mr. Goding, with his family, arrived in Chicago, having quitted permanently the land of his nativity. At that time his entire possessions comprised a house full of children, $6 in money, and a secondhand suit of clothes, which had originally cost in Boston only $7. He gave but little time, therefore, to speculative dreaming, but went to work to win his family's bread. He opened a commission live stock business in Chicago, which he kept for the next six years. In 1868 he made a tour of observation into Kane County, and, being pleased with its fine soil, he removed to a point near the village of Kaneville, and commenced farming. In time his health failed, and he sold his farm and removed to the village of Elbum, where he opened an extensive lumber yard, and soon had all the business he could attend to. His prosperity was marked from the day he commenced, and he soon grew to be one of the prominent business men in that busy village. He is favorably known throughout the county as a fair dealer and an enterprising citizen. For six successive years he served on the board of commissioners, and for six years was commissioners' treasurer. He and his family belong to the Baptist Church, in which Mr. Goding has served as, and at present is, Sunday-school superintendent. When in Kaneville he was for a number of years one of the church trustees. Politically, his sympathies are with the Republican party.

Mr. Goding has long stood as one of the representative and responsible citizens in his part of the county. As a fair representative in social life and in business circles, his standing and reputation are unexcelled. In all these, and in political matters of local import, his voice and influence have been sought by his neighbors. A man of retiring nature, yet full of true Christian charity for the faults of his fellow men, and with a spirit of enterprise and liberality that has promoted the good of his neighbors, Mr. Goding stands high in public esteem. and responsible citizens in his part of the county. As a fair representative in social life and in business circles, his standing and reputation are unexcelled. In all these, and in political matters of local import, his voice and influence have been sought by his neighbors. A man of retiring nature, yet full of true Christian charity for the faults of his fellow men, and with a spirit of enterprise and liberality that has promoted the good of his neighbors, Mr. Goding stands high in public esteem.

Mr. Alphonse Goding is on the CD I have - but he's not listed on the Index
Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892 Pg 701- 800

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