W. J. Goff Family about 1886
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Location of Residence 1847-1944
Son of Racine County pioneers, William P. Goff and Lovisa
Whitman,1 William James Goff was born
18 August 1846 in Yorkville, Wisconsin. Married
Emma Jane Ball 13 November 1872 in
They had four children;
Their children's birth registration records
show he was engaged in the following occupations:
- 1) Clara Lovisa, born 12
Nov. 1874, and married to Louis A. Belden, 10 February
1900, died 25 May 1954.
- 2) Blanche Emma, born 15 Feb. 1877 and
married to Alvin Baker 28 June 1906 in
Rockford, died 10 March 1930.
- 3) Della Jane, born 24 Apr. 1883, died 7
February 1917, Rockford, Illinois.
- 4) William James Romanzo, born 2 Jun. 1893
and, married to Helen Craig 6 Nov. 1921. He died in 1982, burial in Indianapolis, IN. Helen was born in 1894 and died in 1955.
12 December 1878 '
- Agent 1877,
- In 1878-9 he was in sales...
Local News... Mr. J. W.
Goff, of Burlington, has placed on our table a
bottle of Dr. Shepard's Ointment, which he is
now selling... Mr. Goff's word is sufficient
to convince us of its
superiority.'4 'Mr. James W.
Goff, of Burlington, has taken the agency of the
Singer Sewing Machine for the territory formerly
occupied by Mr. F. H. Grube, and will keep an
office to exhibit machines in the Drug Store of
H. Stoetzer, Burlington. Machine attachments,
Extras, oil, needles, etc., consistently on hand.
Mr. Goff will also continue to take orders for
fruit and ornamental trees and shrubbery, until
time to make his spring
delivery'......'The phonograph is no
longer among the things that are unknown to this
community. On Wednesday evening it was exhibited
at the Baptist church by Messrs. Peck and Goff
before an audience that was as large in
proportion as it was eager in its curiosity. Mr.
Peck introduced the garrulous instrument with a
little sketch of Mr. Edison, the inventor. Most
of our readers no doubt know it. The phonograph
itself is very simple in construction: a
cylinder, a strip of tinfoil, a crank, a
diaphragm and needle, together with a mouth piece
and funnel, constitute this wonderful machine.
'The tests made by the exhibitors
justified all that is claimed for it. It
reproduces every kind of sound or noise that
enters the mouth-piece -- not very loud, to be
sure, but strongly accurate in all details. The
audience were amused with the tests, which were
various, and embraced everything from whistling
to cornet playing, and from "Jack and
Jill," to Halleck's version of
Bozzaria' cheer to his band.
'A number of magic lantern views finished
the entertainment. The German M. E. Church, for
whose benefit this exhibition was given,
realized, as we are told, considerable from the
"W. J. Goff took his departure for
Rockford, Ill., on Tuesday, where he has secured
employment and will make his future home. Mrs.
Goff and daughter went to Honey Creek for a short
visit before going to Rockford", December
1901.6 William died 12 Sep. 1909 in
Rockford, Ill. '
DEATH OF WM. J.
GOFF--Salesman For Wheeler Lumber Company Expires
After Long Illness.--William James Goff, a
salesman for the Wheeler Lumber company of this
city, died at 5:15 Sunday morning at his home,
223 North Third street.
'Mr. Goff had for weeks been suffering
from stomach trouble and Bright's
'He was born in Yorkville, Wis. Aug. 18,
1846, and resided in that state the greater part
of his life. He was married to Emma J. Ball in
1872 and in 1901 moved to Rockford.
'Mr. Goff is survived by his wife, and
three daughters, Dell J. Goff, of this city, Mrs.
Louis A. Belden of Roscoe and Mrs. Alvin L. Baker
of Honey Creek, Wis., and a son, William J. R.
Goff. A brother resides in Topeka, Kan.
'Funeral arrangements have not been
definitely arranged, as the two absent daughters
and his brother have not arrived. The pall
bearers were selected from his Bible class. They
are Messrs. Wilbur, Robieson, Dr. Boyle,
Waterman, Rider, and Hoover.'7
- Source (19), page 422.
- Source (6), 25 Nov. 1872, Pg. 3.
- Source (10).
- Source (11), 12 December 1878
- Source (37), 8 March 1879.
- Source (33), 7 December 1901
- Source (9), Monday 13 Sep. 1909