Contra Costa County












A prominent rancher of Contra Costa county is Charles Gardner Goold, located on his property in the neighborhood of Danville and engaged in the cultivation of grain and the raising of stock. He was born in Centerville, Alameda county, November 18, 1868, a son of Capt. Gardner Goold, who for many years followed the sea and afterward became prominent as a rancher of this county.

      Gardner Goold was born in Eastport, Me., a son of Jacob and Lucy (Rich) Goold. At the age of thirteen years he went to sea and from the humblest capacity rose to the position of captain. He loved the water and traveled all over the world, aiming never to make two voyages to the same port. He came to California in 1849, and was captain of one of the first steamers ever run to Sacramento. He continued on the bay and became the owner of various vessels, while he was also associated with others in some of the best vessels of the early days. In 1854 he made a trip to Australia with a load of potatoes, but was delayed so long in the voyage on account of bad weather that he lost all that he had put into it. Upon his return to California he located at Centerville and in 1870 bought a stock ranch at the foot of Mount Diablo, and engaged in land occupations until his death, which occurred in 1880, at the age of sixty-two years. He married Elizabeth Bradley, who was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., a daughter of John and Mary (Park) Bradley, who died in Brooklyn. Mrs. Goold came to California in 1856 via the Nicaragua route, and now makes her home with her second son, Charles Gardner Goold. Her other children are named as follows: Joseph E.; Emily L., who married Douglas Eddy, by whom she has three children, Frank, Marcia and Reed; Walter, who married Effa McPherson by whom he has two children, Gladys and Gardner; and Marcia, deceased.

      Charles Gardner Goold was reared to manhood in the locality where he now makes his home, receiving a preliminary education here, after which he completed the course at Livermore College. He then entered into stock-raising and ranching, and in time purchase the eighty acres known as the Logan ranch, later buying thirty acres on the J. L. Boone estate. On the latter property he has since built a handsome residence and barns of ample accommodations, and now engages in the raising of grain and stock. Besides the property already mentioned he also owns three hundred and twenty acres in Alameda county. In addition to his agricultural interests Mr. Goold has served for the past sixteen years as deputy sheriff, which office he still fills.

      The marriage of Mr. Goold united him with Allie Johnson, who was born in Contra Costa county, Cal., a daughter of William Johnson, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this volume. Fraternally Mr. Goold is a member and past grand of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; is also a Mason, and is furthermore a member of the auxiliaries of these two orders----the Rebekahs and the Eastern Star. The Danville Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, No. 85, also claim his membership.





Transcribed By: Cecelia M. Setty.

ญญญญSource: History of the State of California & Biographical Record of Coast Counties, California by Prof. J. M. Guinn, A. M., Pages 279-280. The Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, 1904.

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