I don’t know a great deal about Mr. Goddard. I have seen his name in the Herald many times, but he has not been the subject of my intense research…yet. A brief search this morning revealed that in 1910 Mr. Goddard, 35, was a widower, residing in Caddo, and listed his occupation as a cotton buyer. According to “A History of Oklahoma” Felecia Leflore, daughter of Louis Campbell and Josephine Leflore was married to “J.M. Goddard of Caddo”. In a 1914 issue of the Herald there is mention of him remodeling his home in Caddo. In 1920 Mr. Goddard is listed in Caddo with his wife Sadie (Odill), daughter Mary (5) and son Jim (2+). He died in 1940 and is buried at Caddo.
(Remember from my earlier posting that Kenefic didn’t exist until just before 1910.)
The Kenefic Dispatch
July 17, 1913
The Live Wire
Kenefick’s Busiest and Most Important Business Man
Kenefick is the proud possessor of one of the most notable characters in the entire business world- not peculiar, nothing strange about him at all, just notable that’s all. If you have ever read about the way they fall over themselves in the Chicago wheat pit when wheat goes to $1.50, you can imagine the kind of a move Jim Goddard gets on himself. He just falls over himself and any others that happen to be in the way at anytime he feels like it.
The editor of the Dispatch went to see Jim only yesterday thinking that an interview on the propriety of grabbing Mexico might be gotton out of him, and the first thing we knew that man Goddard was three blocks down the railroad track loading oats into another car and we were addressing vacant space where only a moment before stood Jim Goddard.
Jim Goddard (his real name is James Moffatt Goddard, but we all call him Jim) is the proprietor of the big Goddard store, the Goddard warehouse, the Goddard Bridge Company, the Goddard the-Lord-only-knows-what, and he is the busiest man in Kenefick. Right now Jim is buying oats- note the word BUYING. Others have said they were buying oats at Kenefick this year, but pipe that talk, there’s nothing to it.
Jim Goddard is the friend of Kenefick and every man in it, and for miles around. No man ever went to Jim Goddard for a favor and failed to get it, as is attested by the fact that Jim makes the statement that it is so, and everyone who knows Jim Goddard knows that his word is good.
There is nothing that comes up around Kenefick that Jim is not in on. Only a few months ago there was a bridge to build- yes, three of them across the Blue River. There was no provision by which the county commissioners could build or order and pay for the construction of these bridges, yet Jim Goddard took the contract, built the bridges, has them completed, and will sooner or later get their money. That is the kind of man Jim Goddard is- always there when the interests of the town are at stake and there will never be a time when Kenefick can repay Jim Goddard for the good that he has done, let alone what he is doing every day.
In the management of his store he is ably assisted by Joe Carraway- and everyone knows Joe. He is a gentleman and makes friends with everyone he does business for. Take this pair, there is little wonder that they are overrun with business.