Biography - Franklin D. Gould

FRANKLIN D. GOULD. Our subject is one of the firm known as Gould Bros., dealers in grain, who have a wide reputation for honor and integrity, and enjoy the confidence of the community in which they are living by virtue of their fair and upright dealing. He of whom we are writing was born in Cambria, Niagara County, N. Y., April 22, 1847. He was reared on his father's farm and was engaged in farming in his native county until 1883, when he disposed of his farm and came to this State, settling in Windsor, and soon after launched into the grain business in partnership with his brother, Lyman A. Gould.

For two montns after coming to this State Mr. Gould was employed by E. & I. Jennings at Mattoon, Ill., in buying grain. He went to Decatur, at which place he remained four months, being there employed by the Wabash Railroad Company. He was married in Cambria, N. Y., February 28, 1872, to Miss Agnes C. Colt, who was a native of the same county and State as himself.

Mrs. Gould is a refined and womanly woman and makes a pleasant home for her husband and children, of which she has had four. They are: Elmer W., Clara M., Florence and Grace A. It was a great blow to the parents when their eldest child and only son, and was taken from them in February, 1890. He was at the full bud and promise of manhood, being seventeen years of age at the time of his death, he was a victim of that dread disease — La Grippe, which made vacant so many places in families throughout the country, suffering severely before his decease. The second daughter, Florence, died when a small child, being only four years of age.

Although not an office-seeker in any sense, Mr. Gould, like most of the fresh, vigorous young men in our country, cannot but be interested in political life. He has allied himself with the Democratic party. Both our subject and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, he having been so connected since 1866, and his wife's church relations dating from childhood. Mr. Gould is a modest and unpretentious man, whose first consideration is attention to his business. He is, however, a favorite in both commercial and social circles, and is highly esteemed as one of the representative men of the town.

Extracted 29 May 2017 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, page 284.

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