January 24, 2010

Goddard children: (Parents, William Pace Goddard and Ann Kirrilla Taylor)

Children with them on the trek:
1. William Herbert
                William Hebert “Bert” Goddard was also a forest ranger, as was his step-father, Jack Stockbridge, but William worked his way up to Forest Supervisor.  He was Supervisor of the Datil National Forest in New Mexico and then later Supervisor of the Tonto National Forest in Arizona.
The Rangers were required to keep a daily diary of their activities, and in addition submitted a monthly report of daily service, which they facetiously called the "bed sheet" report.
Some excerpts from Waha's diary for February, 1906, indicate the kind of conditions encountered in the timber sale work, which continued regardless of winter weather:

Saturday—February 10. Rain and snow; very disagreeable weather. As we (also Ranger Bert Goddard who later became Supervisor of the Datil and Tonto Forests) had made up our minds to start for Kingston today, rain or shine, we saddled up about 11 o'clock and started in the rain. Stopped at Fort Bayard . . . rode to Santa Rita. Decided to stay there overnight for it was already late and we were soaking wet. Watched the masked ball in the evening. Time 8 hours. Distance 18 miles.

Sunday—February 11. Still snowing and very wet and sloppy. Were in saddles at 7 a.m., rode to Teel's place on Mimbres River, just above San Lorenzo, had dinner and fed horses. Left Teel's at 12 o'clock, starting for Kingston. All went well until we struck the higher altitudes and encountered a regular blizzard. Trail very dim and snow became deeper. In Iron Creek, it was nearly three feet deep, and we had a struggle to get through. Reached Wright's old deserted cabin near head of Iron Creek at 5 o'clock; we were wet to the skin and awfully cold, while our horses were just about all in. After much consultation and arguing we decided to stay at the cabin overnight. Spent an awful night since we had no chuck and no bedding. Brought horses into cabin with us. They had to share some of their corn with us. Place was infested with trade rats. While I was dozing during the night, Goddard shot one that was on a beam directly over me, and it fell on me causing a rude awakening. . . .

Monday—February 12. The snow was very deep, practically three feet on the level, on the west side of the range, and to make traveling still worse, the trees and bushes were covered with about a foot of snow, which one could not escape. We soon became soaking wet, and then when we reached the divide, we found the snow so deep our horses could not get through. So we led them, breaking trail through thick oak brush. This leading and breaking trail was done for at least two miles or until we reached the canyon in which Kingston is located. Took the idle people of Kingston by surprise; they could scarcely believe that we had come over the Black Range.
Apparently suffering no ill effects from their experience, Waha and Goddard spent the next four days scaling and marking trees, issuing free use permits, and inspecting some land on which an application had been made for agricultural use.

(The above excerpt taken from … http://www.foresthistory.org/ASPNET/Publications/region/3/tucker-fitzpatrick/chap2.aspx 

 As the paper work increased in the Regional Office and in the Supervisors' offices throughout Region 3, the number of young ladies employed kept pace with the growth of the Forest Service. In the field, the Rangers still handled their own diaries, "bed sheet" reports, application forms, correspondence, etc.


When Edward G. Miller was assigned to the Datil National Forest in 1914, he went down to Magdalena to look over the set up. Bert Goddard was the Supervisor. The office staff consisted of Bass Wales and the girl who later became Mrs. Goddard. Years later when Sam Servis was a Ranger on the Datil and was reminiscing with Cole Railston at his ranch, Railston told him that when Bert Goddard died, Mrs. Goddard could just as well have taken over and would have made a good Supervisor.

In the early years of the Forest Service, the Supervisor's Office for the Tonto National Forest was located in one of the Reclamation Service buildings at Roosevelt Dam. A. O. Waha once said that "Supervisor W. J. Reed was the sickest man I had ever seen working. He was suffering intensely from an acute form of asthma." Reed was also fortunate in that he had an efficient wife. Waha said: "His wife, who had an appointment as clerk in his office, was a wonderful help."

(The above excerpt was taken from … http://www.foresthistory.org/ASPNET/Publications/region/3/tucker-fitzpatrick/chap12.aspx

Lee Goddards remembers: My father and my siblings and I were all born in Denver, Colorado. We moved to Medicine Lodge, Kansas in 1971. The town is really small but is somewhat famous for the Indian Peace Treaty signed there and for a female resident who used to smash up bars with an axe, Carrie Nation. While living in Kansas, my dad’s company was to help a local filmmaker with his movie but unfortunately, the filmmaker died before completing his picture. He was killed while driving his military surplus ATV on his ranch. He was impaled by the gearshift. I can still remember sitting in our van, listening to the song “There’s a Kind of Hush” by the “Carpenters”, while watching the filmmaker risking his life while trying to catch me some wild pigeons underneath a highway overpass. He caught me some pigeons and I raised pigeons for a short while while we were living in Kansas, and even continued to raise pigeons here in Alamogordo, New Mexico, until about 1979. In Kansas, our company built power supplies, generators, and voltage regulators and one of the generators was installed in our Dodge van and was to be used to power the filmmaker’s cameras and other electrical equipment while on the Kansas prairie. Due to the recession in the early 70’s, the company folded, and my Dad found work in New Mexico. Little did he know that the town he visited in the 50’s while on business would be the town he would be living in since 1976. My dad and his company, Hi-Altitude Instrument Company, came to New Mexico in the early 50’s to fly their equipment on balloons at the Balloon Branch of the Holloman Missile Development Center, now Holloman Air Force Base. My dad worked in Radar while in the Marines while he was on Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands during WWII. I think one of the neatest things he did while on Guadalcanal was to hook up the search lights to the radar. Whenever a Japanese plane would fly over, being detected on the radar, the search lights were turned on, illuminating the plane. Then all hell would break loose with weapons of all calibers firing away at the plane. Attached is an article from a Denver area newspaper (circa 1961) regarding my dad’s company. Another attachment is a screen capture of a web site mentioning one of the balloon flights.
2. Maud Anna (b. 1870):  Lee Allen Goddard, family researcher, indicates he has seen Maude’s name with and without the “e” on the end. On Ancestry.com it gives Maude’s marriage location as either in Arizona or Mogollon, New Mexico.  "Both marriage dates are the same but I found two different locations.  I tend to believe the Mogollon location because of the “Maud S.” mine nearby, which I believe to be named for Maud.  The tree listing her marriage location in Mogollon was on a tree of a descendant.  Maude’s 2nd husband, A.J. “Jack” Stockbridge was a forest ranger, prospector, miner and Rough Rider.  There are a number of archived tapes of his recollections at the “Rocky Mountain Online Archive” site here…"

http://rmoa.unm.edu/docviewer.php?docId=nmu1mss123bc.xml  (has numerous references to A.J. Stockbridge)

Maude married her  1st husband, Alvadus Floyd Hardin, in 1895 and he died in 1902.  She married Arthur Joseph Stockbridge in 1906.  Picture is of Maud and Jack’s 50th Wedding Anniversary party in 1956, taken from the same Ancestry.com tree submitted by her descendant.

Thanks to descendant Lee Allen Goodard for this information. 2/5/2010



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