Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
OSCAR W. GOODENOUGH is a younger
resident of Adams county, who has gained good success in financial lines
since coming here. He owns a section of good wheat land about ten
miles east of Hatton, three-fourths of which are producing cereals.
The place is well fenced and in a high state of cultivation. Good
buildings, fine orchard and so forth are in evidence and Mr. Goodenough
is considered one of the thrifty and industrious farmers of the county.
Oscar W. Goodenough was born in Lapeer county,
Michigan, on August 17, 1871, the son of William and Mehitable (Hall) Goodenough,
who are named elsewhere in this volume. He obtained his education
from the public schools of his native county and in 1887 came west with
his parents. The father settled in Adams county and our subject attended
school for awhile then gave his attention to farming with his father until
twenty-five years of age. Before this, however, he took a homestead
and had also spent some time in teaching in this county. Then he
settled on his homestead and put a whole quarter-section in cultivation
and in 1898 added four hundred and eighty acres more, making the section
mentioned above. Mr. Goodenough has a good stock of horses and plenty
of machinery and is one of the leading farmers of the section.
On November 28, 1894, Mr. Goodenough married
Miss Lillie, daughter of S. P. and Annie (Woody) Wright, natives of Tennessee
and mentioned elsewhere in this volume. Mrs. Goodenough is a member
of the Christian church, while our subject belongs to the I. O. O. F. and
the K. of P. Politically, he is a Democrat and at the present time
is one of the school directors in his district. From 1891 to 1893,
Mr. Goodenough had gone from his father's farm to Hatton where he engaged
in the drug business but preferring the freedom of a farm life he retired
from that and secured his present estate.