Rev. Samuel Goodale

Rev. Samuel Goodale, Pastor of Grace Episcopal Church, Columbus, was born in Berkshire County, Mass., in 1814, where he remained, living with his parents, until he was twenty-one years of age. He graduated at Union College, Schenectady, N. Y., in 1836, having been one of the founders of the Psi Upsilon Society, and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, of that college. He then taught school in Wheeling, W. Va., three years. He entered the Episcopal Theological Seminary at New York City, graduating in 1841, in which year he was ordained at Providence, R. I. His first charge was as missionary near Syracuse, N.Y., where in 1843 he married Miss Rebecca Kimball, who died at Kalamazoo, Mich., in 1850, to which place they had that year removed. She left a son, Chester, now living near Ashland, in Cass County, Neb. In 1852, Mr. G. was married at Wilbraham, Mass., to Miss Anna Merrick, a native of that State. They have one child, a daughter, Josie, now the wife of V. T. Prise, of Columbus, Neb. From Kalamazoo he went to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1853, remaining two years, then going to Geneseo and Rock Island, Ill., where he remained until 1866. In that year he came to Nebraska, accepting the appointment of missionary along the Union Pacific Railway. He located at Columbus in 1868, where he built a church, afterward going to Lincoln, Ashland and Fremont, at which places, and at Silver Creek, he built churches. In 1877, he returned to Columbus, where he now lives. He was chosen Chaplain of the Senate of the Eighth Legislature, serving most acceptably in this position during the session.

Source: Andreas' History of Nebraska , Platte Co, City of Columbus

Submitted by Susie Martin-Rott.