William Hubbard Goodwin

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Sandy Spradling
September 25, 1999

History of Charleston and Kanawha County, West Virginia and Representative
W.S. Laidley
Richmond Arnold Publishing Co., Chicago, ILL.
p. 406-407

WILLIAM HUBBARD GOODWIN, general merchant and representative citizen of
Malden, W. Va., was born in this place, April i6, 1872, and is a son of
George A. and Sarah E. (High) Goodwin, both of whom are living and are highly
respected people of Malden. The father was born in Rockbridge County, Va.,
and came to Kanawha County in 1871, with the C. & 0. Railroad, where he
shortly afterward was married to Miss Sarah E. High. They have four
chil-dren: William Hubbard; Cammie, who is the wife of H. 0. Ruffner; Hall
G.; and Anna, who is the wife of H. J. Harbey, of Charleston.
William H. Goodwin learned the carpenter’s trade with his father after he had
attended the public schools and his first business position was a clerkship
in the Pioneer Coal Company’s store at Dana Sta-tion. He then took a
business course at Staunton, Va., after which he returned to Malden as clerk
for E. L. Rooke and later, in partnership with this employer, opened up a
general store at Cedar Grove, Kanawha County, subsequently selling his
interest and coming back to his birthplace. In May, 1910, he bought his
present store building from Wallace Averill, put in a first class stock and
has been quite prosperous, being numbered with the successful business men.
In September, 1894, Mr. Goodwin was married to Miss Lottie L. Scott, a
daughter of James and A. E. Scott, and they have one child, Gladys R. Mr.
Goodwin is an active citizen and is particularly interested in the public
schools. He served four years on the Board of Education and was reelected and
served as president of that body for four years more. He is prominent in
several fraternal orders, belonging to Lodge No.87, Knights of Pythias at
Mallden, and has been deputy grand chancellor; and has been collector of
wampum, in Lodge No.26, Red Men, also at Maiden. In politics he is a

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