CHARLES M. GOODELL, formerly of Eden township, came to Iowa in 1865, locating first near Walford, Linn county, near the Benton county line, where he lived five years before he removed to Eden township, Benton county. He was born in Broome county, New York, August 10, 1850, and is a son of Arad and Nancy (Gamble) Goodell, who came to/ Illinois when Charles was a child; in 1865 they came to Linn county, Iowa, and lived there until about 1870, when the father died. Mrs. Goodell lived with her son Charles until her death, some fifteen years since. After the death of his father he operated the farm four or five years and then his brother came from Michigan and carried on the farm four years, after which Mr. Goodell returned to Michigan, where he now owns a fine fruit farm across the lake from Chicago. Arad Goodell and his wife had two sons and four daughters, namely: Rufus, formerly living in Linn county, Iowa, now a resident of Michigan; Charles M.; Frances Heath, who died in Iowa; Mrs. Mary Hill, of Vinton, widow of J. M. Hill, mentioned elsewhere in this work; Addie, Mrs. Weston, living near Walford, Iowa; and Mrs. Lois Sebern, of Idaho.
Charles M. Goodell was reared in Carroll county, Illinois, and in Iowa, and upon first coming to Benton county went into debt for the purchase of eighty acres of land in section 21; later he sold this and bought one hundred acres in section 20, which four years ago he sold, and purchased the J. A. Clarke farm in section 10, which was his home until November, 1909, when he removed to Vinton where he now resides. He has added land, and made many repairs and improvements, and his place is now in fine condition. His son, A. M. Goodell, manages the farm, and they own in partnership, two hundred and forty acres. . They carry on general farming, and have met with success.
Mr. Goddell married, in Iowa, Mary Beals, who was born in Indiana, but had been in Oregon, and returned and afterwards located in Benton county, Iowa. She died in December, 1902, at the age of about forty-one, leaving four children, Arthur M., who operates the farm in Eden township, married Lizzie, daughter of George Humphrey, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work, and they have four children, Harold G., Paul, Floyd M. and George R.; Alta, is the wife of Reverend L. R. Babbitt, a Baptist minister, of Webster City, Iowa; Nellie, died in July, 1901, at the home in Eden township, at the age of twenty-two years; and Charles H., a farmer of South Dakota, married Eleanor, daughter of William Fry, living at Blairstown, and they have two children, Ralph and Forrest.
Mr. Goodell has always been a Republican, and he and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal church. He has recently purchased a home in Vinton, where he resides. On February 16, 1909, Mr. Goddell married Mrs. Nelia Norris, widow of J. L. Norris of Indiana. Mrs. Goodell has two children by her former marriage.