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.
HENRY C. GODLOVE is residing
at the present time about one mile southeast from Waterville and is occupied
in general farming and raising stock, giving most of his attention to the
former industry. He was born in Pottawatomie county, Kansas, on March
8, 1860, the son of Henry and Minerva (Custer) Godlove, natives of Indiana
and Iowa, respectively. The father was one of the pioneers of Kansas,
dwelling in that, then turbulent state in 1859. He enlisted in Company
K, of the Eleventh Kansas Volunteer Infantry and served three years for
his country, being most of the time in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas
and Indian Territory. At the end he received an honorable discharge,
returned to the quieter joys of life and is still residing in Kansas.
Our subject was trained in the common schools, that great educator of the
American youth, and as soon as he had arrived at manhood's estate, began
operations for himself. In 1883, he landed in Ellensburg, Washington,
and the next two years were spent in the vicinity of that town. It
was 1885, when he settled in Douglas county, on a pre-emption in Moses
coulee. He remained there for a decade and engaged in the stock business
and then bought one half section of land where he now lives. He has
plenty of spring water besides two good wells, a large barn and other fine
Mr. Godlove has seven brothers and one sister,
Oliver C., Lincoln, Perry, Sherman C., Walter S., Isaac A., John, and Mrs.
Elihu W. Henshaw. In Holton county, Kansas, on March 12, 1894, occurred
the marriage of Mr. Godlove and Miss Ida M., daughter of Hugh and Mary
(Strickland) Southerland, natives of Scotland and Pennsylvania, respectively.
Mrs. Godlove has two brothers and five sisters, John H., George D., Mrs.
Mary H. Rogar, Mrs. Jeannette Cram, Mrs. Lorena Wilson, Nettie B., andMaude
N. Mr. and Mrs. Godlove have three children: Hugh S., born on May
17, 1896; Rein C., born on April 19, 1898 and Nettie S., born August 15,
1903. They are all natives of this county.
In 1888, Mr. Godlove was elected county commissioner,
his name appearing on the Republican ticket and he served as chairman of
the board for two years. During his term of office, various improvements
were inaugurated, among which may be mentioned the enlargement of the court
house and the addition of steel cells to the jail, and others equally important.
Mr. Godlove served as one of the appraisers of the school land of this
vicinity. Fraternally, he is affiliated with the A. F. & A. M.
and the W. W. Mr. and Mrs. Godlove are known as upright and moral
people and are the center of a large circle of admiring friends.