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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.


     GEORGE F. GOLDSMITH has the distinction of being the first mayor of Wilsoncreek after the city charter was adopted.  The election occurred in 1903.  The following May he took his oath of office and is at the present time acting in this capacity.  He has proved an efficient and wise executive officer, as he has also a capable and thrifty business man.  He is now at the head of a large lumber business which has grown under his direction until it is now one of the best in the county.  He handles a full supply of building material and does a thriving business.
     George F. Goldsmith was born in Cairo, Illinois, on May 14, 1866, being the son of George and Ruth E. (Hewke) Goldsmith, natives of England and emigrants to the United States in early days.  The father served in the union navy during the Rebellion.  The common schools of his native place gave the educational training to our subject and in early manhood he learned the carpenter trade.  He continued at Cairo until twenty-three years of age, and then went to St. Louis, where he was engaged at his trade for seven years.  In 1896 he removed west, settling just north of Wilbur, where he bought half interest in his brother's wheat ranch.  He was occupied in conducting this for one year, then moved into Wilbur and opened a mercantile establishment.  After one year in this business, he went to Everett, Washington, and there engaged in contract work for a short time.  After that, he came back to eastern Washington and selected Wilsoncreek as his permanent place of abode.  He opened a lumber yard in this thriving center in company with Jesse Gentry and from that time until the present he has given his entire attention to the upbuilding of his business, and the result is he stands now a prosperous and respected business man of Douglas county.  Mr. Goldsmith has three brothers, Herbert H., Louis D. and Adelbert A., and three sisters, Mrs. Edith Bradbury, Mrs. Mabel Goe and Mrs. Ruth Aldrich.
At St. Louis, Missouri, on February 26, 1902, Mr. Goldsmith married Miss Ida Schopmier, whose parents were natives of Germany and early settlers in St. Louis.  She was born in St. Louis, on December 19, 1871, and has two brothers, Henry and August, and one sister, Emma, all living in St. Louis.  On December 9, 1902, at Wilsoncreek, Ralph A. was born to Mr. and Mrs. Goldsmith.  Mr. Goldsmith and his wife were reared under the influence of the Presbyterian church, but are not members of any denomination.
 
 

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