Charles J. Goff

The Clarksburg Telegram., November 09, 1894, pg. 7
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When Charles J. Goff takes off his coat and enters the conflict look out for something to drop. He is an able speaker and a convincing reasoner, and has worked hard for the victory he now so much enjoys.

The Invitations Sent Out.

The Clarksburg Telegram. November 30, 1900, pg. 3

Handsome invitations announcing a coming event here of very wide social interest have been sent out here. They read as follows:

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Captain Charles J. Goff
Requests the honor of your presence at
the marriage of his daughter,
Ira Hart,
Mr. Sprigg Despard Camden,
On Wednesday afternoon,
December the fifth,
At half past four o’clock,
Christ Episcopal Church.
Clarksburg, West Virginia,


Will be Organized by Large Number of Business Men.
The Clarksburg Telegram., April 25, 1902, pg. 3

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Steps were taken Friday night in the Pinnickinnick Club rooms to organize the Stonewall Country Club.

Thirty-seven business men agreed to become charter members and John W. Davis was authorized to make application for a charter.

The object of the club is to secure a site two or three miles out along the street car line, and build and maintain a handsome club house. A committee was appointed to look after a site. This committee consists of Captain Charles J. Goff, D. R. Potter, L. S. Hornor, W. M. Freese and George P. Leatherbury. They will report Saturday night.

The Clarksburg Telegram., October 31, 1902, pg. 9

Capt. Charles J. Goff is in Philadelphia.

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The Clarksburg Telegram.,
November 14, 1902, pg. 9

Capt. Charles J. Goff left Monday for Philadelphia.

The Daily Telegram., April 08, 1903

Captain Charles J. Goff will leave Friday for Parkersburg with his daughter, Mrs. Sprigg D. Camden, where he will spend ten days with Mr. and Mrs. Camden in their beautiful and artistic new home on Murdock Avenue.


Of Captain Charles J. Goff Occur Tuesday Afternoon
Attended By Large Number of Sorrowing Friends.
The Daily Telegram., January 10, 1905

The obsequies of the late Captain Charles J. Goff took place from the late residence Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock attended by a large concourse of friends of the deceased. Rev. James F. Plummer, rector of Christ Episcopal church, conducted the funeral services.

The remains were laid to their last resting place in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery. The pallbearers were Judge Nathan Goff, R. T. Lowndes, W. P. Goff, S. D. Camden, C. M. Hart, George L. Duncan, David Davidson, John B. Hart, Mord Lewis and B. M. Despard.

Captain Goff’s Death.

The Clarksburg Telegram., January 13, 1905

Captain Charles J. Goff, of this city, died in Providence hospital in Washington City at 6:00 o’clock Saturday morning, but word was not received here until 6:00 o’clock that evening. He had been in Washington about a month and was stopping at the National Hotel.

A week prior to his death he was seized with pneumonia and Wednesday was removed from the hotel to the hospital, where his condition was not regarded serious until a few hours before death came.

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Charles J. Goff was born in Clarksburg fifty-seven years ago, and was a son of Waldo P. Goff, now deceased, who was a prominent merchant that came here from New York in pioneer days and became one of Clarksburg’s leading citizens. Captain Goff married Miss Eva Hart, sister of Messrs. Charles M. and John B. Hart, Mrs. H. T. Wilson and Miss Lillie Hart, and daughter of Ira Hart, now deceased. Mrs. Goff died nine years ago last July.

Surviving him of the immediate family is his daughter, Mrs. Ira Camden, wife of S. D. Camden, of Parkersburg; Judge Nathan Goff, his brother, Mrs. Richard T. Lowndes, Sr., and Mrs. George W. Porter, of Indianapolis, sisters of the deceased.

Captain Goff served as a railway mail clerk a number of years, running between Grafton and Washington City, and under the Harrison administration he served as inspector and agent for the United States Government at the Island of St. Paul, near Alaska, the work of the position being the protection of furs, seals, fisheries, etc. Later he was Immigration Inspector for the United States and was stationed at Montreal and other parts of Canada and other points of country, having his headquarters for some time in New York City.

During the Spanish-American War Captain Goff held a position as assistant quartermaster and had charge of the transport, now Thomas, running then between Key West and Cuba and part of the time was stationed at Santiago, Cuba, and after the famous battle was in charge of the department of supplies there.

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At the close of the war he came home and engaged in the development of oil fields in the county, especially near and around Bristol, where a splendid development was well under way at the time of his demise, and from which he and those associated with him in the business were deriving handsome revenues.

The deceased was one of Clarksburg’s life long prominent citizens in business, society, and politics. For many years he was active in the Republican battles for supremacy in this state and did the party good service, commanding at all times a wide influence not only in his native county, but other parts of the state as well. He was a gentleman of intellectual attainment, cultured and whole souled and every one who knew him did so only to be his friend, as he was one whose friendship were warm and sincere.

The remains arrived Monday morning accompanied by Dr. W. P. Goff, his nephew, and S. D. Camden, his son-in-law, who went to Washington City Saturday night to bring them home, and were taken to his home at the Waldomoore.

The funeral will be held at the residence Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock and will be conducted by Rev. J. F. Plummer, of Christ Episcopal church. Interment will be in the Odd Fellows cemetery.

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