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Gould, George Sullivan Sr.

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Mary S Taylor

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 5:32 am    Post subject: Gould, George Sullivan Sr. Reply with quote

Beautiful, Cholame Valley and its Pioneer People
By Doralee Ludeke Thomason, Tabula Rasa Press, 1988 (biographical sketch)
“Cholama” The Beautiful One....Donalee Ludeke Thomason
The Imusdale Gould Family (Information from the Gould descendants) George Sulllivan Gould was born in the little town of Wilton on the Kennebunk River, in Maine. At the age of ten he came west with the family to Sparta, Indiana. In 1851, drawn by the lure of California, he started the journey by the way of New York, where he waited a month to secure passage which took him as far as the Isthmus of Panama, where he and the other California bound passengers walked across the Isthmus and secured passage on another boat for San Francisco. The voyage northward was very stormy and the hardships many. Food was poor and on the 16th of April 1852, when the vessel put into San Francisco, all on board were in a half starved condition. From San Francisco, Mr. Gould made his way to Placer County, where he engaged in mining and hotel keeping for about four years. In 1856, he went to Centerville, Alameda County, and engaged in ranching, also serving on the vigilance committee, whose services were occasionally needed in those troubled times. In 1858, he returned to Sparta Indiana, where he married Augusta Genette Churchill, a student at the Morris Hill College. In 1861, George S. Gould, enlisted in the 68th Indiana Volunteers. Because of his experience in the West as a miner and hotel owner and his qualifications of a good officer, he was made a Second Lieutenant. After a little less than a year’s active service he was taken prisoner, released and reenlisted. Returning home from the front in 1864, the young officer engaged in mining for a while, then opened a store at Council Bluff, Iowa. The lure for California was still in Mr. Gould’s blood, so in 1873, he brought the family west to Watsonville, California; they remained here a short time. In 1874 he took up the first homestead in the Cholame Valley in the southern part of Monterey County, near what is now Parkfield. Mr. Gould devoted himself to ranching, livestock buying for wholesale butchers, storekeeping and was also postmaster of the Imusdale post office. Mr. Gould retired from farming n 1900 and moved to San Jose for school purposes. After four years in San Jose, Mr. and Mrs. Gould and two daughters, Kate and Abbie, moved to New Monterey, where Mr. and Mrs. Gould spent the rest of their lives.
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