Solano County

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Victor E. Van Gooden, of Solano county, was born in Butte county, California, on the 25th of November, 1896, and is a son of Saul J. and Margaret (Lynch) Van Gooden. Our subject's father is a native of the state of Michigan, whence he was brought to California in his boyhood by his parents, who settled in Butte county, where he was reared to manhood and where he is still engaged in stock raising.

Victor E. Van Gooden was educated in the public schools of his native county and devoted the years of his young manhood to working on the home ranch. He then entered the employ of the Red River Lumber Company and was engaged in logging at Westwood for three years. Immediately after his marriage, in 1917, he came to Benicia and accepted a position on the Southern Pacific Railroad Company's ferry boat, subsequently being transferred to the switching crew. In 1918 he enlisted for service in the United States army and was in training from September 6 to December 10, when he was honorably discharged. He then returned to the employ of the Southern Pacific, with which company he remained until 1922, when he came to his present location on the Sulphur Springs road and embarked in the dairy business. Mr. Van Gooden started in a modest way, but by close attention to his work, careful management and persistent industry he has gradually prospered. He now has a herd of sixty cows, and he is very comfortably situated.

Mr. Van Gooden was married to Miss Elverta Mary Cudd, who was born and reared in Chico, Butte county, and they are the parents of a daughter, Dolores Elvert. Politically Mr. Van Gooden gives his support to the republican party, as does his wife, and he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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