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A long identification with the industrial development of California qualified James Goulden among the most progressive citizens of the state. In Quebec, Canada, he was born in 1853, and he died at his home in Sacramento, Cal., May 6, 1909. He was quite a young man when he settled near Truckee, Nevada county, Cal., and there eventually' he became interested in the lumber trade, with which he was connected twenty-eight years. In 1895 he took up his residence in Sacramento, and from that time until his death was chief inspector for the Southern Pacific Railroad Company. In 1883 Mr. Goulden married Laura McCullough, a native of Cass county, Ind., who had come with her parents across the plains with ox-teams to California in 1854. They landed at Dutch Flat in October that year. Socially Mr. Goulden affiliated with the Masonic order, in which he had taken high degrees, and with the Knights of Pythias. In railroad and commercial circles he was known as a man of much ability and of highest integrity and efficiency, and when he passed away his removal was regretted as that of one whose place it would be hard to fill. As a citizen he was public spirited and helpful to an unusual degree, never withholding his encouragement and support from any measure which in his opinion promised to benefit any considerable number of his fellow citizens. Since her husband's death Mrs. Goulden has lived at her home at 1006 G street. By her first marriage, to Joseph Hilton, who died in Truckee, she had two children, G. W. Hilton, who is with the Southern Pacific Railroad, and Henrietta May, now Mrs. Easton, of Truckee, Cal. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011