GEORGE E. GOODHEAD, editor and publisher of the Weekly Transcript, at Franklin, was born in the Territory of Dakota, May 5, 1856. His father, Joseph Goodhead, was a native of Vienna, Austria, and a man of finished education. He went through a preparatory course, and was designed for the priesthood, but abandoned that idea. He was the master of eight languages, and could speak and write them fluently. He came to America in 1848, and lived in Milwaukee, Wis., for a short time, and from there removed to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he purchased twenty acres of land which is now in the business portion of that city. He was marred in Milwaukee in 1851, to Elizabeth Auersould, a native of Bohemia.
Mrs. Goodhead's parents resided in Milwaukee where her father died. Her mother is still living in that city. Joseph Goodhead, the father of George, was the father of eleven children, seven of whom are living - Annie, Clara, Fannie, Fred, Estella,, Lillie and George E. Annie is unmarried, and is living in Westport, Jackson Co., Mo.; Clara married Otto Lytle, who is a conductor on the cable line of Kansas City, Mo.; They have two children. Fannie married P. H. Cooper, an engineer at Griggsville, Ill.; they have one child. Fred is unmarried, and lives in Westport; he is an employee on the cable line in Kansas City. Estella, and Lillie are single, and their residence is in Westport; they are engaged in clerking in a dry-goods house in Kansas City.
The subject of this sketch married Mamie LaRue, who is of French descent. Her parents reside at Perry, Ill., where her father Thomas R. LaRue, is engaged in the blacksmithing business. Her mother was Margaret Williams, of Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. LaRue are the parents of five children: Gillie, Lizzie, Arretta, John, and the wife of Mr. Goodhead.
Mr. and Mrs. Goodhead have two children living: George Emmet, and Retta. The subject of this article commenced his career a poor boy. He went to school for six years, after which he was engaged for three years as a clerk in a general store. He then began to work in a printing office at Griggsville, but remained there but a short time, removing to Milton, Ill., where he labored five winters. He then started business on his own account at Perry, Ill., in 1880. At the end of two years and a half, all of his effects were destroyed by fire leaving him with the munificent capital of thirty-five cents. His pluck and stubborn persistence came to his aid, and at the end of ten days he was in possession of an entire new outfit, ready for business which he successfully prosecuted for two years and a half, when in June 1886 he removed to Franklin, opened an office, and has remained here since. He is in possession of a nice home, and a good patronage. He does a general printing business, and is doing well. He prints 585 copies of the Weekly Transcript, besides a large amount of job work. Mr. Goodhead is a Democrat of independent proclivities.