William B. Goucher


WILLIAM B. GOUCHER, a member of the Calumet Fire Clay company, of Toronto, was born February 29, 1856, son of Charles and Mary Goucher. Samuel Goucher, the father of Charles, was a resident of Philadelphia. At that city Charles was educated, and he there engaged in the river trade, which he followed until 1865, since when he has led a retired life. Bu his wife, whose maiden name was Mary Shuster, he had four children, three of whom are living. She died in January, 1884. William B. Goucher, after receiving his education at Toronto, spent several years as a clerk, also being engaged in the sewer pipe works. He also was engaged for several years on the river. In 1881 Mr. Goucher came to Elliottsville, and in company with his brother Samuel, and Samuel McAdoo and Frank Bowles, purchased an interest in the Calumet Fire Clay company. In this organization he was chosen for the position of cashier, which he still holds. In 1885 the company erected a factory at Empire, in addition to their already extensive plant, which is one of the largest establishments of the kind in the valley, and produces annually an immense amount of sewer pipe, terra cotta goods, etc. Mr. Goucher was married in May, 1883 to Amanda S., daughter of James McConnell, of Toronto. To this union one child has been born, Edward M., in May 1885. Mr. Goucher and wife are members of the Methodist Protestant church. He is also a member of the I. O. O. F. and in politics is a democrat.

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