W. H. GOE, fruit and vegetable grower, P. O. Villa Ridge, was born in Greene County, Ohio, November, 1840, to John and Catherine (Crawford) Goe. He was born in Virginia, she in Kentucky, but both had come to Illinois in early life. She died in Greene County, Ohio; he in this county, in 1873. His occupation was that of a farmer. They were the parents of ten children, six of whom are now living. Our subject has devoted his time to farming and fruit-growing. August, 1862, he enlisted in Company H, Ninety-fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, as non-commissioned officer. He served for nearly three years, being mustered out at Columbus, Ohio, June, 1865. He was at Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Stone River, etc., and with Sherman on the march to the sea. September 7, 1870, he was married in Cairo, Ill., to Lucinda Brigham. She was born in Pennsylvania, to George and Amy Brigham. He is dead, but she is now living, and about seventy-three years of age. When sixty-five years of age, she was married to her present husband, who then was seventy-five. Mrs. Goe came to Illinois, when about sixteen years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Goe have three children, viz.: Nina, Reader and Julia. He is Republican in politics, and a member of the order Patrons of Husbandry. In 1872, Mr. Goe came to Pulaski County, and settled on his present farm, which, at the time was but partially improved. Now he has the farm in a high state of cultivation.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 287.