GEORGE GOULD, fruit grower, P. O. Villa Ridge, was born in Ireland July 8, 1837, to Richard and Ann (Adams) Gould. They were both natives of Ireland, but moved to Canada, when our subject was about seven years of age. She died in Canada, at the age of eighty-four years; he in Mississippi, at about the same age. His trade was that of miller. They were the parents of eight children, six of whom still survive. Our subject received his education in the free schools of Canada. When seventeen years of age, he began learning the carpenter trade, and followed that occupation till 1868, when he came to his present farm, which was then all in the woods, but now is in a high state of cultivation. He gives most of his attention to the growing of peaches, grapes and strawberries, and at this he has been very successful, but his success has been attained through his own energy and application to the business in hand. In 1860, Mr. Gould left Canada and came to Cairo, Ill., and made that his home till coming to the farm. November 7, 1863, he was married in Canada, to Anna L. Clitherow. She was born in Canada, August 18, 1846, to Robert and Anna Clitherow. He died when Mrs. Gould was small, but she is still living in Canada. Mr. and Mrs. Gould have four children living — William E., Lillie M., George W. and Bertha M. Mr. G. is a member of the Villa Ridge Lodge, A., F. & A. M. In politics, he is Democratic.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, pages 287-288.