Harry and Grace Goddard lived at 190 Salisbury Street, a house
'Elmarion,' linking the names of their two daughters, Eleanor and
They were married in Spencer, Massachusetts in 1887, where Mr.
worked for Spencer Wire Company. He began at the age of seventeen
became its superintendent four years later. The couple lived in
before they and the company moved to Worcester. At first, the
lived on South Main Street, and after 1905 in their newly built
Salisbury Street across from the lot on which the American
Society's third home would be built four years later. By then,
was president and general manager of Spencer Wire Company.
Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, on September 14, 1863, Harry
attended public schools in Worcester through the first two years
school. He then went to work for Washburn & Moen Manufacturing
for two years, after which he attended Wilbraham Academy for a
1917 he was also the treasurer of the Hobbs Manufacturing Company
president of the Mills Woven Cartridge Belt Company, both in
Goddard House, renamed in his honor, was his gift to the city as a
for Aged Men. A leading manufacturer of the city, he served as
of the Board of Trade (predecessor to the Chamber of Commerce),
in the Republican Party (hosting President William Howard Taft in
home), and served on the boards of the Mechanics National Bank and
Savings Bank. He belonged to the Tatnuck Country Club, the
Club, and the Commonwealth Club.(1)
Professionally, his success was credited to his 'force of
insight and energy.' His granddaughter said it more simply. 'My
must have been a legendary figure in our town.' He was also an
an avocation which began in his youth with stamps' and continued
a large collection of 'dazzling' gems and precious stones that the
would look at together on special occasions.(2)
Grace Goddard is remembered by her granddaughter for her
role as hostess, entertaining business and civic associates in
She was very active in charitable and philanthropic organizations
and was one of the chief benefactors of the Camp Fire Girls, even
to them a camp named after her daughter Marion. She and her
extensively in the United States, Europe, Japan and took one trip
the world. They planned their philanthropic work together, and
shared interests was establishing the Home for Aged Men. After his
she sent in his memory Christmas gifts to every member of the
These portraits were the first of three painted by Arthur M.
for the Goddard and Daniels families.(4) The painting of Harry
is closely related to an engraved portrait of Goddard that
Charles Nutt's History of Worcester and Its People.(5)
1) Charles Nutt, History of Worcester and Its People (New
Lewis Publishing Co., 1919), 3: facing p. 23.
2) Eleanor D.B. Hodge, Sojourner: People and Places I
(Falmouth, Mass.,: The Village Printer, 1997), 10.
3) "Mrs. Goddard Passes Away at Her Home," May
AAS clipping file.
4) Arthur Merton Hazard (1872-1930) of Bridgewater,
with DeCamp and Duveneck in Cincinnati and Prinet and Henri Blanc
Peter H. Falk, Who was Who in American Art, 1507.
5) Nutt, History of Worcester, 3:23 (facing page).