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Harry and Grace Goddard

 

Harry Goddard portrait

 

 

 

HARRY WILLIAMS GODDARD
(1863-1927), 1927

Arthur M. Hazard (1872-1930), 1927
Oil on canvas
42 ½ x 36 ¼ inches; 107.7 x 91.5cm. (framed)
Hewes #58

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GEORGIA GRACE WATSON GODDARD (1866-1935), 1928

Arthur M. Hazard (1872-1930), 1927
Oil on canvas
42 ½ x 36 ¼ inches; 107.7 x 91.5cm. (framed)
Hewes #57

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Grace Goddard portrait

 

Harry and Grace Goddard lived at 190 Salisbury Street, a house they named 'Elmarion,' linking the names of their two daughters, Eleanor and Marion. They were married in Spencer, Massachusetts in 1887, where Mr. Goddard worked for Spencer Wire Company. He began at the age of seventeen and became its superintendent four years later. The couple lived in Spencer before they and the company moved to Worcester. At first, the Goddards lived on South Main Street, and after 1905 in their newly built home on Salisbury Street across from the lot on which the American Antiquarian Society's third home would be built four years later. By then, Goddard was president and general manager of Spencer Wire Company.

Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, on September 14, 1863, Harry Goddard attended public schools in Worcester through the first two years of high school. He then went to work for Washburn & Moen Manufacturing Company for two years, after which he attended Wilbraham Academy for a year. By 1917 he was also the treasurer of the Hobbs Manufacturing Company and president of the Mills Woven Cartridge Belt Company, both in Worcester. Goddard House, renamed in his honor, was his gift to the city as a Home for Aged Men. A leading manufacturer of the city, he served as president of the Board of Trade (predecessor to the Chamber of Commerce), was active in the Republican Party (hosting President William Howard Taft in his home), and served on the boards of the Mechanics National Bank and People's Savings Bank. He belonged to the Tatnuck Country Club, the Worcester Country Club, and the Commonwealth Club.(1)

Professionally, his success was credited to his 'force of character, insight and energy.' His granddaughter said it more simply. 'My grandfather must have been a legendary figure in our town.' He was also an 'avid collector, an avocation which began in his youth with stamps' and continued with a large collection of 'dazzling' gems and precious stones that the two would look at together on special occasions.(2)

Grace Goddard is remembered by her granddaughter for her complementary role as hostess, entertaining business and civic associates in their home. She was very active in charitable and philanthropic organizations in Worcester, and was one of the chief benefactors of the Camp Fire Girls, even donating to them a camp named after her daughter Marion. She and her husband traveled extensively in the United States, Europe, Japan and took one trip around the world. They planned their philanthropic work together, and among their shared interests was establishing the Home for Aged Men. After his death, she sent in his memory Christmas gifts to every member of the home.(3)

These portraits were the first of three painted by Arthur M. Hazard for the Goddard and Daniels families.(4) The painting of Harry Goddard is closely related to an engraved portrait of Goddard that appeared in Charles Nutt's History of Worcester and Its People.(5)



1)   Charles Nutt, History of Worcester and Its People (New York: Lewis Publishing Co., 1919), 3: facing p. 23.

2)   Eleanor D.B. Hodge, Sojourner: People and Places I have Loved (Falmouth, Mass.,: The Village Printer, 1997), 10.

3)   "Mrs. Goddard Passes Away at Her Home," May 1935. AAS clipping file.

4)   Arthur Merton Hazard (1872-1930) of Bridgewater, Mass., studied with DeCamp and Duveneck in Cincinnati and Prinet and Henri Blanc in Paris; Peter H. Falk, Who was Who in American Art, 1507.

5)   Nutt, History of Worcester, 3:23 (facing page).

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