The Goodrich name is prominent in the
history of early St. Louis Park. This is the story of the
Calvin Goodrich family. They are apparently not related to
George Goodrich, who had a farm in the Lenox area.
CALVIN G. GOODRICH, SR.
Calvin Gibson Goodrich, Sr. was born on May 11, 1820 in
Petersburgh, Virginia. His father, lawyer John Baldwin
Goodrich, died young, and Calvin’s mother moved the family
to Winchester, Indiana in 1826. Calvin became a surveyor,
and attended medical school in Cincinnati. He graduated in
1845 and practiced in Richmond, Indiana. He married Mary A.
Wall and in 1848 they moved to Oxford, Ohio.
In 1865, Calvin and Mary bought land in St. Louis Park from
Thomas A. Harrison. In 1868 he moved to Minneapolis, where
his investments in real estate made him rich.
Mary died in November 1872, and Calvin married Harriet
Dodman of Worcester, Massachusetts in 1975. Calvin, Sr. died on
March 20, 1880.
Calvin, Sr. had five children:
Ervy L. Goodrich Calvin Goodrich, Jr.
Nellie W. Goodrich Ireys
Elroy L. Goodrich
Beatrice Goodrich – married Thomas Lowry
CALVIN G. GOODRICH, JR.
Calvin Jr. (wife Cora) served in many capacities in the
Railway Co., which he took over in 1909 at the death of his
brother-in-law, Thomas Lowry.
In 1886 he donated land for the
parsonage of Union Church. He
was vice president of the Minneapolis Land and Investment
Co., and president of the St. Louis Park Land and Investment
On April 30, 1887, Calvin and Cora and William and wife
Annie Truesdale filed the plat of
St. Louis Park Centre, which would become one of the
most historic residential neighborhoods in the Park.
On December 17, 1887, Goodrich presented a plat called St.
Louis Park Suburbs, which included the area between Centre
and Brookside. That plat was never realised.
In 1889 he bought land in St. Louis Park that included
Brookside. In 1892 he vacated the Wildwood plat of that
area, and in 1898 the land was sold to Suburban Homes for
Calvin Goodrich, Jr. died on December 21, 1915
and is buried at Lakewood Cemetery.
This information comes from a variety of sources: newspapers, books, yearbooks, phone directories, interviews, etc. Given the varied sources, we cannot guarantee that all of this information is correct, and welcome any additions and corrections. Please contact us with your contributions and comments.