Varied and important business interests claim the attention and
broad experience and keen
sagacity of George H. Goodman, who has achieved success as a journalist, liquor dealer, tobacco dealer,
realtor, agriculturist and breeder of racing stock. He is a personality in business circles of Paducah and
represents the fourth generation of the family in Kentucky. He was born March 28, 1876, in Big Clifty,
Grayson county, Kentucky, and his parents, Samuel and Martha E. (Hill) Goodman, were natives of Hardin county, this state. His father was a railroad contractor and later in life engaged in the retail whiskey
business. He voted the democratic ticket but was not active in politics. He passed away in Paducah but
his widow is still a resident of the city.
Her parents were John and Mary
Hill, the former a well-to-do planter and a life-long
resident of Hardin county, who was a son of John Hill, Sr., one of the earliest settlers of Hardin county,
in which he built the first brick house, and reserved a room in his home for religious services. In pioneer
times he would load a boat with merchandise and trade his stock at points between Pittsburgh and New
Orleans. After disposing of his supply of goods he would sell the boat and return to his home on horseback. Subsequently he engaged in farming and also operated a mill. He was a man of deeply religious nature and possessed the true spirit of Christianity.
Both he and his wife passed the century mark and on the one hundredth anniversary of his birth he rode to
a family reunion three miles distant, driving the horse himself. He experienced every phase of frontier life.
His wife was a member of one of the old families of Tennessee and her parents, who lived near Nashville,
were massacred by the Indians but the little daughter escaped, concealing herself behind a pile of brush from which she witnessed the tragedy. Dr. James S. Goodman, the grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was
one of the well known physicians of Hardin county and his political support was given to the democratic party.
His wife was a member of the Haycraft family, prominent in the social and political history of Kentucky.
Mr. Goodman attended the public schools of Paducah and when a
became a wage earner. He
was a clerk in shoe and drug stores and worked in various capacities, eventually becoming a traveling salesman.
In 1900 he embarked in the mail order whiskey business and was thus engaged until the establishment of prohibition in 1918. In January, 1922, he purchased the News-Democrat of Paducah, which he has since conducted and under his wise management the paper is growing steadily in power and usefulness. It is a
valuable advertising medium and embodies the best elements of modern journalism.
Mr. Goodman is president of the
Smith & Scott Tobacco Company of Paducah and ably assists in the
direction of its operations He has a well developed farm of three hundred acres, on which he has built a
modern dairy, and has also found hog raising a profitable occupation. He has large real estate interests
in Paducah and derives a good income from his investments.
He possesses the power of scattering his energies without lessening their force and is actuated at all times
by an accurate sense of business exigency.
In June, 1910, Mr. Goodman was married in Dyersville,
L. Crumbaugh, a
daughter of George C. and Evelyn (Parker) Crumbaugh, both of whom are deceased. Her father was a dealer
in ice and was also connected with navigation affairs. He gave his political support to the democratic party
and was very active in the work of the Methodist Episcopal church of Paducah. He entered the ministry as a young man and was a sincere follower of the faith he preached.
Mrs. Goodman was born in 1886 at Paducah and is a graduate of Ward College at Nashville, Tennessee.
She is affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal church and gives a large portion of her time to religious, philanthropic and cultural affairs. She has been a tireless worker in behalf of the Paducah Home of the
Friendless and is a member of the executive board of the Woman's Club. Mr. and Mrs. Goodman have
become the parents of three daughters, two of whom are now living, namely: Evelyn L.,whose birth
occurred in January, 1912; and Mary Jane, born in 1916. Martha E. was born in August, 1913, and died
in February, 1917.
During the World war Mr. Goodman was chairman of the McCracken
Council of Defense and was
also at the head of the committee in charge of the sale of Liberty bonds throughout the county. He belongs
to Paducah Lodge, No. 217, B. P. O. E., and is governor of the local Country Club. He is a Rotarian and for
five years was president of the Paducah Board of Trade. He is an adherent of the democratic party and finds diversion in golf. Mr. Goodman is one of western Kentucky's prominent turfmen and the first trotting horse
in the county to make a record of 2:10 was bred and developed on his farm.
From an early age he has depended upon his own efforts for a livelihood and what he has accomplished
represents the fit utilization of his innate powers and talents. He has made his paper an effective exponent
of local interests and his influence is strong and far-reaching.