Frederick Prescott Goodrich

No. 13058 Frederick Prescott Goodrich

Photograph contained in an album at the Dorchester Historical Society of about 150 photos kept by Nathaniel R. Perkins, MD, who examined thousands of men who were going into the war, 1914-1918. Given by Mrs N. R. Perkins in accordance with instructions from her late husband, Dr. Nathaniel P. Perkins of 1122 Adams St, Dorchester. Index catalog has entries for the individuals.

Frederick Prescott Goodrich 10 (or 18?) Larchmont St. Graduate DHS 1908 Major of School Cadets. Graduate of Dartmouth College 1912. Taught in high school in Braintree, Newton vocational and Cascadella Preparatory School for Cornell, Ithaca, NY. In Guaranty Trust Co when he enlisted in May 26, 1918 USNRH Aviation section. Trained M.I.T. Now at Key West, Florida

Frederick Prescott Goodrich.  Written by Camille Arbogast.

Frederick Prescott Goodrich, known as Fred, was born on January 3, 1890, in Manchester, New Hampshire. His father, John Allen Goodrich, was born in Sedgwick, Maine, the son of a minister; his mother, Amoretta Jane (Sweatt), was born in Manchester, NH, the daughter of a machinist. They were married April 11, 1876, and had two older children: Charles born in 1881, and Grace born in 1885.

John was a clerk in Manchester and the family owned a home at 345 Hosley Street. Living with them was Amoretta’s sister, Nancy Swett, who at one time worked in a cotton mill, probably in the city’s huge Amoskeag Manufacturing Company. In 1903, the Manchester directory reported John removed to Boston; the Boston directory listed him as in “butter and cheese” at 96 ½ Blackstone Street. The 1910 census described this line of business as a “retail merchant, grocer.” John was in the butter and eggs business until 1914. By the 1920s, he was an “egg candler” or egg inspector.

Initially, John boarded at 29 Hancock Street on Beacon Hill. In 1904, he is listed in the directory living in Dorchester, at 4A Moultrie Street. In 1906, the family resided at 10 Stratford Street. The next year, they were listed at 10 Larchmont Street, Dorchester, a home they purchased and in which John and Amoretta lived in for the rest of their lives. The family were members of the Second Congregational Church in Codman Square.  In 1908, Fred graduated from Dorchester High School.

By 1910, his sister Grace had gone to work as a school teacher; she worked for many years at the Comins School in Roxbury. Aunt Nancy still lived with them, but his brother Charles had married and moved to New Jersey. At this time, Fred was attending Dartmouth College, graduating in the class of 1912.

In 1913, Fred appeared in the Boston directory as a clerk. In August 1915, he reported to The Dartmouth Alumni Magazine that he was an investigator for the Massachusetts Employees Insurance Association at 84 State Street in Boston. In September 1915, Fred began working in Newton, Massachusetts, at the Vocational High School as an English teacher. On his notecard for Frederick Prescott Goodrich, Dr. Perkins noted that Fred also taught at Braintree High School. On his draft registration in 1917, Fred gave his profession as a school teacher at the Cascadilla School in Ithaca, New York, a prep school for Cornell University. He also claimed exemption from the draft, noting that his aunt Nancy was partially dependent on him for support.

When he enrolled in the Navy on May 24, 1918, his address was 3 West 47th Street, New York City. Dr. Perkins recorded that at the time of Fred’s enlistment he was “in Guaranty Trust Co.” Fred joined up at a New York City recruiting station. He served as a Chief Quartermaster, based at Headquarters, 1st Naval District, Boston, from June 14, 1918, until the Armistice. On November 1, 1918, he was placed on inactive duty at Headquarters, 3rd Naval District, New York City. Fred also served in the Navy Bureau of Aviation as an Aviation Chief Rigger. According to Dr. Perkins, Fred trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was sent to Key West, Florida. Fred was discharged on September 30, 1921.

After the war, Fred was very interested in a bill before Congress, The National Soldiers’ Settlement Bill, which aimed to help returning servicemen obtain farmland. Fred was one of many veterans who wrote to the Department of the Interior for information about the plan. He did not go into farming, but instead banking. In December 1920, he reported in The Dartmouth Alumni Magazine that he was working for the Mercantile Bank of the Americas, 44 Pine Street, New York City, and living at 1288 Dean Street, Brooklyn; in March 1921 he reported he was working for Lybrand, Ross Brothers and Montgomery, certified public accountants, at 55 Liberty Street, New York City. He appeared twice in the 1920 census, both living with his parents and sister on Larchmont Street, and also with his brother Charles and his family in Westfield, New Jersey.

In the 1930s and 1940s, Fred lived in New York City. In his father’s obituary in 1934, Fred was reported as living in Brooklyn. On his 1942 World War II draft registration, he gave his address as 438 80th Street, Brooklyn andt that time, he was self-employed. When his sister Grace died in October 1953, her obituary reported he was still living in New York City.

Fred died a month later on November 9, 1953. He was buried in Valley Cemetery in Manchester, New Hampshire in his parents’ plot.


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“Schools Will Open Monday,” The Newton Graphic (Newton, MA) 10 September 1915: 1;

World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration;

New York State Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917–1919. Adjutant General’s Office. New York State Archives, Albany, New York;

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Selective Service Registration Cards, World War II: Fourth Registration. Records of the Selective Service System, National Archives and Records Administration;

Deaths, Boston Globe, 13 October 1953: 45;



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April 3, 2022

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