Richard Page came to Cowley County in 1870, at the age of 29, and took a farm in Pleasant Valley. In 1872 he entered in partnership with Hermann Godehard, age 22, and established the Page-Godehard Grocery store, in Arkansas City, which had a bakery. We are unsure when Godehard came to Cowley county.
The Arkansas City census of 1893 lists; Herman Godehard, age 43, and his wife M., age 31.
COURIER, APRIL 8, 1875. CITY OFFICERS. The following city officers were elected on Monday, April 5th.
For Mayor: S. P. Channell.
Councilmen: H. Godehard, E. D. Bowen, J. H. Sherburne, Dr. Shephard, and I. H. Bonsall.
Police Judge: T. McIntire.
TRAVELER, JANUARY 26, 1876. CASH OR WHEAT TAKEN AT PAGE & GODEHARD'S! FOR ANYTHING IN THEIR LINE OF GROCERIES & QUEENSWARE, of which they keep a full and well-assorted stock. Also, everything in the Bakery & Confectionery Line. We invite our friends to give us a call and see our new stock of Queensware and Stoneware. We shall be glad to see you whether your buy or not.
TRAVELER, MARCH 8, 1876. On Sunday evening, March 5th, at the M. E. Church, by the Rev. J. Wingar, Mr. Hermann Godehard and Miss Jennie Goodnight, both of this place. Our congratulations go with the happy couple. Mr. Godehard is an old-time resident of this place, who has endured the trials and tribulations of bachelorhood for many a year, and is deserving of the repose, peace, and good fortune he has so lately engaged in. His fair bride has always been held in the highest esteem, and acknowledged an example of industry. “May the smile of the Great Spirit, which, in the view of the poor Indian, is reflected upon the waters, ever be reflected by their happiness and prosperity.”
TRAVELER, APRIL 12, 1876. Mrs. Godehard and Miss Bowers have a fine assortment of tasty and elegant millinery goods for spring and summer trade, at prices extremely reasonable. Please call and examine before purchasing elsewhere. Plain sewing and dress making done in first-class style.
We take pleasure in announcing to the ladies of Arkansas City and vicinity that our grand opening of millinery goods will take place tomorrow, April 13. We can truly say that our goods excel anything ever exhibited in Arkansas City, both in style and variety. Come and see for yourselves. S/ MRS. GODEHARD, MISS BOWERS.
TRAVELER, JULY 5, 1876. One of the most startling occurrences that ever took place in this city was made known last Saturday.
Richard Page, aged 35 years, and for the past six years a resident of this county (with the exception of one winter spent in Canada) was at his place of business at the City Bakery, as usual, until about one o'clock p.m., when he started home to dinner, taking a chew of tobacco on the say, saturated with strychnia, which caused his death within ten minutes.
The circumstances, as far as could be gathered from evidence, and what the dying man said to his wife and others, are as follows.
On Monday morning Mrs. Page told her husband that mice had already got into their new cellar, and she wanted them killed before they got into the house. Mr. Page stated that he would get some strychnia and poison them, and as he passed Kellogg & Hoyt's drug store, he stopped in and purchased a few grains, which he carelessly put in his vest pocket with his tobacco; carrying it until Saturday, when he took a chew as above stated, and discovered his mistake.
On arriving at the house, he complained of being sick, and went to the cellar to get a mug of ale, but could not drink it. He then called for sweet milk, and drank some, when he found he was unable to get to his bed except by crawling. Mrs. Page then asked him what was the matter, when he said: “I have taken strychnia with tobacco, by mistake.” He then called his wife and two little girls to him, and bid them good-bye.
Mr. Hutchinson was called in, and Drs. Shepard and Hughes sent for, but they arrived too late to lend assistance. On Sunday afternoon he was buried, being followed to the grave by a host of friends, making as large, if not the largest, funeral procession ever attending the mains of anyone from this place.
As a man, Richard Page was a respected citizen and devoted Christian, honored and respected by all who knew him. His life was insured in an Express Agents Insurance Company for $3,000, which, with what capital he had, will provide for the family.
TRAVELER, JULY 19, 1876. All persons knowing themselves indebted to the old firm of Page & Godehard will please call and make settlement. S/ H. GODEHARD.
TRAVELER, NOVEMBER 29, 1876. MRS. R. A. HOUGHTON begs to inform the public that she is prepared to do dressmaking and all kinds of plain and fancy sewing. Workroom at Mrs. Godehard's millinery store. Satisfaction guaranteed.
TRAVELER, MARCH 14, 1877. A NEW BOARDING HOUSE AND RESTAURANT is to be opened by H. Godehard this week, in the building opposite the City Bakery. Hermann will feed his patrons on the fat of the land.
TRAVELER, APRIL 3, 1877. CITY ELECTION. The election of city officers took place last Monday, quietly and peacably, with the following result.
Mayor: Dr. Kellogg.
Police Judge: Jas. Christian.
Councilmen: James Benedict, H. P. Farrar, James I. Mitchell, H. Godehard, I. H. Bonsall.
TRAVELER, FEBRUARY 13, 1878. Hermann Godehard was blessed with a bouncing boy last Wednesday.
TRAVELER, MARCH 13, 1878. AD: HERMANN GODEHARD, GROCER AND DEALER IN Queensware, Glassware, and Stoneware, BAKERY AND CONFECTIONERY GOODS
FULL AND COMPLETE. AND OF THE BEST QUALITY.
I OFFER MY GOODS VERY REASONABLE AND WILL NOT BE UNDERSOLD.
CALL AND SEE MY STOCK.
TRAVELER, JANUARY 22, 1879. We understand Hermann Godehard has rented the City Hotel with a view of opening the same to the public, after it has been properly repaired. Hermann has served the public as Mine Host in former times, and always enjoyed the reputation of setting a number one table.
TRAVELER, MARCH 19, 1879. The old building on the corner west of the TRAVELER office will be removed onto the vacant lots between Godehard's and Frank Schiffbauer's, where it will be repaired for a dwelling.
TRAVELER, APRIL 9, 1879. VOTE AS FOLLOWS: MAYOR: JAS. I. MITCHELL, 117, COUNCIL. J. T. SHEPARD, 118, I. H. BONSALL 116, H. GODEHARD 113, GEORGE ALLEN 116, WM. SPEERS 116, POLICE JUDGE. L. KNIGHT 115.
TRAVELER, JUNE 18, 1879.
THE 4TH OF JULY
Will be Celebrated in great style at Arkansas City, Kansas.
Has received a full assortment of
FOURTH OF JULY GOODS,
Fire Crackers, Roman Candles,
SKY ROCKETS, TOY PISTOLS, FLAGS,
Cannon Fire Crackers,
Chinese Lanterns and an endless Variety of Candies.
TRAVELER, JUNE 18, 1879. French Mustard prepared by the quart. Hermann Godehard has it.
Wanted. Everybody to know that Hermann Godehard has opened his Ice Cream Parlor, “and don't you forget it.”
BORN: On Wednesday, January 21st, 1880, at Arkansas City, to Mr. and Mrs. Hermann Godehard, a daughter.
TRAVELER, MAY 12, 1880. Hermann Godehard has just completed a very commodious bake-house in the rear of his store. The dimensions are twelve feet by twenty-four feet, and the inner measurement of the oven is 8 ft. by 10 ft. The building is fitted with a furnace of the newest design. “No one need pine in vain for pie now.”
TRAVELER, JULY 7, 1880. A SAD AFFAIR. DIED. On Thursday night, July 1, Lotta, infant daughter of Hermann and Jennie Godehard, aged six months.
Deep was the grief of the parents at the loss of their daughter, and sincere was the sympathy offered them by our entire community.
After the funeral on Friday, Mrs. Godehard's sorrow was almost inconsolable, and on Sunday night the doctors were called in great haste, in the supposition that she was dying from the effects of an apoplectic stroke, superinduced by her despondency and grief. She grew better on Monday, and yesterday morning as late as ten o'clock she was in good spirits. Her friends rejoiced that she was to recover from this attack as she had from two others; but about half past eleven she became rapidly worse, and before assistance could be procured, the sorrowing and loving mother was with her child, and the father was doubly bereaved.
The deepest and most heartfelt sympathy is extended to the unfortunate husband and remaining child, a daughter about three years of age. The funeral will take place from the house today at 9 o'clock a.m., Rev. Fleming conducting the services.
TRAVELER, APRIL 6, 1881. At the election held on last Monday, the following gentlemen were elected to hold the reins of municipal government for the coming year.
MAYOR: H. D. KELLOGG.
COUNCILMEN: James Benedict, J. B. Nipp, H. Godehard, O. S. Rarick, Wm. Speers.
POLICE JUDGE: I. H. Bonsall.
TRAVELER, MARCH 15, 1882. Herman Godehard will soon run a bread wagon to supply his town trade in the staff of life.
TRAVELER, JUNE 21, 1882.
AD: ESTABLISHED 1872.
BAKER & GROCER,
AND DEALER IN QUEENSWARE.
COME AND SEE US AT OUR NEW QUARTERS. OURR STOCK IS FULL AND COMPLETE IN ALL ITS DEPARTMENTS, AND SECOND TO NONE IN THE COUNTY.
THANKING YOU FOR PAST FAVORS, WE SHALL ENDEAVOR TO MERIT THE CONTINUANCE OF PART OF YOUR PATRONAGE.
Traveler, October 31, 1883. MARRIED. On Wednesday evening, October 24, by Rev. S. B. Fleming, at the residence of J. W. Canfield, Mr. Herman Godehard and Mrs. Morle Alexander.
Herman is one of the first settlers of this county, has made hundreds of friends during his residence in this city, all of whom most heartily join in a Godspeed to himself and bride.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 30, 1884. Considerable excitement was occasioned Monday evening by the north wall of the building used by Herman Godehard cracking and perceptibly sinking, which was the result of excavating for the new post office building. Fears were entertained that the wall would fall, but prompt work has so far prevented such a catastrophe. We trust no serious damage will result.