CLIFFORD BYRON GOODRICH
The success achieved by Clifford Byron Goodrich in business and the
high standing he enjoys as a citizen furnishes an example of what may
be accomplished by a man of determination , perseverance and
energy. A native of the county, born in Saratoga, October 1,
1894, he is a son of E. E. and Lilly (Dutcher) Goodrich; the father, a
retired rancher, resides at Capitola, Santa Cruz County. they
were the parents of five children: Clifford Byron, the subject of this
sketch, Leo, an oil driller, living in Coalinga; Claude E, an oil
driller living in Texas; Adell, residing in San Jose; Vera resides in
Saratoga. His mother passed away in 1917.
Mr. Goodrich's boyhood days were spent on a ranch near Saratoga; later
removing with the family to a place on Tenth Street, San Jose.
His education was obtained in the public schools of San Jose,
supplemented with a business course at Heald's Business College,
graduating in 1912. He entered the employ of J. B. Leaman, San
Jose's laundryman and dry cleaner, learned the business and for three
years he served as foreman of the dry cleaning establishment.
Later, for one year, he was manager for the Vapor Dry Cleaning
Company. On November 1, 1921, he became connected with the French
Benzol Company on North Fourth Street, where modern and up-to-date
machinery is used, making the plant sanitary and also paces it in the
front rank of businesses of this kind. Mr. Goodrich is a
self-made man in the best sense of the word; while working made his own
way through school, and is now reaping the rewards of an honest,
consistent and well-directed efforts. He has acquired a pleasant
home at 183 Humboldt Street in San Jose.
The marriage of Mr. Goodrich united him with Miss Viola Neville, a
native of Kansas City, Mo., and they are the parents of two chlordane:
Adell and June. Fraternally he is a Mason, holding a membership
in Friendship Lodge No. 210, F. & A. M.: he is also a member
of the Sciots, and is active in the Chamber of Commerce of San
Jose. During the Mexican trouble of 1916-17 he served his county
on the border.