Biographical Review of Calhoun County, MI. 1904 Chicago Hobart & Mather pages 192-194.
Zeno GOULD was a resident of Battle Creek for nearly forty years, and during the first twenty years of that period was one of the representative men in the industrial and municipal affairs of that city. Through his own efforts and natural ability he became a successful business man whose sound judgment and sterling worth commanded the highest respect of the community in which he passed the most fruitful years of his life.
Mr. GOULD was born at Sand Lake, (Rensselaer Co., ) New York, March 20, 1818 and back to a very early epoch in the colonization of the new world his ancestral histroy can be traced. Zaccheus GOULD, the progenitor of the family in America was a native of England, and from Hempstead, in Heriordshire, emigrated to the new world, settling in Topsfield, Massachusetts, in 1638. Zeno GOULD was a direct descendant in the seventh generation of Zaccheus GOULD. Representatives of the name, through successive genrations, have figured prominently in public life, and the family records, as well as the Massachusetts Bay records, prove the parent stock in this country to have been of importance in colonial affairs; also to have been of stanch integrity and liberal in their religious views; the history saying that they rebelled against the strict church discipline and were "arrested for harboring Quakers." At the time of the Revolutionary war the family was well represented in the patriot army and did its full share toward winning the nation's independence. His maternal ancestors were equally prominent and distinguished, and among the number was William L. MARCY, a noted statesman and diplomat, who was an uncle of Mr. GOULD.
Zeno GOULD was a son of Ophir and Rhoda (MARCY) GOULD, in whose family were thirteen children. His brother, William GOULD, became a resident of Calhoun county in 1869, and died on his farm near Battle Creek, Michigan, March 18, 1902, at the age of eighty-eight years, leaving a widow, with whom he had lived sixty-five years. He passed away a few months before the death of the subject of this review, who died October 12th, 1902, and who was the last of the older generation. Zeno GOULD's mother died when he was but two years of age, a fact which he never ceased to regret even in his old age, believing, as he did, that in losing his mother, he lost many chances of education and advancement, as well as the tender care and counsel which only a mother can give. His boyhood and youth were passed with relatives near his birth place. In 1834, when sixteen years old, he determined to "seek his own fortune," and went alone to Genesee county, New York. Thus early, he began to acquire those lessons in self reliance and industry; and laid the foundation of a character, developed and strengthened in later years, which enabled him to leave a name linked to honor and success. He contanued to reside in Genesee county until he came to Michigan in 1854. He was married in Alabama, Geness Co., New York, in 1839 to Miss Clarissa BAKER, a daughter of Nathan BAKER, who was born at Saratoga, Saratoga County, New York, while her mother, who bore the maiden name of Mahala SHATTUCK was born at Mason, New Hampshire. While living in Alabama, Genesee County, New York Mr. and Mrs. GOULD became the parents of four daughter, Mary E., Emma G., Carrie A. and Annie.
Mr. GOULD and family arrived in Battle Creek in February, 1854 where they passed a few weeks with Nathan BAKER, Mrs. GOULD's father, but later settled in Schoolcraft, Kalamazoo County, Michigan. They remained there until December, 1859 when they removed to Albion in order to give their children better educational advantages. Of the children of Mr. and Mrs. GOULD, Mary E. was married in Albion, Michigan in 1861 to Dr. Thomas H. BRIGGS, of Schoolcraft, Michigan and now resides in Battle Creek; Emma G., now of Atchison,(Anderson county) Kansas, was married in 1867, in Battle Creek, to Lewis M. BRIGGS, also of Schoolcraft, and in 1869 Carrie A., now of Hiawatha, Kansas, became the wife of Henry C. BAKER, of Battle Creek, in which city their marriage was celebrated.
In Battle Creek, November 15, 1894 occurred the death of Mrs. GOULD, and March 12th, 1898, Miss Annie GOULD, the youngest daughter, passed away.
Mr. GOULD and his family remained in Albion until 1863, when they came to Battle Creek. Here Mr. GOULD made a permanent home. He served the city well in various municipal capacities, being widely known as a stanch Republican, unfaltering in the performance of his duties and in his allegiance to the cause which he espoused. His business interests were of an important character and contributed to the prosperity of the city, as well as to his individual success. During his active business life he had an extensive acpuaintance with the farmers of the community and was deeply interested in the agricultural welfare of the country, taking great delight in the advances made in methods of farm work, in the improvement of machinery, and in every progressive effort that was of benefit to ythe agricultural class.
Mr. GOULD possessed a logical mind, formed his own opinions and knew how to defend them. He was a discriminating reader, well posted on all the important questions of the day, and especially interested in finance, politics and religion. Personally, he was conservative in business, radical in polities, and held liberal religious views. Nearly twenty years prior to his death, he retired from active outside interests, still conducting his private business with sound judgment and ability.
His career was characterized by unfaltering integrity in all trade transactions and his word was known to be as good as his bond. To the last, his business ability and his keen insight into all matters requiring clear and sound judgment, never faltered. One of his life long friends said of him: "Nature gave him manhood, mental capacity and superb moral strentgth. His instinctive reserve hindered him from pushing into places to which his real merit commended him, and such were the conditions around him that the public failed to avail itself of the tithe of his civic value."
A picture was included with this scatch and also can be found at the Willard Library site, Battle Creek, MI.