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123 Maple Street

This 2 1/2 story, wood frame, gable front house, with clapboard siding, shingle porch, rear ell, and round gable light, was built ca. 1880.1 The building’s wrap around porch is a later addition, having been added between 1912 and 1926.2 The house was built for the owner Andrew Issachar Goodhue, who lived there from ca. 1881 until ca. 1899, when he and his family moved up the street to 312 Maple Street.3  Goodhue came to Burlington from Hancock, New Hampshire in 1870.4 He was initially employed as an engineer by the Kilburn and Gates Lumber Mill.5  He was later a partner in Lang & Goodhue Mfg. Co., a hydraulic engineering company, and served as the U.S. Inspector of Steam Vessels in Burlington from 1887 until 1920.6 Goodhue’s daughter Grace, the future Mrs. Calvin Coolidge, was two or three years old when the Goodhues took up residence in the house and grew up there.7 Grace Goodhue graduated from the University of Vermont in 1902 and then worked as a teacher at the Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton, Massachusetts.8 It was there that she met her future husband, who later served as the thirtieth President of the United States.9 They were married in the Goodhue’s later house at 312 Maple Street.10

1 See Birds Eye View of Burlington and Winooski, VT. (Madison: J.J. Stoner, 1877); Burlington City Directory and Business Advertiser 1881-1883 (Burlington, VT: Free Press Association, 1881).

2 See Insurance Maps of Burlington Vermont (New York: Sanborn Map Co., 1912); Insurance Maps of Burlington Vermont (New York: Sanborn Map Co., 1926).

3Grace Coolidge: An Autobiography, ed. Wikander, Lawrence E. and Ferrell Robert H. (Worland, Wyoming: High Plains, 1992); See Burlington City Directory and Business Advertiser 1881-1883 (Burlington, VT: Free Press Association, 1881); Burlington City Directory for 1899, including Winooski and South Burlington  (Burlington, VT: Free Press Association, 1899).

4 Stone, Arthur F., The Vermont of Today (New York: Lewis Historical, 1929).

5 See Burlington City Directory and Business Advertiser 1871- 1872 (Burlington, VT: Free Press Association, 1871).

6 See Burlington City Directory 1888-1889, including Directory of Winooski (Burlington, VT: Free Press Association, 1888); Bittinger, Cyndy, “Grace Coolidge: An Overview”, Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, www.calvin-coolidge.org/pages/history/grace/pages/overview.htm [accessed 11/18/04].

7 Coolidge, 3.

8 Coolidge, 26-30.

9 Coolidge, 26-30.

10 Coolidge, 26 n. 8, 32.

 

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