Guide to the Goff Family Papers,​ 1871-​1930

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Overview of the Collection

Special Collections & Archives
McIntyre Library
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
P.O.  Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702 – 4004
(715) 836-2739

Reference Code: USGZE UHC307

Accession Number: 08-024

Collection Number: University Historical Collection 307

Creators: Goff Family

Title: Goff Family Papers

Dates: 1871-1930

Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (1 archives box)

Location of Collection: A10/3d

Languages: Collection materials are in English.

Summary: Papers of a family that moved to Eau Claire County from Massachusetts in 1857.  Included are financial and land records, financial journals, grocery lists, genealogy, a hand drawn map of the farm, and correspondence. 

Biographical / Historical Note

The family of Edgar Goff left Massachusetts and purchased land in the Township of Pleasant Valley in Eau Claire County in 1857. Edgar was a farmer until his death in 1894. Upon his death, Edgar’s son, Arthur W. Goff, inherited his property, where he lived with his wife and three children until his death in 1930. Arthur had a “truck garden,” raising fruits and vegetables that he “peddled” with his horse and buggy around the Third Ward in Eau Claire.

Content Description

This small collection consists of financial and land records, and financial journals of Edgar Goff and his son, Arthur W. Goff. Also included is the will of Edgar Goff, a brief history of the Goff family, a hand-drawn map of the farmstead, and grocery sales lists from the Staple and Fancy Groceries on Barstow Street in Eau Claire. The grocery lists, dated from 1878-1891, list items purchased, purchase dates, and prices of items. Of particular note in this collection are an 1876 contract, written by Edgar Goff, agreeing to a weekly payment for the service of sprinkling a street to keep down the dust in the second ward of Eau Claire from May to October, and letters from an inmate and the warden at the Wisconsin State Prison in Waupun from 1895 regarding a wagon of Goff’s that was allegedly stolen then traded.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Donated to the Special Collections & Archives, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire prior to March 2006.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire.

Preferred Citation: Goff Family Papers, circa 1871-1930.  UHC307.  Special Collections & Archives.  McIntyre Library.  University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.

Processing Note: Processed by Lark Keating-Hadlock in August 2007.

Arrangement: Chronological.

OCLC #: 180188673


Personal Names:
Goff, Arthur W.
Goff, Edgar
Goff Family

Corporate Names: Staple and Fancy Groceries (Eau Claire, Wis.)

Subject Terms:
Grocery trade – Wisconsin -- Eau Claire
Farmers -- Wisconsin -- Eau Claire County

Geographical Terms: Eau Claire (Wis.) – Commerce

Genre Terms:
Family papers
Property records
Financial records

Detailed List of Contents




Box/Folder 1/1

Correspondence, biography


Box/Folder 1/2

Land contracts, will,


Box/Folder 1/3

Grocery sales lists


Box/Folder 1/4

2 financial journals

1925, 1929