Nashua, New Hampshire’s Newspaperman and Advertising Executive: Charles Frederick Goldthwaite (1882-1943)

Charles Frederick Goldthwait of Nashua NH, probably around his high school graduation.

Charles Frederick Goldthwait of Nashua NH, newspaperman.

Charles Frederick Goldthwaite was a distinguished son of Nashua. His parents, Charles Alvin & Etta F. (Shedd) Goldthwaite were local people, married in Nashua. He grew up and was educated in the Nashua schools. The photograph seen here probably was taken about 1900 for a high school graduation or slightly later.

By 1910 he had married Alma Taylor, and is seen in that year’s census, living in Nashua, New Hampshire, a newspaper reporter. [The 1910 Nashua City Directory shows he worked for the Boston Globe newspaper].  His first child, Catherine, was born in Nashua. This career in the newspaper business was one he embraced his entire life.

The following year (1911) he moved to Canada. He maintained his New Hampshire citizenship as he worked many years for the Cobalt Daily Nugget and other Canadian newspapers. In 1924 he worked in charge of the advertising department for the Canadian National Railroad. In 1936 he became an employee in the Montreal office of J.J. Gibbons Limited, advertising agency, in the capacity of account executive. He died in 1943 in Montreal Quebec, and his body was sent home to Nashua, to rest beside his family in their plot in Woodlawn Cemetery. His genealogy can be found below.


Some of the genealogy below was taken from the book: Goldthwaite Genealogy: descendants of Thomas Goldthwaite of Salem, MA, by Charlotte Goldthwaite

Thomas Goldthwaite (1610-1683) & Elizabeth Goldthwaite (1610-1679)
Samuel Goldthwait (1637-1718) & Elizabeth Cheever (1645-1726)
Ezekiel Goldthwait (1674-1761) & Esther Boyce (1676-1722)
Samuel Goldthwait (1703-1789) & Sarah Read (1703-1787)
Samuel Goldthwait (1733-1812) & Patience Verry (1736-1826)

Samuel Goldthwait, b 1760 Northfield MA, d 21 July 1853 Newport NH; m. Lydia Fletcher. She b 1761, and d. 1842. They settled in 1780 in Croyden NH, and then moved in 1815 to Newport NH. He is buried in Newport NH. He served during the American Revolution to reinforce the army at Saratoga. He is buried in Croydon Flat Cemetery, Croydon, New Hampshire.
New Hampshire Journal of Agriculture (Manchester NH), Aug 17, 1853, page 7
DEATHS: In Newport, 21st ult, Samuel Goldthwait Esq., aged 93. A soldier of the revolution. He was at the taking of Burgoyne and other important engagements. He has resided in Newport and Croydon 60 years. He was a man of iron constitution and great industry. In fact, such were his habits of industry that he went into the hay field every year and mowed since he was nine years of age–having performed that duty for the long period of eighty-four years.
Children of Samuel & Lydia (Fletcher) Goldthwait:
1. Asenath Goldthwait, b. 1785; m. Ansel Lathrop
2. Zina Goldthait, b. 6 Nov 1787; m. Nancy Howard
3. Patience Goldthwait, b. 1791
4. +Alvin Goldthwait, b. 1793; m. Polly Metcalf, res. Croyden NH

Alvin Goldthwait, b. 21 April 1791 Northbridge, Worcester Co. MA, d 3 Nov 1861 in Newport, Sullivan Co. NH [or Croydon NH], aged 70; m. Mary “Polly” Metcalf, daughter of Obed & Abigail (Park) Metcalf. She b. 3 Jan 1791 in Croydon NH, d. 8 July 1870 in Williamstown, Orange Co. VT. In 1850 they were living in Croydon NH with their daughter Julia’s family. In 1860 living in Newport NH. He is buried in Croydon Flat Cemetery, Croydon NH. She is buried in East Hill Cemetery, WIlliamstown, Orange Co. VT
Children of Alvin & Polly Metcalf) Goldthwait:
1. Julia Goldthwaite, b. 4 July 1814; m. William Webster; res Croyden NH
2. Melinda Goldthwaite, b. 17 Jan 1816, d. 1891; m. William Putnam; res. Williamstown VT; Children [Putnam]: Asenath G., and Ellen M.
3. Obed Goldthwaite, b. 1818, d. 1846; m. Phebe M. Holt. Farmer in Greenfield NH
4. Lydia Goldthwaite, b. 1819; m. John Webster; resided Nashua NH
5. Abigail Goldthwaite, b. 1821; m. Hiram C. Brown, farmer. Res. Croyden NH
6. Arnold Goldthwaite, b. 1823 NH; m. Rosette A. Dunbar. Resided San Francisco CA.
7. Nancy An Goldthwait, b. 1825, m. Francis B.[T.B.] Abbott, son of Thomas & Anna (Eaton) Abbott, and grandsom of Daniel & Rachel (Abbott) Abbott; blacksmith in Hillsboro NH. Children [ABBOTT]: Mary F b 1845, and Augusta who m. William Dinsmore and resided Northfield VT
8. + Samuel Goldthwaite, b. 13 April 1828 in Newport NH
9. Ira Goldthwaite, b. 1830; res. Croyden NH
10. Calvin Goldthwait, b. 1832 Newport NH, d. 16 Oct 1889 Nashua NH; candy maker; he m. 4 March 1852 Florentine “Flora” Philbrick; She was b. 17 Aug 1835

Samuel Goldthwaite, son of Alvin & Polly (Metcalf) Goldthwait, b. 13 April 1828 in Newport, Sullivan Co., NH, d. 11 Feb 1895; According to his biography in the Goldthwaite Genealogy, he “purchased a farm in Smithfield, Lacrosse Co. Wisc., in 1856, removing there with his wife and son in 1857. He sold out in 1861 and opened a bakery in Grafton IL, afterwards entering the grocery business, in which he was very prosperous. Returning to the East, he engaged in the confectionery business in Nashua, which he kept until his death.” He m1) 26 June 1849 Nashua NH to Caroline Boynton Buxton of Merrimack NH. She was b. — and died 16 April 1855. He m2d) 2 Aug 1855 in Manchester NH to Eda Augusta “Edah/Edna” Truell, daughter of Moses & Rebecca (Nichols) Truell. She was b. 6 Dec 1838 in South Merrimack NH, and d. 18 Oct 1924 in Nashua NH. They divorced. He m3rd) 3 Nov 1884 in Nashua NH to Elizabeth “Lizzie” Waters, daughter of Edward & Bridget (Lawin) Waters. She was b. abt 1842 in Lowell MA, and d. 24 Aug 1910 in Lowell MA. She was buried in Hudson NH. At the time of his 3rd marriage, occupation confectioner. Eda m2d) by 1880 to William W./H. Varbel/Varble, son of William & Rebecca (Runnells) Varble. He was b. Sept 1846 in IL, and d. 19 July 1908 in Nashua NH. He was a Civil War veteran, 27th IL Infantry, Co. D. She received a pension. She is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Nashua NH.
1870 US Census > IL > Jersey > Jerseyville
Goldthwaite, Edah A 31 F dress maker NH
Goldthwaite, Frank A. 14 M NH
Goldthwaite, Charles A. 12 M Wisconsin
1870 US Census > IL > Will > Joliet > Illinois State Penitentiary > CONVICTS
Goldthwaite, Samuel 42 M W shoemaker nh
1880 US Census > NH > Hillsborough > Nashua > 296 E. Pearl Street
Varbel, William W M 39 House Carpenter IL KY KY
Varbel, Eda A. W F 41 wife keeps House NH NH NH
Goldthwaite, Charles W M 22 stepson works in shoe factory WISC NH NH
1880 US Census > NH > Hillsborough > Nashua
Calvin Goldthwait self M 48 NH
Flora Goldthwait wife F 44 NH
Clara E. Goldthwait dau F 26 NH; d. 7 March 1907 Nashua NH.
Georgeanna E. Batchelder other F 16 NH
Samuel Goldthwait Brother M 52 NH
1900 US Census > NH > Hillsborough > Nashua
William Varble Head M 54 IL Sept 1846 KY TN
Eda Varble Wife F 62 NH Dec 1838 NH 2 children
Children of Samuel & Edna A. (Truell) Goldthwaite:
1. Frank Edelbert Goldthwaite, b. 6 Aug 1856; resided Nashua NH
2. + Charles Alvin Goldthwaite, b. 7 May 1858 La Crosse, Wisconsin; m. Etta Fredelena Shedd

Charles Alvin Goldthwaite, son of Samuel & E.A. (Truell) Goldthwaite, b. 7 May 1858 in Smithfield or La Crosse, La Crosse Co., Wisconsin, d. 21 March 1937 in South Berwick, Maine; He m. 25 Dec 1880 in Nashua NH to Etta Fredelena Shedd, dau of George Frederick & Elizabeth A. (Fogg) Shedd. She b. 7 May 1862 in Salmon Falls, Strafford Co. NH [or Rollinsford NH], and d. 9 May 1949 in Reading, MA; buried Woodlawn Cemetery. He was a shoemaker at the time of their marriage, eventually becoming foreman of a shoe factory. The Goldthwait History states, “he has served in the city government of Nashua, was one of the organizers and for a number of years a director of the Young Men’s Christian Association, and a trustee of Woodlawn Cemetery. He was a deacon of the Pilgrim Congregational Church of which his wife is also a member. They resided (1920) in Nashua where Mr. Goldthwaite is in the textile business.”
1900 US Census > NH > Hillsborough > Nashua > 52 Salem St.
Charles Goldthwaite 42 Wisconsin NH NH foreman, shoe factory May 1858 m 19 yrs
Etta F. Goldthwaite 38 May 1862 2 ch 2 living NH NH Maine
Charles F. Goldthwaite 18 Feb 1882 NH Wisc NH at school
Naomi M. Goldthwaite 6 Nov 1897 6 single NH Wisc NH
The Nashua Telegraph May 11, 1949
Mrs. Etta F. Goldthwaite, widow of Charles Goldthwaite, resident of this city, died Monday at a nursing home in Reading, Mass where she has been for the past few months following a fractured hip. Mrs. Goldthwaite was born in Salmon Falls, this state, May 7, 1862 and came to this city when she was four years old, reamining here until 10 years ago when she went to life with her daughter, Dr. Naomi (Goldthwaite) Ekdahl, member of the Massachusetts Congregational Conference. She lived there until a few months ago when she went to the Nursing home in Reading. She was a livelong member of Pilgrim Congregational church and was active in dramatic and musical circles of the city. Survivors include her daughter, Dr. Naomi Ekdahl of Winchester, includes two granddaughters and one great grandson of Montreal and a granddaughter and great granddaughter in Alabama. A memorial service will be conducted in Pilgrim church chapel, date to be announced.
Children of Charles A. & Etta F. (Shedd) Goldthwaite:
1. +Charles F. Goldthwaite, b. 13 Feb 1882 in Nashua NH
2. Naomi M. Goldthwaite, b. 1 Nov 1893 in NH; She m. 5 Nov 1913 in Nashua NH to Adolph G. Ekdahl, son of Gustavus W. & Hannah (Person) Ekledahl/Ekdahl. He was b. 21 Nov 1892 in Chicago IL. He is a graduate of Tufts Dental College and practised dentisry for five years. She was a professor (of psychology) at the University of New Hampshire, and dean of women at the New England School of Religious Education in 1936. Their daughter, Naomi Marguerite Ekdahl b 19 Sep 1914 in Nashua NH, m. in 1938 to Robert Carlton Topper of Bloomington, Ind, son of Dr. & Mrs. S.T. Topper of Ashland, Ohio.

Charles Frederick “C. Fred” Goldthwaite, [this story is about him, see photograph at top of page] son of Charles A. & Etta F. (Shedd) Goldthwaite, b. 13 February 1882 in Nashua NH, and d. 6 July 1943 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He married 19 September 1906 in Philadelphia PA to Alma Lillian Taylor, daughter of Ethan & Alice (Brown) Taylor. She was b. 27 Oct 1885 at Bridgeton NJ, [her birth date taken from US Consular Registration of her husband in Canada] and d. 19 March 1980. They are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Nashua NH.
1910 US Census > NH > Hillsborough > Nashua > 7 Courtland Street
C. Fred Goldthwaite Head M 28 NH Wisconsin NH, newspaper reporter
Alma Goldthwaite wife F 24 NJ US US
Catherine L. Goldthwaite daughter F 1-8/12 NH NH NJ
According to US Consular Registration Application in Canada:
From 22 Feb 1911 to 25 Jan 1913 he lived at Cobalt, Ontario Canada to work at the Cobalt Daily Nugget and other Canadian and American Newspapers. From 25 Jan 1913 to 9 Nov 1913 he lived at Toronto Canada; from 9 Nov 1913 to 1917 he lived at St. Lambert PQ Canada. He maintained his US citizenship and an address of 91 Walnut Street in Nashua NH. In St. Lambert PQ he lived at 134 Notre Dame Avenue. In 1942 he filed his WW2 draft registration at Winchester MA, employer Lords & Thomas of Canada Ltd., Montreal Canada.
The Ottawa Journal, 9 Nov 1932
C.F. Goldthwaite, in charge of the advertising department of Canadian National Railways for the past eight years, has resigned to become associated with the Montreal office of J.J. Gibbons Limited, advertising agency, in the capacity of account executive. Mr. Goldthwaite has a wealth of experience acquired in newspaper and advertising work in this country and the United States. Starting out as a newspaper reporter, he served in various capacities on the editorial staff of newspapers in Boston, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. Later he abandoned newspaper work to enter the advertising agency field, in which he continued until 1924, when he assumed his duties with the Canadian National Railways. In addition to his extensive agency experience, Mr. Goldthwaite was for some time advertisting manager of a large department store, this giving him an insight into retail advertising and merchandising which will prove a valuable asset to his new association.
Children of Charles F. & Alma L. (Taylor) Goldthwaite:
1. Catherine Louise Goldthwaite, b 5 Aug 1908 Nashua NH; d. 16 Feb 1915 [in St. Lambert PQ Canada, buried Nashua NH
2. Constance Anderena Goldthwaite, b. 12 Aug 1910 Nashua NH; married 7 May 1943 in Montreal of Stuart Singleton Tait. They had a son, Christopher Frederick Stuart Tait, b. 1945.
3. Alma Elisabeth Goldthwaite, b. 13 April 1913 at [Haileybury] Cobalt, Ontario Canada, d. 9 Aug 2005 at Ina Grafton Gage Village in St. Catherine’s Onario, age 92; she m. George Waldrope


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One Response to Nashua, New Hampshire’s Newspaperman and Advertising Executive: Charles Frederick Goldthwaite (1882-1943)

  1. Edward J Dudley says:

    I have not visited this site in several years. Recently recovered it. I noticed that Salem, NH, bordering Massachusetts at Methuen and Lawrence state line was not shown. I have much info to offer if anyone is interested. I started my Real Estate Business in No. Andover, MA, then went full time in 1955 in Salem NH. The BOOM began soon after. I was 25 at the time.

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