This may be of interest to some of you. This proves that Dr. Gouchers' mother was a Casto. If anyone is interested in this family please contact me. Thank you.
Hines, H. K. "An Illustrated History of the State of Oregon." Chicago: Lewis
Pub. Co. 1893. p. 704.
DR. G. W. GOUCHER
of Amity, Yam Hill county, Oregon, is one of the oldest practicing
physicians of this county and has, by a life of devotion to his practice and
uniform kindness of heart, endeared himself to the people of this community.
He was born in West Virginia, August 26, 1820, and is of French ancestry,
who came to the Old Dominion previous to the Revolution. His father, William
Goucher, was born in Rockbridge county, Virginia, and was a soldier in the war
of 1812. He married Miss Sarah Casto in Greenbrier county of the same State.
They had nine children, seven sons and two daughters, all of whom attained
maturity. Two are now living, James Goucher, of San Francisco, California, and
the subject of oar sketch. In 1825 the father died and five years later the
mother also expired, leaving the subject of our sketch an orphan at ten years of
When he arrived at a suitable age he read medicine with Dr. Cutton, of
Marietta, Ohio, and attended the Cleveland Medical College, at which he
graduated in 1842. He began to practice in Mississippi, where he remained until
He then served in the Mexican war under General Smith, as Assistant
Surgeon, and participated in the battles of Monterey, Molino, Del Rey and Buena
Vista. After the close of the war he spent a short time in Vera Cruz, when, in
1849, he came to California, via the Isthmus.
He mined on the Tuolumne river, at Hawkins' bar, for nearly a year, taking
out during that time, considerable gold. His attention was drawn to the great
scarcity of potatoes, which sold for fabulous prices, and, accordingly, he
turned his attention to the cultivation of the juicy tuber, planting a large
tract of land and hoping to realize a fortune from his crop. But, alas, for
men's hopes, others had conceived of the same idea and planned in like manner,
in consequence of which 'the market was overstocked and immediately reduced the
price, causing him to lose heavily on his investment. He had, however, made a
very respectable amount of money, as he left with $34,000
He then practiced his profession at San Jose and in Alameda county, and
while in the latter place was one of the organizers of the county, being elected
its first Assessor, and was elected and served as County Superintendent of
Schools and organized the first school districts in the county.
In 1864 he removed to Yam Hill county, Oregon,, where he began to practice
his profession, which he has since continued, treating the sick and suffering of
rich and poor alike, all over one of the best counties of Oregon. He has always
cheerfully responded to any call of suffering humanity without demanding to know
the pecuniary circumstances of those in need of his experience and skill, and
has many thousand dollars owing to him which he expects never to receive. It is
by such deeds that he has endeared himself to his community, among the future
generations of which his name will be handed down as synonymous with all that is
humane and great in love to his fellow-men.
In 1875 he settled in Amity, where he purchased some property, building on
it some houses, among which was a comfortable residence for himself and family,
which is surrounded with attractive grounds ornamented with trees and flowering
The Doctor is also an ordained minister of the Methodist Church South and
is thus often privileged to dispense the gospel, that great panacea of sick
souls. He has thus been enabled to do much good and has brought to his work the
enthusiasts of a devout nature and warm heart,
He was married, in 1854, in California, to Miss Delilah Ann Morrison, a
native of Indiana, and a daughter of Mr. Ephraim. Morrison, a highly respected
pioneer of the Golden State. They have had six children, three of whom are
living. The eldest son was drowned in Washington when twenty-five years of age.
A daughter fell and received injuries from which she died; and the third died of
diphtheria. The son, Elma Everett, is now a practicing physician at
McMinnville; Nora is the wife of Mr. G. Springer, and resides in Creek City;
Delilah is the wife of Mr. Woodson Madox, and resides in Portland. Mrs. Goucher,
the faithful wife and devoted mother, died in 1875,
leaving her family and many friends to mourn her loss. She was a woman of
education and refinement, and possessed many amiable traits of character, which
endeared her to a large community.
In 1888 the Doctor married Mrs. C. E. Sailing, an estimable lady of this
Dr. Goucher is a conservative Democrat in politics and is highly esteemed
by his constituents, by whom he has been elected Coroner of Polk county, an
office which he filled with ability and to the entire satisfaction of all
concerned; is now President of the Common Council of Amity.
He is a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity, in the welfare of which
he is deeply interested.
Thus is brought to a close the few meager items of a full and complete
life, the worth of which is written in characters of gold on many grateful
hearts, which, though they beat in silence, beat none the less warmly for his
welfare and happiness.
Submitted to the Oregon Bios. Project in March 2007 by Diana Smith.
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