Among the most progressive leaders in the city council of Carmel-by-the-Sea and always interesting as a pioneer of the sort who contributed something definite in assisting California to emerge from her pioneer state, is Charles O. Goold, well-known banker, who was born on a farm in Henry county, Illinois, November 28, 1871, the son of Horace and Hannah (Gard) Goold, the former a native of Vermont and the latter of Ohio. Six children of their family are still living: Charles O.; J. R. of Morgan Hill, California; Ed O. of San Luis Obispo; Frank H. of Stockton and Mrs. Leo Parnell and Mrs. Charles Leibhart, both of Stockton. The father who was a cabinetmaker by trade, settled on a farm in Hollister and he also became owner of a farm in the Santa Ana valley and one at Picenos, then in Monterey, now in San Benito county, and so it came about that Charles O. attended school at Picenos, pursuing the usual grammar school courses there.
In young manhood he took up commercial studies in a business college at Santa Cruz, and then worked on his father’s farm, while later he engaged in farming for himself. In 1897 he came to Monterey and did teaming to and from the Sargeant Ravel, cutting wood and tanbark. After teaming for three years, he farmed in the Carmel valley which he had visited on picnic trips as early as 1884. In 1907 he located in Carmel and ran a livery stable, taking parties over the Seventeen Mile Drive with horses and carryalls, while now he utilizes automobiles for this purpose. He does local and long-distance hauling, and maintains special autos for trips through the valley. He also owns and conducts an auto-stage route from Monterey to Carmel and at the latter place he is agent for the Western Union Telegraph Company. He accords to his patrons the highest class service and all who patronize the Goold outfits speak of this in high terms. He also has other business connections. He was one of the organizers of the Bank of Carmel and is now vice president of that live and fast-growing institution.
Mr. Goold was married to Miss Mary Machado, a native of Cannel Mission; and they have two children. Kenneth, aged 18, who was graduated from the Monterey Union high school, with the class of 1924, and a daughter, Irene. Interested in politics and recognizing the duties and obligations as well as the privileges of citizenship, he is always ready to do his part for the public welfare; he was elected city trustee of Carmel in April, 1924, and since then has been made commissioner of streets. He is public-spirited to a high degree, and second to no one in his hearty support of whatever might prove to be best for Carmel.
Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California’s history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925.