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Hon. John A. Goodall. The present judge of the County Court of Adair County, Oklahoma, John A. Goodall, is a member of the .younger generation of energetic and capable men many of whom have forged rapidly to the forefront in the professional, political, social and business avenues of life in Eastern Oklahoma during recent years. Judge Goodall located at Westville, Adair County, in 1911, newly graduated from college halls. Almost immediately he made his abilities felt in the community as a thorough, forcible and accomplished legist and in April, 1913, he received an appointment as county judge to complete an unexpired term. The manner in which he discharged his duties on the bench warranted his election and the citizens of Adair County have had no reason to regret their choice.
Judge Goodall was born at Lebanon, the countyseat of Wilson County, Tennessee, May 7, 1887, and is a son of William H. and Belle (Carson) Goodall, natives of the Big Bend State. His father, who was a teacher in the public schools during the winter terms and a farmer during the summer months, died in 1898, at the age of forty years, while his mother, now past fifty-five years of age, still survives and resides in Wilson County, Tennessee. The judge is the eldest of a family of five children, of whom the others are: Hugh W., Earl C., William Thomas and Albert H.
John A. Goodall was brought up on the home farm but inherited his father’s intellectual gifts and predilection for professional labors, for which he was fitted by excellent educational advantages. After attending the public school, he went to a preparatory school at Castle Heights, Lebanon, and finally entered Cumberland University, at his home place, where he first completed two years of the literary course and next completed a course in law. With the securing of his degree of Bachelor of Laws, in 1911, from that institution, he came to Oklahoma and embarked upon the practice of his profession at Westville. As noted, his appointment to complete an unexpired term came in April, 1913, and at the regular election of 1914 he was elected judge of the County Court of Adair County. Although one of the youngest members of the bench of Eastern Oklahoma, he is doing his full share in earning and maintaining its high reputation. The prompt and able discharge of his responsibilities has gained him an excellent standing, and few jurists are more popular with the bench and bar. He is a democrat in his political views and a member of the Christian Church. The judge’s professional duties and his happy family life have prevented his participation to a great extent in club or fraternal affairs. His domestic life is based upon his marriage, in 1912, to Miss Pearl Craig, of Westville, Oklahoma. They are the parents of one child, Alberta Vincent.