William Goff - Vice President of W. P. Southworth Company

10024 Lake Shore Boulevard

Returning from his service in the U.S. Army during World War II, he became vice-president of W. P. Southworth Company, a leading Cleveland grocery established in the 1850s by his maternal grandfather, William Palmer Southworth.

He was also an assistant treasurer of Cleveland Trust Company.

William was appointed to serve the remaining term on Bratenahl Village Council of Charles Britton who resigned in 1930. He served on Village Council in 1930 and served 8 years until he resigned in 1938.

William Southworth Goff was born in 1907 the son of Frederick and Francis Goff and grew up at 9929 Lake Shore Boulevard. He was educated at Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York and attended Williams College.

Goff married Caroline Brewer on May 24, 1924. Caroline was born in Cleveland, the daughter of William and Lulu Brewer. She was educated at Hathaway Brown School and graduated from Vassar College in 1918. She wanted to pursue a career in social work, but her family and friends did not approve. William and Caroline had two children: Caroline (Prentiss) born on February 14, 1925, and Frederick Harris Jr. born on September 21, 1926. Both attended Bratenahl School.

Caroline used one of the smaller outbuildings to start a nursery school for her children and some of the other local pre-school children. Their teacher was Margaret Hamilton who performed at the Cleveland Play House and became famous for her portrayal of the witch in the film, The Wizard of Oz. The nursery school lasted until the Goff children attended Bratenahl School.

William died on August 20, 1980. Caroline died on December 23, 1983.  Both are buried in Lake View Cemetery. In her will, Caroline gave her son, Frederick Jr., the first right to purchase the property. If Frederick Jr. failed to exercise his right, he was given ownership of the property for the duration of his life. That ownership would continue until he failed to move in and use the property within one year of his mother’s death. Frederick chose not to exercise his right to purchase and instead agreed to live on the property. The will gave a second right to purchase the property to her daughter, Caroline Prentiss.