Goodell: Robert H. Goodell Family Papers, 1810-1949

Call Number:  MG-548

1 box     3 folders     .25  cubic ft.

Repository: (Lancaster, Pa.)

Shelving Location:  Archives South, Side 11

Description:  This collection contains documents, ephemera and family papers of Robert H. Goodell, his father, Joseph E. Goodell and their Hilliard, Sener and Zahm antecedents.

Creator:  Goodell, Robert H.

Conditions for Access:  Restrictions noted at the item level.

Conditions Governing Reproductions:  Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language:  English

Source of Acquisition:  Gift of Mrs. Jane M. Goodell, 20 August 2009.

Related Materials:      

Goodell, Robert H. 1942. “The First Columbia Bridge.” Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society, v. 46, no. 4-5. 

Goodell, Robert H. 1943. “John L. Boswell and The Columbia Spy.” Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society, v. 47, no. 2. 

Goodell, Robert H. 1943. “Matthias Zahm’s Diary.” Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society, v. 47, no. 4. 

Goodell, Robert H. 1953. “The Second Columbia Bridge.” Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society, v. 57, no. 1. 

 Photograph Collection.



Folder 1  Robert H. Goodell Papers. In addition to a few miscellaneous items, these are primarily papers from Robert H. Goodell’s military experience at Culver Military Academy and in the U.S. Army.

Insert 1  Culver Military Academy

Invitation and program for Easter Sunday and Monday at Culver Academy. 1915.

Telegrams to Robert regarding Ft. Sheridan training.  2 July 1918.

Certificate of training at Ft. Sheridan student’s camp. 18 July-16 Sept 1918.

Culver diploma for Class of 1919. Issued 10 June 1936.

News item regarding Cadet First Sergeant Goodell’s track record. No date.

Visiting card of Culver Superintendent L. R. Gignilliat.

Insert 2  Robert H. Goodell’s non-military papers

Program showing that Robert was received as a member of First Presbyterian Church. 1 March 1914.

Guarantee bond and receipt for a saxophone. 14 and 21 June 1919.

News item regarding Robert joining the Pennsylvania Serenaders. 1921.

Insert 3  Robert H. Goodell’s Military Papers

Selective Service Registration and classification cards. No date.

Ft. Sheridan special order appointing Robert as a Second Lieutenant. 16 September 1918.

War Department letter appointing Robert in the Officers’ Reserve Corps. 23 March 1923.

Four certificates of appointment to Robert as Second Lieutenant of Infantry in the U.S. Army, 16 September 1918, 28 March 1928, 14 March 1933 and in the Officers’ Reserve Corps. 2 April 1923.

U.S. Army discharge certificate for Robert. With envelope.  26 December 1918.

Form, “Extract from Discharge Certificate of Officer to Secure Victory Medal,” incomplete. No date.

“Blank AGO Form” Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Army.

Insert 4  U.S. Army Special Order

Ft. Sheridan Special Orders (in triplicate with envelope) appointing Robert a Second Lieutenant, Infantry for duty in the Student Army Training Corps. 16 September 1918.

Insert 5  U.S. Army Special Order

Headquarters, Central Dept. Special Order discharging 2nd Lt. Robert Hilliard Goodell, at the University of Nebraska, from the service. 23 December 1918.



Folder 2  Joseph E. Goodell Papers. Joseph was Robert’s father. These are papers concerning his life and his work as the Chemist for Lancaster City.

Postcard from Lancaster Country Club announcing a Labor Day Tournament, with penciled note, “Bob won.” 19 August 1917.

Newspaper article from The Pecano with Dr. J. E. Goodell’s evaluation of Pecano – a pecan nut meal. (original and photocopy) May 1928. Please use photocopy-do not use original.

“The Transmitter,” weekly publication of the Rotary Club of Lancaster announcing the program, “Laboratory Secrets,” by J. Edward Goodell. 13 January 1931.

Lancaster Sunday News item with J. E. Goodell’s ad for analyzing drinking water. 19 July 1931.

Obituary for J. E. Goodell. 16 October 1949.


Folder 3  Goodell Ancestry. This folder contains genealogical data for Goodell-related families – Zahm, Sener and Hilliard, among others.

Insert 1  Images for “Matthias Zahm Diary”

Copies of photographs and illustrations used in the article about Zahm’s diary by Robert H. Goodell. Published in The Papers of Lancaster County Historical Society, v. 47, no. 4, 1943.

Insert 2  Zahm-Sener Receipts   

Bond of John Friedrick Steinman, ironmonger, to George Albraith, Matthias

Zahm and Jacob Eberman, executors for John Albreith, deceased. all of Lancaster, for $1200. 1 April 1810.

Jasper Yeates receipt for Borough Road Tax signed by Godfried Zahm.  15 October 1814.

Two checks of the Columbia Bridge Company to self, signed by Godlieb Sener for $147.87 and $791.47. 24 April 1826, 28 March 1827.

Insert 3  Zahm – Sener Memorabilia

Small tag handscribed “Matthias Zahm born 1760 died 1844, Father of Godfried Zahm.”

Newspaper clipping regarding Mrs. Eliza Sehner Miller, oldest living representative of Sener family, who died at home of her niece, Mrs. Joseph Goodell. No date.

Page in German describing the Sohner (Sener) crest and ancestral home in Schwaigaru, Wurtenberg, Germany, birthplace of Gotlieb Sohner in 1721.

Booklet, “The Sehner Ancestry,” by Samuel Miller Sener. 1896. (front cover loose)

Insert 4  Hilliard – Goodell Memorabilia

Blank note card with Hilliard crest.

Hilliard Family History, 1833-1929.

Intelligencer advertising page of businesses including those of Seners and J. R. Goodell.

Handscribed genealogical form for N. S. D. A.R. with the Goodell family line, 1765 -1957.

Goodell Coat of Arms and Historiography. (2 pages) Published commercially and is possibly inaccurate. No date.