Pages 377-378, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




FRANK GOYETTE is the popular cashier of the Elsmore Bank, and the success of the institution is attributable in a large measure to his efforts. Banking institutions are the pulse of a commercial body and indicate the healthfulness of trade. In times of financial panic all the world looks toward the banks of the country and any weakness or uncertainty therein displayed immediately bring about disastrous results in the commercial circles, while the bank that is known to be reliable and in the hands of substantial business men will do more to establish the public confidence than any other one interest or enterprise. The Elsmore Bank has a reputation for reliability that is indeed enviable and at its head stand men of known worth and ability, of high business honor and unquestionable integrity.

The cashier of the institution was born in Canada, on the 13th of September, 1846. His parents were also natives of the English province whence they came to the United States when their son Frank was but five years of age, taking up their abode in Kankakee County, Illinois, where the subject of this review was reared to manhood. The family was in limited circumstances, thus his educational privileges were meager, but he had a desire to broaden his knowledge, realizing the importance of an education in the business world. By study at night he became well informed and as the years have passed his knowledge has been continually broadened through experience, observation and contact with the world.

When seventeen years of age Mr. Goyotte responded to his country's call for aid, enlisting in Company G, One Hundred and Thirty-eighth Illinois Infantry, with which he served six months when he was discharged, the war having ended. Returning to his home he accompanied his parents on their removal to Iroquois County, Illinois, where he began work by the month, giving his father his wages. He was thus employed for five years and then rented a tract of land in order to engage in farming on his own account. Through the succeeding five years he carried on agricultural pursuits in the Prairie State and in 1879 he came to Kansas, locating in


Salem township, Allen County, where he made a claim on what he supposed was government land, but it afterward proved to be railroad property and he was therefore obliged to purchase it. Carrying forward the work of cultivation and development, he has now one of the finest farming properties in the township, improved with orchards, groves, a good residence and substantial barns and outbuildings. Everything about the place is neat and thrifty in appearance, indicating his progressive spirit and careful supervision. Having acquired considerable capital, he determined to enter into business in Elsmore and in the spring of 1900 took up his abode there, becoming one of the leading stockholders in the Elsmore Bank, of which he was made cashier.

On the 29th of March, 1883, occurred the marriage of Mr. Goyette and Miss Nannie Boman, of Illinois, who came to Kansas with her parents in 1878. They have now six children, namely: Freddie, Omar, Clarence, David, Lucy and Edward. In the community their circle of friends is extensive and their own home is celebrated for its hospitality. Mr. Goyette is a Democrat in his political affiliations. Socially he is identified with the Knights and Ladies of Security in Elsmore. He certainly deserves great credit for what he has accomplished in life, for all that he has is the reward of his own labors and has been acquired since his arrival in Allen County.

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