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Albert Goodhue, Jr. (April 26, 1915 - February 26, 1992) was a member of the Horace Walpole Society, elected in 1970. He was the president of Eastman Gelatin Corp. of Peabody. Also a member of The Society of Colonial Wars and the Bath and Tennis Club of Palm Beach.
Albert Goodhue was born in Salem, MA, and graduated from Milton Academy, Harvard College, and Harvard Business School. He served in the Navy during World War II, commanding a minesweeper and patrolling off the coast of Maine.
He lived in Marblehead for many years and was an avid sailor. He did not like to call his 41-foot "Quadrille" a yacht because the word "smacks of something. It's a sailboat," he said in an interview with the Salem Evening News upon his retirement in 1980.
But more than sailing, it was history that engaged Goodhue. He was a member of the Essex Institute and served as its president for 10 years. In that capacity, he saw to it that historic houses were restored and, if necessary, moved out of the way of potentially destructive development to safe sites.
He also raised the considerable funds that such efforts required. Among the restorations he took on was that of the 1727 Crowninshield-Bentley House of Salem.
Goodhue served on the board of Salem's House of Seven Gables for seven years, five of them as chairman. He was also president of the Harmony Grove Cemetery in Salem and he served as an honorary marine curator of the Peabody Museum and worked with the Salem Marine Society, first as master and later as treasurer.
When he retired, he told the Salem Evening News that he had enjoyed "every bit" of his 36 years with Eastman Gelatin, a manufacturer of photographic gelatins. "Wednesday, they will shovel me out the back, door," he joked, but added that he was proud that "I'm on a first-name basis with everyone in the plant. I've gotten to know them and they've gotten to know me - whether or not I'm a horse's neck."
Goodhue was a member of an old Salem family whose American, progenitor settled in Ipswich. He once remarked that the family had progressed "15 miles as the crow flies since 1630."
Goodhue married Helen and had two children, a daughter, Temple, and a son, Albert 3d of Salem.
He retired in Palm Beach in 1980. He died on February 26, 1992, at his home in Palm Beach, Fla., of cardiac arrest. He was 76. Nautical-related items and family heirlooms from the estate of Albert Goodhue Jr. of Marblehead were auctioned on November 7, 1992, by Ronald Bourgeault at the Holiday Inn in Manchester, N.H. Goodhue was an ardent sailor and descendant of William Goodhue, who landed in Ipswich in 1630. Among his most prized possessions were carved feather-back chairs from the Salem home of Nathaniel Brookhouse Mansfield, his maternal great-grandfather. Two of these chairs were offered in the single-owner auction of 350 lots. The mahogany chairs, whose carving is attributed to Samuel McIntire, based on the similar design of the Derby painted chairs, are illustrated in Wallace Nutting's "Furniture Treasury" as well as "Essex County Furniture" by Dean A. Fales. The two chairs had a $7,000 to $10,000 estimate. Another heirloom was a Federal carved mahogany four-poster bed attributed to the Salem cabinetmaker William Hook. It was expected to bring $8,000 to $12,000. Among marine paintings from Goodhue's collection is an 1856 oil on canvas of the packet ship Daniel Webster, designed and built by Donald McKay in East Boston. It had a $15,000-$20,000 estimate. Another important item was James Butterworth's "British Sloop of War in Harbor," which had an $18,000-$22,000 estimate. The auction grossed $700.000. The top lot of the auction was James Butterworth's oil painting which sold for $44.000.
Items included in the auction:
MARINE PAINTINGS. Enoch Train by William H. Yorke; British Sloop ol War by James E. Buttersworth: Schooner Annie Bell by William G. Yorke; Brig. Gazelle of Salem by Benjamin F. West; State of Maine, China Trade; Bark James S. Stone of Boston, China Trade; Ship India, China Trade; Havana Entering Malta by Philip Vassalo; Brig. Henry of Salem by Antoine Roux, Jr.; Packet Ship Daniel Webster by D. McFarlane; Brig. Ivanhoe Entering Palermo attr. to Mazzinghi; Brig. Triton of Salem by Prescott J. Petersen; Steamer Nantasket by Fred S. Pansing; Steamship Harvard by Antonio Jacobsen; American Sailing Scene by Marshall Johnson; Ship Mary Freeman by Thomas Willis; Frigate with 40 cannons by Antoine Roux, the Elder; Frigate with 84 cannons by Antoine Roux, the Elder; Sinking of the Janson by T. Mooy; Brig. Czarina of Boston by J. Petersen; marine studies by Antoine Roux the Elder and Jean Jerome Baugean; Schooner Sappho by Warren J. Sheppard.
NAUTICAL ANTIQUES. Clipper Ship Red Jacket, large folio Currier & Ives; Half-hull model of the Kate Hunter built at Portsmouth; important engraved scrimshaw busk; pair of Salem Fire buckets; Liverpool pitchers; Walter Adams quarterboard; Half-hull model of the Obed Baxter; brass signal cannon; Currier & Ives small folio prints of ships; View of Gloucester, Bradford lithograph by Fitz Hugh Lane; View of Gloucester from Rocky Neck lithograph by Fitz Hugh Lane; View of Boston in 1848 after Whitefield; Engine of the Red Jacket Veteran Fireaman's Assoc. Cambridge; Camphorwood trunks; sea chests; ship in the bottle; boxed sextant; whimsical carved cathead.
AMERICAN FURNITURE. Set of four Salem Chippendale chairs with cross-eyed owl splats and pad feet; pair of Salem carved mahogany feather-back side chairs: Salem Federal carved mahogany bed attributed to William Hook; New England Queen Anne fan-carved cherry highboy; Boston Classical Revival mahogany and bird's eye maple lyre-form card table; Massachusetts Hepplewhite mahogany bird's eye maple bow front chest; New England country Queen Anne tea table; Massachusetts Federal presentation giltwood banjo clock; Paravent Rouge by Louis Icart; collection of 9 Frank W. Benson etchings; two etchings by Chauncey F. Ryder, New England comer chair with barber's crest; Baltimore Hepplewhite inlaid mahogany sideboard; Massachusetts Hepplewhite inlaid mahogany Pembroke table; Massachusetts Hepplewhite mahogany lolling chair; Virginia inlaid mahogany comer cupboard; Salem bow front chest from Hawthorne home; pr. sabre leg window seats; Hepplewhite child's fall-front secretary; tip-top candlestands; banister-back chair; fan back Windsor armchair; ladderback chairs.
CHINESE PORCELAIN: Seven piece garniture set; child's tea set; large selection of blue Fitzhugh including many unusual forms; Canton platters.
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