From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana
Orville Goodale, Clerk of Steuben County, Ind., was born in this county, March 11, 1846, a son of Burdette and Mary Ann (Macartney) Goodale, his father a native of Connecticut and his mother of New York City. Burdette Goddale came to Steuben County in 1837 or 1838, but did not settle permanently till 1842, when he located in York Township, where he died in June, 1855, leaving a wife and four children. Our subject received his early education in his native county. When seventeen years old he attended Hillsdale, Mich., College two terms, and subsequently attended Angola High School three terms, and Hiram College, Ohio, three terms, thereby acquiring a good English education. He then commenced teaching, following the vocation in Indiana, Ohio and Illinois, devoting his summers to farming. In the fall of 1878 he was elected, on the Republican ticket, Clerk of Steuben County, and was re-elected in 1882. He is an efficient, careful officer, and fills his position in a manner satisfactory to his constituents. He is a strict temperance man in every sense of the word, using neither intoxicants nor tobacco in any form. He was married Nov. 3, 1867, to Mary Fast, a native of Ohio, born Feb. 13, 1850, a daughter of Christian and Henrietta Fast. They have three children -- Winifred, Albert and Mary. Mr. and Mrs. Goodale are members of the Christian church.
Submitted by Kim Davoli