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 Harry Thomas Goulding

Harry Thomas Goulding

Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA
Death 3 Apr 1981 (aged 84)
Cottonwood, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA
Burial San Juan County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 147191 · View Source
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Harry T. Goulding (AFN: 1H1Z-PJ3), with a tenth grade education, who served in France during WWI, (b: Jan 3, 1897, Durango, CO - d: April 3, 1981, age 84, Cottonwood, Yavapai, AZ) and his older brother, Charlie Cyrus Goulding, were raised with Arthur Hayward "Art" Greene, Sr. like three brothers by their father's sister, "Aunt Molly" (Mary Ann, Mrs. James Francis Clark, who had a daughter of her own, Mia M. Clark).

Harry's cousin, Arthur "Art" Hayward Greene, Sr. (1895-1978) was born to Allan Butler and Annie Elizabeth (Morgan) Greene in Telluride, Colorado. His mother died when he was two years old, so her sister, Aunt Molly, raised Art, along with brothers Harry Thomas (Leone "Mike" Knee) Goulding and Charlie Cyrus Goulding. Aunt Molly was the sister of their father, Thomas Goulding, as well. When their mother left in 1900, when Charlie was about five, and Harry (1897-1981) was three. Molly raised all three boys together for about seven years (1900-1907), so they were like brothers.

The day Harry's group (five men altogether) drove out to scout a new road from Page to Kayenta, they got hungry, so Harry took them to a little restaurant that was closed; it was after dark, but Harry called them in. He said to the lady who was waiting on them, "Where is that so-and-so rattlesnake horse thief, your husband? Tell him I'm out here and I want to see him immediately!" Out came Harry's cousin, Art Greene, "Why you old son of a gun!" he said. "You old reprobate!" (They were definitely like brothers!)

On the January 2, 1920 Census, Flora Vista, San Juan, NM, Farm #6, Harry T. (23), and Charles Cyrus (24) & his wife, Edith (24) OK/IN/KS, both Sheepmen, Farm, were living with their father, Thomas Goulding (60), born in England to English parents, arrived in U.S. in 1873, Naturalized in 1884 (Farmer, General Farm) and their stepmother, Anna J. Goulding (50) WV/Germany X 2. Art Greene (24), Farmer, & Ethel C. Greene (22) with Ruth (1) were on the same Census page on Farm #2, living with Ethel's father, Thomas A. Johnson (78), Widower, Farmer.

Harry's father, Thomas Goulding, and siblings came over from England. His Uncle Heber "Abe" Goulding (who never married) came first, up around Naturita, Colorado, then Harry's dad, his Uncles Heber "Abe" Goulding, Jack Goulding, and his three aunts (including "Aunt Molly" & Art Greene's mom) came over and homesteaded. After a number of years, they sold everything and began sheep ranching. They homesteaded and herded in Animas River country (wintering in Aztec, NM & summering around the Hermosa River in SW Colorado).

On February 19, 1923, Gallup, NM, Harry Goulding (26) married Leone "Mike" Knee (18), (AFN: 1H1Z-PK9) (Birth: 7 Feb 1905, Stockton, Rooks, KS. Death: 26 Nov 1992. Monument Valley, San Juan, UT.) Leone Knee was the daughter of Joseph Lurton & Anna Lausen Knee, and had a youngest sister, Marjorie L., b. 1919, NM, and four brothers--her older brother, Chester "Chet", who was a stunt pilot in Hollywood, and three younger brothers: Lurton Joel, Paul E., and Maurice C. In 1933, her two youngest brothers were working for she and Harry.

In 1924, Harry & Mike bought over 600 acres for $320 and moved to the Paiute Strip (land which had just become available from a trade with the Navajo Tribe) with their sheep. In September or October, 1925, they established Gouldings TP in tents, having a 2-story masonry Trading Post built by Bert Davis in 1928. Leone's younger brothers, Bert (Paul?) and Maurice Knee, clerked, etc., while Harry tended sheep, freighted merchandise, etc.

In 1938, they drove to Hollywood with Josef Muench's photos of Monument Valley. They stayed with Leone's oldest brother, (Chester "Chet") who was a stunt pilot. They remained in Hollywood while Ford and five others flew to Flagstaff, where Goulding's friend, Lee Doyle, drove the group into Monument Valley. There they were met by Mike's younger brother, Maurice Knee, who showed them around the area. When Ford and his group returned to Hollywood, Ford cut a check for $5,000 to Goulding. The "Stagecoach" movie company arrived in Monument Valley in September or October 1938, just days after Harry and Mike's return, and the Gouldings began catering to movie companies from 1939 on. In the 1940s, Harry was involved in developing the Monument Valley uranium district, acting as intermediary between the Navajos and Vanadium Corporation of America. (They all called it Vanadium before they learned it was Uranium.)

The Navajo Trail, one of the few main arteries across the Navajo reservation, was the result of Harry's foresight and efforts.

Harry took a liking to itinerant ex-Presbyterian missionary to the Navajos, "Shine" Smith, and helped him give huge CHRISTmas parties to the Navajos as soon as it started to get cold.

Gwen Walter, nurse and founder with her husband, Pastor Marvin Walter, of the Seventh-day Adventist clinic on Goulding's land talked to Harry about letting his tourists take candy down to the Navajo children all the time. So Harry said, "All right, let's take something else." He would have the tourists take oranges, apples, fruit that was in season, and even little toys for the children, rather than giving them candy. He just stocked these things in the store and let the tourists know, "Don't load these kids down with candy."

Harry said that Gwen and Marvin Walter stopped quite a lot of the Navajos from drinking. Buster Whitehorse (translated from Navajo): "Many of our people, young and old, have died because of drinking alcohol. The bottle, with no arms and no head, can destroy a person. It can make you jump off a cliff or it can end you in the fire."

In 1962, when his health began to fail, Harry and Mike moved to Page, AZ, where they were residing when Harry passed away in Cottonwood, Yavapai, AZ. Harry said, "Yes sir, I like the churches I go to better than the city churches. Down in the Valley, there are so many beautiful places, and you can get in better contact." Harry was called "T'pay-eh-nez, or Long Sheep" by the Navajos, either because he was tall and owned sheep when he came to the valley, or because he had many sheep.

The LaFont brothers, who bought Gouldings TP in Monument Valley in 1981 from Knox College of Galesburg, IL (who had received it in 1963 from the Gouldings in exchange for a life income, and possibly to provide a scholarship fund for Navajo youth, which was reported by someone), invited Mike to return to Monument Valley in 1987, where she lived until she passed away in 1992. The Gouldings TP Monument Valley Museum was dedicated by Mrs. Harry Goulding and Gerald & Roland LaFont on September 5, 1989.
On March 18, 1931, Harry was admitted to the Pacific Branch of the U.S. National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Sawtelle, Los Angeles County, California, with recurring appendicitis and 50% Temp Dis. (Temporary Disability?)

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  • Imported from: UT State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 147191
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Harry Thomas Goulding (3 Jan 1897–3 Apr 1981), Find A Grave Memorial no. 147191, citing San Juan County Isolated Burials, San Juan County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Utah State Historical Society (contributor 4) .