Rep. Camp honors Goodwin
(Courtesy of Houghton Lake Resorter Nov. 10th 2011 edition) Merritt resident William “Bill” Goodwin was honored last week on the occasion of his 75th birthday by Congressman Dave Camp (R-Midland). CLICK picture for congressional press release. Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, read into the Congressional Record a tribute to Goodwin, who had served as a Congressional page in the 1950’s, before a session of the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 2nd. Goodwin was serving as a page when several Puerto Rican Nationalists opened fire from the gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five. Goodwin said he and his wife, Jane, and their two sons, Matthew and Shawn, were able to meet in Washington for the special occasion. “Mr. Camp had a proclamation... in honor of my accomplishments and achievements,” he said. “It’s a very nice honor...it was very kind of him to do it.” Goodwin and his family had a photo taken with Camp, next to the picture of Goodwin helping carry a stretcher bearing then Rep. Alvin Bentley that hangs in the very cloak room in which he spent much of his time as a page. The tribute Camp entered into the record in celebration of Goodwin’s birthday states in part: “Bill Goodwin served as a page in the United State House of Representatives during the 83rd Congress. Sponsored by former Michigan Representative George Dondero, he began his time as a bench page in January of 1953 at the age of 15 in an effort to support his widowed mother and four siblings back home...Bill can be remembered for his valiant efforts during the 1954 Puerto Rican shootings in the House Chamber where he assisted in carrying stretchers from the House floor. In a widely popularized photograph of the events, he can be recognized carrying a stretcher bearing Representative Alvin Bentley down the house steps. “He worked as a technician at National Cash Register for several years and left the company to begin his own cash register business. An avid entrepreneur, Bill later delved into the hovercraft business, where he secured several patents for the vehicle over the years...Bill currently operates his own landscaping business and enjoys taking part in activities such as hunting and singing in the church choir.”
The tribute honors Goodwin’s contributions to his family, the State of Michigan and the House of Representatives. A story titled “History’s Witness: Goodwin recalls days as Congressional Page, 1954 shooting” appeared in the Sept. 1, 2011 edition of the Resorter. This article can be archived on the Resorter website.
Famous photo Bill in the House
IN THE RECORD Bill Goodwin of Merritt (left), his wife, Jane, and their sons, Matthew Goodwin of South Carolina and Shawn Goodwin of Maryland, pose with Rep. Dave Camp by a photograph of Goodwin helping to carry out a stretcher bearing Rep. Alvin Bentley down the House steps following the 1954 shootings by Puerto Rican Nationalists in the House Chamber. Goodwin met with Congressman Camp on the occasion of Goodwin’s 75th birthday. Camp entered into the Congressional Record a tribute to Goodwin in honor of his service as a congressional page. (Photo courtesy U.S. House of Representatives)