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The Goodrich couple allowed churches to use the pool for full-immersion baptisms. This early view shows the river from the back of the property.
island aside as a wildlife preserve.
Their two-story house had a cellar as well as a “most inviting
swimming pool,” the Press Journal noted on March 5, 1929. The
pool, about 20 by 50 feet in size, was 10 feet deep and had a
diving board with platform. Well water flowed into it from the
mouths of four lion statues at each corner of the pool. The Goodriches
allowed churches to use it for full-immersion baptisms.
The Rev. J.C. DuBose, founding pastor of First Baptist Church
in Vero Beach, conducted at least one baptism there, the Press
Journal reported on March 19, 1929.
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“Immediately after services a candidate for baptism was
immersed by Brother DuBose in the concrete swimming pool
at Roseland, on the beautiful estate of Mr. and Mrs. James
Goodrich,” the newspaper said.
Ella Goodrich also immersed herself in civic activities, and by
1929 was president of the Roseland Women’s Club. The local
newspaper also took note of that, reporting on May 7, 1929,
that she gave an interesting account of the club’s activities:
“the amounts raised and spent, and most interesting of all, the >>
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