* A 1935 copyright record for the song Go, Tell Them credits the words to Goodspeed, and registers the copyright to Charles H. Gabriel, Jr., as child of the deceased author. However, other copyright records list Goodspeed’s place of residence as Hennessey, Oklahoma. More information is needed to resolve this discrepancy.
Charles was the son of Isaac Newton Gabriel and Cleopatra Cotton. He married twice, to Francilla I. Woodhouse Cooling (1876) and Amelia Moore (1889).
Growing up on an Iowa farm, he taught himself to play the family’s reed organ. He began teaching in singing schools by age 16, and became a well known teacher and composer.
He served as music director at Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, San Francisco, California (1890–92), then moved to Chicago, Illinois. In 1912, he began working with Homer Rodeheaver’s publishing company.
He edited some 43 song books, 7 men’s chorus books, 19 anthem collections, and 23 cantatas.
Little Branches, with William Nickle (Chicago, Illinois: Meyer & Brothers, 1893)