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The Blue Book of Iowa Women A History of Contemporary Women

Compiled by Winona Evans Reeves, 1914.


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Mrs. Thomas Goss

Mrs. Frances Cornelia Lanius Goss was born Jany. 28, 1874, in Trenton, Mo.

Her father's name was Henry Clay Lanius, a native of Ohio.  Her mother's name was Hester Anne Fouts, whose forbears were among the prominent families of Virginia, and was the daughter of Elizabeth Perry, who was an own cousin of Commodore Hazard, of Lake Erie fame.

Mrs. Goss was educated in the public schools of Trenton, Mo., and in Hardin College, Mexico, Mo., where she specialized in music.  She was married in September, 1893, to Rev. Wilbur M. Jones, a Baptist minister of Fairmount, Ill., where her work in the church resulted in much lasting good.  Their one son, Thaddeuw C. Jones, is now a student in Drake University, doing work preparatory to a Harvard University Law course.

She was married to Mr. Thomas Goss, a prominent business man, and a member of one of Iowa's oldest and most highly respected families, in February, 1903, and went to live in Centerville, Iowa, where they now reside.  To this marriage have been born two children, Frances Ima, age nine, and Henry Clay Goss, age six.  Mrs. Goss is a member of the P. E. O. sisterhood, of the Ladies Civic Improvement Club and of the M. X. L., a social organization.  She has the honor to be a member of the Board of Education which position she fills with dignity and intelligence on matters relating to the welfare of the schools.  She is a woman who has traveled widely and reads a great deal and is a delightful conversationalist.  She is possessed of an abundance of good cheer and sees life through optimistic eyes, making her always a delightful companion.



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