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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. Henry Goss

Eva Drake Goss was born in Drakeville, Iowa, the daughter of General Francis Marion Drake, who was the fourteenth Governor of Iowa, and Mary Lord Drake.  Her father was one of the great men of Iowa, a soldier and patriot, a statesman, a great financier and a most generous philanthropist.  He was born on Dec. 30, 1830, in Schuyler county, Iooinois, and died in Centerville, after having lived a life full of honor and usefulness.  In 1855 he was married to Mary Jane Lord a woman of the noblest impulses and highest Christian character.  She died in 1885.  To them were born six children:  Frank Ellsworth, John Adams, Amelia (Mrs. Theodore P. Shontz), Eva, the subject of this sketch, Jennie (Mrs. John L. Sawyers) and Mary Lord (Mrs. George W. Sturdivant).  Mrs. Goss spent her early life in Centerville, where the Drake home was the center of social life, and open always to guests and whose hospitable roof at one time and another sheltered men and women of state and national fame.  She was married Oct. 30, 1881, to Henry Goss, a prominent business man of Centerville, who died June 12, 1908.  They have one son, Joseph Marvin Goss.  She is a member of the Church of Christ.  For many years she has been a member of the P. E. O. sisterhood.  After the death of her husband she lived abroad for several years, and now has a residence at Pasadena, California.

 

 

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