MRS. VERNA MAE GOLDIZEN.
As the women of the country are perhaps the most vitally interested in the education of the children and as the
elementary schools are largely taught by women it is fitting that the county superintendent should also be a woman
and Mrs. Goldizen has fully demonstrated her fitness for this position, which carries with it responsibility for
the advancement and efficiency of the public schools of the county. She was for many years a teacher and understands
thoroughly the problems that confront the teacher and is thus able to advise wisely and to judge correctly of the
value of the work done by those under her supervision. She has the faculty of securing the whole hearted cooperation
of the teachers of the county and of inspiring them to their best efforts.
Mrs. Goldizen was born in Warren county, this state, a daughter of S. I. and Jane (Turnipseed) Cassady, natives
of Indiana and Ohio respectively. Her paternal grandfather was S. J. Cassady, of Barnesville, Ohio. After his death
his widow remarried and brought her family to Warren county in 1853. S. I. Cassady was a farmer by occupation and
was a veteran of the Civil war, enlisting in Company B, Thirty fourth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, in 1861 and remaining
under arms until the close of the war. He passed away in 1902. His wife, who survives, is a daughter of Christopher
and Maria Turnipseed, both natives of Virginia. She came to Iowa in 1854 and by her marriage she became the mother
of eleven children, the subject of this review being the third in order of birth.
Mrs. Goldizen attended the public schools in her childhood and early girlhood and subsequently was a student in
Simpson College, Des Moines College and the Iowa State Teachers College at Cedar Falls. Her first teaching experience
was gained at Summerset school, Iowa, and from 1895 to 1897 she was principal at Palmyra, Iowa. In 1901 she came
to this county and was for seven years principal of schools in Harvey. At the expiration of that time she became
principal of the Hamilton public schools and continued in that position for four years. In the fall of 1912 she
was elected county superintendent of schools on the democratic ticket and took office January 1, 1913. The high
standard of the schools of the county has been maintained and in a number of lines steps in advance have been taken,
the work done comparing favorably with that of other counties of the state. The corps of teachers is very efficient
and the parents manifest a willingness to cooperate for the good of the schools. Mrs. Goldizen is proving a capable
leader of the educational forces, adapting new methods and new ideals to the needs of the different schools of
the county. Not the least of her value to the public school system is her ability to suggest to the teacher a means
of overcoming a difficulty that has arisen in her work.
In 1897 she became the wife of J. M. Goldizen, of Warren county, Iowa, whose parents removed to this state from
Indiana in 1855. Mr. Goldizen is a resident of Knoxville and is well known and respected. Mrs. Goldizen is a member
of the Methodist Episcopal church, the Rebekahs and the Woman's Relief Corps and takes a prominent part in all
movements that have as their object the betterment of the community.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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