Biography of Mrs. Verna M. Goldizen
Marion County, IA Biographies





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.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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