George W. Gossard, who is engaged in general farming in West Blue township, was born in Washington county, Maryland,
on the 18th of September, 1865, and in his youth attended the common schools until he reached the age of sixteen
years, after which he worked for three years upon the home farm of his parents, David and Mary (Elliott) Gossard,
in whose family were fourteen children.
When nineteen years of age George W. Gossard removed to McDonough county, Illinois, where he remained for two and
a half years, working at farm labor for his brother, after which he engaged in the cultivation of a rented farm
on his own account for a year. In 1887 he removed to Hamilton county, Nebraska, and following his marriage in the
same year he homesteaded in Hayes county, Nebraska, where he resided for seven years. In 1894 he went to Hall county,
just north of the Adams county line, where he cultivated a rented farm for two years. In 1896 he rented land in
Adams county and has since resided in this county with the exception of four and a half months, which he and his
family spent in southern California. In 1906 he purchased his present farm.
It was on the 20th of September, 1887, that Mr. Gossard married Miss Ida Radenbaugh, a daughter of Henry Radenbaugh,
one of the pioneer settlers of Adams county, who died in the year 1913, while his widow survives and is living
in Hastings. Mr. and Mrs. Gossard have become the parents of four children. Guy C., who was born October 30, 1888,
married Marie Crabb, of Los Angeles, California, and is now engaged in the practice of dentistry at La Manda Park,
California. Ralph, born October 7, 1891, is engaged in farming near Victorville, California. Roy, born June 22,
1894, is at home. Dorothy, born July 2, 1901, is attending school in Trumbull.
Mr. and Mrs. Gossard are well known in their part of the county and are valued members of the Methodist church
of Trumbull. Mr. Gossard is also prominent in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen camp
and in the former has twice passed through all of the chairs and is now again noble grand. He has served as road
overseer for five years but does not seek to figure prominently in political circles and in exercising the right
of franchise casts an independent local ballot but at national elections supports the republican party.
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
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