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Gosting, John T. (1845-1912)


Posted By: Linda Linn (email)
Date: 3/7/2011 at 23:04:10

LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel

John T. Gosting, a Well Known and
Familiar Figure in the Community
for More Than Forty Years, Succumbs
to Long Illness

John T. Gosting, one of the pioneers of Plymouth county, died on Wednesday at the state institution in Cherokee, where he was taken for treatment for cerebral trouble about two months ago. Mr. Gosting had been in poor health for a long time and, was tenderly cared for by bis devoted wife and family until by the advice of physicians be was taken to the hospital. The remains were brought to LeMars on Wednesday and taken to the home in Stanton township,
where at 12:30 today a brief service will be held. The funeral will be held at the First Presbyterian church in this city at 2:30 this afternoon, Rev. C. G. Butler officiating.

With the death of John Gosting another familiar figure drops out of the ranks of the hardy
pioneers who by self-sacrifice and hard toil did their share in opening up the lands in northwestern Iowa and were the forerunners, of those who today enjoy luxury and ease in one of the most fertile spots in the richest agricultural state in the union.

John Gosting toiled early and late. It was his ambition to be thorough, to have fine stock and to garner the fruits of the earth in proper season. To his honor be it said he was of a host of gallant youth who scarcely emerged from boyhood, offered their services to their country when the cry was for more men to put down the rebellion. John Gosting in company with four brothers, volunteered in the war, and although not out of his teens, saw hard service for two years, being a member of the Fourth Iowa Cavalry and received an honorable discharge. He suffered hardships which undoubtedly affected his health in later years and with constant hard labor brought on the illness which clouded his last days.

He was born of hardy English stock, his father being a yeoman in the Lincolnshire fens. When John was a boy of five or six the family came to America, setting in Ohio, and later came to Iowa, locating at Hopkinton, Delaware county. After the war John Gosting followed the work of a farmer and in 1869 came to Plymouth county, homesteading in Stanton township, where he has since lived.

In 1871 he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Martin, of Hopkinton, whpo for more than forty years has been his faithful and loving spouse, lavishing the sweet care and affection which truly graces pure womanhood.

To them four children were born, grown to useful and honorable manhood and womanhood, assisting their parents in he work of the farm and taking a foremost place for good, in the community where they have lived so long. William lives at Kildare, Oklahoma, and Alice, Ralph and Roy are still under the parental roof.

Mr. Gosting leaves four brothers, who are: George, of Westfield; Edward, of Manchester; William, of The Dalles, Oregon; and Fred, of Hopkinton.

Mr. Gosting was 67 years of age, his birthday falling two days before the date of his demise.

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