Last week Anne mentioned her curiosity about the Gosson family who once owned the land her parents purchased in the late 1940s. Read what Anne had to say here.
Her parents purchased two 80 acre parcels that formed a checkerboard pattern across the middle of section 10 in Tara Township. Let’s take a closer look at the history of those 160 acres…
Looking back through the old plat maps we see that John Gosson was an early settler in Tara Township. In 1886, he owned the south 80 acres of the northwest quarter of section 10 in Tara and by 1902 he had added the north 80 acres of the southeast quarter to his holdings. By the time of the 1917 plat map, William Gosson’s name appears on the two 80 acre parcels. The next map I have access to is 1931 when William Gosson “et al” are shown as owners. The Gosson family held on to those 160 acres for at least fifty years.
On September 12, 1885 John Gosson called into McDermott General Store for 1 pound of yarn ($1), 10-cents worth of SM oil (is that oil for machinery?), and 4 yards of muslin (.40). Mr. Gosson could have made the trip into Clontarf with his neighbor from section 8, Patrick Lawler who picked up a spade for $1.15.
There were a couple of other interesting purchases from that day. A Mr. H.J. Maher bought a pen knife for 75-cents, and Frank McMahon (my great-great-grandfather) picked up a “first reader” for 10-cents and a “second reader” for 20-cents – one of those could have been for my great-grandfather Tom who was nearly seven-years-old in September of 1885.
I love the little peaks into the daily lives of the early settlers that the store ledger provides.
I wonder what ever happened to the Gosson family?