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Date of Death: 3 Sep 1916
Subject: William Madison Gossett
Source: Holt County Sentinel, 8 Sep 1916, p. 1

We are called upon in this issue to announce the death of one of Southern Holt's prominent and substantial citizens, one greatly esteemed by all who had the pleasure of a personal acquaintance. William S. [sic] Gossett died at his home in Forbes township, Sunday last, September 3, from typhoid fever. He was 54 years of age, and leaves a wife. The body was taken to Savannah, Tuesday, for burial. He was one of the largest land owners in Forbes township, and for several years was engaged in the mercantile business at Forbes. We hope for an obituary notice for our next issue.

Source: Holt County Sentinel, 15 Sep 1916, p. 2

We announced the death of William Gossett in our last week's issue. We are now able to say more as regarding his life.

Mr. Gossett was a splendid citizen; he was one of Forbes' substantial farmers and stock raisers; he was an ever busy man, and his word was always regard as good as his bond. He was considerate in his dealings with his tenants and fellow-men, and was liberal and generous hearted. His neighbors could always rely on him in the hoar of suffering and need, and all looked upon him as an ideal citizen and reliable friend.

William Madison Gossett was born near Summerset, Pulaski county, Kentucky, December 23, 1862, and died at his home in Forbes township, September 3, 1916, having reached the age of 53 years, 8 months and 11 days at the time of his taking off, which resulted from typhoid fever.

Mr. Gossett came to Missouri in 1885, and on August 18, 1894, he led Cora McCall [sic] to the altar, who now survives him. Mr. Gossett is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Harriet Lease, of Forbes, and Mrs. Hannah Lease, of Bolckow; also three brothers, Windfield S., of Forbes; Blucher, of Bolckow, Mo., and Gooder, of Piedmont, Oklahoma. His father died in May, 1872, and his mother May 18, 1906. One brother died in 1867, and another in 1898.

At a meeting, conducted by an uncle, he was converted, while in young manhood, and united with the M. E. church, South, and he passed to the beautiful beyond steadfast in his faith.

All the immediate members of the family, including three nieces, attended the funeral, which was conducted from the Savannah Christian church, Tuesday of last week, September 5, by Elder A. R. Hunt, of the Christian church, the interment being in the Savannah cemetery.