Franklin B. Goss


Franklin B. Goss

Brewster, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 18 Apr 1906 (aged 74)
Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 91702777 View Source
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Aged 74 years.
Son of William Whittemore Goss (of Weston, VT) and Hannah Foster (of Brewster, MA).

Falmouth Enterprise, Saturday, April 21, 1906; Page: 8


Franklin B. Goss, senior editor and proprietor of the Barnstable Patriot, and the Nestor of the newspaper printing and publishing business on Cape Cod, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning at Hyannis in his 75th year.

Mr. Goss was the son of William Whittimore and Hannah Goss, and was born in Brewster, July 17, 1831. He was put out on a farm in Dennis at nine years of age, and at 14 entered, the Barnstable Patriots office as an apprentice in the printing business. In 1851 he started a paper called the Cape Cod Advocate, printed at Barnstable and Sandwich, in company with Benjamin C. Bowman. In 1800 he became the joint proprietor with George H. Richards of the Patriot. Two years later he became the sole proprietor and so remained until his death.

Mr. Goss was appointed collector of customs for the district of Barnstable in 1876 by President Grant and continued in office until 1887, when he was removed by President Cleveland. He was reappointed, however, by President Harrison in 1889. Mr. Goss has always been a Republican in politics and a prominent temperance advocate. Besides the Patriot he was interested at times in the Provincetown Advocate, the Harwich Independent, the Chatham Monitor and the Cape Cod Bee, all of which he established himself.

Jan. 20, 1852, Mr. Goss married Mary Gorham Parker of Barnstable. Three sons survive him—F. Percy Goss, who was associated with him in the Patriot office; Alton Parker Goss, editor of the Harwich Independent, and William F. M. Goss, a professor in Purdue university, Indiana.

Mr. Goss was for several years a member of the Barnstable school board, and was vice president and secretary of the Barnstable Agricultural society.


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