Sarah J. Emery
In 1857 Sarah Jane Emery came by boat to Keokuk, Iowa, and then overland
The construction of the school was completed by June 1862, and the Washington
Township School was ready for its first term.Â Sarah Emery was the
first teacher.Â She boarded with the William Fitzpatrick family, who
lived in the college Farmhouse, the first building on the newly established
Iowa Agricultural Farm.Â The schoolâ€™s first dozen students were mostly
from the two families â€“ the Hoggatts and the Fitzpatricks.Â The surrounding
village had only about a dozen dwellings, and wasnâ€™t to be established
as a town for two and a half more years.
The Gossard Family, 1889
On July 4, 1865, Sarah married Thomas Gossard while he was on furlough
from the Union Army.Â The young husband left to return to the war,
but it was shortly over and Thomas was mustered out and returned home.Â
The Gossards had four children between 1866 and 1874 -- Carrie Blanche,
born 1866; Harry Authur, born 1868; William Emery, b. 1871; and Thomas
LaMont, b. 1874.Â Thomas died in 1890, and Sarah moved to Ames with
The photo above shows Sarah Emery Gossard, second from right in front.Â
Thomas Gossard is seated next to her. Also pictured are the Gossards' four
children and their grandmother, Elizabeth Emery, who died at age 85 in
her daughter's home in Ames.
In 1908 Sarah Gossard moved to Onawa, Iowa.Â She lived to be
95 and is now buried in Ames Municipal Cemetery.