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Alice Gossage Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 06563 E
Identifier: H2017-030

Content Description

The collection consists of typed copies of letters and diary entries written by Alice (Bower) Gossage. The letters, in two separate folders, date from 1879 to 1881 and from January to March 1882, the letters were addressed and received by Joseph Gossage of the Rapid City Journal, Alice’s future husband. The correspondence is from before their marriage date of June 6, 1882. There are 115 pages of typed correspondence in the first folder and 129 pages in the second folder. The third folder contains the typed copy of the “Journal of Alice Bower” dating from June 1878 to November 1883 and features correspondence with an acquaintance of Alice’s, Major Harry McNamara a man she was engaged to marry in the late 1870s/early 1880s. Alice Bower was born November 4, 1861 in Wisconsin. The family moved to Vermillion in 1870. She began teaching school in Vermillion at age 15. Wanting to work in the newspaper business, she set type for the Vermillion Standard and Dakota Republican in Vermillion (S.D.) and later worked at Parker (S.D.) for the New Era. She married Joseph Gossage, owner and publisher of the Rapid City Journal, on June 6, 1882. Mrs. Gossage would later become manager and editor of the newspaper. She used her influence at the newspaper to champion the causes of suffrage and prohibition. She died June 8, 1929. The South Dakota Historical Society Press published a book written by Paula Nelson titled Sunshine Always using the letters and journals of Alice Gossage.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • Event: 1879-1882



0.25 Cubic Feet