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James Goss was born in New York City, April 17, 1848. A Civil War Veteran, James R. Goss, came to Coulson and Billings in 1882. Married Feb. 17, 1878 (or 1879), while In Michigan, to Miss Florence E. Lord. He served as Yellowstone County Attorney and Billings second Mayor (1887). See Three Pioneer Lawyers, Billings Gazette, November 16, 1939, p. 14. See Montana, Its Story and Biography by Stout. Judge of probate court during Territorial days (before 1889). President of the Yellowstone Bar Association. Helped start Billings Polytechnic Institute and Parmly Billings Library. Died in 1931 and buried at Mountview Cemetery - See Pioneer Jurist, Billings Gazette, July 19, 1931, p 1. WHC has oral interview described as 'personal remembrance' from daughter Mrs. Lou W. Chapple.
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See Three Pioneer Lawyers, Billings Gazette, November 16, 1939, p. 14. See Montana, Its Story and Biography by Stout. See Pioneer Jurist, Billings Gazette, July 19, 1931, p 1. Western Heritage Center has oral interview described as 'personal remembrance' from daughter Mrs. Lou W. Chapple.
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