Pueblo County, Colorado
Melvin C. Goss

Contributed by Carol Conrad.

Melvin C. Goss, devoting his life to the practice of law in Boulder, where he opened his office in 1906, has through the intervening years become well established as a successful lawyer whose ability enables him to solve many intricate and involved professional problems. Colorado numbers him among her native sons, for his birth occurred upon a farm in Pueblo county in 1874. He comes of English and Scotch ancestry. His father, Calvin W. Goss, was born in Tennessee in the year 1828 and after reaching manhood was married to Miss Sarah Parsons, a native of North Carolina. The father served as a soldier of the Civil war, joining the Eleventh Kansas Cavalry, and was largely engaged in fighting Indians upon the Wyoming frontier. His last days were spent in Pueblo, Colorado, where he departed this life in 1913, after having devoted many years to general agricultural pursuits in Pueblo county.

It was there upon the old homestead farm that Melvin C. Goss was reared, his youthful days being passed in the usual manner of the farm bred boy. He attended the country schools and after mastering the branches of learning therein taught, became a student in the high school of Pueblo. Ambitious to enter upon a professional career, he decided upon the practice of law as a life work and in preparation therefore entered the University of Colorado, in which he pursued the law course, winning the LL. B. degree upon graduation with the class of 1906. He then located for practice in Boulder, where he has since remained, and through the intervening period he has enjoyed a constantly growing clientage. Advancement at the bar is proverbially slow, yet no dreary novitiate awaited him. He soon demonstrated his power to handle legal questions and one of the characteristics of his practice has been the thoroughness with which he has prepared his cases. He is also identified with business interests as the assistant secretary of and the attorney for the Western Light & Power Company of Boulder and is also attorney for the Boulder National Bank and attorney for and a director in the Mercantile Bank and Trust Company.

On the 10th of June, 1913, in Denver, Mr. Goss was united in marriage to Miss Eleanor Hoyme, a daughter of the late Captain Hoyme of the United States Army. Mr. Goss belongs to the Boulder Club and is also identified with Phi Alpha Delta, a college fraternity. Both he and his wife are widely known and highly esteemed in Boulder, occupying a very enviable position in social circles, their many friends bearing ready testimony to their genuine worth.

Extracted from "History of Colorado," by Wilbur Fiske Stone, published in 1919 by the S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago.

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