ITS HISTORY AND TRADITION
F. E. MOSSMAN
Dr. Frank E. Mossman, a prominent and successful educator of this part of
northwestern Iowa, has served as president of Morningside College of Sioux City
since 1918. His birth occurred at Urbana, Benton county, Iowa, on the 26th
of August, 1873, his parents being David C. and Mary Elizabeth Mossman, the
former of Scotch-Irish lineage and the latter of German descent. The American
progenitor of the Mossman family was the great-grandfather of Dr. Mossman,
who came to this country from Scotland.
Frank E. Mossman was reared on a farm and supplemented his public school
education, acquired at the place of his nativity, by a course of study in the
Tilford Collegiate Academy of Iowa, from which he graduated in 1893. Three
years prior to that time he had removed to Larchwood, Lyon county, this state,
where he resided until 1898 and where he followed the profession of school
teaching for four years. During the years 1898 and 1899 he served as pastor of
the Methodist Episcopal church at Hutchins, Iowa, preaching on a seven point circuit. In 1900 he entered Morningside College of Sioux City, which in 1903 conferred upon him the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He spent the succeeding year as field agent for that institution, after which he was a graduate student in the University of Chicago from 1904 until 1905. In the latter year he became president of Southwestern College at Winfield, Kansas, thus serving
until 1918, when he assumed the presidency of Morningside College of Sioux City, of which institution he has since remained at the head.
On the 27th of March, 1895, at Larchwood, Iowa, President Mossman was
married to Miss Zoa H. Foster, who was born at Martinsburg, Elliott county,
Kentucky, September 15, 1875. Her parents were B. F. and Eliza E.(Flanery) Foster, the former born at Sandy Hook, Elliott county, Kentucky, June 16, 1848, and the latter at Martinsburg, Kentucky, November 23, 1847. B. F. Foster, a
veteran of the Civil war, now resides at Little Rock, Arkansas, but his wife is deceased. President and Mrs. Mossman are the parents of four children, namely: Mereb E., who is a graduate student in Chicago University; N. Benita, a junior in Morningside College; Hobart F., a senior in the high school; and Homer F., who is completing a grade school course at Sioux City. All are still under the parental roof. Mrs. Zoa H.(Foster)Mossman has membership in the Sorosis Club, the Delphian Club, the Faculty Women's Club and the Woman's Club of Sioux City.
A republican in politics, President Mossman has always been a consistent
worker in the ranks of that party. He belongs to the Sioux City Chamber of
Commerce, the Sioux City Knife and Fork Club, the Rotary Club of Sioux city, the
Iowa State Teachers Association, the Professional Men's Club and the
Morningside Country Club. He was ordained elder in the Methodist Episcopal church and is director of the State Young Men's Christian Association of Iowa. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Masonic order, belonging to Morningside Lodge No. 615, A. F. & A. M., and to Sioux City Consistory No. 5. All who know him speak of him in terms of praise. In his life are the elements of greatness
because of the use he has made of his talents and his opportunities, because his thoughts are not self-centered but are given to the mastery of life's problems and the fulfillment of his duty as a man in his relations to his
fellowmen and as a citizen in his relations to his city, state and country.
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