Elizabeth Virginia (Kelly) McGowan

Elizabeth Virginia (Kelly) McGowan (1897 - 1986)

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Elizabeth Virginia McGowan formerly Kelly
Born in Grand Forks, North Dakotamap
Wife of — married in Minneapolis, Minnesotamap
Died in Worcester, Massachusettsmap
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Categories: Music Teachers | Piano Teachers | Grand Forks, North Dakota | Appleton, Minnesota | Appleton Cemetery, Appleton, Minnesota.


Biography

Elizabeth was the oldest of five children in the family of J. Nelson and Eleanor Murphy Kelly.[1] She grew and attended school in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where her father was superintendent of schools.[2][3][4][5] She showed an early musical talent when she wrote and directed an operetta in sixth grade, in which her sisters and cousins performed.[6]

She attended the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks, where she was a member of the Playmakers drama group and president of Alpha Phi sorority.[7]She graduated from UND and from a cooperating institution, the Wesley College Conservatory of Music, whose campus adjoins the University,[8] and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.[9]

After graduation, she took a position as music teacher in Appleton, Minnesota public school.[10] Among her students in 1930 was ten year old Marty McGowan who was to become her stepson.

She left Appleton to become a music teacher in the Waseca, Minnesota, school system, but returned after her marriage to Martin McGowan Sr., the editor of the Appleton weekly newspaper. They are the parents of one daughter, Eleanor, in addition to Martin Sr.'s son Marty.[11]

After her marriage, Elizabeth remained active in music and civic activities in Appleton. She was the organist and choir director for St. John's Catholic Church for 33 years. She taught piano in her home for more than 35 years, averaging 60 pupils per year.[12] Some of her last pupils were children of her first students. She was one of the organizers of the Music Club in Appleton, and also served as its president. She was also a member of the St. John's Rosary Society and the American Legion Auxiliary.[13]

Her husband died after 20 years of marriage. In her later years, she sold her home in Appleton and moved to Westborough, Massachusetts, to be near her daughter Eleanor Simcoe and family.

Elizabeth died in Massachusetts at the age of 89,[14] and is buried in the McGowan family plot in Appleton Cemetery, Appleton, Minnesota.[15]

Sources

  1. "United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11122-71122-37?cc=1325221 : accessed 24 Jul 2014), North Dakota > Grand Forks > ED 67 Grand Forks city Ward 1-2 > image 43 of 63; citing NARA microfilm publication T623.
  2. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MLGY-QPT : 29 October 2015), Elizbeth B Kelly in household of James N Kelly, Grand Forks Ward 1, Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 97, sheet 7B, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,375,155.
  3. "North Dakota Census, 1915," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-46437-6162-28?cc=2346284 : 30 December 2014), Grand Forks > image 186 of 709; citing State Historical Society of North Dakota.
  4. "United States Census, 1920," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MC8B-53Y : accessed 25 Jul 2014), Elizabeth G Kelly in household of J Nelson Kelly, Grand Forks Ward 1, Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States; citing sheet 10B, family 234, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1821334.
  5. "North Dakota Census, 1925," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK9H-HVQZ : 30 June 2016), Elizabeth Kelly in household of J N Kelly, Grand Forks, Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States; citing sheet number 28, family number 1, State Historical Society of North Dakota; FHL microfilm 1,731,398.
  6. "Mrs. McGowan Honored for Church Work," Appleton Press, Appleton, Minnesota, May 17, 1967.
  7. "Mrs. McGowan Honored for Church Work," Appleton Press, Appleton, Minnesota, May 17, 1967.
  8. The Quarterly Journal of the University of North Dakota, Volume 2, p. 328.
  9. "Mrs. McGowan Honored for Church Work," Appleton Press, Appleton, Minnesota, May 17, 1967.
  10. "United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X3DR-ZDJ : accessed 25 Jul 2014), Elizabeth V Kelly in household of Karrie Johnson, Appleton, Swift, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0002, sheet 10A, family 238, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1132.
  11. "United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KSLM-97V : accessed 25 Jul 2014), Elizabeth Mcgowan in household of Martin Mcgowan, Appleton, Appleton Village, Swift, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 76-2, sheet 9A, family 176, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 1963.
  12. "Mrs. McGowan Honored for Church Work," Appleton Press, Appleton, Minnesota, May 17, 1967.
  13. "Elizabeth McGowan," The Appleton Press, Nov. 28, 1986.
  14. "Massachusetts, Death Index, 1970-2003," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VZT6-SZW : accessed 25 Jul 2014), Elizabet K Mcgowan, 12 Nov 1986; citing "Massachusetts, Death Index, 1970-2003," Ancestry.com; Worcester, Massachusetts, death certificate number 058558, Department of Health Services, Boston.
  15. "Elizabeth McGowan," The Appleton Press, Nov. 28, 1986.


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