William Goss was a native of Davenport, Iowa. Born in 1909, his life spanned two world wars and the Great Depression. His interests were wide, encompassing Literature- -especially Poetry, Science- especially Botany and astronomy, Classical Music, and Chess. As a young man, he formed life-long friendships with individuals having similar interests.
During and after World War II he worked for the United States Army Corps of Engineers as a Civil Servant. He was stationed in Alberta, Yukon Territory, Alaska, the Philippine Island, and Japan. He corresponded regularly with his life-long friends from these places. He also took time to write a number of poems. The poems and letters contain descriptions and impressions of the places where he worked and comments on the course of World War II and its aftermath. He was particularly affected by the destruction wrought by the conflict. He died in 1956.