When he was two years old, he immigrated to the United States with his Belgian-born parents, Peter and Sadie (DeWall) Goossens and older sister Angeline. They settled in Glenwood City, Wisconsin, adding another seven children to the family.
James married a local girl, Margaret Lucille McGahn on June 10, 1919. They eventually moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where they had their second son. James worked for the St. Paul Public Works Department. In the mid 1950's, James was struck by car while working, passing away in 1957, never fully recovering from those injuries.
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