Anne Margaret GRAM

Submitted by Descendant: Jo Anne ARNETT

Anne Margaret Gram was born in River Falls, Wisconsin, October 30, 1903, moving to Moore Haven, Florida with her parents.  Because there was no local high school, she and sister Bertha boarded and went to high school in Arcadia, Florida before attending Rollins College in Winter Park. 

Anne worked as a bookkeeper at Parkinson’s Inc., married James Miller Couse, an attorney and, later, county judge.  He was known for his fairness to all.  “Let’s ask Jimmy”, was an often heard phrase throughout the county.  Anne had a keen sense of fashion, was active in Woman’s Club and beautification projects, ran the Glades County Abstract Co. following her husband’s death in 1957, was a devoted mother, and gave her three children every opportunity.

Her first child was born in the family home.  Both she and her husband died there; he in 1957; she 8/20/1995.  Anne preceded her sister Bertha in death by 13 days.  Local newspapers were headlined “Counties mourn passing of Gram sisters, whose influence extended across county lines, and bridged generations; they were the last of the pioneers.”

Her children:

Jo Anne Couse Cox Arnett      (8/31/1935 -…)

Edwin Gram Couse                  (6/7/1941 – 12/25/1994

Miller (NMN) Couse                (11/29/47 – …)

Anne Margaret Gram was first established as a Florida Pioneer in 2003