Mark Allen Goslen, 1959 –
President, Goslen Printing
Graduate of Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Active in and life-long member of Home Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Mark’s wife, Robyn, a graduate of Ohio State University joined the company in 1996 and is now co-owner of Invitations Only located in the Healy Drive facility. They have two daughters, Alex and Gianna, and a Great Pyrenees dog, all of whom visit the business often as all Goslen “children” have done in the past.
Allen Spach Goslen, 1929—2019
Was the second of the third generation to enter the family business. He graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served two years in the United States Army and joined the printing business in 1953 upon his return from Germany. Printing was not Allen’s only passion; he participated in the Moravian Band for over 70 years, which brought him much joy and comfort. Allen passed away on January 22,2019 at the age of 89.
Junius Blake Goslen, Jr., 1914—1972
Was the first of the third Goslen generation to enter the business. He graduated from Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina and then served in the Navy in World War II and the Korean conflict. J.B. Jr., as he was known, joined his father and uncle in the business and helped increase the commercial printing portion of the operation as well as promoting the company owned Almanac. He died unexpectedly in 1972.
Junius Blake Goslen, 1885—1979
Along with his brother Will, the two boys recalled working with their father, J.W. Goslen, in the upstairs of a building on 3rd Street in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and seeing the old wood-fed steam-operated printing press that was used to print commercial work as well as a newspaper. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1906. Having learned to play a cornet in his early years he and a group of other men attending UNC from Winston-Salem, organized a band which played for various athletic contests. Having been active in the business until he was 92 he died in 1979 at the age of 93.
William Allen Goslen, 1879—1954
Uncle Will, as he was known in his later years, and his younger brother J.B. were 15 and 9 when their father J.W. died in 1896. They were too young to operate the business their father had started and it was continued in part by Wachovia Bank and Trust Company until the two boys graduated from UNC. The old steam-operated press was replaced with a modern (at the time) electrified press and a new building was built. The rights to Blum’s Farmer’s and Planter’s Almanac was purchased by the two brothers in 1921 and the Almanac continues today, the 2013 edition being the 185th.
Junius Waitman Goslen, 1840—1896
In 1872 the company was started by J.W. Goslen. After serving as a Captain in the Civil War he returned home and started the company which published a newspaper along with other commercial printing. As the company grew, a new building was needed. Unfortunately, before it was completed J.W. died in 1896. The company, however, has continued as a family business with four generations of Goslens involved.