This horse collar was patented by Garett VanWagenen of Monroe, Wisconsin and Melvin D. Goble in 1875 with Melvin D. Goble of Dubuque, Iowa identified as the inventor. Patent number 169933, Patent Models #2614.
The Patent Office used to require a model of all inventions that were submitted. This photograph shows the "Patent Model" of the horse collar (a miniature horse collar at just under a foot long). The actual collars would have been large enough for a full-sized horse.
After recent research at the National Archives in Washington DC I have come to some conclusions. Based on patent records, census records, marriage records (IGI) and family history records of the church of the Latter Day Saints I believe Melvin D. Goble was the son of Uriah Hulse (7) Goble and Jannette Adeline Palmer. Uriah and Jannette were married in about 1838 in/of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa. Their known son, Palmer Corwin (8) Goble was born September 18, 1839 in/of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa (according to George W. Goble, The Goble Family, (1952), page 231.) In the 1870 Federal census, Jeanette Goble, age 50 (born in New York) was living with M. D. Goble, age 25 and his wife Isabell, age 22 (born in Wisconsin) in Ward 4, Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa. Melvin was listed as a "Dentist" and said to have been born in Michigan. According to the Family Search ® International Genealogical Index of the LDS Church, Jannette Adeline Palmer was born in Cortland, Cortland, New York.
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