By Evelyn Goble Steen                     Goble Family Association Rate: $10.00 includes Newsletter


Volume 11, Issue 3, September 2004




If you would like to share a family event or story, please send it to: Evelyn Steen, 36 Lake Meade Drive, East Berlin, Pennsylvania, 17316.



·         GOBLE REUNION – 2004


·          MINUTES OF OUR 2004 MEETING – by Barbara Goble Volker

·         FORT GOBLE INCIDENT-by Charles O. Goble


·         LETTERS

·         BIRTHDAYS

·         OBITUARIES




The 2004 Goble Family Reunion was held in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania July 10, 2004.

A lovely time was had by all.

We gathered in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn, Battlefield on Friday evening and began to set up our displays. Many cousins arrived early and we had a full house and wonderful visiting opportunities.


On Saturday we gathered in the ballroom starting about 9:00 a.m. We visited with our cousins and examined all the displays.


The Wates family (Ron, Tammy, Tyler and Olivia) filled printed convention bags with souvenir Hershey Goble Candy Bars, Gettysburg maps and touring information, printed programs, and Rules of the Road, travel tips book contributed by the author, our cousin, Wayne Goble.









Souvenir Hershey Goble Candy Bars


Barbara Volker of California manned a booth to answer questions regarding membership in the DAR, SAR, CAR and other Lineage Societies.


A Genealogy through DNA display was provided by Katheryn Haddad and Joshua J. Goble. DNA kits were made available for many who were interested in having a test done or having a test done on a Goble relative. Four kits were taken for testing and another was mailed.


Photographs were taken of each family as they arrived and a group photograph was arranged and taken by Warren Steen.


We began our program with introductions and short presentations by

  • Margaret Goble Faulkner, Hanky Panky, an 80 Year Friendship of handkerchief exchange!
  • Norma Goble Boykiw talked to us about her Genealogy Research and updated pages available for her book, GOBLE FAMILIES
  • George "Corban" Goble, from the Southern Goble Tree, addressed the crowd regarding his dual connection to the Goble family and the search for John Goble.
  • Helen Janet Hickson Andersen read from an old Goble Diary written by her great grandfather, Charles Edgar Goble, while he was hospitalized in Washington DC during the Civil War and later when he became a Gate Keeper there.
  • Jaimie Wright provided a special presentation of her Goble Connections and provided a unique chart showing a connection to Clara Barton via the Wood family.
  • Barbara Goble Volker, Paul Volker and Ruth Neel Goble preformed a family reunion hymn God, We Thank You for Our People provided by Corban Goble. They were magnificent, as usual!
  • John Crerar from Canada shared a Goble story of his ancestors.
  • Evelyn Goble Steen provided a demonstration of the Goble Genealogy Homepage.
  • Dick Wadding told us an interesting story about working with a descendant of Buffalo Bill Cody and telling her about the Cody/Goble connection.


A lovely blessing was given by Ruth Neel Goble, which was followed by our luncheon.


Awards were presented to those who had contributed invaluable assistance during the reunion. Certificates for Longevity (over 80) and Youth were presented to:



  • Helen J. Hickson Andersen – Longevity – Age 88 (almost 89)
  • Margaret Emma Goble Faulkner– Longevity – Age 86
  • Norma Goble Boykiw – Longevity – Age 86
  • Theodore William "Dude" Goble – Longevity – Age 86
  • Ruth Neel Goble – Longevity – Age 83


  • Olivia Wynter Wates – Age 7 (youngest in attendance)



  • A Gettysburg souvenir ceramic tile was won by Tyler Wates.
  • Several copies of Once Upon a Lifetime written by and contributed by Patricia A. Williams, wife of Harry R. (11) Williams were awarded. (One version for computer.) This is a National best seller in Canada. It is a 1001 question tutorial to help people record the stories of their lives. You can order it on-line at:
  • The BIG prize - A giant 5 pound Hershey Bar was won by Sandy Wadding.


Warren Steen presented the “Goble Freedom Fighters" via photographic and commentary presentation, which was an inspiration and exciting history lesson covering the Gettysburg Civil War involvement of seven featured Goble/Gobble soldiers.


The program was followed by our Association Business Meeting, which included a budget report, membership statistics, and discussion regarding our subscription rate and availability of our newsletter on-line. Plans for the 2007 reunion were discussed and volunteers were annotated on the Executive Board. (See minutes below.)


Votes were taken on the following:

  • Maintain the annual Association dues/subscription rate at $10.00 to cover a 12 months period (July to July).
  • Require paid Association dues/subscription to access the on-line newsletters beginning January 2005.
  • Increase our membership by word of mouth. Invite your brothers, sisters and cousins to join!
  • Change the Charter/Bylaws to make the office of Treasurer a collateral duty of the President.
  • Hold the next Goble Genealogy Family Union in year 2007 in the mid western region of the United States.
  • Re-elect current Executive Board members for another 3 year term. This includes new volunteers: Charles Orr Goble, Joshua Jay Goble and John Moore.


Current Executive Board

 Term July 2004-July 2007

Regional Representatives:











Reunion Committee by Regions

o        Western: Keith L. Goble

o        Mountain:  WE NEED A VOLUNTEER         

o        Midwest: Charles Orr Goble

o        Southern: Joshua Jay Goble

o        East: Evelyn Goble Steen

o        Canada: John Moore



We did some individual exploring of Gettysburg on Saturday evening.


Sunday morning we met for breakfast in the ballroom of the hotel followed by a driving tour of the Gettysburg battlefield, emphasizing the locations where Gobles fought and were wounded. After our auto tour we went to the Dobbin House Tavern and Restaurant for lunch. The Dobbin house is the oldest structure in Gettysburg and was a hiding place for slaves trying to connect to the Underground Railroad.


Many said their goodbyes but those staying in town drove out to East Berlin for a BBQ and boat ride around Lake Meade. We enjoyed the hot weather, food, and a good visit.


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Business Meeting Minutes


July 10, 2004


Meeting to order: President Evelyn Goble Steen called the triennial business meeting of the Goble Family Association to order at 2:00 PM. 


Association Finances: The Association financial statement was reviewed with the group.  Balance in the treasury after all expenses of the 2004 reunion are paid will be $182.68.  President Steen pointed out that the Association is left with very little money to print and send newsletters for the rest of the year.  Discussion centered on how we can increase the amount in the treasury. 

  • Motion: It was moved, seconded and carried to keep Association dues at $10 per year with that amount to include the mailing of a hard copy of the newsletter.
  • Motion: It was moved, seconded and carried to password the newsletter on the Association website and allow access only to those who have paid Association dues.


Membership: Evelyn pointed out that the membership has dropped significantly in the past year.  She asked for suggestions of how to increase membership in the group.  Some of the ideas presented were:

    1. Doing a mailing about the Association to all Gobles in the phone book and soliciting membership.
    2. Distribute membership applications to current members and ask them to approach other family members about becoming members.
    3. Encourage those at the reunion who are not members to become members.


Reunion 2007: The next reunion will be in central USA.  Suggestions for location were the Goble Round Barn in Paw Paw, IL and Wisconsin.  President Steen stated that the problem with the IL site is the lack of hotels and airport facilities.  She stated that the Association executive board will take all suggestions under advisement and will make the choice of reunion location.


Association Executive Board Representatives: Evelyn asked for volunteers for the Association Executive Board from Canada.  After some discussion and persuasion, John Newton Moore volunteered.   Charles Goble volunteered to serve as Midwest Reunion Committee Chairperson.  Volunteers are still needed for the Mountain and Canadian regions.


Association Charter and Bylaws: President Steen presented three proposed changes in the Association Charter and Bylaws.  All the changes involved the elimination of Treasurer as a separate office.  Since there is so little money involved it makes more sense to include the responsibilities of the Treasurer as a collateral duty of the President.

·         Motion: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the change the Article V of the Association Charter as printed in the Reunion Program.

·         Motion: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the changes to Articles III and V of the Association Bylaws as printed in the Reunion Program.


Adjournment: The group thanked Evelyn for all the hard work she does for the Association and the meeting was adjourned at 2:45 PM.


Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Goble Volker, Secretary



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East Berlin, PA 17316


Thought for Today

To be faithful to ourselves, we must keep our ancestors and posterity within reach and grasp of our thoughts and affections, living in the memory and retrospect of the past and hoping with affection and care for those who are to come after us.

— Daniel Webster




By Charles O. Goble


In early August, I was doing some research on the family of my Grandmother, Mary Richards Goble. Knowing that she had lived in Osceola, Iowa, I sought out the website for Clarke County, Iowa. I was pleased to find a reprinted newspaper article listing a biography of my Great Grandfather William Samuel Richards, dated 1886. This article provided a significant amount of genealogical information previously unknown to me.


While browsing the Clarke County website, I discovered the following newspaper reprint from the "Osceola Sentinel" dated August 30, 1900, titled "Ft. Goble Incident".





Osceola Sentinel, August 30, 1900




Some New Clarke County History Revealed


Last week's historical sketch of Clarke county brings us to the Ft. Goble incident. It is still fresh in the memories of a number of old time citizens, as it was the most exciting war incident in the county during the war of '61-'64. One evening in September, 1864, B.O. or "Bracky" Davidson, living in Washington township saw some strangers driving along the highway. He accidentally overheard them say they were going to "spill the blood" of Capt. Glenn, __ Brown and Capt. W. J. Hamilton. These three were young soldiers, lately returned from the front because of wounds, and they had been making things hot for the copperheads. Several of the loudest denouncers of "cutthroat Lincoln," and Lincoln's hirelings had been unceremoniously knocked down and pounded into the earth. This enraged them and they were preparing for revenge. On overhearing the conversation, Mr. Davidson hurried to Capt. Glenn's, who was at the head of a company of Osceola guards, and told him. Runners were sent out in all directions and in a short time a large body of patriots had traced the strangers, copperheads from Madison county, to the home of Old Man Goble, at present home of Wm. Green in Fremont township. The Osceola guards at once surrounded the place and set up a siege. Some of the zealous soldiers were intent upon closing in on the twenty or more Lincoln denouncers and fighting to a finish, but calmer heads prevailed and towards morning negotiations for surrender were opened under a flag of truce. During the night runners had been going in all directions, greatly magnifying the number of the besieged. At the beginning of negotiations at day-light several companies of local guards under Colonel Minton had arrived and more were on their way from New Virginia and other points at a distance. The hills around the Goble "fort" were covered with several hundred soldiers. The women of the neighborhood took a hand in the affair and furnished food for the soldiers. A message was sent to the men in the Goble house to surrender, and received in reply, on the point of a bayonet, the following remarkable document:


"September 17, 1864.


"to the men by whom these premises are surronded:-Gentlemen:-The demonstrations which have been made today are of a very extraordinary character, and if either party has participated in fomenting such difficulty without cause, that party is certainly deserving of the severest reprehension. Now whether such is the case with you or not, we shall not say; but we feel sure that we verily believe that we were drawn together by a just apprehension of danger. it is this alone that caused us to convene, and whenever we have reason to believe that our opinons were ill founded, we shall then have no furthr reason to hold ourselves in preparaiton for deadly conflict. We intend to act strictly on the defensive. We shall molet no man. We have understood that you expected a riot; but you may be sure tht you can have no conflict without being the aggressors. Should you assail us then Heaven defned the right.


With proper respect,




Later in the day a committee from Osceola, consisting of Judge Rice, Esq. Knotts and Major Johnson, held a conference with the besieged, under a flag of truce, which resulted in the unconditional surrender of every man in the house. A few pistol shots were fired during the siege, but no one was injured. The prisoners were marched down to Osceola and guarded over night. On the following day they were taken to Indianola, and the next day they returned and were tried before Esq. Proudfoot, of Liberty township, and discharged."


The squire made each one take an oath to support the constitution and refrain from treasonable acts and words. There were about twenty of the besieged, including Goble and his six sons, John Morgan, two Shippeys, and Jim Nalor, the others not being recalled by Capt. Hamilton, to whom we are partly indebted for the facts here given. Jim Nalor was a scholar and it is supposed he wrote the diplomatic note given above. He had been arrested for treason previously and taken to Davenport, where he was in prison for a while.


"In the meantime more fatal deeds were enacted in a distant part of the county, growing out of the transaction. Two men, John Conner and Andrew DeLong, who were among the first in the house of Goble, escaped in the night thru the lines of the besieging party. As soon as the fact was known, parties were sent out in search of them-the rumor being that they had gone for reinforcements. They were tracked to the house of John Connor in Washington township. Late in the night, a soldier on furlough, by the name of Barker, approached the door of the house and demanded to see John Conner. He was answered by a musket being run thru a port hole in the door. Seizing a gun he ran round the house and fired thru a window, which was shaded by a number of quilts and comforts.


Upon examination, DeLong was found killed outright and Conner mortally wounded-the gun being heavily charged with buckshot. Beside these two men, there were also in the house an old man by the name of Shippey, the wife of Connor and several children. They were all in bed at the time the gun was fired, except the old man Shippey, who ran the gun thru the door. Barker escaped to his regiment, and is reported to have died in the service."


After reading this article, two questions came to mind:

  1. Who was "Old Man Goble and his six sons"?
  2. What is a "copperhead"?


The Goble Family Association website provided a probable answer to who Old Man Goble might be. The "Unconnected" section shows Thomas Baldwin Goble (b-1801,d-1882) He and his large family were listed as living in Fremont Township, Clarke County, in the 1860 census records. He is listed as the father of 22 children, with two wives, so he certainly could have had six sons involved with the confrontation described.


For the answer to the "copperhead" question I turned to the person that I have come to know, and respect, as a knowledgeable student of Civil War information, Warren Steen. Warren consulted one of this trusted books on the subject, and furnished the following quote:


"Like most political labels, "copperhead" was originally an epithet invented by opponents. Ohio Republicans seem to have used it as early as the fall of 1861 to liken antiwar Democrats to the venomous snake of that name. By the fall of 1862, the term had gained wide usage and was often applied by Republicans to the whole Democratic Party. By 1963, some Peace Democrats proudly accepted the label and began wearing badges bearing likenesses of the Goddess of Liberty from the copper penny to symbolize their opposition to Republican tyranny".


Although I have only recently become interested in genealogy, and consider myself a novice in family research, I continue to be amazed at the information available on the internet if you search it out.


One final question. Does anyone reading this newsletter have additional information about Thomas Baldwin Goble? He was born in Preble Co, OH, to Robert Goble and Rebecca Baldwin, and died in Gentry, MO. It would be interesting to place this family in one of the "connected" trees.


Thomas Baldwin Goble was born between 1800 and 1802 to Robert Goble, Jr. and Rebecca Baldwin in Preble Co., Ohio.  [2]


Charles O. (13) Goble, Charles Lloyd (12) Goble, Lloyd Orr (11) Goble, Charles Perrille (10) Goble, Jesse (9) Goble, Benjamin (8) Goble, George W. (7) Goble, Benjamin (6) Goble/Gobel, Daniel (5) Goble, Daniel (4) Goble, Daniel/David (3) Goble, Daniel (2) Goble, Thomas (1) Goble, Willmi (William) Goble


A POEM/SONNET BY John Donne (1600s)[3]

"All mankind is one volume. When one man dies, one chapter is torn out of the book and translated into a better language. And every chapter must be so translated. God employs several translators. Some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice. But God's hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again for that library where every book shall lie open to another."




Charles Joseph Goble[4]

From an article printed in the Daily Chronicle, Friday November 5, 1999

Charlie Goble grew up in Westfield, Illinois and was drafted out of Coles County, serving a 23 month tour beginning December 7 1950.

He began his enlistment as a sergeant with one of the companies of the 453rd Construction Engineers during the Korean War.

Charlie spent his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood where he reports that it was very cold and it took two weeks for him to get a pair of shoes.  He stayed at Fort Leonard Wood until March, and then he had a 21 day delay at home before he was shipped out to Korea.

In April he traveled to Camp Stonewood, California and stayed there for 10 days.  His ship passed under the Golden Gate Bridge on its way to Japan.  They were in Japan for a few days while everyone’s assignments were agreed upon.

Since the infantry was pretty well filled up, Charlie was assigned to the engineers.  Waiting to be transferred, Charlie spent a chilly April night there on a wooden cot with one blanket and was then transferred to Seoul in the cover of darkness where he again slept in an old building.

The next day, Charlie joined his unit with the 453rd Construction Engineers at a small village just across from Seoul along the Han River.  A month earlier, Allied forces had driven the North Koreans out of Seoul, towards the 38th parallel.  But the enemy left behind destruction, including sever damage to the railroad bridges that crossed the Han River.

Charlie and his unit, along with the help of the South Koreans, would spend the next three months or so repairing these bridges.  In its heyday, this railroad system extended from the southern Korean city of Pusan all the way to Paris, France.

While at this camp, Charlie remembers the men had gathered illegal Russian bayonets and used them to form an arch over the doorways of their tents by interlocking them together.

Once the railroad bridges around Seoul were fixed Charlie and the 453rd continued to inch their way northward toward the 38th parallel as the North Koreans were driven back.  One day they finally reached the parallel and set up camp, since one of the low level highways crossing a river there had been completely destroyed.

It was the only way of crossing this river, so the unit ended up lowering the railroad bridge above it to use until the highway bridge could be restored.  Charlie also mentions that the 38th parallel is also the same parallel Martinsville is located on, so the climate was basically the same as back home.

At this camp, they used artificial moonlight in the evenings to let the infantry line in front detect any enemy infiltration.  Charlie said this “moonlight” was actually created by large reflectors aimed at the sky and clouds.

While Charlie was never in actual combat he and his unit were in constant danger from the enemy.

Once Charlie and his unit got shelled at the bridge they were repairing close to the 38th parallel.  And there were also snipers to contend with.

Charlie says the men always made sure their tent flaps were closed when they went to bed for the night for a good reason.  The enemy took to the skies with small gliders and silently swept over the camp looking for open tent flaps to throw grenades into.  Charlie claims that these snipers or “Bed Check Charlies” were “more harassment than anything.”

Around September of 1951 the 453rd unit was transferred to an old volcanic island called Cheju.  This was the location of the South Korean army training camps. 

The island had at one time served as a secret Japanese airfield that consisted of an old underground concrete hangar used to hide planes during the war.  This proved quite the condominium for rats.  Charlie says, “when someone got in trouble, they had rat detail” which was trapping rats. 

Despite the rodent problem, the first order of business was to build shelter.  Charlie and the unit initially built tropical huts to sleep in and later built stone barracks with wooden roofs.  Charlie also helped build prisoner compounds fenced in with barbed wire for prisoners of war that were taken to this island.  In Charlie’s particular compound, the first group that came in was about 15,000 docile North Chinese.

These men would wile away the hours flattening beer and pop cans to make just about anything they needed, including wash pans, utensils, toy trucks and tanks.  One group even made a boat motor for a boat they used for fishing.

Charlie said that many of these prisoners “tattooed” themselves with anti-communist symbols because they did not want to return to their communist homeland.  This action turned out to be quite important at the end of the war.

Charlie explained that because these men were tattooed this way, they could not return to their country, or they would be killed.  This was one of the crucial reasons why peace agreements were stalled, as negotiators worked on re-patriot ting these men so they could go where they wanted to when released, such as Taiwan.

Another job Charlie’s unit had while on this island was to meet, unload and load the LST’s which were landing craft boats.  The boats would come in on high tide and the men would drive out on the sand at low tide to unload supplies.  You could drive directly into the boat, as the front ramp came down and doors opened on each side revealing a boast warehouse of sorts.

Goble and the 453rd worked hard every day, and it quickly got to the point where “you didn’t know when a Sunday came, you just kept working.”  The only time Charlie had the opportunity to leave Korea and the war around him was for ten days of R & R in Japan.

Looking back now, Charlie says the Korean War “really wasn’t our war, but we were involved in it….we didn’t question or protest it whether it was right or wrong.”  Rather, the men went to proudly serve their country.

When Charlie entered the service, he says his “mind was made up to make the best of it while I was there and I have never regretted seeing what I saw there in Korea.”

Charlie returned home in September of 1952.  The Korean War Began in June of 1950 and a truce agreement was signed on July 27, 1953 that ended the fighting.  A year later officials tried in vain to develop a permanent peace plan which has never been signed.

Charlie returned home unharmed, while almost 163,000 U. S. military personnel died during the Korean conflict, leaving behind thousands upon thousands of grieving families.

Remember these stories and remember all the servicemen and women who have bravely served our country in times of war and of peace.



Thanks to the membership drive at our Goble reunion in July the Goble Family Association bank account is back in the black!  Our balance as of September 9, 2004, is $604.85.  This will allow us to continue to send to libraries and genealogy societies.  Thanks to all who contributed!




We receive hundreds of letters every year searching for family lines, ancestors, adopted children and/or natural parents.  We also receive thank yous for our efforts.  Below are some recent letters.

The friendly Steen Family did a great job with the reunion! Evelyn kept things moving and Warren did a great job explaining the history of the Goble soldiers

at Gettysburg.  He was also very informative on the battlefield tour. We know it is a lot of work and planning and you are appreciated along with all those who helped.           from this Goble family in Texas; Nada, Donna and Celeste


Just wanted to let you know what a great weekend we had at the reunion in Gettysburg. Ginny and I had an absolutely wonderful time. We were so glad that we stayed for the Sunday evening event at your house. You have a very nice home in a beautiful community, and the lake setting is fabulous. We really enjoyed the food and extended visits with the cousins that could make it. You have a really neat family. I had a lot of fun talking to Ron, Tammy, Tyler, and "Captain" Olivia, who navigated the pontoon on the tour. (We also have a granddaughter named Olivia Goble, age 5). Thank you for hosting that fun evening.

Chuck and Ginny Goble

White Bear Lake, MN


I want to thank you again for putting together another great reunion. The tour of the battlefield was extra special. After the reunion we stayed to visit Hershey, Harpers Ferry, Philadelphia, Valley Forge & Washington DC. The visits to the historic sites have made me more interested in the history of the period & I have been doing some internet research. I have found 287 Gobles that fought in the Civil War. 50 Confederate & 237 Union. I also found out that my grandfather was in the 20th Regiment, Texas Infantry (Elmore's) not the 108th as previously reported to me. This Regiment assigned to the Trans-Missippi Department and served in Texas. It performed guard duty along the coast from Galveston to the Sabine River.

Best wishes



Dear Evelyn and Warren,

I want to thank you both so much for all the time and effort you put into organizing the Goble Family Reunion.  I had a wonderful time as did Barb and Richard.  Barb who has never shown any interest in the family background, confessed that she only went because she did not want me driving to Gettysburg on my own, but she ended up having a great time, and I think the reunion may have created a slight stirring of interest for her.  I regret that we could not have stayed an extra couple of days to explore the Gettysburg area.  We will have to plan a return trip sometime.


Thanks to Warren for his fine presentation highlighting Goble involvement in the Civil War.  On our way home we stopped at Barnes & Noble in Camp Hill, and I was able to purchase "Battle Cry of Freedom" for my husband.  He keeps a "to buy" list of books, and unbeknownst to me that book was on the list so he was especially pleased with his gift.  He finished reading it a couple of days ago.





Happy 101st Birthday to Julian Sale (10) Goble of Lake Forest, California.  He was born July 27, 1903 in Toronto, Canada to Frank Newton (9) Goble and Norah Sale.  Happy 92nd Birthday to his little sister, Clara Louise (10) Goble Buck, born August 26, 1912 as well!  They were both at the 2001 Goble Family Reunion in Reno, Nevada.


Happy 90th Birthday to Elizabeth Antoinette Winzenburg Goble, widow of Charles Lloyd (12) Goble.  She was born August 17, 1914 in Austin, Minnesota, the youngest of five children born to Frank and Elizabeth Smith Winzenburg. She graduated from Little Falls High School before marrying Charles Lloyd Goble in 1936. They were married over 50 years when he passed away in 1987. Elizabeth is in good health, and is very active in the "lost art" of letter writing. She has beautiful handwriting which was taught with the "Palmer Method" many years ago. In 1952 when her mother died, she, along with four others, originated a "Winzenburg Round Robin." Elizabeth, along with her sister, and three sisters-in-law, used these letters to keep each other up to date on each family. The Round Robin is still actively circulated among the families after 52 years. She now lives in a senior citizen apartment, and is dedicated to her hobby of working crossword puzzles on a daily basis.  She was given a surprise birthday party on the 21th of August at the home of her son, Charles O. Goble. It was also a family reunion on the Winzenburg side, and many of her 24 nieces and nephews attended.  The affair was held on Otter Lake at the lakeside of Charles and Virginia’s home in a large tent to accommodate the large gathering.








Happy 90th Birthday to Roy Scott (11) Goble of Bonner Springs, Kansas.  He was born October 30, 1914 in Wallula, Kansas to Edger Allen "Al" (10) Goble and Lena Luella Scott.  Happy 87th Birthday to his little sister, Helen Marie (11) Goble Klem, born November 16, 1917.



Mary Elizabeth (11) Goble Thornton - August 3, 1915

Ruby Goble Surface - August 5, 1919

Elizabeth Antoinette Winzenburg Goble - August 17, 1914

Clara Louise (10) Goble Buck - August 26, 1912



Harry "Red" (11) Goble - September 9, 1919

Harriet Coe Larson - September 27, 1920



Helen Janet (11) Hickson Andersen - October 11, 1915

Floyd Eugene (11) Goble - October 13, 1920

Margaret Emma (11) Goble Faulkner - October 15, 1917

Minnie Goble Thompson - October 26, 1916

Roy Scott (11) Goble - October 30, 1914



Esther Marie Klymaszewski Goble – November 8, 1920.

Helen Marie (11) Goble Klem - November 16, 1917

Eva Goble Webb - November 17, 1918

Karl Goble - November 18, 1917



Sarah Ruth Neel Goble - December 6, 1920

William Howard (11) Goble - December 27, 1915





Congratulations to Marilen (Goble) Sabin on the birth of her granddaughter, Mia (13) Sabin born on April 12, 2004. She joins a half brother Christopher (age 23). Her proud parents are David Charles (12) Sabin, Jr. and Leilani (Lani) Francisco Pinon. They reside in Rougemont, North Carolina. She joins a half brother Christopher (age 23).













EDWARD KENT (12) WADDING The son of Edward Clinton Wadding passed away July 21, 2004 and his grandson was born the next day, July 22. 

Obituary: On Wednesday, July 21, 2004 of Montgomery Village, MD. Beloved husband of Carole F. Wadding; loving father of David E. Wadding, Lynn Giarratano, Diana Ivkovich and Mark S. Wadding. Also survived by nine grandchildren. Memorial services will be held Neelsville Presbyterian Church, 20701 Frederick Rd., Germantown, MD 20876 on Saturday, July 24, 2004 at 11 a.m. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Casey House, c/o Montgomery Hospice, 6001 Muncaster Mill Rd., Rockville, MD 20855. Arrangements by DeVOL FUNERAL HOME, Gaithersburg, MD. This ad appeared in The Washington Post on 7/22/2004.[5]

DECATUR - JAMES "ROSS" HUCKABA, 91, of Decatur passed away Monday (June 21, 2004) in St. Mary's Hospital with his family at his side. Services will be 3 p.m. Thursday in Grace United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Danny Cox officiating. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Interment and "Flight Home" ceremony will be in Graceland Cemetery. Memorials: Grace United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at Ross was born June 22, 1912, in Charleston, the son of Albert Oscar and Zora Goble Huckaba. He worked for many years driving a bus for the Decatur School District. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. He married Eunice Tinsman on July 15, 1934, in Kansas, Ill. Surviving are his wife; son, James and wife Beverly Huckaba of Columbia, Mo.; daughters, Janice Wollerman of Ramsey; Sandra Henson of Decatur; Sharon and husband Donald Murray of Champaign; 13 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Orda.
Published in the Decatur Herald & Review on 6/22/2004. [6]

ALBERT CALVIN (11) GOBLE, 79, of Charleston (IL) passed away on Sunday, June 13, 2004 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Calvin was born March 16, 1925 in Westfield (IL), the son of Albert Clarence and Jesse Belle (Eldridge) Goble. He married Florence Anna Wilson on October 16, 1948 at the First Christian Church in Charleston. He is survived by Florence, his loving and devoted wife of 55 years; one daughter, Sandra Elliott of Marshall; a son, Rick Goble and his wife Connie of Strasburg; four grandchildren, Amber Elliott of Mattoon, Christopher Goble of Heppner, Oreg., Andrew Goble of Fall River, Kan., and Audra Goble of Strasburg; one brother, Charles Goble and his wife Loretta of Martinsville; two sisters, Emma Jean Davis of Westfield and Elsie Smith and her husband Clifford of Casey; and special friends, Robert and Joyce Wilson of Westfield and Aaron Elliott of Branson, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Michael Elliott; three brothers and two sisters. [7]

CHRISTOPHER "CHRIS" W. GOBLE Liberty, N.Y. Christopher W. Goble, a 49 year resident of Liberty, passed away at his home in Liberty on Wednesday June 23, 2004 after a lengthy battle with cancer. His loving family was at his side. The son of the late Christopher F. and Margaret Helt Goble, he was born on April 21, 1934 in Port Jervis, NY. He was 70 years old when he went home to the Lord. He was a member of St. Peter's Church in Liberty; Liberty Fire Department Ontario Hose Co. # 3; the Spruce Tree Hunting Club of Beaverkill and the Liberty Elks Lodge # 1545. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Helen Rampe Goble at home; his two sons: William and wife Margaret of Liberty and youngest son Michael of Liberty; his three darling granddaughters: Elizabeth C. Vazquez "Liz" of Cuddebackville and Margaret "Meg" and Eryn Goble of Liberty to whom he was "Poppy"; his stepmother, Adele Donahue Goble LaBarr of Lava; his brother, Steven Goble and family of Fosterdale; his sister, Margaret Goble Moore and family of Port Jervis; an uncle, Charles Helt of Huguenot and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his eldest son, Christopher "Andy" Goble and his only daughter, Kelli Goble Vazquez. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery Cold Spring Rd. Liberty. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's Church Building Fund 264 N. Main St. Liberty, NY 12754 or to Liberty Fire Dept. Ontario Hose Co. #3 Sprague Ave. Liberty, NY 12754. Funeral arrangements by Ramsay's Funeral Homes Inc. Liberty, NY.

MARY LOUISE GOBLE, 93, of St Helen Michigan, died April 12, 2004 at DMC Nursing Center West in Dearborn Heights Michigan. Funeral services were held at the Taylor Chapel of the Howe-Peterson Funeral Home in Taylor Michigan. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery in St Helen on April 16. Mrs. Goble was the beloved wife of the late J. Walter Goble; dearest step-mother of Robert (Cheryl) Goble, Mother of Karon (Clifford) Strong, and Nancy (Eugene) Mix; dear grandmother of 12 and great- grandmother to 18; and loving sister of Dorothy Tuggle, Martha Burnau, David (Boag) Johnson and the late Paul Johnson and Lola Davis. [8]


JACK LEE GOBLE died on May 23, 2004. He was the son of Herman John and Nellie Fales Goble. Jack was born on January 3, 1942 and passed away at age of 62 in Jacksonville, Florida. He leaves his father Herman John Goble, a brother Wellington "Butch" Goble, wife Trish Patterson Goble and two children.[9]


"Genealogy started out as a hobby, became an obsession and then turned into a life long pursuit!"  [10]




We had an absolutely fantastic time at our Goble reunion this year.  It’s always wonderful seeing cousins and genealogy co-harts we seldom have the opportunity to meet.  The Goble family is indeed unique and wonderfully loving.  It’s a pleasure to keep the history for all of you.  Start planning now for the 2007 Reunion in the Midwest!


I don’t seem to have as much time as I used to when it comes to updating the databases and the website.  I hope to get a lot of it done during the cold weeks of winter, when I can’t get out in the garden!  I do have a few other hobbies that take my time.  I am still painting and my garden is really looking good.  Eventually we plan to get around to renovating our house!  (HA)  Our Alaska kids are moving to Dayton, Ohio in October.  That means we’ll be able to see those 2 little granddaughters a lot more.  We had our Maryland grandchildren here quite a bit through the summer.  They have grown enormously and are a lot of fun.   


If you are unable to join the Goble Family Association for financial reasons, please let me know privately.  We have the ability to assist those needing help.  We certainly don’t want you to miss out on our news.


Please let me know if you have a story or announcement you would like to see in the newsletter.  Have a lovely Fall, Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!  I’ll try to get the next newsletter out early in 2005.  Until then – please stay in touch.


Love to all,



[1] Minutes by Barbara Goble Volker.

[2] Note from Evelyn

[3] Provided by Joshua Goble

[4] Provided by Elsie Goble Smith

[5] Provided by Dick Wadding

[6] Provided by Granddaughter, Carol Huckaba Lozano.

[7] Provided by his sister, Elsie Goble Smith

[8] Provided by Gene Mix

[9] Provided by Carol and Herman Goble

[10] Submitted by Christine Wilt