By Evelyn Goble Steen
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Happy Easter and Spring to all our cousins! 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. GobleNews@aol.com
by Tami DeRossett Moorcroft of the German Goble tree.
Tami Moorcroft, Larry Blackburn and Randi Trent
I have wanted to go back to my roots for a long time and this year I decided if I didn’t just do it I never would. Being a small town girl from an unincorporated town of Randle, Washington and beings I am an only child I have truly been sheltered even though I am the mother of 3 grown and one almost grown child the last is actually a grandchild but I have raised him since day one. I came from a place where the saying was it takes a village to raise a child so from that to the fast moving jets all the way across country I came. When I flew into Chicago I was scared to death because I had to change planes but change planes I did. And I can say I made it all the way across the United States and back all by myself and I am kind of proud of that. Anyway that is not what I want to tell you about.
My granddad Isaac Napoleon DeRossett the youngest son of Thomas Jefferson DeRossett and Nancy Jane Goble born in February 1877 had to quit school in the third grade to help support the family. His Dad ran push boats on the Big Sandy and granddad helped until he was old enough to get a job on the construction of the railroads. He eventually was foreman making the rail tracks for the trains. He then married my grandmother Gracie Porter whose step-mom was Mary Goble daughter of Isaac Goble and Susan Woods. Isaac Goble was a brother to Nancy Jane Goble my great grandmother. I am sure this is how my grandparents met as my granddad and Mary Porter were first cousins. My grandparents stayed in Floyd county living around Prestonburg, Emma and Woods. They had 3 children while still living in Floyd County. Raymond DeRossett was born 1905 in Emma, Anna Eunice DeRossett in 1907and Elkanna in 1910. This is the time of the great migration to the west of many people from Kentucky and other states. Anyway all my life I was interested in the stories and ways of the people from back east. Then in 1911 my granddad decided he needed to try the West he also brought his mother and father Tom and Nancy DeRossett he already had a sister out here Martha De Rossett Scalf. They came out here in 1909. So this is why I ended up in the West.
My trek to Kentucky started when I landed at the Knoxville airport in Tennessee. My Dad’s twin brothers daughter Randi DeRossett Trent was there to met me she had recently moved back east to Tennessee that is where her husband is from...We were raised together and I am the historian of our little clan. We started off to our cousin Larry Blackburns home in Allen, Kentucky...When we drove up the holler Larry was standing in the driveway of his house waiting for us. He had made the trip to see me in Washington 3 times so we were not strangers. I found Larry on the internet 5 years ago through the Goble Genealogy Homepage. Larry’s wife had talked to Evelyn and she helped us connect, which we are eternally grateful for. He proceeded to take us to see the sights but we were interested in seeing Emma, and Prestonburg and any thing that may have been there when our grandparents left in 1911. We visited Catlettsburg where Henry Porter and Mary Goble moved. Then we went looking for kin.
First we went to Larry’s Uncle Ray Blackburns his mother was my granddad’s sister who is a first cousin to my Dad who he has never met or knew about until we found Larry. We then went to the house of James and Virginia Goble many will remember them as the couple who lost all three of their children in the 57 bus wreck on the Big Sandy. Beta is 93 and his wife is 85 they are a gracious and warm couple. Through all their tragedy they are just so special. Beta got out his genealogy on the Gobles and we started comparing what we knew at first he didn’t think we were related but as we plugged along through his papers I said, wait a minute is this your line through Elijah? he said yes that is mine I said it is mine also he was my great great grandfather and Rebecca Harmon was his wife he said yes it is...So bingo we are fairly close relation as Elijah was he and my dads great granddad. Larry’s sister Ramona took us to their place and Virginia had taught them in school and had been a main reason that Ramona had become a teacher herself. While I was talking to Beta Randi was talking to Virginia in the conversation she related about her children drowning in the Big Sandy Bus wreck...She continued on that she thought she would never be able to breath again. Later they tried to have more children but she miscarried 4 times by this time she had told the doctor she didn’t want to try any more. But later they were blessed with a daughter Rondetta who is the joy of their life. They are truly a wonderful couple and I am so proud to say that I am related to such special people...Both Beta and Virginia were teachers and were I am sure a good influence on all the children that they taught.
Randi DeRossett Trent in the black shirt, James Beta Goble, Tami DeRossett Moorcroft and Virginia Spears Goble
So this is the story of our trek back time or should I say space. We made the trek almost a 100 years after our granddad parents left Floyd County. This goes to show that you may just have to look and you may find lost family right where they were left 100 years ago.
Tami’s ancestry is dual:
(9)Tami Jo DeRossett, (8)Bert Jack DeRossett, (7)Isaac Napoleon DeRossett, (6)Nancy Jane Goble, (5)Elijah (Gobble) Goble, (4)Isaac Gobble, (3)Christian (Gabel/Gobel) Goble, (2)Johann Friedrich Gabel, (1)Hans (Johann) Jacob Gabel
(9)Tami Jo DeRossett, (8)Bert Jack DeRossett, (7)Isaac Napoleon DeRossett, (6)Nancy Jane Goble, Elijah (Gobble) Goble, Jane Gobble, Isaac Gobble, Johann Friedrich (Frederick) (Gobble) Gabel, Johann Friedrich Gabel, Hans (Johann) Jacob Gabel
News article from the Daily News, Bowling Green, Kentucky March 1, 1998.
A school bus that carried 26 children and the driver to their deaths was pulled from the Levisa Fork near Prestonsburg on March 3, 1958. Fifteen bodies were found inside the bus.
School bus accident claimed 27 lives and leaves unanswered questions still.
The memories of that accident - 26 children and the driver drowned - are still too painful. About 20 other youngsters escaped. It took 72 days of exhaustive searching before the bodies of the last victims were recovered.
No special ceremony was planned to mark the anniversary. Survivors said a memorial marker dedicated in 1994 at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park and a scholarship program that followed are the only public display they want.
Virginia Goble thought about putting on a radio-thon this weekend to raise money for the scholarship fund, "but I was so grief-stricken I couldn't do it. Maybe later." She lost three children: James Edward, 12, John Spencer, 11, and Anna Laura, 9. "Every time you drive by the place where the accident happened, you think about it. Grief just doesn't just happen one day." She said.
The tragedy occurred about 8 a.m. as John Alex Derossett drove toward Prestonsburg on U.S. 23 after picking up the Goble children.
He came up behind a wrecker, driven by Donald Horn, preparing to pull a truck from the ditch on the hillside of the highway.
There always will be questions about what followed and whether the wrecker was moving. Witnesses said the bus' brake lights never flashed on, and that fog may have blinded Derossett.
The bus struck the rear of the wrecker, veered across the highway, glanced off a concrete-block pump house and dropped 10 feet over the embankment into the river.
One student opened the rear emergency door while the bus was still sliding into the river. The doorway quickly filled with children, afraid to jump and blocking those behind. Claude Kendrick, now a supervisor for American Electric Power, was among those who escaped.
He was 14, sitting three seats behind the driver with a pair of cousins, Montaine and Roosevelt Jervis.
"I saw the aisle was full. The others seemed to be afraid to jump out the back. I had a large book bag, and we were quickly 40 feet from the bank. I tried to bust the window out with my book bag but it bounced back in the seat."
Kendrick said "I jumped the seats to the back, pushed two people out with me and swam to the bank. Then I saw another cousin, Lou Ann Jervis, and an Ousley boy hanging on a trash pile out toward the current. I grabbed a willow or sycamore limb and swung back into the current and pulled them in where some people on the bank could reach them."
Kendrick's seatmates - the Jervis cousins - drowned. Those final, frantic moments have stayed with Kendrick.
"Every week or every month something triggers the memories and they come back," he said.
A School Disaster Committee set up after the accident collected $53,386 in donations; $29,100 went for funerals, the rest was given to the families.
At a hearing called later by the county judge, there was testimony from 15 children and nine adults. They even staged a re-enactment of the accident, but came to no conclusion.
No damage suits were ever filed, but the wrecker service's insurance company paid $20,000 to the families.
Four Who Survived wait somberly beside the river as the search for the bus goes on. At left is 13-year-old William Leedy, a seventh grader who opened the emergency door through which most survivors escaped. The others are Donald Dillon, Jeff Gunnel and Darvin DeRossett, distant relative of the dead bus driver.
Throughout the rain-darkened afternoon bone weary Kentuckians maintained a funeral vigil beside the flooded Big Sandy River. That morning a school bus carrying 41 children bound for Prestonsburg had sideswiped a slow moving wrecking truck careened across the highway, glanced off another car and plunged 50 feet into the muddy water...
The children fought toward the rear emergency door of the bus, which poised briefly half in the water and half out. "All the kids were pushing, shoving, screaming" said one of the heartbroken survivors. "There was a pile-up at the door but some of us managed to squeeze through." "Then the bus sank from sight in the 30-foot-deep water and was swept downstream. Grapples found it once, and then lost it again in the flooded current. Thirteen of the children had escaped, but Driver John DeRossett, who had had an accident free record and 28 of his young passengers did not. It was the worst school bus accident in U. S. history.
Riverside vigil goes into the twilight. Along the road stretch vehicles and anxious spectators. Weary salvage workers sip coffee, hunched down roughly opposite the point at which bus hit the river.
Opossum George Jones North America's only marsupial really does PLAY POSSUM and has more teeth than any other North American mammal.
George Jones, the opossum that appears in the Animal Show comes with a great rescue story.
Holly Goble, a student at Susan Moore Elementary, found 7 baby opossums in her yard after their mother was killed by a dog. Holly raised the babies and released them when they were big enough to care for themselves. One of them would not leave, coming back to sit on the porch. They were afraid a dog would kill him and so the Gobles called Brian Blazer. George Jones lives with the Blazers, he enjoys going to school and teaching children about opossums.
Thanks Holly for rescuing George and his siblings!
Three smiling faces: Holly, Brian, and George Jones, at Susan Moore Elementary School.
Holly is also a little beauty queen and recently won the titles of "Little Miss Blount County," "Little Miss Blount County Covered Bridge," and "Little Miss Dixie Diamond".
Provided by Olen Goble, Holly’s father. Olen and Holly are from the Southern Goble tree.
Holly Goble; Olen Hollywood Goble, Jr; Olen Hollywood Goble; John Henry Goble; Jesse Izell Goble; Henry Goble; Corbin/Corban Goble; Cornelius Goble, Sr.; John Goble.
Westsylvania was a name suggested for an unrealized 14th state of the United States; it was to include southwestern Pennsylvania, the western panhandle of Maryland, nearly the whole of what is now West Virginia, a small part of what is now Virginia, and a small part of eastern Kentucky. The creation of Westsylvania was petitioned in October 1775 by settlers in that region of the Second Continental Congress, believing the state governments apathetic to their concerns; however, shortly thereafter, the American Revolutionary War broke out and, in the interest of unity between the states, Congress chose to ignore their request.
There were 1991 signatures on the petition to create Westsylvania. They included:
Vilsack honors man who attempted to save the life of Marshalltown girl
Photo by Rob Merritt-Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, center, signs a proclamation declaring Sept. 20, 2002 as Eric Hurst Remembrance Day in the Governor’s Office at the Iowa Capital Building in Des Moines Friday. Hurst, 24, of Ventura, Calif. had attempted to rescue Jamie Christenson, 17, of Marshalltown from the waters of Northern Minnesota during a camping trip July 30. Both drowned in the incident. Standing behind Vilsack are, from left to right, Stephanie Sikes, Eric’s sister, of Ft. Collins, Colo. (holding a photo of Eric); Ann Hunsaid, Eric’s grandmother, of Minot, N.D.; Bob Christenson, Jamie’s father, of Marshalltown; Steve Hurst, Eric’s father, of Ventura, Calif.; Jacquelin Hurst, Eric’s mother, of Denver, Colo.; and Deb Christenson, Jamie’s mother, of Marshalltown.
By ROB MERRITT -T-R City Editor
On July 30, 2002, camp counselor Eric Hurst lost his life trying to save a Marshalltown resident from drowning. Friday, Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack took a step to make sure that sacrifice would never be forgotten. Proclaiming Sept. 20 “Eric Hurst Remembrance Day,” Vilsack hosted a ceremony in his office at the state capital in Des Moines for the families of Hurst and 17-year-old Jamie Christenson of Marshalltown, who also died in the July 30 incident.
“What we are here to do today is to re-define the term ‘hero,’” Vilsack told an assembly of approximately 20 friends and family members of the two victims. “This is an opportunity to celebrate two lives that were short, but well-lived.”
A resident of California who grew up in Minot, N.D., Eric had been working at Minnesota’s Camp Vermillion as a canoe guide in the Boundary Waters this summer. On July 30, Jamie Christenson was participating in a youth trip from Trinity Lutheran Church in Marshalltown; when she became caught in rapidly-moving water, Eric went in after her.
Both lost their lives.
Vilsack sympathized with the families’ losses Friday, noting that he has two sons of his own. But he also expressed his admiration for what Eric had tried to do.
“You raised him right,” Vilsack told Eric’s parents, Steve and Jaquelin Hurst. “You instilled in him values, and one of those is that you value others above yourself.”
Before the signing of the proclamation, both of Eric’s parents made brief comments to those assembled at the capital Friday afternoon. “I want to thank everyone for coming today,” Steve Hurst told the group.
Jacquelin Hurst said that making Eric a “son of Iowa” was “extremely overwhelming” to the family, and that in the end, his actions in the Boundary Waters were typical of who he was as a person.
“On July 30, Eric Hurst was Eric Hurst,” Jacquelin said.
Eric, 24, had been fulfilling a life’s dream by working as a canoe guide in the Boundary Waters.
Vilsack’s state proclamation notes that volunteerism was an important part of Eric’s life; “He spent countless hours volunteering for the First Lutheran Church in Minot, North Dakota, and enjoyed spending time with elderly folks talking, playing the piano and playing bingo,” it reads.
The families of Eric Hurst and Jamie Christenson met for the first time at Friday’s event, and spent several hours beforehand sharing photos and memories of their children.
Several family members noted how similar Jamie and Eric were; both had performed in numerous drama productions in high school, and were members of their respective schools’ Thespian troupes.
“It is incredibly moving to see two families who have suffered such grief to come together today and share their memories,” said Rep. Mark Smith of Marshalltown, who attended the signing. “I imagine everyone here today will remember this for the rest of their lives.”
Several other efforts have already been made to recognize Eric Hurst for his actions. The Hurst family was given a commendation by Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura earlier this month. Also, the Ventura County Star of California reported Friday that an effort is being made to have a North Dakota senator commend Eric Hurst on the U.S. Senate floor, getting it published in the Congressional Record.
Jamie’s father, Bob Christenson, expressed appreciation for Vilsack’s words Friday afternoon.
“I agreed with what he said about Eric, and about how everyday heroes need to be recognized,” he said. “Because we understand that when you lay down your life for another person, there is no greater sacrifice than that. To have Eric get recognition for that really gave me some comfort today.”
Vilsack noted before the ceremony that an outpouring of calls and letters from the people of Marshalltown, asking that Eric be recognized, were what brought his attention to Eric’s actions.
Several of those letter-writers attended the signing of the proclamation.
“It doesn’t surprise me that the people of your community responded the way they did,” Vilsack told the Christensons Friday.
Bob Christenson, who within days of the tragedy was pushing to see state leaders give recognition to Eric, said he “couldn’t find the words” to express his thanks to those supporters.
“When people from Marshalltown want to help with something, they do whatever it takes,” Christenson said. “I am so grateful to them for responding the way they did ... Eric wasn’t from Iowa, but he tried to save Jamie. Our state cares about people, and that’s why Iowans would want Eric to be recognized. It’s just who we are.”
Vilsack expressed similar beliefs before signing the proclamation.
“Eric wasn’t one of us until that day,” he said. “But now he will always be one of us.”
Eric (13) Hurst; James Stephen (12) Hurst; Wilmer Mark (11) Hurst; Pearle (10) Payne; Mary Ellen (9) Goble; Thomas Pound (8) Goble; Daniel (7) Goble; Daniel (6) Goble; Daniel (5) Goble; Daniel (4) Goble; Daniel/David (3) Goble; Daniel (2) Goble; Thomas (1) Goble.
Our paid membership has increased to 82 member families. In June I will be sending out forms for the 2005-2006-membership year. Thank you all who have joined and contributed!
Julian Sales Goble (101) died in his sleep February 25, 2005. He was born 27 Jul 1903 in Toronto, Canada and raised in White Plains, NY. He was the eldest child of Frank Newton (9) Goble and Norah Sale of the Thomas Goble tree. Julian earned his degree as a Civil Engineer from Cornell University, and then settled in Pasadena, CA where he was active in Boy Scouts, Sierra Club and enjoyed tennis and skiing. He married Florence Mary Hatch Wright 8 Sep 1934 and they had 2 daughters: Virginia Lee Wright and Sally Anne. Julian was an active member of the Goble Family Association and contributed a great deal of research to our cause. He is survived by daughter, Sally Anne (George) Meyer, 2 granddaughters, 2 grandsons, and 6 great grandsons and 1 great granddaughter. Julian leaves 2 sisters: Marian Rose (10) Goble Tinling and Clara Louise (10) Goble Buck. Sister May (10) Goble Keighley and his brother, Frank Gordon (10) Goble, preceded him in death. He leaves many nieces and nephews. His sister Clara Goble Buck was the last family member to see him. His ashes will be interned next to his late wife Florence Hatch Goble in the Mt View Cemetery, Altadena, CA. His daughter, Sally Goble Meyer is planning a Celebration of Life Service at Freedom Village in April for his family and many friends.
“He loved his participation in the Goble Family Association and enjoyed collaborating with his sisters regarding his family's history. “
OAKLAND -- Benjamin H. Honnold, 79, of Oakland, died at 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, (Feb. 23, 2005) at Prairie View Care Center in Charleston. The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Taber Funeral Home in Oakland. Burial with military rites will be in Harmony Cemetery north of Kansas. Friends may call after noon on Saturday at Taber Funeral Home in Oakland, the family will be present from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday evening. He was born on Oct. 7, 1925, in Kansas, the son of O. Lester and Mary M. Goble Honnold. He married Gladys Judy in 1950; she survives in Charleston. Other survivors include four sons, Keith Honnold of Weston, Mass., Reece Honnold of Oakland, Roger Honnold of Charleston, and Eric Honnold of Decatur; one daughter, Phyllis Abt of Fort Collins, Colo.; one brother, Sam Honnold of Kansas; four sisters, Barbara Brosman of Effingham, Mary Alice Hawkins of Charleston, Judith Masters of Greenville and Martha Drake of Charleston; eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandchild. Mr. Honnold had been a dairy cattle and hog farmer for many years and later a truck driver. He was an Air Force veteran. He had been a leader for the Kansas Royal 4-H Club for over 25 years, a member of the Charleston Moose Lodge and the Harmony Methodist Church. Published in the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier on 2/24/2005. Benjamin H. Honnold was an 11th generation Goble from the Thomas Goble tree. Provided by Suzanne Hawkins Burke and Elsie Smith Goble
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Melson David "Hoot" Morris, 64, of Mounds died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, at his home. He was born Dec. 29, 1939, in Kennett, Mo., the son of Silas and Versa "Goble" Morris. He was a retired farmer. Survivors include his wife, Zelpha Mae, of Mounds; seven daughters, Sue Masters, Laura Bone and Julia Housman, all of Mounds, Judy Coonrod and Vickie Green, both of Mound City, Jackie King of Waynesville, Mo., and Alice Whiteside of San Antonio, Texas; a son, David Morris of Mound City; four sisters, Peggy Baumann of Marmaduke, Ark., Carol Hicks of Rector, Ark., Sharon Belcher of Holcomb, Mo., and Glenda Williams of Mounds; two brothers, Oscar Barnes and Van Morris, both of Kennett; 28 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers and 3 sisters. The funeral was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Barkett funeral home, with the Rev. Joe McCullough officiating. Burial at the Masonic Cemetery in Olmsted, Illinois. Melson David Morris was a member of the “Unconnected Goble” tree - provided by Alice Whiteside.
Wilmer Mark Hurst of Englewood, OH, died December 11, 2004. He was the son of Wilmer and Pearl Hurst, born November 17, 1920 in Clay County, IN. He attended Roosevelt High School in Dayton OH, graduating in 1938. He enlisted in the Navy and served on the USS Boise during most of WWII. Near the end of the war, he finished naval aviation training. He served as an instructor pilot in the US Navy flight program and retired after 27 years with the rank of Lieutenant. In retirement, he continued to fly and gave private flying lessons. He is survived by son, Steve, daughter, Virginia, and sister, Beverly. His grandson, Eric Hurst, predeceased him. Wilmer Mark Hurst was an 11th generation Goble from the Thomas Goble tree. Provided by J. Stephen Hurst.
Hiram (7) Goble was the son of Eliel (6) Goble and Charity Whitlock of the Thomas Goble tree. Hiram was born 8 September 1808 in New York.
He married Rosanna/Mary Brooks on 27 October 1833.
(This family is from the Thomas Goble Tree)
They had 9 children: Martha J. (8); Eliel P. (8); Edwin R. (8); Caroline M. (8); Mary E. (8); Charles W. Feb (8); Pomroy (8); Ella Adelaide (8); and Hiram M. (8).
Dexter R. (9) Ford was the son of Reuben D. Ford and Mary E. (8) Goble, daughter of Hiram (7) Goble and Rosanna/Mary Brooks, of the Thomas Goble tree, grandson of Hiram and Rosanna/Mary. Dexter was born September 1868 in Michigan. He married Mary A. Seymour about 1890 and they had 2 sons: Adelbert F. (10) Ford and Lynn L. (10) Ford.
There are several Goble genealogy books available for purchase. If you have access to the internet you may read about them at:
 For more information read:
 Sally Goble Myers
 Provided by Peter Ford