By Evelyn Goble Steen           

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Volume 12, Issue 2, June 2005


Welcome Summer!  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.


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Hello Goble cousins, families, historians and genealogy researchers.  We are beginning our yearly membership drive with this newsletter.  If you have already joined the Goble Family Association for 2005-2006, THANK YOU!  When you join the Goble Family Association you will receive the Goble Family Newsletter either by hard copy or through Internet access. 


Registration is from July 2005 to July 2006 and is $10.00.  A hard copy newsletter will be snail mailed to your address unless you prefer to view the newsletter online.  Please note:  A new procedure was established at the 2004 Reunion Business meeting, requiring a user name and password to access the newsletter area online.  All other pages of the Goble Genealogy Homepage will remain free to all researchers.  (If you have joined the Goble Family Association and have not received your user name and password, please contact me at:


Please fill out and mail the form included with this newsletter.  If you have already joined, send the membership form to a relative.  Go ahead and make more copies.  The best way to grow our Association is by word of mouth!






Harry J. Gobel was a big tobacco man in Zanesville, Ohio.  In 1894 Peter R. Gobel and his nephew Harry Gobel, then 17, founded the Gobel wholesale and retail tobacco store after emigrating from Germany.  After Peter Gobel’s death in 1936 his nephew, Harry Gobel became president and general manager of the company.  The cigar store was located at the corner of Fifth and Main Street in Zanesville, Ohio.  The name of the business was P. R. Gobel Tobacco Company. 


The store in its early days was the Mecca for men purchasing tobacco in varying forms from hand rolled stogies and snuff to the cut plug chewing type.  They found it a place to exchange the news of the day for there were no radios or TV sets and the other types of communication were slow.  Gobel’s “Smoke House” was an institution in Zanesville.  It was furnished with comfortable chairs and a settee.  


There was a prominent fixture of the store – a wooden Indian, Chief Penokee, who stood guard at the door of the store until vandals began marring it.  The statue was then moved inside the store and was there until 1967 having stood guard for 73 years.  The Indian is now located at the Zanesville Art Center.



A little history on WESTSYLVANIA




Brackenridge's son, Hugh Marie, described this  flag as having "six stars and six bars" - the first "Stars & Bars?"



            The 1794 Whiskey Rebellion is usually thought of as a localized riot against an unpopular tax, but that is just one component of a much more complicated event.  Far from being a riot limited to a remote, western area of Pennsylvania, the Whiskey Rebellion involved several States and international intrigues that reached deep into the Washington administration.  Years earlier some in the western region of Pennsylvania, tiring of the border dispute with Virginia, proposed creating a new State - Westsylvania.  During the Whiskey Rebellion there were some, inspired by the French Revolution, who called for a break with the United States and the creation of a new country.  The Farmer's Flag (shown above) was described by Hugh Henry Brackenridge, who called it a "rebel flag." 


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:





All descendants of Rev. Charles and Cassandra Pennington are cordially invited to attend a DAR Grave Marking Ceremony on Saturday, September 24, 2005. We will be meeting at Otterbein Cemetery, at 1:30 CDT and will have a brief reception following the ceremony. Otterbein is located just West of Westfield, IL, North off the Charleston-Westfield Road on CR 2480E. While Rev. Pennington has been a recognized DAR Patriot for many years, his grave was never officially recorded and marked by the DAR. After submitting the appropriate paperwork, the National Society has granted permission to place these markers. The ceremony will be conducted by the Governor Edward Coles—Sally Lincoln Chapter, NSDAR, Mattoon, Illinois. Anyone descending from Joseph (8) Goble and Sarah Rebecca Connely and/or has ties to the Penningtons. Please make plans to attend this important ceremony and to help us honor these Revolutionary War Patriots. For more information please contact: Janice Goble Caloia at




Joede Karsten is still undergoing treatment for cancer and has a treatment once every 3 weeks.  Prayers and Good wishes to Joede and Mel.





Knee Reconstruction Techniques [2]


E. Marlowe Goble, M.D.: Goble, founder and director of research and development at Medicine Lodge, Inc., is also an orthopedic surgeon at Goble Knee Clinic. He started his independent orthopedic surgery practice in Logan, Utah, in 1981. In performing his daily job as knee surgeon, he conceived and developed a unique set of
methods for drilling and securing ligament replacements to bones in joint reconstructive surgery.


  Dr. Goble partnered with an engineering friend, who ran a typical machine shop in town, to develop the initial prototypes tools and devices. The technology they invented together enhances recovery and full use of injured joints and torn ligaments.


  These techniques have been successfully applied to one of the most common athletic injuries: an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear in the knee.


  Dr. Goble's contribution combined with that of many other surgeon inventors and biomechanical engineers, has enhanced minimally invasive ACL reconstructive surgery, allowing athletes to regain full use of their legs more rapidly and return to full athletic activity.




In 1812, the United States went to war with Great Britain, primarily over freedom of the seas. We were in the right. For two years, we held off the British, even though we were still a rather weak country. Great Britain was in a life and death struggle with Napoleon. In fact, just as the United States declared war, Napoleon marched off to invade Russia. If he won, as everyone expected, he would control Europe, and Great Britain would be isolated. It was no time for her to be involved in an American war.


At first, our seamen proved better than the British. After we won a battle on Lake Erie in 1813, the American commander, Oliver Hazard Perry, sent the message "We have met the enemy and they are ours." However, the weight of the British navy beat down our ships eventually. New England, hard-hit by a tightening blockade, threatened secession.


Meanwhile, Napoleon was beaten in Russia and in 1814 was forced to abdicate. Great Britain now turned its attention to the United States, launching a three-pronged attack. The northern prong was to come down Lake Champlain toward New York and seize parts of New England. The southern prong was to go up the Mississippi, take New Orleans and paralyze the West. The central prong was to head for the Mid-Atlantic States and then attack Baltimore, the greatest port south of New York. If Baltimore was taken, the nation, which still hugged the Atlantic coast, could be split in two. The fate of the United States, then, rested to a large extent on the success or failure of the central prong.


The British reached the American coast, and on August 24, 1814, took Washington, D. C. Then they moved up the Chesapeake Bay toward Baltimore. On September 12, they arrived and found 1000 men in Fort McHenry, whose guns controlled the harbor. If the British wished to take Baltimore, they would have to take the fort.


On one of the British ships was an aged physician, William Beanes, who had been arrested in Maryland and brought along as a prisoner. Francis Scott Key, a lawyer and friend of the physician, had come to the ship to negotiate his release. The British captain was willing, but the two Americans would have to wait. It was now the night of September 13, and the bombardment of Fort McHenry was about to start.


As twilight deepened, Key and Beanes saw the American flag flying over Fort McHenry. Through the night, they heard bombs bursting and saw the red glare of rockets. They knew the fort was resisting and the American flag was still flying. But toward morning the bombardment ceased, and a dread silence fell. Either Fort McHenry had surrendered and the British flag flew above it, or the bombardment had failed and the American flag still flew.


As dawn began to brighten the eastern sky, Key and Beanes stared out at the fort, trying to see which flag flew over it. He and the physician must have asked each other over and over, "Can you see the flag?"


After it was all finished, Key wrote a four-stanza poem telling the events of the night. Called "The Defense of Fort M'Henry," it was published in newspapers and swept the nation. Someone noted that the words fit an old English tune called "To Anacreon in Heaven" --a difficult melody with an uncomfortably large vocal range. For obvious reasons, Key's work became known as "The Star Spangled Banner," and in 1931 Congress declared it the official anthem of the United States.


Now that you know the story, here are the words. Presumably, the old doctor is speaking. This is what he asks Key


Oh! say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,

W hat so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,

O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?


And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.

Oh! say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave,

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?


"Ramparts," in case you don't know, are the protective walls or other elevations that surround a fort. The first stanza asks a question. The second gives an answer


On the shore, dimly seen thro' the mist of the deep,

Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,

What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep.

As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?


Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,

In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream

'Tis the star-spangled banner. Oh! long may it wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


"The towering steep" is again, the ramparts. The bombardment has failed, and the British can do nothing more but sail away, their mission a failure.


In the third stanza Key allows himself to gloat over the American triumph. In the aftermath of the bombardment, Key probably was in no mood to act otherwise.


During World War II, when the British were our staunchest allies, this third stanza was not sung. However, here it is


And where is that band who so vauntingly swore

That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion

A home and a country should leave us no more?

Their blood has washed out their foul footstep's pollution.


No refuge could save the hireling and slave

From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave,

And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


The fourth stanza, a pious hope for the future, should be sung more slowly than the other three and with even deeper feeling.


Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand

Between their loved homes and the war's desolation,

Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n - rescued land

Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserved us a nation.


Then conquer we must, for our cause is just,

And this be our motto--"In God is our trust."

And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


I hope you will look at the national anthem with new eyes. Listen to it, the next time you have a chance, with new ears. [4]





Rodney Maurice Goble, 65, of La Grande died May 25, 2005 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of life and graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Island City Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


  Mr. Goble was born Jan. 23, 1940, to Verda and Kathlien Eliason Goble in Nephi, Utah. He graduated from Santiam High School in Mill City in 1957, and served in the Air Force from 1958 to 1962.


  He worked as a service technician with GTE and spent most of his career in La Grande. He retired in 1992.

Survivors include a brother, Philip Goble, of Sun City, Calif.; a sister and brother-in-law, Camille and Bruce Gordon of Salem; and LaNay Swan of Oregon. A sister, Beverly Mattson, of Crabtree died earlier.


Published: June 1, 2005:


Rodney Maurice Goble was from the English Lines of Richard Goble and Ann Winter of Fernhurst, Sussex, England.[5]



Lloyd Herman Goble, 84, of Terre Haute died at 5:13 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2005, in Terre Haute Regional Hospital. He was a design engineer, worked at Visqueen in Terre Haute and retired from Exxon, having lived and worked in the Chicago area and in New Jersey and Texas. He was born July 21, 1920, in Farmersburg to Herman Goble and Ruth Patten Goble. His first wife, Etta Petty Goble, died Oct. 1, 1996. Survivors include his wife, Lavelda Bales Johnson Goble, whom he married in 2001; one daughter, Bonnie Goble of Atlanta; one son, Larry Goble of Centralia, Ill.; one sister, Freida Alldredge of Bucknew, Mo.; one granddaughter, Jessica Goble of Frankfort, Ky.; and one great-grandson, Billy Goble of Frankfort. He also was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Mable Petty. He was a graduate of Farmersburg High School and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and received his master's degree from the University of Chicago. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Philippines and in Japan. He was a member of Eastside Church of Christ and the Senior Seekers Bible Study Group. A devout Christian and Bible scholar, he served in many capacities. Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday, in Eastside Church of Christ at Fruitridge and College avenues. Burial is in Farmersburg Westlawn Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today in DeBaun Springhill Chapel. The family suggests, that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Camp Wabashi, c/o Tom Woodason, 30 Park Lane, Terre Haute, IN 47803. (Provided by Elsie Goble Smith from the Terre Haute, Ind. Trib. Star)

Lloyd Herman Goble was an 11th generation Goble from the Thomas Goble tree



Samantha "Manchie" Goble 1902-2005

Funeral services were held Thursday, May 19, 2005 2 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Manchie Goble, 102, of Paintsville, Ky., who passed away Sunday, May 15 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center in Paintsville, Ky. Mrs. Goble was born December 30, 1902 in Johnson County, Ky., daughter of the late Tom and Mintie Goble Robinson. She was a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ben Goble. Surviving are one son, Buddy Goble of Hager Hill, Ky.; two daughters, Allene Alred of Paintsville, Ky., and Amogene Adams of Columbus, Ohio; one sister, Amy Titlow of West Van Lear, Ky.; special friends Roger and Geneva Ann Wiley of Paintsville; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The service was officiated by Tim Salyer, with burial in the Goble Family Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville, Ky. (Submitted by JoAnn Goble Horn).

See the Interview on the Goble Genealogy Homepage for Samantha by JoAnn Horn

Manchie Goble was connected to our German Goble tree.



Lucy O. Goble, 90, Bonner Springs, KS, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2005, at the Center for Longterm Care in Bonner Springs, KS. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 27 at Alden-Harrington Funeral Home in Bonner Springs. Burial to follow in Bonner Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Odyssey Hospice or Bonner Springs United Methodist Church in c/o the funeral home. She was born on January 31, 1915, in Fulton, KS. She was a longtime area resident. She was a member of the Loring Sunshine Club, the VFW Auxiliary and the Bonner Springs United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by son Larry Goble in 1992. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Fredie Goble, Gardner, KS; son Fredie Goble (Evelyn); two daughters, Roberta McCully (Don), KCK, and Catherine Bowen (Jim), Bonner Springs, KS; seven grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren. (Arr. Alden-Harrington Funeral Home, 913-422-4074)


Published in the Kansas City Star on 4/25/2005.


Fredie and Lucy have been members of the Goble Family Association since we began. They attended the 1995 Goble Reunion in Leavenworth, Kansas. Our condolences to Lucy's family.



Catherine Mary Reed, 100, of 421 Pine St. Clarion, died Sunday Dec 12, 2004 in Clarview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Sligo.


  Born Nov 11, 1904 in Clarion, she was the daughter of Harry and Myrtle Goble McClaine.


  Mrs. Reed retired in 1965 from Riverside Markets in Clarion.  She was a member of the Craig E. Fleming Post No. 66 in Clarion, the Auxiliary of the American Legion, Clarion County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, the Clarion Women’s Benefit Association (WBA) and the North American Benefit Association (NABA).


  Mrs. Reed also was a member of the 500 Card Clubs, Jolly Club of Clarion and the Clarion Senior Center.  She enjoyed traveling, reading, playing cards and spending time with her family and friends.


  Mrs. Reed was married in 1924 to Frank Reed, who died in 1966.  Surviving are two daughters and their spouses, Phyllis and Gerald Foust of Clarion and Ann and Richard Fleming of Lakeland, Fla.: 9 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren.  In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Reed was preceded in death by a son, Frank Reed Jr., 3 brothers, 3 sisters and one great-grandson.


  Visitation was held at the Goble Funeral Home of Clarion.  Funeral services were held in the funeral home with the Rev.


Dean W. Meyer officiating.  Interment followed in the Clarion Cemetery.[6]


Mary Catherine McClain Reed was an 11th generation Goble from the Thomas Goble tree.




"Because of their courage, their lack of fear, they (creative people) are willing to make silly mistakes. The truly creative person is one who can think crazy; such a person knows full well that many of his great ideas will prove to be worthless. The creative person is flexible -- he is able to change as the situation changes, to break habits, to face indecision and changes in conditions without undue stress. He is not threatened by the unexpected as rigid, inflexible people are. "—


by Frank Goble




Halberts strikes again. This company is notorious for selling listings/directories, etc. to families claiming they are historical research. They are not. It is just listings from public records.


I recently received an offer for “The Year 2005 International Goble Family Yearbook” claiming “You are in it.” [8] 


The address (Parker Rd, Denver, CO) is the same as the old “Halbert” family books scam.  The cost is $38.85 for a CD.  This is in no way connected to the Goble Family Association or to our research.  It is a CD of information available through public records and compiled to sell to researchers.  If you receive this mailing, or if you have purchased the CD, please let us know your thoughts so we can share with our readers.


Have you ever seen a book called "The Gobles's In America": from 1790 to 1997, no original Gobles from any county other than Floyd co. was mentioned and then they left out some real important people ALL of mine and even the uncles who served in the World War I and others. It was published exclusively for the Gobles copyrighted 1997 by Halbert's . No phone numbers or anything listed to retract or add statements, what do you suggest? Freda


Thanks!  Glad to know I was not the only taker on this book[9]






Thanks to all who have provided copies of historical photographs.  It’s very hard to choose just a few to display, however, here are some of our new ones!




Versa Lyle Goble/Gooble at the Shumach School in Missouri.  Versa is in the front row sitting in the checked dress. Versa was the daughter of Benjamin F. Goble/Gooble and Georgia Ann Smith in our “Unconnected” Goble tree. Provided by Alice K Whiteside


Lewis Gemenemus (9) Goble served in the Civil War, Co G, 4th Iowa Inf, 2nd Lt. Co K, 139th Illinois Inf, Capt Co E, 151 Illinois Inf.  This photograph was discovered on eBay a few months ago and it provided the valuable information on his first name. 






Alice Evelyn Sadler Goble, born 30 Oct 1907 was the wife of Kenneth Goble of Magna, Utah. 

Alice Evelyn and Kenneth were in our English Lines of Richard Goble and Ann Winter of Fernhurst, Sussex, England



Mary E. (8) Goble Ford, born 3 Mar 1842 – died 1902, daughter of Hiram (7) Goble and Rosanna/Mary Brooks.  Hip injury in the Kansas trip never set properly.  She walked with a crutch.  Became stout from lack of exercise.   Adelbert Ford. Provided by Peter Ford





Homer Leslie (9) Goble, born 1 May 1895 in Paw Paw, Lee County, Illinois served in World War I - 5th Recruit, Fort Logn, Utah.  Transferred to Fort Warden, Washington 7th pos. Provided by Gary Goble.




Lewis Harold (10) Goble born 22 May 1891 in VanBuren Co., Michigan to Hurlbert W. (9) Goble and Eva Belle Veley.  Lewis is on the left, holding up a lynx he had apparently shot.  This photo was on a post card sent to his grandmother, Mrs. William (Lavina) Veley in Gobleville, Michigan.  Provided by Lola Goble Hallford.



Personal Note from Evelyn


Thanks to all who have contributed information this year.  Our databases have all grown and a lot of missing information has been found.  It always amazes me when we’re able to find missing pieces and still have so much still unknown.  I suppose this is the nature of genealogy.  We will be taking a 3-week vacation during the month of August; so don’t expect to reach me by email during that time.  We’ve had a few minor health problems this year, but all in all doing great!  We’re enjoying having all our children closer to us and seeing them more frequently. Have a wonderful summer!


Love, Evelyn




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[1] Contributed to the Goble Family Association by Sandy Wadding


[3] Isaac Asimov, March 1991

[4] Provided by Eldon Steen

[5] Provided by Sam Burford

[6] Provided by Paul Goble

[7] Danielle Hollister, BellaOnline's Writing Editor

[8] Provided by Corban Goble

[9] Freda Tussey