By Evelyn Goble Steen           

Goble Family Association


Volume 14, Issue 1, March 2007 







·         OBITUARIES




The 2007 Goble Family Reunion will be held in Branson, Missouri June 30, 2007. Please mark your calendars.


Transportation: There are 3 major airports to be considered for those of you who will be flying: Kansas City, St. Louis and Little Rock. Air travelers would need to rent a car at the airport and drive to Branson from any of the 3 airports. I have found no shuttle services available to Branson.


Accommodations: The Grand Plaza[1] in Branson has offered a special promotional rate of $83/Night, based on 2 adults and 2 children in a room (each additional adult in a room will come with a $5 surcharge per the hotel's policy). Each room will come with 2 Queen Beds, Cable TV, FREE wireless high speed internet, coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board. Guests also enjoy a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast served daily. The special rate we will receive will have to be scheduled through our contact only. Please follow the guidelines below when booking your room(s):


On Line Booking

Log on to


Call Center (preferred method)

I have heard from several that the on-line booking doesn’t work if you are trying to book for additional days or for a different size room. If that is what you want to do calling the toll free number would be your best bet!




We plan to gather on Friday afternoon, June 29th, and evening in the Ridgeview Room where we will set up our displays for the reunion.  If you will need a table for a display please let me know.  On Saturday, June 30th we will meet at 10:00 in the Ridgeview Room after you have had your breakfast.  The hotel amenities include a deluxe continental breakfast served daily from 7:00 to 10:00 am.   A buffet luncheon will be arranged for 12:00 to 1:00.  Our festivities will conclude at 4:00pm to allow you to plan an evening of entertainment in Branson.  We will say our goodbyes Sunday morning after breakfast. Please fill out the enclosed form and return it to me ASAP.


Our program is developing.  If you have a story to tell or a talent to share please let me know as soon as possible so I can find room in the schedule and add you to the program. 


We would appreciate any door prizes or other gift contributions for our reunion attendees.


Order your Goble Reunion T-shirt for our event.  They will cost $5.00 per shirt. They are 100% cotton, royal blue with white lettering.


Our Saturday Buffet Luncheon by Jack’s Plaza View

Prime Rib, Southern Fried Chicken, Lasagna, Seasoned New Potatoes, Green Beans with cheese, Home-style Baked Beans

Served with:


Fresh Baked Dinner Rolls


Iced Tea, Coffee & Water



There are many shows and events available in Branson.  You may want to see what is available for the evenings you will be in town and book your tickets before you get there!  A cousin in the area says “On a Sat. in June it will be crowded so need to get them as soon as you get to Branson.  They can help you at the Grand Plaza unless you order on line.”


Branson Tourism Center


Show tickets for the best theaters in Branson, Missouri.

Toll Free Reservations





Printed in the Tapeline Edition, Hastings, Nebraska in 1941[2]  Homesick For Her Native Illinois For 50 Years, Mrs. Caroline Goble At 90 Is Resigned To Nebraska


        For half a century Mrs. Caroline Goble was homesick for her native Illinois; but in the past 20 years she has become resigned to the idea of spending the sunset of her life in Nebraska.

        She was a young woman of 21 in June 1872, when she journeyed with her 8-month-old baby over the Burlington and Missouri railroad to join her husband on his homestead on the bank of the Little Blue 12 miles south of the new town of Hastings.

        The trip had seemed interminable, especially the last portion from Lincoln to Hastings. In Lincoln an unhappy incident had left her un-nerved and all too aware of the loneliness of travel. She could hardly bear to wait until the clanking train would pull into Hastings where she was met by her husband and her sister, Mrs. Tom Fleming.



        At Lincoln she had found it necessary to go to the station to buy a ticket that would enable her to continue the journey. A woman in the car offered to care for Baby Blanche, and Mrs. Goble accepted the kind offer. As she walked across the station platform to the ticket office, the locomotive sounded a warning whistle and the train pulled away. The weariness of travel was too much. She all but collapsed on the platform, sobbing that her baby was gone. It took all the persuasive arts of a generous trainman to convince her the train had merely pulled into the yards for a necessary bit of maintenance and would soon be back.

        The next 50 years were the hardest, for Caroline Goble could never forget her home back in Illinois. The first few years they lived in a dugout and then built a frame house.

        Ayres Goble had purchased the claim of a Civil War soldier who was discouraged and was “going back East to live with the wife’s folks.” The claim was not yet “proved up,” but Ayers had no inkling that there would be difficulties, so he moved his family into the frame home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Fleming.



        Homestead law provided that, if the settler did not stay on his property and sleep there a certain number of nights in a year, the claim would revert to the government and might be subject to the filing of another settler.

        Fortunately, Ayres Goble learned in the nick of time that a neighbor had his eye on the homestead. The postmaster warned him:” You’d better move out to that dugout and stay there, Ayres, and do it tonight, to: he was told. “There’s a friend of yours just waitin’ to jump it.”

        Ayres drove his team to the Flemings on the run, packed Caroline and the child quickly and headed for the homestead. En route he passed the claim of the neighbor who was planning to “jump his claim.” Standing up in the wagon box, Ayres shook his fist in the direction of the house and barn and shouted a warning against anyone seeking to “jump’” his place.

        Ayres was away from home a good deal of the time. He would work on other claims for wages or shares when not busy on his own place. Busily hewing a livelihood out of the prairies, he had no time for homesickness, but his wife, left alone with her children for long hours on the dreary homestead, could not forget.



        Mostly she remembered the fine shade and fruit trees in Illinois. By contrast she viewed the scene between the dugout and Little Blue. Shading her eyes from the burning sun and turning her cheek to the scorching hot winds, she could not envision here such trees, such loveliness as lived in her memory.

        Here in Nebraska the winters and springs were cold and uncomfortable. Sometimes it snowed heavily and spring would come with sufficient rains to promise more than a shirttail of a crop, but before harvest, as Mrs. Goble recalls it now, the grasshoppers swarmed down, stripping everything in sight. More often, though the winters produced nothing more than cold, windy days, with dry snow piling in heaps where an occasional obstacle impeded the wind. Spring often came with half a promise that faded before searing winds, leaving nothing but the rattle of empty husks in dry fields, susceptible to prairie fires and of infinite discouragement to settlers.

        The next few years brought the usual pioneer experiences, prairie fires and blizzards, grasshoppers and drought. Caroline Goble could not get away from her home, except at rare intervals. Ayres Goble owned mules, but Caroline could not catch up, harness and drive the fractious, stubborn animals.

        In 1878 the railroad cut across a portion of their homestead and a town was laid out. The railroad representative in charge of the new village boarded with the Gobles and became a great friend of Ayres. Late the town was named Ayr and Mr. Goble understood his friend had named the town for him. However, the point is in dispute. Railroad officials said the town had been named for a Dr. Ayr of Iowa who was a member of the road’s board of directors.

        A few years after the turn of the century the Gobles moved to Hastings and a little later Mr. Goble died. Mrs. Goble will be 90 in May and makes her home today with her daughter, Mrs. Orella Morledge, 1008 West Third.

        Jay Goble, member of the Adams county board of supervisors, is the only son and still lives in the Ayr vicinity. Two daughters, Mrs. Blanche Sweeney of Longmont, Colo., and Mrs. Maude McDonald of Napa, Calif., are other members of the family.  Mrs. Goble is still active. She reads a great deal and has other active interests.



        “I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD LIVE THIS LONG,” SHE SAID. “It is too long. I hope my children don’t have to go through it.”  She laughed when asked if she is still homesick for Illinois:                “I quit thinking about that 20 years ago,” she said.[3]



Dear Cousins,

As most of you know, I am planning on retiring from the Goble Family Association at the end of this year.  I will continue to research and begin to write a book that will include my findings of the past 14 years. 

It’s very important that someone step up and take over the Newsletter and the triennial reunion if they are to continue.  The responsibilities could be split among several if possible.  I would not like to see our Association and our Reunion become a thing of the past, but it’s time for some new blood!




Donna Cheree McClung (12) daughter of Nada Goble Watrous was diagnosed with breast cancer and recently had a double mastectomy.  She will have to take chemo and radiation.  She is at home now and doing really well. Donna attended the last reunion with her mother and her daughter Celeste.  Please pray for healing and wellbeing for Donna. Celeste needs prayers too as she lost her Dad 4 years ago and her paternal grandmother in December. [4]





Hessie Gant Goble, age 87, of Alexandria, Va., and formerly of Taylorsville, died Sunday December 17, 2006, in Alexandria, Virginia.  She was born in Alexander County June 6, 1919, the daughter of the late James T. Gant and Fannie Fox Gant. She was a retired textile worker.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Leonard Gant and Willis Gant.  Survivors include her husband, Henry Porter Goble of the home; a son, Jim Goble of Alexandria, Va.; a sister, Ruth Baker of Statesville; nieces and nephews; and many close friends.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, December 22, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. at the Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Taylorsville with Rev. Michael Barber officiating. Burial will follow in the Taylorsville Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 10 until 10:30 a.m. at Adams Funeral Home.

Notes of sympathy may be e-mailed to the Goble family at

Adams Funeral Home of Taylorsville is serving the Goble family. (Southern Tree)


ALMA BEAN (NEE KREITZER) [5]11-09-1908 - 12-22-2006 has passed away. She was a Goble by marriage to Leigh Ruben Bean, grandson of Matilda Goble and Great Grandson of George Adam Goble (Burke County, NC and Salt Creek Twp., Jackson County, IN). Alma was 98 years old and became an Angel this Christmas. Alma was always smiling, and will be missed. She was laid to rest in Bethania Cemetery, Cook County, Illinois. (Unconnected Tree)


TINLING, MARION ROSE, nee GOBLE[6]. Born December 17, 1904, died December 30, 2006.  Daughter of Norah and Frank Goble. (Thomas Goble Tree)

Loving mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother. Beloved and greatly respected by all who knew her. A woman of many achievements. An ardent Democrat, activist, editor, social worker, historian and author. Died peacefully at home. Preceded in death by her ex husband, Willis Tinling, loving brothers Julian and Frank Goble, loving sister May Keighley, beloved granddaughter Jennifer Wagner. Survived by sister Clara Buck, daughters Jaime Watson and Nora Hughes, son Nicholas Tinling, grandchildren Geoffrey Russell, Hilary Christensen, Lisa Wagner, Matthew Russell, Thomas Tinling, Heather Tinling, and Norah Smith, sons-in-law Gordon Hughes and Craig Watson and daughter-in-law Camille Tinling, grandson-in-law Ian Smith, granddaughters-in-law Molly Russell and Jennifer Russell, five great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Marion was born in New York and moved to California in 1926. Attended Keuka College in New York and Occidental College in California. Graduated college in 1929. Married Willis Tinling in 1933 and divorced in 1947. She raised her three children as a single mother. She worked as a research assistant and publications manager at the Huntington Library in San Marino for 19 years. Moved to Sacramento in 1949 and worked for the Dept. of Education as an editorial assistant. In 1954 she moved to Washington, DC. To work with the National Historical Publications Commission at the National Archives transcribing the original shorthand notes of the House of Representatives in the first Federal Congress of 1789-90. Later, as a Guggenheim Fellow, she spent a year in London researching the letters of Wm Byrd of Westover. During these years, Marion transcribed and edited several historical books of the Byrd family and is considered the definitive expert on William Byrd. In 1963 she returned to Sacramento and went to work with the Sacramento County Dept. of Social Welfare. It was at that time she established the first non-profit agency to deliver meals to the elderly, Meals a la Car. After retirement she continued as President of the Board for the agency. During her retirement, she wrote several books on women’s history, all of which are used throughout the country in women’s history classes. Her last book was published when she was 97. She was a founding member of the Older Women’s League, was active in the Sacramento Community Commission for Women, the Women’s Democratic Club, the California Human Services Organization, the National Organization for Woman and is an Associate of the Library of the University of California, Davis. She received numerous awards and recognitions by state and local agencies. Her remains are to be interred with her parents in Altadena. She requested that no services be held. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to KVIE, Vitas Hospice or your favorite charity. (Thomas Goble Tree)


Morning Journal, The (Jan/3/2007) Lorain, OH

CAROL J. GOBLE, 74, of Swanton, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2007, at home. She was born Sept. 12, 1932, in Alvordton. She had lived in Fayette moved to the Swanton area in 1992.

She was a retired nurse.  Survivors include her daughters Laura Hoskinson of Amherst, Lynn Zenz of Delta and Jill Allen of St. Augustine, Fla.; son, Robert Allen Goble of Swanton; sisters Mary Lou Taylor of Napoleon, Kay Clark of Cuyahoga Falls and Cynthia Sayers of Mesa, Ariz.; brother, Allen G. ''Butch'' Armbruster of Cuyahoga Falls; and seven grandchildren, a great-granddaughter and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Roger C. Goble, in 2005; her parents, George A. and Ida Ruth (nee Robison) Armbruster; son, Michael Goble, in 1958; sister, Gloria Siegel; and a brother, Glen Armbruster.

Friends may call Wednesday, 4 to 7 p.m., at Eagle Funeral Home, 412 W. Main St., Fayette, where services be Thursday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery, Fayette. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Williams and Fulton Counties. (Unconnected Tree)


Daily Independent, The (Jan/2/2007) Ashland, KY

NANCY ELLEN GOBLE, age 92, went to be with the Lord at 3:30 a.m. the first day of January 2007 at her residence in Ashland, KY.  Mrs. Goble was born Sept. 1, 1914, in Martin County, KY, a daughter of the late Sam and Julia Fluty Marcum.  She was also preceded in death by a sister, Minerva Bowen.  A homemaker, Mrs. Goble was a member of Westwood Christian Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband of 71 years, Dennis Goble of Ashland; a brother, J.T. Marcum of Huntington, W.Va.; her sister, Sarah Kelly of California; and several nieces and nephews and her caregivers, Bonnie and Don Sparks. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at Steen Funeral Home-Marshall Steen Chapel in Ashland by the Rev. Tony Daniels. Burial will be in Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum. Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at the funeral home. Condolences may be made to (German Tree)


Daily Record (Jan/18/2007) Parsippany, NJ

SARA K. (KING) GOBLE died at Palm City Restorative Care Center in Stuart, Fla., on Friday, Jan. 12, 2007. She was 89. Born in Morristown, she had been a home educator in Parsippany prior to moving to Stuart, Fla., more than 30 years ago. She was a violinist in the Parsippany Orchestra; belonged to the Montgrey Women's Golf Club; and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Stuart, Fla. Her husband, Harry Goble, died in 1990. She is survived by her children, Donald Goble of Denville, and Patricia Beers of Stuart, Fla.; her four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and her sister, Bert Tracey of Madison.  A memorial visiting will be at Norman Dean Home for Services, 16 Righter Ave., Denville,, on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 1 to 3 p.m., with a funeral service at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions made to the Foundation for the Blind, or the Alzheimer's Association of Northern New Jersey would be appreciated. (Unconnected Tree)


La Porte Herald-Argus, The (Jan/26/2007) La Porte, Indiana

Mr. CHARLES L. GOBLE, 79, of La Porte, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007, at his home. He was born Aug. 1, 1927, in Peru, Ind., to Fred L. and Dollis (Beithler) Goble. Mr. Goble had been a repairman with Indiana Bell for 42 years. He was a member of American Legion Skwiat Post 451 and a former member of the Moose. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.  Surviving are five daughters, Penny Henn, Mindy Blonski, Teresa Fogus and Jane Nulf, all of Michigan City, and Missy (David) Fratgillo of La Porte; two sons, Donald E. Buchanan of Plymouth and Rob Fogus of Michigan City; 11 grandchildren, Ashley Blonski, Cody Goble, Nick, Kyle and Zack Fratgillo, Candice Long, Shelly and Harry III Nulf, and Robin, Taylor and Lee Bailey; one sister, Viola Ann Simons of Logansport; one brother, John of Denver, Ind.; his former wife, Betty Fogus; and special friend Alice Kroening.  Preceding him in death were his parents; one son, Alan R. Buchanan; one grandson, Kory Fratgillo; and one sister, Martha Wildrick. The funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Carlisle Funeral Home, Michigan City. Friends may call Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Michigan City. Memorial contributions may be made to the family c/o Carlisle Funeral Home, 613 Washington St., Michigan City, IN 46360. (Unconnected Tree)


JANIS K. GOBLE, 69, retired RN, died Feb. 8, 2007. Funeral service is today, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. at Westlink Christian Church. Graveside services are today; 2:30 p.m. in Wakita Cemetery, Wakita, Okla. She was preceded in death by parents, Ray and Dorothy Rapp and sister, Charlotte Parsons. Survivors are her husband Ed, of 47 years; sons, Bryan and wife Lissa of Keller, Texas and Lance and wife Ronni of Ft. Worth, Texas; daughter, Kathy Manning and husband Butch of Wichita; grandchildren, Danny Goble, Kevin Goble, Sydney Hicks and Kylie Goble.  She loved and was loved by all her family and friends. She was an inspiration to others because of her loving, caring attitude. A memorial has been established with Mary Crowley Medical Research Center, Attn: Breast Cancer Research Fund, 1717 Main St., 60th floor, Dallas, TX 75201. Reception following graveside at Wakita Christian Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Resthaven Mortuary of Wichita. (Unconnected Tree)



May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

The rains fall soft upon your fields and,

Until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.


Reserve you spot at the 2007 Goble Family Reunion in Branson, Missouri!

(print reunion form)

June 30, 2007


Hotel Amenities include a free deluxe Continental Breakfast – Served daily 7:00 am – 10:00 am

Game Room, Fitness Center, Hot Tub, Indoor Pool, Sun Deck

Indoor Corridors, Elevators, Plaza View Restaurant, Plaza View Lounge, Scenic View



YES, I will attend the 2007 Goble Family Reunion. 







Spouse’s Name:                                            

Number in your party:           x $25.00 =                   (check enclosed)


Names for Nametags (additional names on the back)

1.                                                                                 4.                                                                                

2.                                                                                 5.                                                                                

3.                                                                                 6.                                                                                


Display table/s needed:                                


Cost per person is $25.00.  Children under 12 $10.00 and Children 5 and under will be free.

The Buffet Luncheon menu is shown above. 


Order your Goble Reunion T-shirt at $5.00 per shirt.  Select Sizes provide # of each size requested

Youth – YXS___ YS___ YM___ YL ___

Adult – S___ M___ L___ XL___ XXL___ XXXL ___

Total Enclosed for ____# shirts x $5.00 = ______________


The Grand Plaza in Branson has offered a special promotional rate of $83/Night, based on 2 adults and 2 children in a room (each additional adult in a room will come with a $5 surcharge per the hotel's policy).  Each room will come with 2 Queen Beds, Cable TV, FREE wireless high speed internet, coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board.  Guests also enjoy a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast served daily.  The special rate we will receive will have to be schedule through our contact only.  Please follow the guidelines provided in the newsletter when booking your room(s):


Deadline for Reservations is April 25, 2007


Please make your check out to: and mail to: Goble Family Association


Mail to:

Evelyn Steen

2007 Goble Family Reunion

36 Lake Meade Drive

East Berlin, PA 17316


If you have questions please call me at 717-259-7870




[2] Provided by Karren McDonald Reyburn

[3] Provided by Karren McDonald Reyburn

[4] Provided by Nada Goble Watrous

[5] Submitted by

[6] Submitted by Clare Goble Buck