By Evelyn Goble Steen
Volume 8, Issue 1, April 2001

Copyright (c) 2001 by Evelyn Goble Steen all rights reserved.

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Hello all,

Happy New Year! This is our first issue of 2001. There will be only 2 issues in 2001 with the second in September. There will also be an extra reunion mailing this year for those planning to attend our reunion in Reno in August.

The Goble Family Association's main focus has been to discover all the descendants of Thomas Goble (1590/91-1657) of West Sussex, England and the Massachusetts Bay Colony. That database now contains over 22,000 individuals. We hear from newly discovered cousins every week and continue to welcome all who are interested in the history of the Goble name.

We also have 6 additional databases containing more than 16,500 names. These are in files of unconnected Goble lines, Southern States, German, English and Irish lines. We continue to make progress in the search for Goble families everywhere.

If you would like to provide data, a story about one of your ancestors to be published in this newsletter or on the homepage, or if you have a question for me or our readers, please send them to: Evelyn Goble Steen, 4121 Nantucket Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, or e-mail:


Note: The number in parenthesis within the name of an individual indicates the generation of descendant in America in the Thomas (1) Goble tree. Others will be identified by the name of their tree.


Our 2001 Goble reunion will be held in less than five months. We have completed the arrangements and now it's time for you to act. It is very important that you make your reservations soon. August is a busy time in Reno and hotels/motels are already filling up. We have reserved a block of 40 rooms at the Sands Regency Casino Hotel, Downtown, Reno at the special rate of $40 Thursday and Sunday and $55 Friday and Saturday plus taxes (12%). For reservations call 1-800-648-3553 and tell them you are with the GOBLE Reunion, reservation #Gob810. Rooms cannot be guaranteed after July 17th, so make your reservations NOW!

A reservation form and more information are included with this newsletter. Please fill out the form and return it with your check.

For more information visit our Reunion website.


Kudos are always great to get. I appreciate knowing that my efforts are worthwhile to so many. It is a marvelous experience to know I've helped someone connect to their family history. Sorry I can't list them all, but here are a few:

Subj: Excited Over Goble Site
Date: 2/12/2001

I absolutely love this site. I have found my unknown ancestors all the way back to Hans Johann Jacob Gabel. My father was Albert Gobel son of Martha Goble who was daughter of Abraham who was son of Isaac who was son of Christian who was son of Johann Freidrich (Frederick) who was the son of Hans. I am so excited about this. Also, Henry Goble was Martha's husband and His mother was Elizabeth and so on. All connected. Not too proud of all the connections but they probably had little way of knowing. There are still even more connections I am working on. I' am going to write again soon. Daughter of Ab Goble

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Subj: Thanks
Date: 2/1/2001

Dear Evelyn,
Thank You so much for all the information. I will be in contact with you. I'm new at genealogy research. It is fascinating to learn my heritage. Once again thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. Please let me know how I can acquire more information. The Goble Family web page is wonderful. I can get lost for hours.
Thank You,
Dalis L. Strickland

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Subj: Re: Information for website
Date: 1/29/2001

I love the site you have created and have found much valuable information there in my quest to find my connection. Thanks for all the work!
Jan Stypula

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Subj: I'm on the tree!
Date: 12/14/2000

I am very, very excited to find my family info!!! What is more interesting than just the names, is all the stories about Gobles' that you have. You are certainly appreciated!!
Nada Goble Watrous

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Subj: Oliver Hazzard Perry Goble
Date: 11/6/2000

Attention: Evelyn Goble Steen
Thanks for all your effort. I am so impressed by all I see on the web site. I intend to print out a form and send in my membership by Monday. Hopefully, you have me on your email newsletter list already.
Jerry Goble


If you're in need of special flowers for a special someone or occasion, this is the place to go! The Goble Flower Farm has beautiful Maui grown tropical flowers and flower arrangements available via the internet.

PHOTOGRAPH of Woody Goble

Woody Goble is the owner and grower of the Goble Flower Farm.

Woody's grandfather, David W. Goble, owned the Goble Funeral Home at 22 Main Street in Sparta, New Jersey. The funeral home had been in the family since 1852. Woodruff Willard Goble ran it in the 1960's and then sold it.

Woody was born in Newark, NJ 1943 while his father was flying bombers in Europe. When his father came back from overseas the family moved back to their hometown of Sparta. Woody's parents were divorced when he was eight and they moved to East Orange, NJ then to Livingston, NJ where he and his brother, David, went to high school. Woody attended The Citadel graduating in 1966. As a Marine 2nd Lt Woody attended The Basic School then flight school. He shipped out to Vietnam on May 5, 1968. After his tour in Vietnam he was ordered to MCAS, Kaneohe, Hawaii. Due to wounds he received when his Helicopter was shot down he was medically retired. He studied Horticulture at the University of Hawaii with the intent of growing flowers on Maui, his wife's place of birth. They have two children by a former marriage and two of their own.*1

Woody has not been connected to a specific Goble tree as yet so is listed in our "Unconnected" family tree. His ancestry is


GOBLE, David (also known as "King David"), GOBLE, Isaac, GOBLE, Isaac Jr., GOBLE, David Woodruff, GOBLE, Woodruff Willard, GOBLE, Woody


Recently I received a lovely book from Ernest Goble of San Jose, California. It is entitled "I Wanted C-U-R-T-A-I-N-S on My Windows." Ernest Goble published his work in 1993. This is a biography of his Goble family and is a very interesting and heartfelt expression of his life. I will bring a copy to the Reunion in Reno!


GOBLE, Robert Sr., Robert Jr., Andrew, William Aaron, George Thomas, Ernest Leroy, Ernest Leroy Goble, Jr.


Over the years many have asked about Gobel figurines and how (if at all) we are related to the artist. The truth is we are not related to the artist, but perhaps those in the German line are connected to the owner of a porcelain firm that made the decision to produce the figurines.

Berta Hummel was born in 1909 in Bavaria with a talent for observing her surroundings and drawing them, communicating her special love of children. In 1927, Berta enrolled in Munich's Academy of Applied Arts. She became friends with two Franciscan Sisters from a teaching order that emphasized the arts and decided to enter the Convent of Siessen upon graduation in 1931. Three years later, Berta took the name Maria Innocentia.

PHOTOGRAPH of Sister Hummel

German publishers began printing some of her artwork in the form of postcards, which caught the eye of Franz Goebel, the head of a porcelain company of the same name. He had been looking for a subject for a new line of figurines.

Franz Goebel, who was the owner of the renowned porcelain firm made the decision to create a line of figurines based on the drawings of Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel. Franz Goebel asked Sister Hummel for sole manufacturing and distribution rights, pledging his personal supervision of the figurines that would bear her name. Royalties would go to the Convent of Siessen. An agreement was signed on January 9th, 1935, which was the official birth of M. I. Hummel figurines.

PHOTOGRAPH of Goebel Figurine "Stormy."

The first figurines were introduced in 1935 and were immediately successful. Sister Hummel died in 1946 at only 37 years of age. Her artistic legacy, however was carried on by Goebel.*2

Goebel artists still discuss each new M. I. Hummel work with an Artistic Board at the Convent of Siessen. Standards of craftsmanship established more than sixty years ago have been strictly preserved.*3


"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

--- Gandhi


Goble chairs are a cherished household fixture in the homes of many older Pike County residents. They are splint bottom and are the embodiment of homespun simplicity; and like their contemporary Wells Fanning Mills, are among the prized products of Pike County craftsmanship. *4


Samuel (Lemuel) C. Gobel came to this country in 1825 and settled on the Milford and Owego turnpike. He followed his vocation of chairmaker and farmer, his one-man shop being a part of the barnyard. His son, Charles, continued in the business.

To Edward Dubois of Frenchtown, a neighbor of the Gobles, who in his boyhood had been a frequent visitor to the shop, we are indebted for this precise account of the making of these chairs:

The wood was maple or ash. Young trees, or poles as the natives called them, were required. The posts were turned while the wood was still green - then put in a rack to form the crook (for the back). While still somewhat green, holes were drilled for the chair rounds, and slots chiseled for the back rests (which had also been shaped in racks).

Rounds were turned to size from thoroughly dried wood, the ends shaped with a slight knob to snugly fit the post hole. As the green post hole shrunk on the dry round, an everlasting joint was formed, which without glue, nails or screws, has outlasted a lifetime.

The splints were obtained from 8 foot maple posts, 3 to 4 inches thick, cut in early spring as the frost was coming out of the ground. They were quartered and sized to 5/8 inch width with the heart wood removed. These sticks were then severely pounded with a wooden mallet on a hard surface, till the fibers loosened, and were ready to part in layers convenient to weaving.

The splints were wrapped across the seat round and then woven like a cloth, the joints ingeniously tied as not to be visible. (Ed Dubois also recalled Goble's sister used cattail reeds instead of splints.) The appearance of the shop must have been a sight to behold. From the ceiling of the shop, which covered an area approximately 30 X 15 feet, bundles of posts, rounds, splints and racks were suspended for drying and storage. There was a wood cutting lathe with a balance wheel and treadle drive. Can you picture Goble pumping with one foot while turning a post with his hands?

The finished product was in natural wood - unstained and unpainted. The price - about $6 or $8 a dozen. There was real value in a dollar in those days.

The "chair-maker" was Lemuel Goble, often mistakenly referred to as Samuel. The sister was most likely Sarah "Sally" Maria (Goble) Stidd.


Lemnel/Samuel Seward (6), George (Jacob) (5), Robert (4), Daniel/David (3), Daniel (2), Thomas (1), Willmi (William) Goble


Jan		Fredie Lee (11) Goble (87) 
		Lucy (Emerson) Goble (86)	
		Charles Milton (12) Moffat (83)
		Edith Maxine Greene Goble (83)
Feb		Howard Clarence (10) Larson (83)
		Norma Severne (11) Goble Boykiw (83)
Mar		Jess Stidd (81)
Apr		Herman J. Goble (84)
		Robert Jr (11) Goble (84)
Jun		Theodore William "Dude" (11) Goble (83)

All are Goble Family Association Members


Please remember our cousins in your prayers.

*Donald B. Klem, husband of Helen (Goble) Klem is in a rest home in Bonner Springs, Kansas after an infection, and is now recovering.
*Elizabeth Goble, wife of Floyd (11) Goble has been ill.
*Peggy (Goble) Wyss, is suffering from cancer.

If you know of someone who should be listed, please contact me.


There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, that he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pullout one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound is still there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. Friends are very rare jewels, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us."

YOU are my FRIEND and I hope I have never left a hole in your fence.

Author Unknown


In the Volume 7, Issue 1, April 2000 of the Goble Family Newsletter I provided the Last Will of Thomas (1) Goble. We have received several additional interpretations of the will and I have combined these efforts to provide us with a more complete copy. *5

The will of Thomas Goble
Thomas Gobel - Concord
29 (10) 57
Dec 29, 1657
Vol. 1, Page 130
1. The last will of Thomas Goble of Concord, being invalid in
2. body but of memory and understanding able sufficiently to dispose
3. of my affairs as followeth
4. Imp[lrimis] I give & bequeath to Alice my wife fair profit of all my stock (belongings) Imp[lrimis] [Imprimis is Latin for 'firstly', it starts off the list of gifts or bequests. It usually starts a new paragraph and then Item or Itm or It usually start another line indicating that another bequest is following.]
5. so long as she keepeth a widow, & my house in Charlestowne with
6. all belongings thereto for term of life & if my wife shall dispose of her
7. self in marriage then the stock that then shall be shall be disposed to my
8. children as followeth. my three sons to have the house & equally
9. divided & my three daughter(s) ___ of them and _____ __ __ ______
10. gauge that is to say one fourth part of my estate then in stocke & for my
11. house at Charlestowne my will is to ___ minor daut[g]h[ter] that at my wives death
12. equally divided as the rest of my estate aforesaid and whereas my daughter
13. Sarah is yet to be disposed in marriage my will is that if she shall change
14. her condition in marriage before the estate is to be divided then my wife
15. shall have power to take out her proportions out of the estate and give it to
16. her & whereas my eldest son being now in England, my will is if he
17. come not himself for his portion, then my other two sons shall have it
18. equally divided between them & if either of my sons that be unmarried
19. dy (die) before marriage, then their portions shall be equally divided amongst the
20. rest of my children then living, & to conclude my will is that if either
21. of my children shall be unsatisfied with my will, so as to make disturbance
22. by suits at law then my mind & will is that they shall have but ten
23. shillings for their portions & the rest to be divided as aforesaid & for my household
24. leave my wife shall have that for the time of her life & then it shall be divided as
25. afor[e]sa[i]d between my children, & my will is that my son Thomas two his children
26. Thomas & Stephen shall have each of them one calfe out of the stocke two years hence
27. and I do make my wife my Executrixe to this my will.

The 30th day of the 9th month 1657

Witness my hand
At the County Court Held at Charlestown

Decem 29 1657

Major Simon Willard & John Hall attested
upon oath that the above named Thomas Goble
deceased being of a sound judgment & a disposing
mind made signed & Declared this above written
instrument to be his last will and testament
Thomas Danforth Recorder
Entered & Recorded December 29th 1657
Lib. 1, page 137 As attests Thomas Danforth, Recorder


This story was provided by Bonnie and Bob Pattock. It was written by Paul Petersen and provides a good insight to the way of life of our immigrant ancestors.

They were big ships, larger than anything people had seen in their entire lifetime. And they actually moved.... slow...lumbering...unstoppable. The Dreadnaughts plowed the wild Irish sea and ordinary men stood at the rail and dreamed about having a farm, their own farm. America, in the 1850s was a place of free-land giveaway's, of homesteads and hearths.... and all you had to do was get there. and get there they did, in great waves of humanity, millions and millions of them.

And it all started with ships. There was a bubbling mass of energy and excitement in America in the 1850s, most of it brought on by the invention of technology. Indeed, the Columbia Exposition of 1890 was a showcase of technology for the masses. There was a steam engine on display as big as a 4-story building, it worked! and it dazzled everyone. But just as impressive was the electric light, the telephone, and the telegraph. It was an age of possibilities, of things that =could= be done, of dreams that seemed reachable, BIG dreams that matched a big, brave new world, a world where anything and everything was possible, a world where streets were paved with gold. It was a new start, a new beginning, and it started with the words "We're Going To America" and it started with ships.

Before Ellis island there was Castle Garden, a big old barn of a building pictured as being shingled.... they got off the boat en masse' and walked (1st class rode in horse carriages) to the processing center under the watchful eye of many guards inside the processing center they sat on wooden bench's awaiting their name to be called for a physical exam and again for an immigration interview, one tried not to cough too much... the central hall was a hodge-podge of noise, kids crying and different languages being spoken.... they huddled on the bench's saying prayers and hoping against hope they would be was faith and hope that got them this far.... they had braved wind tossed seas on so-called 'cattle-boats' with poor food, drinking water and sanitation.

After the INS interview, several hours later, if they were accepted, they gathered up their meager belongings, the old suitcase and the box's and went through the 'out' door onto the street... ...where they were pounced on by a multitude of thieves, union army recruiters, salvation army evangelists, ethnic organization representatives, and hawker's of all sorts...If the inside of the building was a mass of confusion the outside street was pandemonium and a circus all at once.

If it was raining they got wet, and many ships arrived in the dead of winter... the immigrant was on their own to find help or directions. Bewildered, poorly clothed for the miserable new York weather, and often alone in a strange new world, they somehow made their way to a new life... though many did not...there was a public outcry in the 1860s over the "deplorable" conditions on the docks where newly arrived immigrants were often robbed and killed.

Our ancestors did for themselves...and their children, they made it through the rain and got a point of view. They gave to us the gift of hope, of life in a new world, a new beginning, and a remembrance of times past when life held little or no hope... They did it on faith alone (and the echo's of the shipping line boy's who ran through the streets back in the old country extolling the glory's of the new world, of America, where men lived free, where land was given to all who wanted it...simply for the asking...) They did it because they wanted better - and they left to you and me a legacy that yearns to breath free, a circle of people, events, and promise that somehow strains to be known. It is, to this knowledge, that we all work with diligence and patience in seeking out our family history and somewhere along the way of our search we too have hope - .hope that they, as yet unnamed and unknown, will know that we remembered, that their struggle was not in vain, that we know and appreciate what they did....which was, after all, done for us.


The 1930 census and all existing soundex indexes will become available on April 1, 2002 at the National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20408-0001, and at Regional Facilities in 13 major cities.

The 1930 and later censuses are not available for public use because of a statutory 72-year restriction on access for privacy reasons. The census day was April 1, 1930.

The 1930 census asked 32 questions about each person covering: address, name, relationship to head of household, home owned or rented, value or monthly rental, radio set, whether on a farm, sex; race; age, marital status, age at first marriage, school attendance; literacy, birthplace of person and parents, if foreign born, language spoken in home before coming to the U.S., year of immigration, whether naturalized, and ability to speak English, occupation, industry, and class of worker, whether at work previous day (or last regular working day), veteran status, for Indian: whether of full or mixed blood, and tribal affiliation.

If you need information about yourself or a deceased person from the 1930 or later censuses for legal or other purposes, you may get a Form BCC-600 from the Bureau of the Census Age Search Service and return the form with the required fee to that agency. Forms are also available by writing to: U.S. Census Bureau, National Processing Center, 1201 East 10th St., Jeffersonville, IN 47132.

For more information visit the 1930 Census page at the National Archives website at:



On Saturday, March 11, 2001, about 750 mourners gathered at Pathways Community Church in Santee, California to remember 17-year-old Randy Gordon Burke, who was shot in the back and killed during a mass shooting at Santana High School on Monday, March 5, 2001.

Randy was one of two students killed, while thirteen other people (11 students and two adults) were wounded in the shooting.

Randy was a distance runner on the school track team, a senior with a B average who doted on his half brother and half sister. He was shot in the back between a row of lockers and dragged himself around a corner. He was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later. Pastor Phil Harrington, who conducted the hour-long funeral service, memorialized Randy as bright and ambitious. He said, "Randy had signed with the U. S. Navy with a desire to serve in intelligence and dreamed of being an FBI agent. He devoured books on the Navy as well as Tom Clancy novels."

Randy was a very popular student at Santee High. His fellow students remembered him as a "good person" who "always gave" and who "will be missed very much."

Friends remembered Randy on Saturday and watched a photomontage played to the theme from the submarine thriller "The Hunt for Red October," one of the young man's favorite tunes and a nod to his plans to serve in the Navy.

After Randy was laid to rest, dozens of relatives gathered at a private reception in El Cajon. Dale Goble, Randy's great-uncle, flew from Japan to join them. He remembered asking Randy several times when he would cross the Pacific for his first visit. "Someday" was always the answer. Just recently, that exchange made Goble think about buying Randy a ticket as a graduation gift. Like the watch his mom, step dad and siblings bought Randy for graduation, it will never be given. "But," Goble said, tapping his heart twice, "I'm taking him home with me right here."

Charles Andrew Williams, a 15-year-old ninth-grader who apparently fired more than 30 shots in the school Monday with a .22-caliber long-barreled revolver will be charged as an adult for this violent crime.

Randy's father was Edward James Burke. His mother and stepfather were Mari Gordon-Rayborn and Stan Rayborn. His Goble ancestry is from our "Southern Goble" tree as follows:


Randy Gordon Burke, Edward James Burke, Betty Jo Goble Burke, Everett William Goble, Robert Alonzo Goble, Jacob L/C. Goble, Corban Goble, Corban Goble, John Goble.


"Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand-and melting like a snowflake . . ."
-----Marie Beyon Ray


We have added some new photographs on the homepage and for those of you without access to that information here is a sampling.

Belle (9) Goble was born 1871 in Bloomingdale Twp., VanBuren Co., MI. She was the daughter and youngest child of Warren (8) Goble and Cordelia M. Waffle.*7

Alexander and Susan Davis Gobble. Alexander was the son of Frederick, born 1791 in Lexington, Davidson/Rowan County, North Carolina. (German Tree).*8

Erskin Goble of the Southern Goble tree was born April 11, 1920 in Boaz, Marshall County, Alabama to Jesse Izell Goble and Rebecca Millisa (Lissa) Blankenship. Erskin married Velda Leoma Dobbins. He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II. He died October 10, 1992 in Flint, Genesee County, Michigan.*9

Sarah Elizabeth (10) Burris was the daughter of Daniel Burris and Indiana Goble (9) Liston. She was born in 1859 in Henry Co., IN. She married Stantford Lewis Dudley.*10

Mary Edna (9) Goble was born August 29, 1862 in Bloomingdale Twp., Van Buren Co., MI. She was the daughter of Hiram Edwin (8) Goble and Susan Aurelia Perry. She received her PHD from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and began her practice in 1908. She practiced medicine at Hull House in Chicago, IL and in Gobleville, MI. She never married and died August 11, 1912 in Gobleville (Goble), Van Buren Co., MI.*11



A collectible corn sheller was recently auctioned in Ohio. It has two opposing handles necessary for switching hands to feed the corncob through. The support is embossed with the manufacturer's info - "GOBLE BROS. & Co. SOLE MFR'S No. 123 GEST ST. CINCINNATI". This would indicate there was a patent.

If you have knowledge of the "Goble Bros" manufacturing in Cincinnati, Ohio in the early 1900s, please let us know who they might have been.

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Bert Goble's Tulsa Wiggler was as invention of Robert (Bert) Gerard (10) Goble. These glass-eyed jointed baits were made by Bert Goble sometime in the 1920s. They were made in several sizes, and featured a carved tail that must have required some expertise at the factory. Goble baits have some of the most elaborate and attractive paint finishes of any lure. He had the lures produced in Germany and sold them in wooden boxes labeled "Goble Bait." Bert Gerard Goble also invented the "Goble Pump Jack" for use in the oil industry.

Bert was considered a brilliant man and inventor. He also was a bicycler and won many medals and silver cups in Pittsburgh before moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma. In Tulsa he planned and designed the Boston Avenue Methodist Church.


Robert (Bert) Gerard (10) Goble, John Forsythe (9), Robert (8), Isaac (7), Enos (6), Gersham/Gershom (5), Robert (4), Daniel/David (3), Daniel (2), Thomas (1), Willmi (William) Goble (0)

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I have seen this photograph before, but have not been able to ascertain the name of the original owner. The name on the top of the building appears to be D. S. Goble. I believe it was David Goble who was also known as "King David" or "King Goble." He is said to have owned most of the property in Sparta, NJ. "He owned the entire Sparta Mountain, from Sparta to Hopatcong." This David Goble is in our "Unconnected" tree and was married to Martha/Marta with one son, Isaac.

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I recently obtained this glass milk bottle printed in red with: GOBLE'S Dairyland Products.

On the back
Do You Know We Sell:
o Pasteurized Milk
o Bireley's Orangeade
o Stillicious Chocolate Milk
o Wichita Maid Butter
o Buttermilk
o Cottage Cheese
o Light & Heavy Cream

There were two Goble dairymen in California in the late 1800s and early 1900s. If you know who may have been the owner of Goble's Dairyland Products, please contact me.



Dorothy Goble, wife of Roy Scott (11) Goble had heart bypass surgery February 13th in Mission, Texas. She had an allergic reaction to a dye used during the surgery and died February 27, 2001 in Texas. (Aunt Dorothy was always helpful and interested in the Goble history. She will be missed.)

Dorothy Lula Lyons Goble, 77, Bonner Springs Kansas died Tuesday February 27th 2001 at the McAllen Heart Hospital at McAllen Texas. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday March 5th at the Alden-Harrington Chapel, Bonner Springs. Burial in Bonner springs cemetery.

Friends may call 6-8 pm Sunday at the chapel. Mrs. Goble was born Jan 16th 1924 in Neosho, Mo.

She was a former member of the Bonner Baptist Church. She was known for her wonderful faith and her wisdom and beautiful spirit. She was extremely talented seamstress and artist. Winning several awards for her paintings and quilts. She worked as a supervisor in the early 1960s. For Swingster Manufacturing in Bonner Springs.

She was preceded in death by an infant son and a daughter Mary Gale Hisel. She is survived by her husband of over 61 years, Scott Goble of the home. Three sons: Stan and wife Holly Goble of Leewood Kansas. Roy and wife Bev Goble of Overland Park, Kansas; Ed and wife Connie Goble of Lee Summit, Missouri; one brother and sister-in law; Harold Lyons and wife Rosy Lyons of Piper Kansas and grandchildren: Megan and Brandon Caldwell of Piper, Laura and Paul D-Anieri, Jaye and John Shaer of Lake of the Forrest, Kansas; Suzie and Brian Pilsl of Chandler, Arizona. Stephanie and Mike Stevenson and Carrie and Jeff Hicks of Overland Park, Kansas and 12 great grandchildren. For more than 20 years she and her husband Scott wintered at their home in Mission, Texas where she was in charge of women's activities for the Bentsen Palms R-V Park.



As a result of an ultra light plane crash on September 9, 2000, Roger was hospitalized after which he died of an E coli infection.

Roger L. Overholser, 46 of Washington Twp., Whitley Co., IN died at 12:57 PM Saturday, September 30, 2000 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN.

Born November 9, 1953 at Wolf Lake, Noble Co., IN a son of Isaac Franklin and Clara Elizabeth Murphy Overholser, he graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 1972. Reared in Thorncreek Twp., he had lived in Washington Twp. since 1992.

On August 4, 1973 he was united in marriage to Connie S. Ware at the First Church of God in Columbia City by the Rev. Hubert E. Miller. A member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, he was retired from Tom Kelley Buick in Fort Wayne as parts manager in the body shop.

Survivors include his wife, Connie, three sisters, Shirley Ann Jeffers, Wabash; Norma Jean Keppler, Churubusco; and Sharon Mae Brundige, Goodyear, AZ; his in-laws, Orren A. and Deloris M. Ware, Columbia City and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Helen Joan Overholser Harmon.

The funeral service was 1 PM Wednesday October 4 at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home in Columbia City with Pastor John Cummings of Community Bible Church officiating. Burial was at Beech Grove Cemetery, Huntington Co., IN. Visitation was 6 - 8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

For those who wish, memorials may be made to Washington Twp. Volunteer Fire Dept and First Responders.



Subscription renewal for the 2002-2003 Goble Family Newsletter will be announced and requested in the next newsletter due out in September. As a reminder, at the last reunion in 1998 we discussed and it was decided that the newsletter would be produced semi-annually until time permitted quarterly publications to resume. Therefore the dues were reduced to $10.00 for a 2-year membership starting in year 2000 and covering 2001. e-mailed subscriptions are free. At the end of this year we will begin to collect dues for the 2002 to 2003 period. If there are any changes to our newsletter schedule or cost discussed at the 2001 reunion in Reno, Nevada in August they will be reported in the September issue. Thank you for you continued support.


Goble is the 3,574th most popular last name (surname) in the United States; frequency is 0.003%; percentile is 59.183 [Source CBN]


Dear Family,

I've met some wonderful new cousins over this past half year and genealogy continues to be inspiring. Thanks to all who continue to contribute research data and other support.

We had a visit in January from our son and his new bride from Thailand. We enjoyed the snow, a great visit and having our whole family together. Recently we heard from them that their next assignment will be in Alaska. Burrr!

I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the reunion in Reno and plan to provide information to all our readers about the event in our next newsletter in September.


Love, Evelyn

Footnotes/Sources: (use your back arrow to return to previous text)

*1 Provided by Woody Goble

*2 Hummel - Goebel History (

*3 A Brief History of M.I. Hummel (

*4 This article appeared in Civil War and Pike County, by William F. Henn. Provided by Jess Stidd and the Milford Pennsylvania Historical Society. Photograph by Jess Stidd.

*5 Interpretations provided by Carol Anne Barber, Katheryn Haddad and John N. Buchanan

*6 Information provided by Corban Goble and By Matthew T. Hall , Union-Tribune Staff Writer

*7 Provided by Maureen Burns VanHoven

*8 Provided by Brenda Park

*9 Provided by Sherry Goble

*10 Provided by Karen Elder

*11 Provided by Maureen Burns VanHoven

*12 Provided by Esther Goble.

*13 Provided by Connie (Ware) Overholser.



Our MILLENNIUM reunion will be held in RENO NEVADA.

August 11, 2001

We have completed the arrangements for our upcoming reunion and now it's time for you to act. It is very important that you make your reservations soon. August is a busy time in Reno and hotels/motels are already filling up. We have reserved a block of 40 rooms at the Sands Regency Casino Hotel, Downtown, Reno at the special rate of $40 Thursday and Sunday and $55 Friday and Saturday plus taxes (12%). For reservations call 1-800-648-3553 and tell them you are with the GOBLE Reunion reservation #Gob810. Rooms cannot be guaranteed after July 17th, so make your reservations NOW!

We will be greeting our guests in the "Atrium" room at the Sands on Friday afternoon, August 10th. (Signs will be posted in the lobby.) Please come to say "Hi" and pick up your name badges, table assignments and program of events. Depending on how early you arrive Friday you may want to sample one of the famous restaurants in the area and/or take in a show. Of course there will be plenty of cousins around to visit with!

Saturday, August 11th we will meet in the Ballroom between 10:00 and 10:30 to set up our artifacts and display tables. If you require space you must let us know well in advance so the hotel staff can make arrangements to have the necessary tables available. After we get our displays setup we will gather for a group photo at the start of our festivities. A buffet luncheon will be served at approximately 12:00 noon, which will be followed by our program.

We are pleased to announce that author, Calvin F. Parker has agreed to attend and speak at the reunion. He is the author of JONATHAN GOBLE OF JAPAN: MARINE, MISSIONARY, MAVERICK published in 1990, (Library of Congress Number 89-27253, ISBN 0819176397) which includes bibliographical references and an index. Jonathan Goble (1827-1896) rose to fame as inventor of the jinrikisha/jinricksha, the epoch-making "pull-man car" of Japan. This publication is currently out of print. Mr. Parker has revised and updated the text and hopes to have it published in time to be available at the Reunion for purchase.

Please join us at the Goble reunion! This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet your cousins and others face to face and to share information, photos and family stories! There are many extra curricula activities available in the area. Saturday evening you will be free to do as you please. You may want to check the schedule of events on-line to reserve tickets to special events. Reno has a lot to offer in the way of family entertainment, golf, sightseeing, shows, museums, casinos, and more. We will meet again Sunday morning for an optional "Sunrise" breakfast and to say our goodbyes. Details to be announced.

Included in this notice is information on other hotels, RV parks and a map. Many hotels offer special prices if booked over the Internet. Although I have never visited Reno I understand that it is a small town and that it is most likely not necessary to rent a car if you are flying into the Reno airport, unless you intend to golf or see the distant sites. If you are flying into Reno you might want to check the discounted travel packages at your travel agency or thru one of the travel resources on the Internet. Travel packages will count against our block of 40 rooms. Please notify the Sands after your travel reservations have been made. (Contact Leigh Peper at: .) offers airfare including hotel stays at the Sands at a discounted rate, which is a considerable savings. Travel packages by train are also available from 1-800-USA-RAIL or Amtrak: at Special Offers at: