Goble Landmarks
By Evelyn Goble Steen

There are many Goble landmarks in the United States and elsewhere. If you know of a landmark not mentioned below, please send us the information so it can be added to the list.

  • E. Goble Avenue in Fowler, California (Named for Emil Goble, inventor of the Goble Disc.).
  • Gobbel Street Spencer, North Carolina. provided by Don Wood
  • Gobel Street, Rock Spring, Wyoming.
  • Gobel Way Bay Area, California
  • Goble Airspace in Tennessee.
  • Goble Avenue in Kannapolis, North Carolina.
  • Goble Branch located at the Jenny Wiley State Park Marina, Goble Branch Boat Launch, Stratton Branch Boat Launch, Terry Boat Launch and German Campground.
  • Goble Bridge in Paw Paw, Illinois.
  • Goble Cemetery Alba Township, Annawan, Henry County, Illinois.
  • Goble Creek located in the state of Washington.
  • Goble Draw, to the North East of Medical Springs, in Baker Co. Oregon. provided by Sam Burford
  • Goble Drive Brighton, Michigan
  • Goble Dr Bay Area, California
  • Goble Hill Rd Tunkhannock, PA
  • Goble Hill on Ohio Rt 132 south of Lindale, and north of New Richmond, Ohio.
  • Goble Falls, Queensland, Australia (Named for a David Goble in about 1910.)
  • Goble Landing located on the lower Columbia River in Oregon.
  • Goble Lane in Ferndale, California.
  • Goble Lane Bay Area,California
  • Goble Lane in San Jose, California (95111).
  • Goble Lane near Eugene, Oregon.
  • Goble Mine, Sparta Township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, USA. The Iron Mines of New Jersey (1910), Bayley:291; NJ State Geol. Annual Rpts.: (1868):613; (1873):66. An iron mine in magnetite ore. Started before 1868 and featured a shaft 45 feet deep before 1868
  • Goble Mountain is located in Cowlitz County, WA.
  • Goble Park in Bethlehem, South Africa. Stadium used for football matches. Erected in commemoration of the citizens of Bethlehem who died in battle during World War I (1914-1918). Incorporating the towns of Bethlehem, Clarens, Fouriesburg, Paul Roux and Rosendal
  • Goble Place Bronx, NY 10452. This may have been the lane that ran between the old Boston Post Road and the Goble family homestead in the late 1800's and early 1900's. These Gobles cut ice in winter and sold it in Manhattan. Old city directories list a Goble Ice Business.
  • Goble Palms Guest House - Accommodation - Guesthouse, Bed and Breakfast in Morningside, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, N2 Road, South Africa
  • Goble Place, Bronx, New York
  • Goble Point. This property is located 15 miles (24 kms) south of Prince Rupert on the northern coast of Porcher Island. Porcher Island is a large island just south of Prince Rupert, which is approx. 460 miles (740 km), as the crow flies, north of Vancouver.
  • Goble Ranch, Montana (40 miles west of Yellowstone Park).
  • Goble Road and Goble Creek in western Iredell County, North Carolina. Exit Highway 40 West at Sharon School Road, north to Island Ford Road East to Goble Road.
  • Goble Road in Hiddenite, North Carolina.
  • Goble Road in Paw Paw, Illinois.
  • Goble Road in Morningside, Durban, South Africa.
  • Goble Road KOMATA HAURAKI DISTRICT, New Zealand
  • Goble Road Clarks Beach, Franklin, New Zealand
  • Goble School Westfield West, Coles County, Illinois.
  • Goble Street in Newark, New Jersey. Luther (6) Goble was a leading citizen in Newark and is listed in the History of Essex County. There was also a Goble Ladies School in Newark, but no connection to the street now known. Goble Used Cars is named for the street.
  • Goble Street, Hughes, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia. (Named for Stanley James Goble an aviator in the Royal Naval Air Service during WWI who, with Flight Lieutenant Ivor McIntyre RAAF, carried out the first circumnavigation of Australia in 1924 in a Fairey IIID seaplane. After World War I S.J. Goble served in the Royal Australian Air Force and retired as Air Vice Marshal. He was born in 1891 (Victoria, Australia) and died in 1948.) Provided by his son, John Goble
  • Goble Windmill, Texas (east of Abilene).
  • Goble, Oregon is a very small town between Hunter Bar and Trojan on highway 30 in northern Oregon. History of the Goble Tavern, Goble, Oregon?
  • Goble's Grove, Saugeen Township, Ontario, Canada.
  • Gobles Place outside the Town of Port Elgin, Ontario
  • Gobles, Michigan originally Goblesville (North of Paw Paw, MI).
  • Gobles, Ontario (Named for the family of Jacob (6) Goble)
  • Goblesville, Indiana (North of Huntington, IN).
  • Goebel Ave, Palo Alto, California (Named for a German Language Professor At Stanford University.)
  • Goebel Court Bay Area, California
  • Goebel Hall, Elmhurst College. Originally built in 1928 as the College's gymnasium, Goebel is named for the College's third president. It houses the Offices of Admission and Financial Aid, Registration and Records, Advising, Student Accounts, Academic Affairs, and the campus book store. Its more recent renovation and enlargement was completed in 1989.
  • Goebel Road in Granite Falls, Washington
  • Goebel Road in Connecticut (near Cherry Hill, CT).
  • Goebel Store, Texas (Between Winchester and Smithville, TX).
  • Goebels Park, Kentucky (south of Cincinnati, across the Ohio River).
  • Goeble Hill Road in New Richmond, Ohio (Near the Ohio River).

Goble, Oregon is a very small town between Hunter Bar and Trojan on highway 30 in northern Oregon. It was named Goble after Daniel Blue (8) Goble. He was an Ohio trapper who traveled to Oregon in the mid 1850s. In August 1852 he claimed "donation lands" in Columbia County, Territory of Oregon. It was for this claim of land that Goble Oregon was named.

At one time Goble was a brawling frontier town, boisterous and booming. The railroad ran through Goble and Kalama, Washington, across the Columbia River. There were plenty of jobs. Lumber was the main industry and was shipped out on huge steamboats navigating the Columbia River. Several hundred loggers populated two separate camps during these early days. Through the week the lumberjacks labored mightily and on Saturday night they bathed, shaved, and headed for town. After acquiring an illegal jug of whisky they would hang out in the "Red Men Lodge Hall" where they spent the night dancing and sometimes brawling. Occasionally belligerent lumberjacks were hauled to the "hoosegow," and would escape during the night by clawing through the jail's wooden floor with their boots.

Gradually the boom diminished. The river boats, trains and loggers began to move on, abandoning Goble's hotel, mills, boarding house, barbershops, stores and churches, and even the Red Men Lodge Hall. In 1923 the post office closed. The present swallowed the past.

For Goble the days of hard drinking, loggers and riverboat prosperity are gone. However, it still exists, and has been visited by many Goble descendants.


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The village of Goblesville, Michigan takes its name from the Goble family of Nathaniel (7) and Elizabeth "Betsey" Hinchey Goble. It was an important town on the railroad line of the Kalamazoo and South Haven Railroads, on a branch of Michigan Central Railroad, which included territory lying in both Bloomingdale and Pine Grove Townships.

Goblesville, Michigan originated in about 1867 when John (8) Goble built a hotel and his brother Hiram built a general store. The location of the store was at the "corners," which was the center of town and soon became known as Gobles Corners. Warren (8) Goble, a brother of John and Hiram, bought the land where the village now stands. Hiram (8) Goble was the first postmaster of Goblesville and he donated much of the land to the State for the streets in the town. The post office moved into the general store and the settlement was known as Goblesville. Gobles became the town's name in 1870 when the railroad arrived and named its depot "Gobles Station". Gobles was incorporated as a village in 1893, renamed Goble on April 10, 1922, and was incorporated as the City of Gobles in 1957.

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Goblesville, Indiana is in Huntington County. According to the Huntington County Library the town of Goblesville was settled on Section 3, on June 13, 1855 by Peter "Roy" Goble. Roy Goble built a log school house on the property, which was also used as a church. Roy was married twice and had between 10 and 17 children. Several of Roy's sons were responsible for constructing the buildings of Goblesville. They ran the stores, operated the mill, and started the church. The small pioneering village had blacksmith shops, a general store where the post office was located, a wagon and buggy shop, a hoop factory, and the Huntington Brewery. Today Goblesville is just a speck on the map, a mini village, and currently has no post office. It has a few occupied houses, a brick church, an old brick school building (now used for storage) and an empty store. It has been classified as one of the Ghost Towns of Huntington County.

Sources: Ghost Towns of Huntington County, by Doris M. Chambers, 1971, page 15. Huntington County Library

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Gobles, Ontario was named for Jacob (6) Goble, son of Jacob (5) and Anne Fairchild Goble. He was born in Warwick, Orange County, New York on January 27, 1783. He married Bathsheba Paine and had two sons with her: Peter (7), and William Lull (7). He married a second time to Mary Beemer or Beamer. They had eight children: George Washington (7), Horace Henry (7), Daniel Beemer (7), Jacob (7), John Philip (7), Robert Hamilton (7), Elizabeth Almira Jane (7), and James Francis (7).

Jacob (6) Goble and Mary Beamer moved to Bleinham Township, Ontario. to what became the village of Gobles sometime before their second son Horace Henry was born, November 24, 1817. The rest of their children were born there. This is probably where Elder Jacob's ministry began. There are many marriage certificates from the area which bears his name. He became known as "Elder" Jacob. He was an active farmer, possibly a merchant and a "cooper" while he lived at Gobles. Jacob identified his cattle by making a square crop in the right ear and a slit in the left.

Jacob and Mary left Gobles and moved to Townsend Township, Ontario in 1836 along with eight of their children. They settled near Buck's corners. He disliked the name Buck's Corners and changed it to Villa Nova. Jacob began to be active in the church there and in 1850 became the first minister of the newly formed Baptist Church. He was again active there as a farmer and a cooper. Elder Jacob traveled by horseback in the Long Point area preaching the gospel. He also had a civic duty recording the births, deaths and marriages for the Minister of Agriculture and Statistics. Elder Jacob Goble died in Townsend, Canada West on September 14, 1864.

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