The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Monday, October 15, 1906

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Oswego Loses One of Its Prominent and Most Respected Citizens

A good man has gone. George Goble, for more than sixty years an honored and respected resident of Oswego, died at his home in this city Sunday morning at 10:20 o'clock of pneumonia after an illness of but four days.

The story of his life is the story of the Oswego. Coming here at the age of eighteen he at once commenced work at his trade, shipbuilding, and soon took rank as one of the best on the chain of lakes. His vessels were among the staunchest, best sailors and greatest carriers of their class. he was greatly respected by the men in his employ, and many of them were made comfortable in after life because of his aid and advice.

Mr. Goble always took a deep interest in the affairs of the city, and his services and public life were marked by intelligent regard for the interest of all the people. He took a deep interest in fraternal societies, and was one of the oldest members of the Masonic and Odd Fellows' orders in the city, keeping up his interest to the end. He was a charter member of the Oswego Hospital and a trustee up to the hour of his death, rarely missing a meeting, and by his counsel, advice and money aiding materially in the building of that noble institution.

He was a lifelong member of First M.E. church and for many years a member of the Board of Trustees and an earnest worker in church matters. His charity was open-handed, and he brought cheer and comfort to many a sick room. The writer can truthfully say, from knowledge gained by an acquaintance of nearly forty years, that he was a charitable, moral, kindly, honest, Christian man. What a noble life record! Truly, a good man has gone.

George Goble was born in Kinsale on the beautiful Bantry Bay, County Cork, Ireland, Aug. 1st, 1819, and came to Oswego when a youth of eighteen years. He followed the trade of ship carpenter for nineteen years when he went into business for himself, building vessels on the lake bank at the foot of West Fourth street.

In 1859, after the burning of the elevator at the foot of West Second street, he constructed the present drydock, which was then and still is one of the best on the South shore of Lake Ontario. Nearly fifty vessels were built by him in the shipyard and the name Goble was one of the best known on the lakes. A few of those vessels and tugs are still in service.

Among the schooners, tugs, yachts and dredges built by Mr. Goble were the following:

Titan, '56 and '57; William Sanderson, '57; Bermuda, '59 and '60; W.I. Preston, '61; George Goble, '61 and '62; T.S. Mott, '62; Senator Blood, '63; James Platt, '63; Montauk, '63 and '64; Bahama, '63 and '64; Knight

Templar, '64 and '65; tug F.D. Wheeler, '64 and '65; H. Fitzhugh, '65 and '66; G.C. Finney, '66 and '67; Jamaica, '66 and '67; Nevada, '66 and '67; Florida, '68; Guiding Star, '68 and '69; John T. Mott, '69; West Side, '70 and '71; Madeira, '71; tug Alanson Sumner, '71 and '72; Nassau, '72; Daniel Lyons, '72 and '73; Atlanta, '73; Sam Cook, '73; M.J. Cummings, '73; J. Maria Scott, '74; Leadville, '79; tug Charley Ferris, '83; steam yacht Aida, '85; U.S. dredge Frontenac, '91.

During the early '70's, Mr. Goble became prominently identified with Republican politics and represented his ward in the Common Council in 1869, 1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1874, 1876 and 1877. When he was Alderman in 1870 he was Chairman of the Building Committee, which had supervision of the building of the City Hall, and it may be said that it was built under his personal supervision.

He was a member of the first Department of Public Works appointed in this city, and always had the best interests of the city at heart. Mr. Goble was a Thirty-third degree Mason, a member of the Blue Lodge, a Knight Templar, a Mystic Shriner, and was the last survivor of the charter members of Frontier City Lodge. He was also a charter member of the first lodge of Odd Fellows, which later disbanded, and for over fifty years had been a member of Oswegatchie Lodge, I.O.O.F.

Ever since coming to this city Mr. Goble has made his home in the First ward, and his charitable manner and kindness of heart is proverbial. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Henry H. Post and Mrs. John H. Quirk, and by four sons, George W., Nicholas C., Joseph H. and Thomas C. Goble, all of this city.

The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock with Masonic honors. The family has the heartfelt sympathy of the community in their bereavement.

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He is buried in Riverview Cemetery, Oswego.
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Monday, October 15, 1906
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Richard Palmer
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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Monday, October 15, 1906