To-day Oswego mourns one of her oldest and noblest citizens in the death of George Goble, for many years one of the best known shipbuilders on the Great Lakes and a man who has made Oswego famous in maritime circles for almost seventy years. he was born in Kinsale, Ireland, August 1st, 1819, and came to this country in 1836; in 1837 he came to Oswego where he has since resided. He has always been a shipbuilder and his drydock and shipyard are well known as the best on the lake.
Mr. Goble built his first schooner in 1856, the "Titan." From that time until 1891 when the big Government dredge Frontenac was launched he had built 34 large schooners, tugs and yachts. He built among others the Alanson Sumner, the first big lake tug.
The boats built by Mr. Goble at his shipyard are the Titan, W. Sanderson, Bermuda, W.I. Preston, George Goble, Thomas S. Mott, Senator Blood, James Platt, Montauk, Bahama, Knight Templar, tug F.D. Wheeler, Henry Fitzhugh, Olive Branch, George C. Finney, Jamaica, Nevada, Florida, Guiding Star, John T. Mott, West Side, Madeira, tug Alanson Sumner, Nassau, Daniel Lyons, Atlanta, Sam Cook, M.J. Cummings, J. Maria Scott, Leadville, tug Charley Ferris, steam yacht Aida, dredge Frontenac.
He was active in Republican politics for a number of years and represented the First Ward in the Common Council from 1869 until 1877. He was a member of the building committee which constructed the City Hall. He watched the work of construction of it from the laying of the first stone to its completion and no word can ever be said about any crooked political business having a part in Oswego's finest public building.
Mr. Goble was a man who believed in the brotherhood of man as is shown by his lifelong devotion to the fraternal organizations of which he was a member. He was a Mason of the 33d degree and had as many honors in that fraternity as any one man could desire. he was first a member of Oswego Lodge No. 127 F. & A.M. and later became a charter member of Frontier City Lodge 422 F. & A.M. He was a member of the Masonic Relief Board and the Vice President of the Masonic Life Association.
He was for 60 years an Odd Fellow having joined Oswegatchie Lodge No. 156, I.O.O.F. at its second meeting. he was the oldest continuous member of the Lodge.
Mr. Goble was widely known for his charitable disposition as many of the poor of the city will cheerfully and lovingly testify. He was a charger member of the Hospital Association and always took a deep interest in the welfare of the City Hospital. he was a devout Methodist and had been a trustee of the the First M.E. Church for over 40 years. he had kindly words for all and reproaches for none.
He was a familiar and well loved figure on the streets and no later than last Tuesday was down town as usual to get the papers and chat with his friends. On Wednesday he was taken with a chill which later developed into pneumonia. He passed peacefully away Sunday morning.
He is survived by four sons, George W., Nicholas C., Joseph H. and Thomas C. and two daughters, Mrs. Henry Post and Mrs. John H. Quirk of this city, fourteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The funeral services will be held at house, 2 o'clock, Wednesday afternoon and will be conducted by the Rev. Mr. Joy. The burial will be at Riverside with Masonic rites.
Lake Ontario Commandery
The members of Lake Ontario Chapter No. 165 R.A.M. are summoned to meet at the Lodge Room, on Wednesday at one o'clock sharp to attend the funeral of Companion George Goble. By order Charles E. Kennedy, H.P., S.B. Wilcox, Sec'y.