Thomas C. Goble
Thomas C. Goble, 78, widely known resident of the First ward, died early Wednesday morning in Utica, after an illness that started about five years ago, and became serious the late autumn, necessitating hospital care and attention.
He was born in Oswego, a son of the late George and Sarah Goble, and after attending public schools, as a young man became interested with his father in the Goble drydock and shipyards, located at the foot of West Second street. There was no better known shipbuilder along the lakes than Tom Goble, and before him, his father had established a reputation for integrity and honesty that was borne out by the accomplishments of his son.
Dozens of schooners were built and launched in the Goble yards, as well as yachts, tugs and smaller craft, and the hallmark for excellence of construction and quality of materials was in the fact that a ship or a boat came from the hands and under the inspection of Tom Goble.
He was modest, unassuming and quiet by nature, and an indefatigable worker. There was no part of the construction or repair of any wooden ship with which he as not thoroughly conversant. He worked early and late and was widely known wherever sailors congregated. He participated in the heyday of Oswego's waterborne commercial period, and when the state of New York purchased the Goble shipyard buildings and site for a portion of the West side barge canal terminal, he ceased active work and retired from the business.
He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, but never had affiliated with any fraternal or social organization, his entire attention, in the years of his activity, being devoted to his business and to waterfront activities. He was unmarried, but he was the friend of all small boys who in their youth went to the Goble shipyard for pieces of wood and what not that all small boys in a waterfront city require for carving out ship models.
He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Henry H. Post and Mrs. John H. Quirk, and one brother, Joseph H. Goble, of this city, and by several nephews and nieces. The body is expected to arrive from Utica Wednesday night in charge of George L. Barnes, and will be taken to the Goble family home, 52 West Third Street. Funeral services had not yet been completed.