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George Goble Dead At Oswego
Syracuse Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY), 15 Oct 1906

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George Goble Dead At Oswego
Well-known Shipbuilder and Mason of High Standing

Oswego, Oct. 14. - George Goble, an active participant in those scenes of the days of Oswego's maritime glory, when passage across the river might be had on the decks of vessels moored side by side, died here at 10 o'clock this morning in his eighty-seventh year.

Mr. Goble was born in Ireland, and came to America when he was 17 years old and engaged in the occupation of shipbuilding. He was a thirty-third degree Mason, a Knight Templar and a charter member and one of the first directors of the Oswego Hospital Association, formed in 1861, and a charter member of the first lodge of Odd fellows formed in Oswego.

In the early seventies Mr. Goble took an active participation in Republican politics, and represented his ward in Common Council in 1869, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1873, 1876 and 1877. He was also a member of the first department of Public Works ever appointed in Oswego.

The Goble shipyards were the largest on the lakes between 1860 and 1880, and at times over 300 carpenters were employed on the crafts in the process of construction.

At his shipyards in 1874 was built the first tug ever built on Lake Ontario, the Alanson Sumner, and among the vessels he constructed are the W.I. Preston, Fitzhugh, Olive Branch, George Goble, Knight Templar, Nevada, Jamaica, West Side, Daniel Lyons, Leadville, J. Maria Scott, Titan, Bermuda and the William Sanderson. The Leadville was the last boat of any size built in Oswego.

Mr. Goble was very wealthy, and at one time was Oswego's richest citizen. The Goble Drydock today is one of the largest on the chain of lakes, and many vessels each year lay up in Oswego for repairs.

When Mr. Goble was alderman of the first ward in 1870 he was chairman of the Building Committee that had supervision of building the Oswego City Hall, and it was due to Mr. Goble's effort that Oswego can today boast of a City Hall "built on honor."

Mr. Goble's charity was proverbial, and hundreds of families in Oswego can give material evidence of his kind heart. Mr. Goble leaves surviving him the following sons and daughters: George W., Nicholson C., Joseph H., Thomas C. and Mrs. Henry Post and Mrs. John H. Quirk.vThe funeral will be held on Wednesday.

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15 Oct 1906
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