From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 641-642
John H. Goble, manufacturer of lumber at Goblesville, was born in Perry
county, Ohio, November 29, 1848, and since the age of one year has been
living in the township of Clear Creek, Huntington county. His father was
a farmer, and for many years one of the commanding figures in the local
concerns of this part of the county. The subject was reared to
understand the meaning of hard labor on the paternal homestead, and
during the years of his minority he attended the common schools during
the winter months and obtained a fair knowledge of the English branches.
He made his home with his parents until twenty-one years of age, when he
began working for himself, clearing twenty-two acres of timber land
during the summer and following autumn, renting ground for the purpose of
putting in a crop.
Mr. Goble was a farmer upon rented land until 1872. In partnership with
his father a sawmill in the village of Goblesville was purchased, and for
a period of five years thereafter they carried on the manufacture of
lumber upon quite an extensive scale under the firm name of Goble & Son.
At the end of five years the subject's brother, Amos, purchased the
father's interest in the mill, and the firm thus constituted continued
until 1890, John H. buying his brother's interest.
Since 1890 Mr. Goble has enlarged the capacity of his mill in order to
meet the constantly increasing demand for its product, and he now has one
of the largest, most complete and thoroughly modern mills of the kind in
any part of Huntington or neighboring counties of northern Indiana. It
has a capacity of over five thousand feet of lumber per day, and all of
its machinery is of the most modern type. In 1898 Mr. Goble added
threshing of wheat, clover and other grains to his milling interests, and
during the summer and early fall has all he can possibly do to meet the
demand made upon him by the farmers throughout this and other parts of
the county of Huntington. In addition to the manufacture of lumber and
threshing, Mr. Goble is to a considerable extent interested in
agriculture, owning a farm of seventy-four and a half acres in section
six, Clear Creek township, and eight acres in the village of Goblesville,
a part of which constitutes the site of his mill and surrounding yards.
Mr. Goble has a fine residence in the village of Goblesville and other
good property in Clear Creek township, besides some valuable real estate
in South Dakota, consisting of five business lots in Pierre City.
Financially he has been quite successful, being in possession of a
handsome fortune which is being constantly augmented by the income from
his various business enterprises. He is a gentleman of sturdy qualities,
energetic in all he undertakes, and has succeeded where many of less
determination would have met with failure. In his relations with his
fellow men he has been uniformly courteous, and his personal popularity
in the community bears eloquent testimony to the high regard in which he
is held by his neighbors and friends in Clear Creek. He is a Republican
in politics, and in religion a member of the United Brethren church.
Mr. Goble was married in February, 1871, to Miss Sarah A. Sickafoose, who
has borne him eight children, of whom the following are living: Asa A.,
Ora E., Cora E., Myrtie A., Charles and Earl. Mrs. Goble also belongs to
the United Brethren church and is highly respected both as a devout
Christian and as a lady of many admirable social qualities. The family
is greatly esteemed in the village of Goblesville and throughout the
county, belonging to the best social element in this part of Huntington