The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised

Medford Pioneers: Dr. Judson Gemenemus Goble

Dr. Goble, January 29, 1911 Medford Sun
January 29, 1911 Medford Sun

    Dr. W. S. Jones made one of the quickest trips to Cinnabar on record, having been called to pay Chas. Brous a visit. He was accompanied by Mrs. Brous, who remained with her husband.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 24, 1892, page 2

    Chas. Brous, who has been at Cinnabar for the benefit of his health, was brought to town one day this week. It took several days to make the trip, owing to the roughness of the roads and Mr. B.'s critical condition. He has been suffering for nearly two years with heart trouble and dropsy.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 22, 1892, page 3

    Chas. Brous is lying very low with dropsy at his residence in this place. The fact that he survived the hardships of the trip from the Cinnabar Springs is marvelous.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 29, 1892, page 2

    Everyone will regret to hear of the death of Charley Brous, which took place last Sunday after a protracted illness. He was a whole-souled honorable man and well thought of by all who knew him.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, September 30, 1892, page 2

    "Tob" Brous came near being a cripple, for a few months at least, last Saturday. In some way he got mixed up in Strobridge's heavy dray, which by the way had on a heavy load, and two wheels passed over his limbs, near the ankle and above the knee. Fortunately for "Tob," the mud was deep in the street where the accident occurred, or both limbs would have been broken. Dr. Jones dressed the bruised members, and the patient was about as usual Monday, slightly disabled but still on the turf.
"All the Local News," Medford Mail, December 15, 1893, page 3

    J. G. Goble of Sitkum is at the Van Houten.
"Brief Mention," The Plaindealer, Roseburg, September 26, 1895, page 3

    J. G. Goble, the optician of Portland who was recently in Ashland, and Miss M. A. Stenchcomb were married in Roseburg on the 1st inst.

"Brevities," Ashland Tidings, December 9, 1897, page 3

    G. Goble, a veteran who was formerly a member of the Oregon Soldiers' Home, has brought suit against Commander Byars of that institution for $6000 damages. The causes of action recited in the complaint are three; viz.: For malicious discharge from the home, for a dishonorable discharge, which would prevent plaintiff from securing admission to any other home, and straight libel. E. D. Stratford is the attorney.--[Roseburg Review.

"Here and There," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 20, 1898, page 3

    Mrs. Brous, the aged mother of Mrs. D. H. Miller, a highly esteemed lady, died at the residence of her daughter on the 22d.

"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 24, 1898, page 3

    Your correspondent erred in stating that Mrs. D. H. Miller's mother instead of her father died at Medford last week. The old gentleman was nearly 80 years of age, and took a prominent part in the upbuilding of Iowa. His death is mourned by many.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 27, 1898, page 3

    Dr. J. G. Goble of Medford, the optician and aurist, is in town, accompanied by Collier & Co.'s collector, who is a relative.

"Personal Mention,"
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 20, 1898, page 5

    Prof. Goble intends to make regular trips to Jacksonville, this being his third trip here. He is endeavoring to establish a permanent trade here.
    Prof. J. G. Goble, the optician, who visited here last fall, will be here again on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 5, 6 and 7, inclusive. Those wishing to have their eyes examined please call at the U.S. Hotel. Examination free of charge.

"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 28, 1898, page 3

    Prof. J. G. Goble of Portland, the expert optician, can be found at the U.S. Hotel until Saturday evening. Those desiring glasses of any description, properly adjusted, can obtain them of him at reasonable figures. He never fails to give satisfaction.

"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 7, 1898, page 3

    Prof. Goble, the well-known optician, and his wife left for the north on Saturday's train. Mr. G. will make regular trips to this section, as he has built up a good business through giving satisfaction.

"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 14, 1898, page 3

    Mrs. Alta Weston (nee Brous) of Prairie City, Iowa, arrived in Medford last week, and will spend the summer here with relatives and friends.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 2, 1898, page 3

    Prof. Goble, the optician, will be at Gold Hill on Feb. 8th and 9th. He comes twice each year, and guarantees all glasses. Consultation free at hotel.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, February 6, 1899, page 3

    J. G. Goble, the optician, will make his regular semi-monthly visit to Jacksonville on May 15th, remaining several days. He fits glasses accurately and always gives satisfaction.

"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 8, 1899, page 3

Prof. Goble steps higher than anybody because a bouncing boy has taken up a residence at his house.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, May 15, 1899, page 3

    Born--To Prof. and Mrs. J. G. Goble, Sunday, May 14, 1899, a son.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, May 19, 1899, page 7

    Mrs. Carrie Goble, late of Kansas City, who is now located at Medford, was in Jacksonville last week, for the purpose of forming classes in vocal and instrumental music. The lady is an excellent instructor and comes well recommended.

"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, July 31, 1899, page 3

    Dr. Goble, the optician, will be at his residence in Medford on Saturday of each week. Eyes tested free of charge. Corner Fourth and D streets.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, March 2, 1900, page 7

    Mrs. C. E. Goble, teacher of vocal and instrumental music, has moved to the West residence, corner North A and Fourth streets, where she will be permanently located. Mrs. Goble is a musician of ability and her patrons in Medford are becoming more plentiful as she becomes better known.

"City Happenings,"
Medford Mail, April 6, 1900, page 7

Belgian Haredom at Medford.
    There are quite a number of rabbit and hare fanciers, who are doing a great deal to advance the interest in pure-bred stock. Among them, Dr. J. G. Goble's hutches are the most noted for pedigreed stock. The doctor has taken great interest in Belgian hares, and has had sent to him from a Los Angeles breeder eight choice hares, one fine stud buck, King Bell, from Lord Bell, a prize winner, and seven does, each with a pedigree as long as your arm. One of his does has a litter of five young from a Los Angeles pedigreed buck. "Nellie Bly" has been bred to "Red Prince," a $250 pedigreed buck, while the doctor has still another doe that has been bred to Lord Banbury, a $300 Los Angeles hare. The doctor is doing much to bring the breeding of Belgian hares to the front in Jackson County.
    Messrs. Purdin, Hawkins, Amann, and others, also have Belgian hares, and are taking much interest in them.
    Masters Simon Patterson and Paul Goodwyn, two bright young men of this city, have a very nice rabbitry at the home of Henry Patterson in North Medford and devote much time to it.--Free Press.
Valley Record, Ashland, June 28, 1900, page 1

    Dr. Goble is making a professional visit to Klamath County.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, October 4, 1900, page 1

    Dr. Goble, the optician who fixes glasses for eyes that stay fixed, was at Ashland this week upon professional business. Mr. Goble has worked himself into a good business in Southern Oregon--and all because he is capable and honest, and a mighty fine gentleman generally.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, August 10, 1900, page 6

    Dr. Goble, the Medford optician, left Wednesday for Klamath Falls, where he expects to remain for a couple or three weeks. The people of that town who have work that needs attending to in the doctor's line can rest assured that it will be scientifically and honestly looked after. Dr. Goble is an honest man and a thoroughly competent oculist. His most ardent admirers here are those for whom he has rendered service.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, September 14, 1900, page 7

    Capt. G. and Mrs. C. E. Goble have moved from their former residence, corner Fourth and A, to one residence north, same street, where Mrs. Goble will continue to teach vocal and instrumental music.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, November 2, 1900, page 7

    Dr. J. G. Goble returned several days ago from Klamath Falls.
"News of Society: Medford," Oregonian, Portland, November 18, 1900, page 15

    A suit for a divorce has been commenced by Bessie Brous Plymale against Francis Gabriel Plymale. F. Fitch is her attorney.

"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, November 19, 1900, page 3

    Tobe Brouse was over at Yreka last week, in which place he took a 48-hour sleep, under the influence of Prof. Griffith, the hypnotist. The professor passed through Medford Saturday, en route to Roseburg, where entertainments were given this week. He was accompanied by Tobe, who undoubtedly took another long sleep in that city. The Mail is of the opinion the young man is making a mistake in taking these unnatural sleeps. The strongest constitution is bound to be impaired from that kind of usage.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, January 4, 1901, page 7    Hypnotists would advertise their shows by displaying a hypnotized person in a shop window.

    Dr. Goble and Billie Isaacs took a day off Tuesday and went duck hunting on Rogue River. The net result of the day wasn't all that a sportsman could wish. The ducks had moved camp.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, January 11, 1901, page 6

    Tobe Brouse, who has been traveling with Griffith, the hypnotist, returned from Roseburg Sunday in company with the other members of that company. He expects to return to California soon.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, January 18, 1901, page 6

    Griffith, the faker, gave three performances at the U.S. Hall this week, and then skipped for new pastures. He never goes over the same ground twice, for the people who are prone to take stock in his pretentions discover the fraud he perpetrates on them in due time.
    That the American people love to be humbugged was again illustrated by those who nightly attended the performances of one Griffith, a cheap faker, who wears a No. 6 hat and No. 12 boots, and poses as a hypnotist having supernatural powers. We feel sorry for those who were victims of his charlatantry.

"Local Notes,"
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 24, 1901, page 5

    Griffith, the faker, is now giving exhibitions at Eugene. As usual, he put Tobe Brous, his confederate, in a trance, from which he was "awakened" after 24 hours of dreaming.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 31, 1901, page 7

    Mrs. C. E. Goble left last Friday for Grinnell, Iowa, where she expects to reside. Her mother, who is eighty-odd years of age, resides there, and is in quite feeble health.

"Purely Personal,"
Medford Mail, February 15, 1901, page 6

    Dr. Bohannon, the cancer specialist, since our last issue has successfully treated the following ladies: Mrs. J. G. Goble and Mrs. F. Barneburg, of Medford, and Mrs. Nora Frazier, of Grants Pass. Mrs. Britton, whom he had previously treated, is reported to be doing nicely and will soon be entirely recovered from the effects of the treatment--and no cancer, or semblance of one, will remain. The other operations are proving equally as hopeful, and nothing seems now in the way of speedy recovery. The doctor's success in this locality in the treatment of cancers is indeed marvelous, and there are many people living hereabouts who can attribute their prolonged life to his skill. He will remain in Medford until April 1st.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, March 15, 1901, page 7

    Tobe Brouse returned to Medford Saturday from Corvallis, where he parted company with Griffith, the hypnotist.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, March 29, 1901, page 6

    Mrs. Dr. Goble is being visited by her sister, Mrs. Reeves, who arrived from her home in eastern Oregon recently. The former is suffering from a malignant cancer, we are sorry to learn.

"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 18, 1901, page 7

    Mrs. Martha A. Goble, wife of J. G. Goble, the Medford optician, died at her home in Medford Monday, June 17th. Mrs. Goble had cancer of the breast, and was attended by Dr. Bohannon, but upon examination [he] informed her that it was a hopeless case; there was little hope of a cure. The case was a sad one, indeed, as she leaves a husband and boy to mourn her departure.

"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 20, 1901, page 5

Card of Thanks.
    We desire to express our heartfelt thanks to all those kind friends and neighbors whose services were so freely and willingly tendered us during the last illness and death of our beloved wife, mother and sister. When such afflictions come to you may such true friends be found to sympathize with and assist you.
Medford Mail, June 21, 1901, page 2

    After a lingering illness from cancer, Mrs. Martha A. Goble, wife of Dr. J. G. Goble of this city, died at the family residence on North D Street last Tuesday morning, at the age of twenty-five years and ten months, leaving a husband, a baby boy, two years old, and a sister to mourn her untimely death. Mrs. Goble was born at Marshall, Michigan, August 18, 1875. Her mother died during her early childhood, and when thirteen years of age moved with her father to Centralia, Washington. She was educated in the public schools of Centralia, after which she moved to Roseburg, where she resided with her sister, Mrs. C. L. Reeves. During her residence at Roseburg she met and was married to Dr. J. G. Goble, December 1, 1897. After traveling with her husband for a year or more they located in Medford, where they have since resided. Mrs. Goble was a member in good standing of Roseburg Hive No. 11 Ladies of Maccabees, and of Reames Chapter No. 66, O.E.S., under whose auspices she was buried Wednesday, the funeral services being held at the family residence, Rev. W. B. Moore officiating. The services at the grave were conducted by the O.E.S. chapter and were very impressive. A large number of friends congregated at the grave to pay their last respects to a departed wife, mother and friend. Mrs. Goble during her residence in this city has made a large circle of friends, whose sympathy for the bereaved family is surpassed only by their grief at the loss of a friend of such ennobling character as was possessed by the deceased.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, June 21, 1901, page 7

Mrs. J. G. Goble, of Medford.
    MEDFORD, Or., June 20.--Mrs. Martha Stinchcomb Goble died at her home here Monday, aged 25 years 10 months. She was born in Marshall, Mich., in 1875. When a small child her parents moved to Kansas. In that state, Mrs. Goble's mother died. At the age of 13 Mrs. Goble moved to Centralia, Wash., graduating from the public schools at that place. She then went to Roseburg, Or., to live with her sister, Mrs. C. L. Reeves. While there she married Dr. J. G. Goble, December 1, 1897. She had resided here two years. Mrs. Goble was a member of the Roseburg Hive, Ladies of the Maccabees, and of the local chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, which order conducted the funeral Tuesday.
Oregonian, Portland, June 21, 1901, page 4

    Martha A. Goble, wife of Dr. J. G. Goble and mother of Lloyd J., was born in Marshall, Missouri, Aug. 18, 1875, and died at her home in Medford June 17, 1901. When four years of age her parents moved to Kansas, her mother dying one year later, leaving her to the care of her father. At the age of 13 she moved with her parents to Centralia, Wash., and was educated in the public school of that place. After which she moved to Roseburg, Oregon, where she met and was married to Dr. Goble, Dec. 1, 1897. About one year and [a] half later with her husband they settled in Medford and reside here until the time of her death. She leaves a husband and baby boy two years old, a sister and many friends to mourn their loss. She was a member of Roseburg Hive No. 11, Ladies of the Maccabees, and of the Reames Chapter No. 66, Eastern Star. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. B. Moore at the M.E. Church, and concluded at the cemetery by the Eastern Star.
Medford Enquirer, June 22, 1901, page 4

    Dr. Goble, the optician, will be at his residence in Medford on Saturday of each week. Eyes tested free of charge. Corner Fourth and D streets.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, July 5, 1901, page 7

    Dr. Goble was unfortunate in getting his right hand severely lacerated while handling a gun, over at Sisson last week. Five stitches were required to be taken in closing up the wound.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, July 26, 1901, page 7

    Dr. J. G. Goble, the optician, of Medford, is in Coos County and will visit all the towns during the month of August.  If your eyes need attention wait till he comes to your town.
Coquille City Bulletin, August 2, 1901

    "Dr. J. G. Goble, of Medford, was in Roseburg Oct. 9th, and received a check of $1000 from the K.O.T.M., through the record keeper of Roseburg Hive, No. 11, as the insurance carried by his wife, recently deceased."--Grants Pass Mining Journal.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, October 25, 1901, page 7

    Dr. Goble left Wednesday morning for Klamathon and other California points, to be absent three weeks.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, November 15, 1901, page 6

    The opera house was well filled on Saturday evening to witness the athletic entertainment. There was some disappointment on account of changes in the program, but this was no fault of the management, as two local boxers who had agreed to appear failed, for some reason, to show up. L. C. Narregan made a short address defining the object of the entertainment, then H. W. and W. Jackson opened the performance with a five-round exhibition, and showed considerable cleverness. The wrestling match between Rumley and Bonar was won easily by the former, neither man showing any great proficiency. The barrel contest between Tobe Brouse and Arthur Robinson was productive of much merriment and resulted in a draw. "Kid" Gannon of Portland and Frank Freeman, of Spokane, sparred ten rounds to wind up the show. Neither man extended himself much, but there were occasional very clever bits of sparring. The contest was awarded to Freeman in the fifth round on a foul, but on mutual agreement the men went the balance of the ten rounds. The Medford band furnished excellent music for the occasion. The door receipts were over $90.
    The following named seven young men--Tobe Brouse, Jack Plymale, Eugene Childers, Dale Hazel, Rube Murray, M. Adams and Art Robinson, sang louder, about four o'clock Sunday morning, than was thought by Chief of Police Johnson to be in keeping with the dignity of the city at that hour of the night, when serenades are not expected nor welcomed, and on Monday morning he filed complaints against them before Recorder York, charging them with disturbing the peace. Someone apprised the boys of what was going on, and all of them called upon the recorder, unsolicited, and paid $5 each into the city's exchequer. Some of these are not really bad boys by any means, neither are they boisterous, ordinarily, but they seem to have overstepped the boundary of law and order this time. However, this little draft on their bank accounts may have a salutary effect upon them, and it may be the best investment of $5 they ever made.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, December 6, 1901, page 9

    Mrs. C. L. Reeves, sister-in-law of Dr. Goble, left Sunday for a visit in Centralia, Wash. She was accompanied by Mr. Goble's little child.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, December 20, 1901, page 6

    Mrs. C. L. Reeves, who has been visiting with her brother, Dr. J. G. Goble, several months, left Sunday for Centralia, Wash.
"News of Society: Medford," Oregonian, Portland, December 22, 1901, page 19

    Mrs. C. L. Reeves of Centralia, Wash., who has been in Roseburg before and since the death of her sister, Mrs. J. G. Goble, has returned home, accompanied by her nephew, Lloyd Goble.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, December 26, 1901, page 3

    Mrs. E. Weston visited in Medford last week with her sister, Mrs. Bessie Plymale.
Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, February 13, 1902, page 3

    Dr. Goble left Monday for northern California points, where he will practice his profession, that of oculist, for a couple of weeks.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, March 7, 1902, page 6

    Dr. J. G. Goble and Mrs. Bessie M. Plymale, of Medford, were united in marriage last Tuesday evening at the home of the bride by Rev. T. L. Crandall. The invited guests present were: Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Miller, W. F. Isaacs and Tobe Brouse. The bridal couple left on the morning train to pass part of their honeymoon in Grants Pass. It will probably be a month or so before they will be at home to their friends. Dr. Goble is not only a prominent oculist, but he is well liked by all classes. The bride is a well known and popular society leader. They have the congratulations of a host of friends.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, March 27, 1902, page 4

    On Tuesday evening of this week there was performed in this city the ceremony which joined in holy wedlock Dr. J. G. Goble and Mrs. Bessie Plymale, both residents of this city.
    The ceremony was performed at the bride's residence, on North C Street, by Rev. T. L. Crandall, pastor of the First Baptist Church, and in the presence of only a few of the interested parties' most intimate friends, they being merchant and Mrs. D. H. Miller, W. F. Isaacs and Edgar Brous.
    The bride was beautifully attired in a tailor-made suit of grayish green broadcloth trimmed in pearl gray, while the groom wore the conventional suit of black.
    Both the bride and groom are well and most favorably known in this city, and where they have friends--a great number who are right now pleased because of this opportunity to congratulate two as popular young people as these truly are. The bride has grown from childhood in our midst and is as fine a lady as a Medford roof ever sheltered. The groom is a practical optician and has been a resident of Medford for several years and has many warm and steadfast friends.
    The happy couple left Wednesday morning for Grants Pass, where they will remain for about a month, afterwards returning to Medford, where they will reside permanently.
    The Mail extends its heartiest congratulations, and coupled with these is a wish that their lives may always be rose-hued, happy and prosperous.
Medford Mail, March 28, 1902, page 6

    Dr. Goble, the clever optician, and his newly made wife, got back from their honeymoon Sunday, but left next day for Grants Pass. They will visit several Southern Oregon points before returning.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 10, 1902, page 5

    Dr. and Mrs. J. G. Goble came up from Grants Pass Sunday and returned Monday. They will remain in Grants Pass until the last of the month, when they will take up permanent residence here.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, April 11, 1902, page 6

    Dr. G. Goble, the optician, is at Albany, on professional business, accompanied by his wife.
"Medford Squibs,"
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, June 12, 1902, page 2

    Dr. and Mrs. J. C. Goble and Master Leslie Plymale returned to Medford Monday from the Willamette Valley, where they have been for several months. The doctor has been making stops at all the most prominent cities, and in each of them he did a good business in the practice of his profession, that of optician. He will now settle down again in Medford and make this city his permanent place of residence.
"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, August 15, 1902, page 6

    Dr. and Mrs. J. G. Goble returned Monday from the Willamette Valley, where they have been visiting several months.

"News of Society: Medford," Oregonian, Portland, August 17, 1902, page 18

    The many friends of J. G. Goble and Will Isaacs, two of our popular townsmen, gave them a complimentary dancing party at Wilson's opera house Monday night. It was a handsome affair and thoroughly enjoyed by the participants. Superior music was furnished by Signor Boffa's orchestra. Mr. Isaacs has since gone north, to resume his duties as traveling representative of a prominent wholesale firm.
"Local Notes," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, August 28, 1902, page 5

    W. F. Isaacs and Dr. J. G. Goble returned Monday evening from their several months' canvass of the inland towns of eastern Oregon. They were selling school supplies and optical goods and report having done a good business.

"Purely Personal," Medford Mail, October 31, 1902, page 6

    Mrs. E. D. Weston of Gold Hill is the guest of her sister, Mrs. J. G. Goble.
"Medford Squibs," Democratic Times, Jacksonville, January 21, 1903, page 4

    While resisting arrest by Special Policeman Eads on Sunday afternoon, Tobe Brous suffered a fracture of the right leg below the knee. There are several reports as to how and why the trouble came about. One of the reports is that Tobe and Dave Gibson were in conversation on D Street, in front of Helms' saloon, when Eads passed. Brous is said to have made a remark in effect that he was "living easy"--the rest of the sentence not having been supplied. Eads stepped in and said to him:--"You are my prisoner." Brous, it is said, demurred, asking the reason for his arrest, but the officer declined to enlighten him. Eads then tried to take his prisoner, but the latter caught hold of the bars across the window and the officer had to call help to get him loose. Eads then carried or dragged his prisoner to a point opposite the Nash sample rooms, where he struck his prisoner a blow in the face, knocking him partly through a window. He then jerked him back again, and the two fell upon the sidewalk, and in the mixup Brous' leg was broken. Another story is that Brous had been drinking and was making considerable noise; that he stepped out of Helms' saloon to the sidewalk, and that he was hallooing. Eads, it is said, stepped up to him and told him he must stop making so much noise, whereupon Brous became defiant and applied epithets which were not complimentary to the officer, and the arrest followed. Brous became more abusive and refused to accompany the officer quietly. He caught hold of the window bars, and the officer asked assistance from bystanders in getting him loose, which assistance was not given. Eads then caught Brous under the arms and was half pushing, half carrying him down [the] street, when Brous tripped the officer and both fell. When they arose Eads struck at Brous, but instead of hitting him, seized him by the shoulders and shoved him through the window, then pulled him out and both fell again. It was then that Brous announced that his leg was broken. Brous was taken to the Hotel Nash office and a physician was summoned. While waiting for the physician Brous, it is told, continued to abuse the officer. On the arrival of Drs. Jones and Shearer an examination was made and it was found that the leg was broken. Brous was at once taken to the residence of his brother-in-law, Dr. J. G. Goble, and the fracture was then reduced.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, February 13, 1903, page 7

    Dr. and Mrs. J. G. Goble left Tuesday for Klamath Falls, where they expect to remain during the summer months.

"News of Society: Medford," Oregonian, Portland, May 24, 1903, page 31

Stole a Watch.
    Tobe Brous of Medford in company with another fellow and two girls arrived in town Sunday night. On the train Brous had met a Mrs. B. A. Parker with the result that Mrs. Parker was minus a watch. She did not discover the loss until she passed this place and then telegraphed to Marshal Stevens. The quartet soon broke up, the girls leaving for home and Brous drunk and asleep over one of the saloons. He was located and finished his nap in the city jail after being relieved of the watch which was found in his pocket.
    Mrs. Parker did not appear to prosecute so Brous was released Monday noon and he immediately hit the road for home. On Wednesday Mrs. Parker sent for the watch. Her home is in Sellwood.
Rogue River Courier, Grants Pass, December 24, 1903, page 3

    Dr. J. G. Goble the optician will be at the Hotel Oregon on Monday and Tuesday, 28 and 29. Those wishing to consult him about their eyes will please call at the hotel.
"Brevities," Ashland Tidings, March 24, 1904, page 2

    Dr. Goble's office is in Butler's jewelry store, where he may be found every Saturday.
Medford Mail, October 13, 1905, page 5

    Several Medford citizens are installing electric motors and pumps for irrigating and other purposes. Wires are being strung now on North A Street by the Condor Water & Power Co. to convey the electric current to the motors installed by E. M. Denton, Dr. Goble, R. W. Bullock and Mrs. A. R. Phipps. The three first named will have motors of one horsepower and pumps to match, and will use the power, not only for pumping water for irrigating, but for other purposes as well. Dr. Goble and Mr. Bullock will get their water supply from wells, while Mr. Denton will pump from Bear Creek direct. 
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, April 6, 1906, page 5

    Dr. J. G. Goble, optician, who has been in this county for the past month, left Tuesday for his home in Southern Oregon. He will return to this section next spring
"Local Events," Del Norte Record, Crescent City, November 17, 1906, page 3

    Dr. J. G. Goble, an optician from Medford, Ore., arrived here Tuesday and will remain a few days.
"Keswick News Notes," Sacramento Union, May 3, 1907

    Dr. J. G. Goble, the well-known optician, of Medford, Ore., will visit all Coos Bay towns during Sept. For dates see this paper later.
The Coos Bay Times, August 31, 1907, page 4

    Dr. J. G. Goble, the well-known optician, has opened an optical parlor on 7th Street, opposite Wells Fargo Express office, where he has installed a complete line of the latest optical instruments known to the optical profession. Office hours 9 to 12 - 1 to 5. He has no other business.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, April 17, 1908, page 5

July 18, 1908 Southern Oregonian
July 18, 1908 Southern Oregonian

    Dr. Goble, the optician, has put in the past 10 years in the practice of his profession, 10 years of that time in Medford and Rogue River Valley. During that time he has fitted hundreds of people with glasses. If you are interested in your eyes, and think of having glasses made, ask some of those who have had their eyes fitted by him about his ability as an optician. He has no other business. He will positively guarantee to fit your eyes correctly. Office in Perry's warehouse.

"City Happenings," Medford Mail, May 15, 1908, page 5

Dr. J. G. Goble sign, Perry and Cox Warehouse, Medford, Oregon, May 1909
Dr. J. G. Goble's shingle on the Perry and Cox Warehouse, May 1909

August 1908 Medford Lights magazine
August 1908 Medford Lights magazine

    Dr. Goble has the most up-to-date optical parlor south of Portland. All the latest electrical apparatus and instruments for testing the sight.
    Dr. Goble's optical parlor is on Seventh Street, in Perry's warehouse. He guarantees all his glasses to be correctly fitted, and should it be necessary to do so, will change them free of charge.
"City Happenings," Medford Mail, May 22, 1908, page 5

May 4, 1910 Medford Mail Tribune
May 4, 1910 Medford Mail Tribune

    G. Goble, father of J. G. Goble, the optician, attempted suicide Wednesday afternoon, at the home of his son on North Riverside.
    Mr. Goble, who is over 60 years of age, had been worrying over the matter of the census enumeration. He has property in the upper Rogue River section and imagined that his title would be jeopardized if he was not counted there instead of in Medford. Wednesday afternoon he secured a revolver and retiring to his room fired four shots at his head, only one of which took effect, and that was simply a scalp wound.
    Mrs. Goble, his daughter-in-law, and Mr. N. G. Nicholson were in the house and immediately rushed to the room and disarmed the old gentleman. He is but slightly injured.
    Mr. Goble was only slightly injured and, acting upon the advice of friends and physicians, his son decided to have him examined for insanity. Judge Neil came over from Jacksonville yesterday evening and made out an order committing the old gentleman to the asylum.
    When his first hallucination developed several weeks ago--the idea that he would lose his homestead, or in any event his pension as an old soldier, possessed him--Dr. Goble took his revolver and removed the cartridges and hid the gun. The old man had evidently found the gun and also some cartridges in the woodshed. The ammunition had been discarded as faulty, and to this is probably due the fact that the bullet, instead of penetrating the skull, passed around it.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 5, 1910, page 4

May 10, 1910 Medford Mail Tribune
May 10, 1910 Medford Mail Tribune

    DIED--At Salem, Ore., May 13, Capt. Gemenemus Goble, aged 66 years, 9 days.
    He was a native of Rock Island, Illinois. Funeral services will be held at the residence of his son, Dr. J. G. Goble, corner of Sixth Street and Riverside Avenue, Sunday May 15, Rev. H. C. Hoxie officiating. Friends and acquaintances invited to attend.
Medford Mail Tribune, May 15, 1910, page 12

May 15, 1910 Medford Mail Tribune
May 15, 1910 Medford Mail Tribune

June 29, 1910 Medford Mail Tribune
June 29, 1910 Medford Mail Tribune


Medford Mail Tribune, July 12, 1910, page 4

August 14, 1910 Medford Mail Tribune
August 14, 1910 Medford Mail Tribune

August 21, 1910 Medford Mail Tribune
August 21, 1910 Medford Mail Tribune

September 22, 1910 Medford Mail Tribune
September 22, 1910 Medford Mail Tribune

    If you want to enjoy the show, take a pair of opera glasses with you. Dr. Goble has them at prices from $6.00 to $25.00. 301 East Main Street.
"Personal and Local," Medford Mail Tribune, December 5, 1910, page 2

    Dr. J. G. Goble and family spent Sunday at Bybee Bridge.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, June 19, 1911, page 2

LOTS for sale in Medford, second city of commercial importance in Oregon. Have 172 lots I will sell in blocks of 12 to 24 lots each, or total addition, at prices that will enable investors or real estate men to double their money; birdseye view photograph on application. Dr. J. G. Goble, Medford, Or.
"Real Estate," Sunday Oregonian, Portland, July 30, 1911, page B8

A Complete Lens Grinding Plant Installed by Dr. J. G. Goble, the Well-Known Optician.

    On Monday, August 8, we will remove to the building on the northeast corner of Bartlett and Main. This building has been completely overhauled and refitted for our use.
    Dr. Goble has been practicing in Medford for the past twelve years, and the recent rapid growth of the city has demonstrated to him the necessity of having a complete lens-grinding outfit right here in Medford.
    Heretofore it has been necessary to send prescriptions to San Francisco or Portland to have the lenses ground, thus necessitating a delay of from four to five days before persons could get their glasses.
    We expect to continue to do business in our new stand, where we hope to welcome all our old friends and patrons, and also to make many new friends.
    We are here to stay and have no other business.
Medford Mail Tribune, August 7, 1910, page 4

    Dr. and Mrs. J. G. Goble returned Tuesday from Redding, Cal.
"Society," Medford Mail Tribune, September 16, 1911, page 10

Local Business Men Purchase Tract on East Side Which They Plan To Dispose Of
On Easy Terms to Those Who Would Build Homes.
    Judge W. S. Crowell and Dr. J. G. Goble have given further evidence of their faith in the future growth and development of Medford and the Rogue River Valley by purchasing from Mrs. A. R. Phipps the beautiful and sightly "Laurelhurst Addition" to the city of Medford.
    The property lies just north of Queen Ann addition and is one block north of the Roosevelt School, fronting Roosevelt Avenue on the west and East Jackson Boulevard on the south.
    Most of this property is high and sightly and affords an excellent view of the city and valley.
    It is a recognized fact that the east side is becoming a site for many fine homes, and Laurelhurst is one of the finest owing to its close proximity to a modern school, the gentle slope of the ground toward the city and the paving on Roosevelt and Queen Ann avenues.
    The new owners will put this property on the market on easy payments and with modern building restrictions.
Medford Mail Tribune, February 16, 1912, page 6

    Dr. and Mrs. J. G. Goble returned Saturday from a several weeks' visit to San Francisco and a number of coast towns in northern California.

"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, January 8, 1912, page 2

    Dr. J. G. Goble, the oculist, left Tuesday evening for Crescent City and Eureka, Cal. He will be absent three or four weeks.

"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, February 21, 1912, page 2

Medford Mail Tribune, April 24, 1912
April 24, 1912 Medford Mail Tribune

    Dr. J. G. Goble returned Saturday night from a six weeks' professional trip to various towns and cities in California, returning by way of Crescent City. Mr. Goble says if there are any people in Medford who have gotten the foolish notion into their heads that this city is quiet they should at once make the trip he has made and be, as he has been, dissuaded from clinging to any such delusion. He says these California towns are like Sunday every day insofar as life and business are concerned.
"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, April 22, 1912, page 2
Medford Sun, December 22, 1912
Dr. Goble's "big eye" sign in the window of the Phipps Building at Main and Bartlett in 1912.

    This is to inform you that I have purchased the optical business and grinding plant of Dr. J. G. Goble and am now prepared to test and fit your eyes and grind your lenses. We have the most complete and up-to-date optical parlor south of Portland and the only grinding plant between Portland and Sacramento. We grind our own lenses, so you can have your glasses soon after fitting and not be compelled to wait five or six days for them. We can also duplicate your broken glasses. All we require is a piece of the broken lens.
    The lenses and frames we use are the best that can be procured, our prices are reasonable and our guarantee is good, as we are permanently located in Medford. We can also give you the benefit of seventeen years' practice in optometry. We would be pleased to see all of Dr. Goble's old customers as well as many new ones.
    Yours very truly,
Doctor of Optometry.
301 East Main St. Opposite Kentner's
Medford Mail Tribune, October 12, 1912, page 8

    Dr. J. G. Goble, who has been in the east for several weeks, returned to Medford during the week.

"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, August 25, 1913, page 2

    Mrs. J. G. Goble, who was operated upon Thursday at the hospital, is improving rapidly.

"Local and Personal," Medford Mail Tribune, March 14, 1914, page 5

Well-Known Refractionist Here.
    Dr. J. G. Goble is in the city on one of his regular visits, with offices at Cunningham Apartments, Tenth and Pine streets, opposite Central School. If your eyes or glasses need attention, see him. If you cannot call, phone or write him, and he will call on you without extra charge. He will visit all towns in the county.
Klamath Falls Evening Herald, August 16, 1915, page 3

    Born--To the wife of Mr. Tobe Brouse, on North Central, May 30, a Memorial [Day] son.
"North Medford," Medford Sun, June 1, 1916, page 4

    The well-known optician, is now in the city for an extended stay, with a view of locating in Klamath Falls permanently. If you wish to consult him, his temporary office is in the Jacobs Block, over the Ashland fruit store, corner Third and Main streets. He will call at your residence, if you wish.
Klamath Falls Evening Herald, 
December 11, 1916, page 2

    Dr. J. G. Goble, the optician, will be in Klamath Falls all next week, January 14-20, Jacobs Block, over Ashland grocery. Hill Apartments.

Klamath Falls Evening Herald,
January 15, 1917, page 2

February 15, 1918 Klamath Falls Evening Herald
February 15, 1918 Klamath Falls Evening Herald

December 19, 1918 Klamath Falls Evening Herald

December 19, 1918 Klamath Falls Evening Herald

May 27, 1921 Klamath Falls Evening Herald
May 27, 1921 Klamath Falls Evening Herald

December 12, 1921 Klamath Falls Evening Herald
December 12, 1921 Klamath Falls Evening Herald

    Lloyd Goble, son of Dr. and Mrs. J. G. Goble, will arrive home this evening from Portland, where he has been attending the Portland Optical College, to spend Christmas with his parents.
"Personal Mention," Klamath Falls Evening Herald,
December 23, 1922, page 4

    E. W. (Tobe) Brous, who was superintendent of the prison farm at Salem, and was formerly a resident of Medford, passed away Wednesday night at the Deaconess Hospital in Portland, following a short illness.
    A native of Iowa, where he was born September 18, 1880, he came to Oregon with his family as a boy. He was reared in Medford, where he made his home for many years.
    Funeral services are to be conducted at the Perl Funeral Home in Medford at 10 a.m. Saturday, with Reverend E. S. Bartlam of St. Mark's Episcopal Church officiating. Interment will be in the family plot in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.
    Mr. Brous is survived by two sisters, Mrs. J. G. Goble of Yreka, Cal., and Mrs. E. D. Weston of Portland.

Medford Mail Tribune, October 12, 1934, page 1

    In the obituary for the late Edgar W. (Tobe) Brous, formerly of this city, who passed away at Salem recently, the name of Charles David Brouse of Salem, only son of the deceased, was omitted through error. Funeral services were conducted here Saturday morning, attended by Chas. Brous.
Medford Mail Tribune, October 14, 1934, page 7

Doctor J. G. Goble Dies from Injuries
Sustained in Auto Crash Saturday
    Dr. Judson G. Goble, optometrist of Yreka, was fatally injured at 1:30 Saturday afternoon, December 23rd, 5.5 miles south of Yreka near the Apache Dance Hall, as he came to a broad curve on the highway.
    Apparently the car went straight ahead and out into the gravel at the side and jumped a 30 foot irrigation ditch before it finally came to a halt.
    Raymond Black, who was sitting on the porch of his home, observed the accident and stated the above facts. He said it appeared to him that the driver of the car had evidently dozed off.
    Another to note the accident was Amos Dennis of Weed, facing the car and traveling about 50 miles or less per hour, saw the car sweep across the highway and jump the ditch. He and Black and others rushed to the driver's aid and were shocked to discover it was Dr. Goble.
    A hurried call brought out an ambulance, and within 35 minutes following the accident the beloved doctor passed away at the County General Hospital in Yreka.
    Captain Dailey, checking up on the accident and reporting it, stated the Doctor had evidently been knocked unconscious against the top of the car, where he sustained bad head injuries, and as he came down he was jammed into the steering wheel, and injured about the chest and abdomen.
    Dr. Goble was en route to Mt. Shasta to deliver a pair of glasses to a client. He was in the habit of taking a short nap after lunch, and it is believed he dozed off for a few seconds just as he came to the curve.
    J. E. Turner & Sons prepared the body, which they took to Medford.
    Funeral services were conducted today at 11:00 o'clock at Medford at the Perl Funeral Mortuary with the Medford Elks officiating. The Doctor has been a member of that order for a number of years. He was one of its charter members.
    Dr. Goble was Yreka City Mayor for two terms, 1935 and 1936. He was one of our prominent civic leaders for some years.
    The Doctor's hobby, like that of Mrs. Goble, was trap shooting, he having organized the Yreka Gun Club, of which he was president. He won the Pacific International Trapshooting Association Invitational Meet at Sacramento in 1936. Mrs. Goble held the Pacific Coast Championship in 1938.
    Dr. Goble was born August 12th, 1869 at White Creek, Wisconsin, a son of Captain and Caroline Goble.
    Dr. Goble came to Yreka in 1928, coming here from Medford, and before that time he was located at Klamath Falls, Oregon, where a son, Dr. Lloyd Goble, lives. He has also a stepson, Leslie Plymale of Olympia, Washington, and a granddaughter, Margaret Plymale, who makes her home here with her grandparents. The widow, Mrs. Bessie Goble, survives, and to her a host of friends extend their sympathy.

Yreka Journal, Yreka, California, December 27, 1939

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