Community historian Carole Goble dies

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County is mourning the loss of historian and preservationist Carole Goble, who passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Goble was born in 1932 and raised in the Prairie Point and Bertram communities, serving with her family as a member of the First Christian Church of Bertram. Goble grew up and developed a love for her county's history, and went on to make a significant impact on Burnet County throughout the years.

Goble's passion for the preservation of Burnet County history stemmed from her own upbringing; her ancestors arrived in the area in 1872, and she came from a family rooted deep in the County's heritage.

Carole graduated from Bertram High School and married Billie Joe Goble, and the two raised their eight children — including Burnet Mayor Christa Goble Bromley — in many places across the country throughout Bill's time in the Marine Corps and returned to Burnet County after 30 years.

From then on, Goble dedicated her life to preserving the history and traditions of the area through her service in the Burnet County Historical Commission since 1987 and the Burnet County Heritage Society since 1986. She served as chair, among other offices, of the Historical Commission and made a lasting impression on her fellow members.

“Carole has been a role model for people for as many years as I can remember,” said current BCHC Chair JoAnn Myers. “She was on the Historical Commission when I joined in 2000, and has been a mentor, a role model, and a font of knowledge for everybody she has come in contact with.”

Goble also served as a curator at Fort Croghan Museum and Grounds, and is known for her historical research which has benefited the area in many ways, including the procurement of Historical Markers for many property owners across the county. Goble was recognized as the BCHC's Citizen of Note and given the Commission's Distinguished Service Award in 2016 for her tireless efforts.

In a summary of Goble's accomplishments at the presentation of her Distinguished Service Award, Myers called Goble a “walking encyclopedia of Burnet County History,” who shared her knowledge with anyone who asked it.

“She has influenced all kinds of people throughout her career here as, what I consider her, the local historian,” Myers said. “If anyone had a question about anything, we would go to Carole.

“She had it all in her head and was eager to share, mentored everybody on preservation, and encouraged us to do as much as we can.”

Goble's endless list of accomplishments also include her 2009 publication of “Images of America – Burnet,” a pictorial history of the area, the organization of the 2015 Fall Meeting of the Edwards Plateau Historical Association which attracted 65 visitors to Burnet to hear historical accounts of the area, and a presentation of a history program at the 2015 Burnet County Area Fair.

Goble also served on the City of Burnet Historical Commission, as a member of the Friends of the Bertram Library, a member and officer of the Bertram American Legion Auxiliary, and the Auxiliary of Burnet Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Goble's deep respect for her community was reflected in the many services she performed. She worked for LACare, Burnet's local food bank, since 1985 and was an active member of the Prairie Flower Garden Club, whose members keep the gardens around the Bertram Library, City Hall, and assist in the Green house at Bertram Elementary School.

All this – and more – Goble accomplished during her meaningful life in Burnet County, while raising a family, passing on traditions to future generations, and carrying the history of Burnet County on her shoulders with humble knowledge and persistence.

In a progressive time such as this, the preservation of history has become more and more precious, and Goble fought for it with unfaltering determination, ensuring her values would live on for years and continue to impact the community she called home.

Last February, Goble was named the Outstanding Senior Citizen at the 63rd Annual Burnet Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet to honor her commitment to her community.

“She did make a terrific impact on the preservation and history of the community,” Myers said. “And not only did she influence the community, but she raised her children to have the same value of history and they are all doing the same thing she did.

“Carole will be missed by the whole community, the whole county.”

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