Leo Frank Hoobler
was born November 19,
1906 in Moulton, Loup County, Nebraska. He died August 10, 1962 in Sargent,
Custer County, Nebraska and was buried August 13, 1962 in Moulton Cemetery, Loup
County, Nebraska. Leo married Esther on November 19, 1928 in Ord, Valley County,
Nebraska. Esther was born September 1, 1908 in Walworth, Custer County,
Nebraska. She died December 12, 2000 in Sargent, Nebraska and was buried
alongside of Leo.
Leo was not an educated man, completing the eighth grade. The oldest child of a large family he was expected to work supporting the younger members. Like many of the oldest males of this era, they were expected to work the farms much as slaves would. I wonder how many siblings ever appreciated what their older brothers really did for them.
After graduation Esther worked at the Taylor telephone office, then at the hotel in Sargent. After that her dad bought a little grocery store in Taylor which she operated for about a year. He bought the store from Frank Hoobler and that is how she met his son Leo Hoobler. They enjoyed each otherís company during that time and then were married November 19, 1928. They moved to a farm 20 miles west of Taylor. His uncle, Clarence Hoobler, was owner of the place. On their first year of farming in late June they had a severe hailstorm. It hailed everything to the ground.
Esther was expecting their first baby at that time and her mother was very ill with cancer. Not having any crops and many other things caused them to have many financial problems. Eunice was born November 13, 1929. Estherís mother died December 5, 1929. The following year began the great depression of the 30ís. There was drought so they couldnít raise much nor sell what little was raised. They continued to hang on under many difficulties. January 5, 1932 Melvin was born at Taylor. The following spring they moved to what was known as the Capek ranch. The drought and depression continued and things were much harder for them. On August 6, 1933 Melvin died. Leo found him - he had fallen into a stock-watering tank. He was buried at the Moulton Cemetery. Lewis was born December 10, 1933 at Moulton in their home. And still the drought and depression got worse. In the fall of 1934, they sold what little they had. He got an old Model T truck and they went to Texas where he expected to work with a friend as a mechanic, but that didnít work out. Just not enough work to provide for two families. So they loaded up and went back to Nebraska. They lived with Leoís folks a few months, then cleaned out and moved into the basement house belonging to Roy Austin, which was about two miles straight west of the Moulton Cemetery. The winter of 1936 was so cold and bad that they closed the school. The family went and stayed with John Hoobler, who then lived on the Hoobler ranch. Then Leo could help them with chores, etc. and not have to make the three-mile trip, and they didnít have to maintain and heat a home. Thatís how it was in the 30í s.
In the spring of 1937 he got a job as a mechanic from Ted Goos who had just bought a garage in Sargent. February 14, 1937 they moved into two rooms in a house at the east end of Sargent. To begin his job in Sargent, he got $7.00 a week and worked 7 days a week and evenings. Goos closed the shop in 1939, John Cosner bought it and he worked for him. She began to work at the Dependon Store just to help when they were short of employees during WW II. That became a full time job in 1946. In 1946 they built the square garage and he had his own business. A good carpenter friend of Leoís helped him tear down an old barn. They hauled the lumber to town and built the new shop. He ran his own garage until his death in 1962.
In August of 1967 she bought a house from Jack Chaffin and moved into it August 13, 1967. She resided in this house until her death. In September 1964 she closed the Dependon Store and went to work for Norlandís, who were putting in a new dry goods store. They stayed only one year and closed the store. Then she went to work at Poland Chevrolet on October 1, 1965. She worked there until July 1, 1984 when retiring for good.
Leo and Esther made many trips visiting family and friends. They always planned their trips to scenic places while maintaining a close bond with family. Even after Leoís death Esther continued this trend. Estherís last effort was to get the descendants of Lewis Wells together for a reunion. This was a couple who enjoyed each other in life and probably in death.
LAST RITES MONDAY FOR LEO HOOBLER
Funeral services were held Monday at the Methodist Church in Sargent for Leo Frank Hoobler 55, of Sargent who passed away Friday night from a heart attack. Interment was in the Moulton Cemetery.
Mr. Hoobler, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hoobler of Broken Bow, is well known here having grown to manhood here.
He is survived by his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Ernest Mosley and a son, Lewis both of Derby, Kan.; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hoobler of Broken Bow; two brothers, Ford "Buz" of Broken Bow and Morris of Salina, Kan.; two sisters, Mrs. Abe (Conda) Duryea of Alliance and Mrs. Phyllis Billiard of Lincoln; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son Melvin.
SARGENT ó Esther M. Hoobler, 92, of Sargent, died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000, at the Jennie Melham Memorial Hospital in Broken Bow.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Christ in Sargent. The Rev. Marty Robbins will officiate. Burial will be in Moulton Cemetery.
Rhoad Funeral Chapel in Sargent is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Church of Christ.
Mrs. Hoobler was born Sept. 1, 1908, in Walworth to Lewis Walter and Louisa Christina (Bitter) Wells. She attended school north of Sargent and then moved west of Taylor until 1921. She graduated from Taylor High School in 1927.
On Nov. 19, 1928, she married Leo Frank Hoobler in Ord. They lived in Moulton and Canadian, Texas, before moving to Sargent in the spring of 1937. Mr. Hoobler died Aug. 10, 1962. She worked in a grocery store until its closure, and then she went to work as a bookkeeper for an auto dealership in Sargent until retirement.
She was a past member of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include one son, Lewis Hoobler of Wichita, Kan.; one daughter, Eunice Mosley of Mill Creek, Wash.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Melvin; six brothers, Earl, Ralph, Lee, Ray, Reuben and Rene; and one sister, Ruby Ferguson.