Last Word on Weibles (for now)

Business was booming for Colt's great-great grandpa in Canal Dover from 1880-82.

Hot off the Press, from Your Local Dover Argus…

I thought I’d round out this week’s Weible Lovefeast with a neato find.

Earlier, I shared Hortense Wible’s contention that it was her uncle, Franklin Eli (my great-great grandfather), and not her father, David, who first changed the spelling of the family’s name, a move that caused no uncertain tension between Franklin and his father, Frederick Weible.

Funny thing was, David’s descendants kept the “Wible” spelling, on down to “Scoop” Wible, of my grandparents’ generation, and well beyond, while Franklin Eli and his descendants were politely buried under the proper Weible.

But tonight I uncovered printed evidence of what Franklin Eli may have been up to with altering the family name, at least when it came to public relations.

Below are two newspaper advertisements from the Dover Weekly Argus. The first, from 1880, ran in several editions that year, and advertises his business as a dealer in lumber.

The second, from 1882, also ran frequently, and announces his new furniture business, in partnership with a Mr. Hard.

I found them both on’s extensive — though never as extensive as I need it be — newspaper archives.

As for playing fast and loose with his surname’s spelling — Franklin Eli, you’re busted. But it appears as though business, back then, was booming.

Check back on for the full newspaper pages.

Tomorrow — life sketch of Grace (Foutz) Chaney, daughter and seemingly only long-term survivor of my great-grandfather’s oldest brother, Sherman Foutz, who appeared in more than a few newspapers himself.

from the Dover Weekly Argus, May 1880

from the Dover Weekly Argus, 1882

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