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Gobler Family—White Lake (S.D.)—Photo Collection

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2016-090

Content Description

The collection consists of numerous postcards and one leather-bound photo album of images in the possession of Frances (Bohen) Ahrens. The images mainly concern the Gobler family of White Lake (S.D.) most of the images are unidentified. Charles and Katie (Wirt) Gobler came to South Dakota, via Wisconsin, in 1882 where they settled in Aurora County, White Lake Township near White Lake. Photos of the Gobler’s and their youngest child Lorena are identified. There are a number of family scenes taken in the White Lake area. In addition there are postcards specifically of town scenes of White Lake. The collection also includes identified early images of Dakota Wesleyan University (Mitchell, S.D.) and a public school in Volga (S.D.). Other topics include early automobiles, farm animals (specifically horses, cattle and a pig), young women in Geisha costumes, women and flowers, women in swimsuits and photographs of groups of school aged women. The majority of the postcard images are of family scenes, particularly picnics. The photo album contains carte de vistite images from roughly the 1880s, mainly of Gobler family members, presumably while they were in Wisconsin. A number of images are of men dressed as “Turners” or members of a German-American gymnastic clubs.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • 1880s
  • 1910s-1930s


0.25 Cubic Feet