North, son of Abram and Catharine Cable, was born c May 1867 in Pennsylvania and by 1870, the family was living in Schuyler County, Missouri.
1870 Census – Missouri – Schuyler
County – Prairie Township – Post Office: Lancaster
He was married in Missouri to Laura Wright on November 21, 1894.
1900 Census – Missouri – Randolph
County, Prairie Township
North and Laura were divorced in 1905.--Moberly Monitor, Moberly, Missouri
North Cable, a foreman at the Eagle Coal Mine, has moved his family and household effects from north Johnson to the Haley property on north Greeley street.--Moberly Monitor, Moberly, Missouri, April 6, 1909
1910 Census – Illinois – Sangamon
County, Capitol Township
Asleep On Track
Higbee Man Was Killed By Train
Thomas Cable, 33 years old, was struck and instantly killed about 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon by the north bound "Katy" passenger, at a point a short distance west of Elliott. The accident was in the vicinity of Wilcox, a small coaling station.
The train crew picked up the body and brought it to the Martin & Martin undertaking parlors in this city. The body was badly mangled.
The engineer of the train stated that the deceased was lying on the track apparently asleep. The engineer applied the brakes in an attempt to avoid hitting the sleeping man, but he was too close to Mr. Cable at the time and the train passed over his body.
The deceased had made his home in Elliott and Higbee for many years. He is well known to many of our citizens and was familiarly known to all his friends as "Sailor."
Surviving him are four brothers and three sisters: Asa and Perry Cable of Elliott; North and Abe Cable, of Springfield, Ill.; Mrs. Lizzie Crawford, of Higbee; Mrs. Fay Lewis, of Ottumwa, and Miss Ella Cable, of St. Louis.
The remains will be taken to Higbee at 12:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. A short funeral service will be held at the grave. Burial will be in the Higbee cemetery.--Moberly Weekly Monitor, September 28, 1915
1920 - Illinois – Sangamon County,
1920 - Missouri - Camden County -
1930 – Texas – Matagorda County –
Collegeport (Precinct 7)
1930 - Kansas - Wyandotte County -
Kansas City - Homer Avenue
North was living in Collegeport, Matagorda
County, Texas by March 20, 1925.
Matagorda County Tribune, March 20, 1925
N. Cable, who owns four blocks of fig orchards and five lots on the bay front has just arrived for permanent residence. Mr. Cable is very favorably impressed with the country he said.
Matagorda County Tribune, May 1, 1925
Mr. and Mrs. Williamson and their daughter, Lucille, Miss Mary Louise Clapp, Mr. Clifford Slife, Mr. S. B. Sims, and Mr. North Cable went on a fishing trip Sunday. They fished all day and caught one gar.
Matagorda County Tribune, November 27, 1925 from the Scrapbook of H. A. Clapp
Dr. W. W. Van Wormer is expected to arrive any day now. He is planning to settle a number of business matters and start new plans to operating. The work of beautification of the townsite is well under way under the able direction of Mr. North Cable, a former landscape gardener, employed by the Collegeport Fig Orchards Company. Manager Sims and Orchard Superintendent Boeker are pushing all equipment to put the orchards in the best condition for the winter season. Plans to erect a large machine shed are under way. The Chamber of Commerce instructed a special committee to have cards printed, asking citizens to co-operate in every way to preserve the palm trees that are being planted.
Matagorda County Tribune,
March 5, 1926
Matagorda County Tribune, April 23, 1926
North Cable, in charge of landscaping, is putting in elegant shape the long rows of palms and lawns that stretch up and down the streets of Collegeport. Mr[s]. Harriet G. Marks, a representative of the Dixie Lyceum Bureau, of Dallas, commented upon the beauty of the Collegeport section and especially upon Mr. Cable's work. Mrs. Marks was in Collegeport last Monday.
Matagorda County Tribune, April 30, 1926
North Cable, in charge of the landscaping, is putting the streets and sidewalks in shape to give the visitors the best possible view of the townsite. Mr. Cable has successfully planted several hundred palms and oleanders with a loss of but three trees.
Matagorda County Tribune, June 17, 1927
North Cable painting up the iron work at the canning factory. Guess the company getting ready for the season's canning. Good work anyway. With a good rain, figs will look up and promise a fair crop.
Matagorda County Tribune, September 30, 1927
Heard the fig whistle blow and thinking a fire had started went over only to find North Cable cleaning up after Friday's run and Sam Sims licking the sweet syrup out of the cooking vats. I had some of the lickings and 'twas good dope.
How about calling Mr. North Cable "Butch," or Mr. Adna E. Phelps "Red?" Is any disrespect meant? Not on you life, for both these men have earned and hold the respect of all who know them.
The Daily Tribune, March 7, 1928
North Cable and Jimmy Fusom piling brush as they clear ground for new planting. Looks as though we will have a big bonfire soon.
The Daily Tribune, July 7, 1928
A married man walking towards the Civic Center with a married woman. Thinking they were unobserved, he placed his arm about the waist of the woman, but horrors, fears, dismays, consternation, it happened that others saw the spectacle and it was told to others with a warning: "now don't you tell this." Well, anyway, it looks like fodder for a food scandal. Interested readers may obtain the parties' names by asking North Cable, provided he can be urged to talk.
The Daily Tribune, July 20, 1928
Heard at the Collegeport bathing beach: North Cable, interested in a rather plump baby, said, “What do you think of that girl?” and Carl Boeker replied, “She certainly packs her trunks.”
North Cable caring for his two dollar chickens.
The Daily Tribune, August 1, 1928
The League was entertained Thursday
night by Mesdames Ash and Boeker and Mr. North Cable. Mrs. Cable was
not present, but there was plenty of raisen pie, the so-delicious
kind that has made Mesdames Ash and Boeker famous.
The Daily Tribune, January 16, 1929
North Cable getting fifteen eggs per day from seventeen Black Giant Jersey hens.
The Daily Tribune, March 27, 1929
North Cable pruning figs and planting persimmons.
The Daily Tribune, May 2, 1929
Carl Boeker and his force of men are busy as the proverbial bee cleaning up the fig orchards. North Cable is pruning and de-budding the trees, and from all present signs we are to have a bumper crop for the trees are putting on fruit a plenty, an unusual thing so early in the season. Additional equipment will be placed in the preserving plant so that it will be able to handle all the figs grown here.
The Daily Tribune, May 21, 1929
Well, anyway, North Cable tells me that the fig trees are loaded with an enormous crop that will be ready for canning in three weeks.
The Daily Tribune, Tuesday, November 26, 1929
North Cable nursing a sprained wrist and cussing his neighbors chickens for tearing up his garden.
Cottingham now has 25 chickens so says North Cable.
The League meets Friday night with North Cable, J. J. Harbison and H. A. Clapp as entertainers. Being the next day after the members should have turkey sandwiches.
The Daily Tribune, March 14, 1930
North Cable is pruning, I might say cutting the fig trees and finds that many are frozen to the ground. The fig is a hard fellow to give up, for he is very tenacious of life and clings. For that reason most, if not all, will spring up from the underground roots and by early summer appear as they did last year. The fig loves to bear fruit, hence we will have a fair crop this year.
The Daily Tribune, Tuesday, April 1, 1930
It is reported that Mr. North Cable is now in charge of the fig orchards. See no reason for the change for most of the work has heretofore been done by him.
The Daily Tribune, April 8, 1930
The League has arranged for its annual oyster supper for the night of April 24, which is also its annual meeting. To arrange tables, North Cable. Provide cream and milk, E. R. Brazil. Oysters, George Harrison. Crackers, catsup, salt, pepper and coffee, Seth Corse; Butter, H. A. Clapp and as usual the head chef will be our own superlative oyster cook, Hugo Kundinger.
The Daily Tribune, May 13, 1930
Mr. North Cable is planning on leaving here soon for his former home in Springfield.
I am sorry to learn that North Cable is leaving us. North Cable has been a desirable citizen, always willing to put in his bit for all civic activities. He has been of special value garden aid horticulture work for he is one of those fellows, plants seem to love and they respond to him and grow and fruit. Hope his cable will slip and he will come a driftin' back.
The Carl Boeker family shipped their household goods and some farming equipment Monday morning. North Cable accompanied them. We must get busy now and move in some new ones to make up the loss of these five.
The Daily Tribune, July 22, 1930
Mr. North Cable, by some means, learned that the miserable wretch was nutty over a fruit called "Lycopersicum esculentum" by learned folk but the common burghers dub it tomato, so he brought in a basket of the fruit. One large green tomato weighed fifteen ounces and was fourteen inches in circumference. Twelve of the ripe ones weighed an average of ten ounces each. They were well grown, rich in color, without a blemish and by far the finest fruit I have seen in years. When cut we found them to be juicy, firm, well colored, fresh and most excellent flavor. Mr. Cable states that the bushes are about four and a half feet tall and he has taken from them four crops, a fifth is about ready to use and the tops of the plants are covered with bloom.
The Daily Tribune, September 30, 1930
Mr. North Cable stayed one week in Illinois and honing for the "Magic Bottle," returned on the next train. It is reported that he will fence about ten acres and devote it to poultry. His plan includes raising his feed which will go far towards making a success of the business. He fences, because although we have two cattle laws, neither one is enforced and cattle continually depredate and destroy property.
The Daily Tribune, October 2, 1930
North Cable did not stay long in Illinois. He reports that Texas looks good to him.
The Daily Tribune, Tuesday, November 18, 1930
North Cable is responsible for this tale. According to the story he heard a rattling in the air and after looking some time he saw a buzzard flying with a tin can filled with pebbles hanging from his neck. To each side of the can was attached a string which was attached to each wing. This was so arranged that when he flew the can rattled. I don't know what North had been drinking when he saw all this, but he was perfectly sober when he told me the tale.
Well, anyway, he is growing some of the finest radishes and onions we have ever enjoyed.
The Daily Tribune, Tuesday, December 2, 1930
The Ramsey home corner of Avenue K and Sixth street is blossoming out in glistening white and soon will be a beauty spot. North Cable, our local Michael Angelo is the artist.
The Daily Tribune, December 1930
I will buy my radishes from North Cable and my turnips from John Carrick even if the latter are at times a bit passé.
The Daily Tribune, December 17, 1930
Thus passed a golden perfect day for Mr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Goff Say, Isn’t life wonderful? [Their 50th Wedding Anniversary]
Among those present were Mr. Gustave Franzen and family, Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Kundinger, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Corporon, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lewis Eisel, Mr. and Mrs. Seth W. Corse, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Walter and daughter, Louise; Mr. Stanley Wright, Mrs. Rena Wright, Mr. and Mrs. Ben R. Mowery, Mr. North Cable, Mr. W. V. Batchelder, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Nelson, the Misses Rosalie and Ethel Nelson, Mr. John D. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. John B. Heisey, Mrs. Anna D. Crane, Mr. and Mrs. George Welsby, Mr. and Mrs. John Carrick, Mr. and Mrs. V. R. Haisley, Mr. and Mrs. Mason Standish Holsworth, Mrs. Helen Holsworth, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Austin Clapp, Mr. and Mrs. Albert G. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. Burton D. Hurd, Mrs. Frank Ramsey and Mr. J. J. Harbison.
The Daily Tribune, Wednesday, December 24, 1930
North Cable liked the tree and kept it pruned. It was big and green and gave haps of shade and North was rather proud of it. The other day along comes John and with an ax soon made a wreck of the tree. God grew, John wanted wood, but the beautiful tree is no more. The stump stands and it points accusing fingers to the sky.
The Daily Tribune, January 20, 1931
Every dog is entitled to at least one bite so the Prunty dog took his from North Cable's right leg. North is sore and so is the leg but the [dog] still wags his tail.
The Daily Tribune, Tuesday, January 27, 1931
North Cable suffering for some time from an infected hand went to Palacios the other day for a slight operation which it is hoped will provide relief.
The Daily Tribune, Tuesday, February 10, 1931
James Della Betta suffering from a serious infection of the left arm and North Cable from a similar infection of the right hand report no progress towards recovery. Both received their primary injuries while working in the fig orchards.
The Daily Tribune, March 24, 1931
It will be pleasant news to our folk to learn that Mr. North Cable is now in charge of the property of the Collegeport Fig Packing company.
The Daily Tribune, March 31, 1931
Wednesday afternoon North Cable, in charge of the packing plant cleaned the floor using a long hose. Thursday afternoon inspecting the plant he found the hose missing. A careful examination of all doors and windows brought the conclusion that some fellow in this burg has a key and operating through the door made a successful get away with his plunder. The problem is to find the man with the key.
The Daily Tribune, Tuesday, September 22, 1931
The Woman's Club have made a contract with North Cable to care for and improve the library lot for one year. Mr. Cable is now laying out several flower beds and borders and those who know his love for flowers and beautiful grounds are assured of at least one beauty spot in Collegeport.
The Daily Tribune, May 24, 1932
The faculty the coming year will consist of T. P. White, superintendent; Mr. Balusek, principal; Beryl Bell, Dorothy Franzen, Louise Walter, Marie Nestor, Vera Williams and Mrs. Balusek with North Cable as janitor.
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, June 16, 1932
Mrs. Spilogate Putorious (skunk) had a cozy little apartment across the road from the post office and there she raised a fine family of youngsters. One day she heard some talk about making the nine-foot sidewalk an eighteen-foot pavement and extending it to the bay and across on a viaduct so that "we, meaning I and the Miserable Wretch might walk to service at St. John's Chapel." This threw her into consternation, astonishment, panic for thought she, the traffic will be great and my family will be in danger. She went to the schoolhouse and engaged other quarters and was busy moving her youngsters, when a cruel man, named North Cable, shut the front door and when she tried to enter, she was obliged to lay down one of her children and North grabbing the opportunity, kidnaps the kid and gave it to Ruth Boeker. Ruth took it home and put it in a basket of kittens and the mama cat has taken it over and adopted it. Great excitement in the Putorious family and each night mama Putorious tries to reclaim her lost child, but thus far without success. If you call on the Putorious be very careful that you do not offer insult for the Missus is quite sensitive and might give you an odoriferous welcome.
No sooner did the school trustees employ North Cable as janitor than he began to raise hobb with the school grounds. He is busy cutting grass and weeds, planting young trees, shrubs and flowers, and if the board takes no action, North Cable will ruin the school grounds. We have for years been accustomed to see the grounds grown up in beautiful tall weeds and become a veritable jungle and now North Cable is spoiling all this beautiful jungle.
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday July 21, 1932
North Cable is doing some fine work on the school campus, putting out flower beds, planting trees and building a walk from the gate to the main entrance. A cement gallery is being laid for the main entrance to the community house, an improvement much needed.
The Matagorda County Tribune, July 28, 1932
The school board is spending some good cash and under their direction, North Cable is doing much work beautifying the school campus. On each side of the main entrance he planted flowering shrubs that were blooming. One morning he found that during the night, one had been torn up and thrown on the walk. A clinging ivy had grown up to the first story windows. It was pulled from the wall and trampled in the dirt. I have searched my dictionary for words to express my disgust and contempt for the miscreant that would do such foul deeds. And I fail. Such words as I might use the, Tribune would not print. Supposition and suspicion point, but there being no evidence, arrest, and punishment for this violation is suspended. I hope the fellow who accomplished this destruction will read this and take warning for suspicion may develop into evidence and then a jury and judge will confront the filthy dog who spends his time in destroying attempts to make our school campus a place of beauty.
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, October 27, 1932
Mr. North Cable, who has been suffering from an infection in his arm, is improving.
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, November 17, 1932
North Cable has done some fine work beautifying the school grounds and flowers now bloom where for years weeds prospered. The flag flew to the breeze on Armistice Day. Why don't it fly every day school is in session? Thought the state law required it. Am I in error?
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, January 26, 1933
North Cable is still predicting cold weather for February. If I don't come North better buy a South Cable.
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, February 23, 1933
North Cable states that about two dozen owls are making their home between the ceiling and the roof of the school house. He trapped one the other day and sent it over to Ruth Boeker who operates the Boeker Palacios Grocery. Ruth should train for zoo work, for she loves animals.
Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, May 11, 1933
Mr. North Cable, our very efficient janitor, was retained. Mr. Douglas was elected president and Mrs. Merck, secretary. The latter has served in that capacity before and gave splendid service. She knows her beans. When I think of what is before this board--
The Matagorda County Tribune, September 14, 1933
Boom! Boom! Boom! The sound of the gulf surf breaking on the beach disturbed our slumbers Sunday night. Monday, a high wind from the northeast with scurrying clouds obstructed the sky and an extra high tide indicated strong disturbance somewhere sea-wards. It is stated that North Cable left his happy bay side home and slumbered fitfully on the floor of the schoolhouse. Oh, la la!
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, October 5, 1933
Until North Cable became janitor of the local schools, the pupils were accustomed to find the campus on the first day a jungle of tall weeds, but now they find a beautiful close cropped lawn with beds of blooming flowers. A strange thing about these flowers is they all nod to the north.
The Matagorda County Tribune, June 21, 1934
Messrs. Miller and Cable are building a ship with which they will plow the main. Maybe it will be a pirate ship for Miller's daughter, Carey, knows all about pirates.
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, March 28, 1935
When North Cable goes we shall be deprived of the services of a man who has taken pride in the buildings and grounds and had the outlaws developed a love for bloom the campus this day would be filled with flowers and beautiful shrubs.
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, September 5, 1935
Friday night, the 20th, Mrs. Liggett will be there with her choir, and we will have some community singing. This will give Carl Boeker, Walter Wilkinson, North Cable and Brimberry a chance to tune in.
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, September 12, 1935
Friday night, the 29th, will occur the first community neighbor get-together social at Mopac House. Good stunts, much singing and a general good time is on the bill. Ben Mowery and North Cable will, if possible, be induced to sing a duet which alone will be worth driving miles to hear. Their voices blend into a sweet harmony that entrances. Hugo Kundinger will deliver the principal monologue. The lunch boxes will be there so all may have an opportunity to push good food into their faces. Mrs. Liggett's choir will be on hand to lead the singing. Friday night, the 20th of September, 1935. Make a cross on your almanac and be on hand.
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, September 26, 1935
Friday night was social night at Mopac House. The light burned brilliantly. The singing, led by Mrs. Liggett's choir was swell. The speeches by Hugo Kundinger, Vern Batchelder, the singing by Carl Boeker, Ben Mowery, North Cable and Seth Corse was tantalizing, so much so that all of them were fined for their absence.
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, May 14, 1936
I am informed that the school board has employed Elliott Curtis as superintendent, Miss Ross, Mrs. Hensley and the fourth teacher from Wharton. Also North Cable retained as janitor.
North Cable, age 70 years, died at his home in Collegeport, Texas, Wednesday morning at one-thirty o'clock. Mr. Cable had been a resident of this county for some time, and was engaged in the fig business when it was introduced in this section. Mr. Cable leaves no survivors. He had lived by himself since coming here from Illinois.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at three p.m. at the Community House at Collegeport with Rev. Geo. Gillespie of the Presbyterian Church, Palacios, officiating. Burial was in the Collegeport cemetery under the direction of Taylor Bros. The Matagorda County Tribune, December 3, 1936
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, December 3, 1936
Two times this month the grim reaper has taken toll from this community. First the passing of Burton D. Hurd and with him some of his many dreams for further progress. Wednesday morning at one o’clock another character, who in no less manner, filled his place in the community life, North Cable was called to his fathers. North came here from Springfield, Illinois, about twelve years ago, as an employee of the Collegeport Fig Orchard Company and how well he filled the position is well known. For several years he was janitor of the local school and to his credit I record that never was there such a janitor. North loved flowers, shrubs, trees, bird and animal life. He loved flowers and they love him. He had what every man does not possess. He had the ability to make flowers grow and bloom. He gave each plant individual attention and they sprang into his arms spreading their fragrance on the air. Had the school pupils appreciated his work the campus would this day be ablaze with the colors of the rainbow. Instead they trampled on the flower beds, tore up, broke up and threw away the young shrubs and trees which he planted with loving care and much labor. A bunch of lawless rubes with home training lacking. None of them cared for beauty and so North, being disgusted, ceased his efforts. The school pupils evidently prefer a jungle of weeds and tall grass. North was a man of strong, rugged character. He wanted to work at some project of value to himself and others. He wanted to be independent, make his own living and pay his way. Modest and diffident, he spoke little except to his intimates. He owned his own little home on the bayshore and there he lived in bachelor style. He was seventy years of age. North Cable well filled his place in this community and there is no person left who loves plant life and all nature evidences as did he. His life work was well done. Funeral was held in the church house with Reverend George Gillespie reading the service. Many old friends brought the bloom he loved. Taylor Brothers were in charge and interment in the local cemetery. May God receive and rest his pain racked soul.
I, North Cable, of the city of Collegeport, in the County of Matagorda and State of Texas, being of sound mind, memory and understanding, do make my last will and testament in manner and form following:
I give my Real Estate consisting of Lot 9 Block 21 Town of Collegeport, Texas to Joe Wotipka with the understanding that he pay in full any and all debts that I may owe.
Also all funeral expenses, or any other debt here in incurred during my last days.
The lot above described ___ _________ ______ ______ _______
I advise the appointment of John D. Evans as Executor.
I hereby direct and empower my executor to sell and dispose of all my personal property to the highest bidder at auction as soon as practical after my death, and to sell my real estate at auction or private sale, as it may in his judgement seem most advantageous, or for the interest of my said devissor.
In witness thereof, I North Cable, the testator, have to this, my last will and testament, set my hand and my seal, this Twenty First day of November A. D. 1936.
Willard D. Hill, Witness
The above last will and testament of North Cable was made, signed and witnessed in my presence. Dated November 21st 1936.
Ben R. Mowery, Notary Public in and for Matagorda County, Texas.
To the Sheriff or any Constable of Matagorda
County, Greeting: You are Hereby Commanded to cause to be published
(in a newspaper of general circulation, which has been published
continuously and regularly for a period not less than one year in
your County) at least once a week for 10 days previous to the return
day hereof, copies of the following notice:
Herein Fail Not, but have you before said Court, on the first day of the next term thereof, this Will, with your return thereon, showing how you have executed the same.
Witness my hand and official seal, at Bay City, Texas, this 15th day of December, 1936.
RUBY HAWKINS, Clerk, County Court, Matagorda
Estate of North Cable, Deceased.
Inventory and appraisement of the Estate of North Cable, deceased, produced before the undersigned appraisers, on this 3rd day of April, A. D. 1937, by John D. Evans, Administrator with will annexed of the Estate of North Cable, deceased.
SEPARATE PROPERTY OF SAID NORTH CABLE, DECEASED.
All that certain land situated in Matagorda County, Texas, and described as all of Block Eight (8) and Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, ,5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11 and 12 in Block Seven (7), in the Town of Collegeport, as same is platted and recorded in Deed Records of Matagorda County, Texas, mid land lying in the ___ Survey, Matagorda County, Texas, said property valued at $250.00.
Also Lot Nine (9), Block Twenty-one (21) in _____ Survey, Matagorda County, Texas, and one small house fixed to said Lot Nine (9), said property being valued at $180.00
We, the undersigned appraisers, solemnly swear that the foregoing is a full and fair appraisement of the estate of North Cable, deceased, produced before us by John D. Evans, Administrator of said Estate.
A. L. Holloway
Sworn to subscribed before me this 3rd day of Apr, A. D. 1937
Ruby Hawkins, Co. Clk, in and for Matagorda
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