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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 31, 2014

Happy birthday!

Dec 23, 2013
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Fairfield icon and retired businessman Lee Gobble receives a large birthday card from Fairfield Mayor Ed Malloy during his recent birthday party. Gobble turned 99 Dec. 15. The card, made by Fairfield artist Suzan Bates Kessel, featured Fairfield landmarks with special meanings to Gobble, including the Jefferson County Courthouse clock tower. Gobble spearheaded the effort to replace the steeple on the tower. The steeple had been removed many years ago after being damaged in a violent wind storm in 1948. In 1985, Gobble started the Jefferson County Restoration Fund to repair the steeple, including $500 of his own money. In 2004, the steeple was replaced.

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