137 N. CHANNING STREET
137 N. Channing Street was built in 1906 for William and Angie Goble for $3,600. William Goble was born in Coles County, Illinois in 1866. He served as the superintendent and principal at several schools throughout Illinois from 1893-1897, eventually completing his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Chicago simultaneously. He then joined Elgin High's faculty in 1901 and by 1905, was appointed principal. He continued to occupy this position for the next thirty-two years. It was noted that he was a good disciplinarian who had a genial smile and kindly words. He was respected by both teachers and students.
137 N. Channing Street is a two story, rectangular wood framed American Foursquare home. This type of home reflects simple building forms and decoration that embodies early 20th century architecture. The home has several characteristics that reflect this typology including its hipped roof with hipped front dormer, a rectangular plan, and Tuscan columns found at the front porch.
Sources: 2008 Heritage Plaque Application; Audio: TextAloud