The first members of the Hobby family arrived in Cuba in 1906. Will Hobby’s sister Ruth had married George Sabin Gibbs. George enlisted in the Iowa Volunteer Infantry in 1898 and served in the Spanish-American War.
The National Geographic Magazine of February 1906 includes his report, with photos, “Transportation Methods in Alaska.” What changes in climate, from The Philippines to Alaska to Cuba! George Gibbs was Chief Army Signal Officer of the Cuban Pacification from 1907 to 1909. By February 1907, Ruth and George had two children, 5-1/2-year-old Jessie Louise and 2-1/2-year-old Robert Henry.
Will Hobby graduated from Iowa State with a degree in civil engineering in 1905, surveyed land in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and moved to Cuba to work for the Cuba Eastern Railroad in 1906, apparently before his brother-in-law came to Cuba. I assume from their Cousin Mabel’s letters that Will was living, or boarding, with his sister’s family at Camp Columbia by the time of the family gathering in 1907.
Carl Hobby, four years younger than Will, had attended the Cummings School of Art in Des Moines, Iowa, and studied at the Art Student’s League in New York City 1901-1902. He moved to San Diego in 1913, but I have no information about his activities between 1902 and 1913 other than this visit in Cuba. Possibly he came with his father, who was also visiting [meet “The Doctor” in the next post], or maybe he was living in New York.
Certainly a visit with his sister and brother was an incentive for Carl’s visit. I believe Will is on the left in the photo, because other photos with the black tie are labeled with his name.
And at the same time, if they were traveling together, or at least close in time, Will, Carl, and Ruth’s father, Dr. Cicero Mead Hobby, also arrived.