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   JOSEPH H. NOBLE.  As a natural result of his thrift and industry Joseph H. Noble has become a prosperous citizen of Madera County, Cal. which has been his home since 1889.  The farm which he now occupies, and which he purchased in 1902, contains three hundred and twenty acres, the west half of District no. 29, and is devoted to raising grain and alfalfa.  He is also interested to some extent in stock-raising, and it is his intention to give more attention to this later industry each year, with the ultimate idea of changing his entire farm into a stock ranch in time.  At present one hundred acres are in alfalfa, and the balance devoted to wheat and barley.  His place is located four and a half miles west of Madera, and since purchasing it he has added all of the improvements, in buildings, ditching and checking.

   Mr. Noble was born in Marshall County, Ill., June 8, 1859, a son of Elisha and Margaret (McKinney) Noble, both natives of Ohio.  Elisha Noble went to Illinois when about twenty-two years of age and spent many years engaged in farming.  In 1878 he removed to Nebraska and in 1889 was induced to come to California and locate in Madera County, where he lived until his death in 1901, aged seventy-four years.

   The boyhood days of Joseph H. Noble were spent upon his fatherís farm in Illinois, and he obtained his education in the schools of that state.  In 1878 he accompanied his parents to Nebraska and with them subsequently located in Madera County, Cal.  He has been a life-long farmer and rancher, and enjoys the prestige he has gained solely by incessant years of toil.

   While a resident of Nebraska Mr. Noble was united in marriage with Harriett Becker, and of this union four children have been born:  Joseph C., Cora, Minnie and Clinton.  In politics Mr. Noble is a Democrat, though never an aspirant for office.  As a businessman and a citizen, Mr. Noble has won a host of friends and is highly esteemed by all who know him.

Guinn, J. M., History of the State of California and Biographical Record of the San Joaquin Valley, California, (Chicago: Chapman Publishing, 1905), page 485.

Transcribed by Harriet Sturk.

Last update: September 18, 2000
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