Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
JOHN M. NOBLE is a native of
Marion county, Missouri, born May 26, 1866, the son of Benjamin and Rachel
(Young) Noble. He is now a farmer residing five miles southwest from
His father was born in Virginia, served in
the Civil War and died in Missouri; and his mother, a native of Missouri,
is now living at Aderdeen, Washington. Robert L., and Mrs. Josie
Ludy, brother and sister of Mr. Noble, are the only other members of his
family now living. John M. Noble was the youngest of the family,
and upon the death of his father he went to California with his mother,
brother and sister. They located in Colusa county in 1874, where
the children attended the common schools. Our subject also attended
the high school at Oakland, thus receiving a good common school education.
He came to Harrington in the spring of 1886, worked for various farmers
until attaining his majority, when he took a homestead where he still lives.
He was married on February 3, 1896, to May Donthat, a native of Baltimore.
Her father was William and her mother Mary (Walton) Donthat, natives, respectively,
of Virginia and Baltimore. The father, a traveling salesman for a
large boot and shoe house, died in Baltimore in 1901. The mother
came west in 1903 and is now making her home with the subject of this sketch.
Mr. Noble, since locating here, has been continuously
engaged in improving his land and raising stock. He now has his homestead
all under cultivation and improved accordingly to the most approved modern
To Mr. and Mrs. Noble have been born three
children, Kenneth, Esther and Ruth.
In making his home in this section of the
country, which was but very sparsely inhabited at the time of his advent,
Mr. Noble has been compelled to endure many trials and vicissitudes, but
he has successfully met and overcame every besetting obstacle until he
now has as nice and comfortable a little home as is to be found in days
of travel over the Big Bend.