Biography of Andrew J. Noble

Andrew J. Noble is a well-known farmer and stock-raiser in Bon Homme County, South Dakota. Born in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, in 1846, he has dedicated his life to agricultural pursuits. Noble’s farm is considered one of the best in the area, showcasing his energy and dedication. He has planted nearly fifteen hundred fully matured evergreen trees and maintains extensive orchards. Besides cultivating his own land, Noble also rents additional acres for pasturage and engages in livestock trading. Known for his Hereford cattle and thoroughbred Poland-China hogs, he has achieved notable success in his business endeavors. Noble’s influence extends beyond farming, as he actively contributes to the growth and development of his community, earning the respect of his fellow citizens.

ANDREW J. NOBLE.— The gentleman to whom this article is devoted is a well-known farmer and stock-raiser of Bon Homme County, also an enterprising citizen who has done much to promote the material development of the community in which he resides. Andrew J. Noble, son of John and Betsy (Webber) Noble, was born at Mineral Point, Wisconsin, on the 12th day of July, 1846. He received his education in the public schools of his native place, was reared on a farm, and remained with his parents until the age of thirty. He assisted his father in the meantime and bore his full share of the family’s support. On leaving home, he engaged in agricultural pursuits at Mineral Point, but six years later, he came to Bon Homme County, South Dakota, and purchased a quarter section of land, which he has since reduced to cultivation and otherwise improved. His farm, which is one of the best in the neighborhood, contains a good modern dwelling, a substantial and commodious barn, and other buildings in excellent condition. Its general appearance indicates the energy and thrift displayed by the proprietor in all of his labors and undertakings.

Mr. Noble has added greatly to the beauty and attractiveness of his place by planting evergreen trees, of which there are now nearly fifteen hundred fully matured. He also devotes considerable attention to horticulture, having set out all kinds of fruits grown in this latitude. His orchards at this time are among the largest and most productive in Bon Homme County. In addition to cultivating his own land, Mr. Noble rents about three hundred acres of land in the vicinity, the greater part of which is devoted to pasturage, as he raises livestock on quite an extensive scale. He also buys cattle and hogs, primarily for the Chicago market. Mr. Noble gives special attention to the Hereford breed of cattle, of which he now owns a fine herd. He also has a wide reputation as a breeder and raiser of thoroughbred Poland-China hogs and a fine grade of road and draft horses. He has succeeded in all of his business enterprises and is well situated to enjoy the fruits of his many years of endeavor. He is the possessor of a fine country home and has accumulated sufficient wealth to make him independent.

Mr. Noble is a man of sound judgment and good practical sense, and his career since coming west presents a series of successes that demonstrate not only a high order of business ability but also tactfulness and resourcefulness that few possess. He has contributed much to the growth and development of the part of the country in which his home is situated. Like all enterprising citizens, he takes an active part in promoting the public welfare, being interested in all progressive measures for the advancement of the community and the general good of his fellow men.

In the year 1890, Mr. Noble married Miss Armina, daughter of John McNiell, of Tyndall, South Dakota. They have five children: Percy, Beatrice, Howard, Myrtle, and Gladys.

In politics, Mr. Noble is a Republican, but he has never sought the honors and emoluments of office. He is content to be a plain common man of the people, whose influence has always been on the right side of every moral question. His presence has been felt for good in every relation with his friends and fellow citizens.

John and Betsy Noble, the subject’s parents, were natives of Ohio and Pennsylvania, respectively. They moved to Mineral Point, Wisconsin, a number of years ago, and the father farmed and dealt in real estate there until 1886 when he came to South Dakota and purchased eleven hundred acres of land in Bon Homme County, which he still owns. Since the death of his wife in 1890, he has made his home with his son, the subject of this review, and is now spending the closing years of his life in honorable retirement. John Noble was married twice. His first wife was Mary Ann Lieurance, with whom he had five children, only two of whom survive: Mrs. Sarah Whitford of Mineral Point, Wisconsin, and Henry, a real estate dealer living in Iowa. The second marriage resulted in the birth of the following children: Mary Ann, wife of William Thomas; Merilda, now Mrs. Oliver Matthews; Andrew J., the subject of this review; Charles; Mrs. Nancy Parkinson; and Clara. The first and last named are deceased.


Robinson, Doane, History of South Dakota: together with mention of Citizens of South Dakota, [Logansport? IN] : B. F. Bowen, 1904.

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