sentimental saturday: 50th wedding anniversary photo, nathan noble & alida pruyn

Alida (PRUYN) & Nathan NOBLE 50th Wedding Anniversary [1]

Nathan NOBLE (June 17, 1851 New Boston, Mercer County, Illinois – Sept. 15, 1928 Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota; buried Eventide Cemetery, Woonsocket, Sanborn County, South Dakota) — a 1st cousin four times removed to me — son of David Johnson NOBLE[2] & Sarah Elizabeth RADER[2], married Alida PRUYN (Nov. 7, 1851 New Boston, Mercer County, Illinois – Sept. 13, 1929 Vayland, Hand County, South Dakota; Eventide Cemetery), daughter of Walter Van Vechten PRUYN[2] & Sarah Nancy KIBBEY[2], on October 17, 1872; 50 years later, in 1922, the above photo was taken in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.

About Nathan & Alida:

Nathan NOBLE

“Nathan NOBLE, banker and ranchman, controlling important business interests and a citizen whose interest in all progressive movements finds tangible expression, was born in Mercer county, Illinois, June 17, 1851, a son of D. J. and Sarah (RAEDER) NOBLE, both of whom are now deceased. The father was a native of Indiana but the ancestral line is traced back to Ireland, whence came the great-great-grandfather of Nathan NOBLE, who settled in South Carolina in the latter part of the eighteenth century.

“In the public schools of his native county Nathan Noble acquired his preliminary education and later became a student in Hedding Seminary, a Methodist school at Abingdon, Illinois. In early manhood he took up the profession of teaching, which he followed for a short time, and in 1872, when twenty-one years of age, he came to Dakota, settling on a homestead claim in Lincoln county. On his removal here he was the first to ship goods over what was then known as the Dakota Southern Railroad, now the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul, and paid the first freight to that road and still has the receipt for the same in his possession. The road permitted Mrs. Noble to ride in the cab of the engine, as it was a construction train, no regular train having been put on the road at that time. This was the first railroad built in what is now South Dakota.

“For nine years Mr. Noble followed farming and then removed to Canton, where he established a lumberyard which he conducted successfully for ten years. At that time the Northwestern Railway was built and the town of Centerville was founded. He removed to that place, having there acquired a homestead and other lands that aggregated eight hundred acres. He continued for five years in the lumber business there and then engaged in general merchandising and also did some drainage engineering. In 1913 he removed to Woonsocket and became president of the Citizens National Bank, which had been founded in 1902. In 1914, when the institution became a member of the Federal Reserve, the name was changed to the First National Bank. It is capitalized for thirty-five thousand dollars and a general banking business is conducted along legitimate lines, the policy of the officers being to carefully safeguard the interests of depositors, so that the course of the bank has been such as has won public confidence in an unusual degree. In whatever business Mr. Noble has engaged he has displayed adaptability and enterprise which, combined with close application and keen sagacity, have won for him a most gratifying measure of success. He has a large ranch in Hand county comprising twelve hundred acres, on which he raises Hereford cattle.

“On the 17th of October, 1872, Mr. Noble was united in marriage to Miss Alida PRUYN, a daughter of Walter and Sarah (KIBBIE) PRUYN, of Mercer county, Illinois. They have five children, as follows: William P., who is a ranchman of Hand county and a breeder of blooded cattle; D. Walter, of Chehalis, who is president of the Chehalis National Bank; Harriet, the wife of Fred D. Henderson, who is conneatcd with the Security National Bank of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Edith, the wife of R. A. Carhart, who acts as agent for the Methodist Book Concern at Mexico City, Mexico; and Ralph C, who is a graduate of the Dakota Wesleyan University and also of Purdue University of Indiana. The last named formerly served as engineer under Samuel H. Lee and is now cashier of the First National Bank of Woonsocket.

“Mr. Noble votes with the republican party nor does he regard lightly the duties of citizenship. He served as a member of the councils of Canton and Centerville and was mayor of the latter place at the time of his removal to Woonsocket.

“He has also been county commissioner of Lincoln county, was county surveyor of Turner county for six years and is now filling the position of deputy state surveyor. He belongs to the Modern Woodmen camp, and both he and his wife are active members of the Methodist church. He is serving on its board of trustees and does much to further and promote its work. He is a contributor to and member of the board of trustees of the Dakota Wesleyan University and stands for all that is progressive and helpful. His wife is very active in the Ladies Aid Society of the church and also in the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. Mr. Noble possesses scholarly tastes and devotes considerable time to the study of current events which indicate the world’s advancement. He is interested in all progressive movements and keeps in touch with the vital and significant problems of the day that have to do with the upbuilding and development of city, state and nation. He believes that it should be a matter of personal concern to every public-spirited citizen to aid in the work of general improvement and he actively indorses [sic] those projects which are a matter of civic virtue and civic pride.”[3]


1., memorial no. 90716696, “Alida Pruyn Noble,” at , accessed July, 2016. Photo contributed to FindAGrave by Trudy Lindaman.

2. GREENE, Richard Henry; STILES, Henry Reed; DWIGHT, Melatiah Everett; MORRISON, George Austin; MOTT, Hopper Striker; TOTTEN, John Reynolds; PITMAN, H. Minot (Harold Minot); DITMAS, Charles Andrew; De FOREST, Louis Effingham; MANN, Conklin; MAYNARD, Arthur S; New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (New York, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1886).  Page 272 online at , accessed July, 2016.

3. George Washington KINGSBURY; George Martin SMITH, History of Dakota Territory (Volume 5) (Chicago, IL, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1915); pages 470-473. Online at , accessed July, 2016.

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