Individual Record 5

Name}   Noble, Amy Susan Family History} Olson                  
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Female
Birth:   Date} Exa 18 Mar 1881 Place} , Perth, Ontario
Marr.: Date} Exa 20 Jun 1906 Place} Noble home, Ontario, San Bernardino, California   (Link)
Death: Date} Exa 25 Apr 1971   C Place} Community Hosp., San Gabriel, Los Angeles, California
Burial: Date} Exa 29 Apr 1971 Place} San Gabriel Cemetery, San Gabriel, Los Angeles, California
  Grave Marker} Yes
Source 1}   9 = Geog history
Source 2}  19 = Cemetery rec
Source 3}  40 = 1910 USA cen
Source 4}  70 = Interview
Source 5}  72 = Bible record
Source 6}  87 = Diary
Source 7}  96 = Diary
Source 8}  97 = Diary
Source 9}  98 = Diary
Source 10}103= Diplomas
Parents: } Walter Noble, Sr., & Agnes Detwiller
   Relationship No.} 5
1st Household No.} 89 = Logan Twp., Perth, Ontario
      Occupation 1} School teacher
       Occupation 2} Housewife
  Religion/Church} Presbyterian
Spouses:   Prime} Olson, Henry John
 Total Number of} 1
Source 11}  141 = Death certif
Source 12}  145 = Death certif
Source 13}  161 = Photograph
Source 14}  162 = Letter
Source 15}  187 = Photograph
Source 16}  193 = Yearbook
Source 17}  197 = Photograph
Source 18}  210 = School recrd
Source 19}  213 = Photograph
Source 20}  248 = 1881 CAN cen
Source 21}  322 = Business dir
Source 22}  323 = Phone book
Source 23}  324 = Phone book
Source 24}  325 = Business dir
Source 25}  326 = Phone book
Source 26}  327 = Phone book
Source 27}  328 = Phone book
Source 28}  364 = Church recrd
Source 29}  369 = Marriage rec
Source 30}  421 = Newspaper
Source 31}  425 = Newspaper
Source 32}  431 = Newspaper
Source 33}  432 = Newspaper
Source 34}  468 = 1920 USA cen
Source 35}  489 = Photograph
Source 36}  517 = Cookbook
Source 37}  533 = Death record
Source 38}  666 = Photograph
Source 39}  668 = Cookbook
Source 40}  669 = Cookbook
Source 41}  670 = Cookbook
Source 42}  671 = Photograph
Source 43}  744 = 1930 USA cen
Source 44}  756 = Photograph
Source 45}  873 = Birth rec
Source 46}  899 = 1891 CAN cen
Source 47}  988 = City directory
Source 48}  1016=Funeral rec
Source 49}  1226=Newspaper
Source 50}  1255=1940 USA cen
Source 51}  1261=Letter
Source 52}  1430=Marriage rec
Notes:  Amy Susan Noble was born 18 Mar 1881 to Walter and Agnes Noble.  The family was living on Lot 27, Con. 16 of Logan Twp., Perth, Ontario.  There was no doctor or midwife in attendance.  Her name was registered as "Emma Susan".  The 1881 and 1891 Canada Census shows Amy living with her parents and 7 siblings in Logan Twp., Perth.  In 1881, she is listed as Emma Susan, and in 1891 as Annie.  She emmigrated to the United States with her family in 1892 or 1883, and became a naturalized citizen.  She attended 9th grade in the Ontario Public Schools, California (1896-1897), and her grammar school diploma is dated June 26, 1896.  Her Los Angeles Normal School diploma is dated January 30, 1902.  She was a school teacher for over 4 years before marriage.  [In those day, you could no longer teach school when you married.]

Amy, her sister Mary, and her future husband Henry, and his sisters and cousins, were often mentioned in the Alhambra Advocate during the late 1890's and early 1900's.  In June 1899, they all attended an evening of games, dancing, music, and refreshments in the Parish Hall, San Gabriel.  In December, the gentlemen again held a dance with the same people in attendance.  Parties, picnics, and church socials were all reported in the local newspapers.

Amy married Henry Olson on June 20, 1906, in her family's home in Ontario, California.   Their son Donald Keith was born March 29, 1907, and the 1910 U.S> census reports the family living at 326 Wilson Avenue, Alhambra.  When Don was young, Amy gave him birthday parties, with his cousins and friends in attendance.  These were duly reported in the local newspapers.  Their daughter Agnes Wilma was born October 4, 1911. Amy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Alhambra, California, from January 29, 1908 until her death.  Her picture appears in the 1962 Photograph Album of the church members.  Her recipe for Italian Delight, a macaroni casserole, appears in the Women's Association cookbook.

Click to enlarge During the summer, the family would visit Balboa Beach, Laguna Beach, the San Gabriel River at Whittier Narrows, and the Rio Hondo River.  The photograph to the left shows them enjoying Laguna Beach circa 1916.  In later years, they traveled to Camp Baldy, in the San Antonio Canyon of the San Gabriel Mountains.

The 1915 Alhambra Directory shows Amy living with her husband Henry at 340 North Wilson Avenue, Alhambra.  The 1920 U.S. census records the entire family at 340 North Wilson.

Click to enlarge In 1923 and 1926, the Alhambra Directory shows the family living at 420 North Second Street.  Henry had built the two-story house about 1922.  He built the cabin at Camp Baldy in the summer of 1925, with help from the family as seen in the photograph at right.

In October 1928, Agnes became ill, and passed away January 19,1929, during her senior year of high school.  The 1930 U.S. census shows Amy living with her husband Henry, son Don, mother-in-law Mary Olson, and nephew Maurice Noble at 420 North Second Street.

Henry passed away May 9, 1934, from renal tuberculosis.  Both she and Don also were ill, with Don spending time in a sanitarium during his college years.  As a result, in her later years Amy did not venture out to church or other affairs very often.

The 1939 directory and the 1940 U.S. census lists her as a widow living at 420 N. Second St., Alhambra, with her son Don.

Amy was always hopeful that she would someday have grandchildren, but Don was in no hurry to settle down.  He finally married Frances on October 1, 1944, and they went on to give her seven grandchildren.  When she died at age 90, she also had 4 great-grandchildren.  She recorded the daily coming and goings of the children in her diaries.

Amy cooked, and many of the recipies she collected have survived.  Her grandchildren will remember the pot of pink beans that she would occasionally send across the street for supper.  But most remembered is "Grandma Olson's Cake".  This was a cake made by her mother-in-law, Mary Staheli Olson, but the boiled cream and cocoa icing was Amy's creation.  It's a tricky cake to make, sometimes coming up with lumps of flour in it, or cracked icing, but her grandchildren still make it today.

Click to enlarge In 1954, she is listed as living with Mary Noble, her sister, at 505 North. Second St., Alhambra (just across the street from the family home where Don and family now lived).  An additional bedroom, (seen in the photo at right) with wood paneling, was built on to the back of the house for her.  Here she lived until her final illness. Click to enlarge Click to enlarge

Amy died 25 Apr 1971 in a nursing home in San Gabriel, California.  The funeral services were held at the Chapel of Turner & Stevens, Alhambra, on 29 Apr 1971, the Rev. Russel J. Prentice presiding. She is buried in the Olson family plot in the San Gabriel Cemetery, San Gabriel, California.  The Social Securiy Index lists her last residence as Alhambra, Los Angeles, California.  Among her and her sister Mary's possessions were the chair and the secretary desk seen at the right.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death}   Fraternal/Social}  
Baptism Date}   Place}  
Confirm. Date}   Photo} Amy circa 1913 and 1940 Click to enlarge Click to enlarge
Immigr'n Date} 1893 Port} Canadian border
Education: Grade} High School         or Top 2 Degrees} Normal School
Military: Service} None
Health Condition} Tuberculosis, lung
 Cause of Death} Cerebral                                               hemorrhage
Last Updated
by} Karen Hancock
Date Updated}   9 May 2014
Date Created}    1 Jan 1992
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