Individual Record 95

Name}   Noble, Mary Agnes Family History} Olson                  
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Female
Birth:   Date} Exa 6 Nov 1876 Place} Carnmunnock, Logan, Perth, Ontario
Marr.: Date}   Place}      
Death: Date} Exa 29 Aug 1967   C Place} Bonnie Brae Sanitarium, San Gabriel, Los Angeles, California
Burial: Date} Exa 1 Sep 1967 Place} San Gabriel Cemetery, San Gabriel, Los Angeles, California
  Grave Marker} Yes
Source 1}   8 = Family notes
Source 2}  17 = Funeral rec
Source 3}  18 = 1900 USA cen
Source 4}  19 = Cemetery rec
Source 5}  41 = 1910 USA cen
Source 6}  72 = Bible record
Source 7}  87 = Diary
Source 8}  88 = Diary
Source 9}  89 = Diary
Parents: } Walter Noble, Sr., & Agnes Detwiller
   Relationship No.} 5
1st Household No.} 89 = Logan Twp., Perth, Ontario
      Occupation 1} School teacher
       Occupation 2} School administrator
  Religion/Church} Presbyterian
Spouses:   Prime}  Total Number of} 0
Source 10}   92 = Diary
Source 11}   93 = Diary
Source 12}   94 = Diary
Source 13}   95 = Diary
Source 14}  102 = Diploma
Source 15}  142 = Death certif
Source 16}  161 = Photograph
Source 17}  187 = Photograph
Source 18}  193 = Yearbook
Source 19}  194 = Yearbook
Source 20}  197 = Photograph
Source 21}  213 = Photograph
Source 22}  246 = Title abstract
Source 23}  248 = 1881 CAN cen
Source 24}  322 = Business dir
Source 25}  323 = Phone book
Source 26}  324 = Phone book
Source 27}  325 = Business dir
Source 28}  326 = Phone book
Source 29}  327 = Phone book
Source 30}  328 = Phone book
Source 31}  370 = Marriage rec
Source 32}  400 = Newspaper
Source 33}  425 = Newspaper
Source 34}  474 = Diploma
Source 35}  489 = Photograph
Source 36}  533 = Death record
Source 37}  541 = S.S. record
Source 38}  625 = Land deed
Source 39}  668 = Cookbook
Source 40}  669 = Cookbook
Source 41}  670 = Cookbook
Source 42}  733 = 1920 USA cen
Source 43}  743 = 1930 USA cen
Source 44}  756 = Photograph
Source 45}  873 = Birth record
Source 46}  899 = 1891 CAN cen
Source 47}  915 = Citizenship
Source 48}  1226=Newspaper
Source 49}  1247=Obituary
Source 50}  1255=1940 USA cen
Source 51}  1260=Letter
Source 52}  1262=Yearbook
Source 53}  1263=Letter
Source 54}  1267=School recd
Source 55}  1298=City directy
Notes:  Mary Agnes Noble (known by all of us as Aunt Mary) was my great-aunt.  She never married.  She was born in Logan, Perth, Ontario on 6 Nov 1876 with the assistance of Mrs. Moffat as midwife.  In the 1881 and 1891 Canada censuses, she was living with her parents and seven older brothers and sisters in Logan, Perth, Ontario.  In 1892, she immigrated to the United States with her family, settling in Ontario, California.  She left Sarnia, Ontario, traveling by train on the Grand Trunk Railroad, arriving in Port Huron, Michigan, on 22 Dec 1892.  Carnmunnock was her residence in Canada.

Click to enlarge Click to enlarge In 1900, Mary was living with her parents and brother Walter in Ontario, California.   Mary was a witness at the marriage of William Edgar Dean to her sister Robina (Bena) on January 30, 1901, in Ontario.  On 20 Jun 1906, she attended her sister Amy's wedding to Henry Olson, and was the hostess to several out of town guests that week.

The 1907-1908 Jamestown City Directory shows that she was rooming at 318 Pendergrast, Jamestown, New York, while she was a teacher in that town.  The 1910 U.S. census shows her living with her mother Agnes and sister Mern at 22 N. 5th Street, Alhambra, California, and in 1920 with Mern alone.  By 1926, Mern had built a home at 505 N. Second Street, and the Alhambra phone directories list Mary living with her.   Their sister Amy joined them after her son Don married.  This was Mary's home until her death.  The antique chair and the secretary desk in the photographs to the right belonged to the Noble sisters.

Mary attended State Normal School, a teachers school, at Los Angeles.  This later became the University of California Southern Branch, now known as UCLA.  The campus was located in downtown Los Angeles.  She was the news editor of the Normal Exponet in 1899, a member of Phi Gamma Tou, and Vice President of the Winter Class of 1900. .  She graduated on February 1, 1900, along with Josephine Olson and Margaret Waite.

Mary held a Grammar School Certificate from San Bernardino County, January 1901; a Jamestown (New York) Public Schools Teacher Certificate (1st grade), September 1906; a State of California Grammar School Life Diploma, August 13, 1906; Indorsement of Normal School Diploma, New York State, January 24, 1907; and a State of California Life Diploma of the Administrative Type, April 1, 1929.

Mary taught for the Los Angeles City School District, Bellflower, and became a principal.  She once recounted in her diary that after a PTA board member had embezzled PTA funds, she had to testify at his trial.  Another mundane mention was that the furnance in the main building broke on one of the coldest days of the year, and a repairman was not going to arrive until 10:30 a.m.  She retired on May 31, 1939.

Mary was initiated into P.E.O. Chapter G, Long Beach, on 4 Jun 1910.  The Chapter G yearbooks list her as living with Margaret Waite, one of her best friends, at 843 Olive Street, Long Beach, from 1911 to 1916, when she is then listed as living at 22 N. 5th Street, Alhambra.  Mary was active in Chapter G, acting as Recording Secretary in 1911/12 and 1941/42, and as Guard in 1940/1941.  She gave many of the programs, participated on the committees, and remained active until her death.

Jime Noble family, Ontario, Canada McNaught family, Ontario, Canada During her summer months, Mary traveled, visiting such places as Alaska and Death Valley.  She also visited family members in New York, Ontario, and North Dakota.  In 1912, she took a trip to Kansas with her sister Marion (Mern) and mother Agnes to visit her mother's sisters Marion and Mary.  She also visited the McNaught and Noble branches of the family in Ontario, Canada, as seen at the left.  On 21 Jun 1936, she left Glendale by train, traveling up to Seattle, where she met her cousin William Detwiller.  She traveled on to Bismarck, North Dakota, to visit with the Nobles living there, and then on to Brussells, Ontario.  She arrived home 7 Sep 1936, just in time for the new school year.

Mary became a naturalized citizen on 19 May 1917.  At that time. she described herself as white, fair complexion, 5 feet 4 inches, weighing 118 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.  Besides P.E.O., Mary was active in P.B.W.C. (Professional & Business Women's Club), the J.O.C., and the First Presbyterian Church of Alhambra.

Mary developed abdominal cancer, which eventually metestasiced.  She died 29 Aug 1967, while residing in the Bonnie Brae Sanitarium in San Gabriel.  Services were held 1 Sep 1967 at Pierce Brothers-Fred A. Turner in Alhambra, the Rev. Russell J. Prentice officiating.  Interment followed at the San Gabriel Cemetery, San Gabriel, California.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death} 9:35 A.M. Fraternal/Social} P.E.O.
Baptism Date}   Place}  
Confirm. Date}   Photo} Mary, circa 1940 Click to enlarge
Immigr'n Date} Exa 22 Dec 1892 Port} Port Huron, Michigan
Education: Grade} High School         or Top 2 Degrees} Normal School
Military: Service}                                    for the State of}  
Health Condition}  
 Cause of Death} Cancer, abdominal
Last Updated
by} Karen Hancock
Date Updated}   0 May 2014
Date Created}  17 Apr 1993
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