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JOHN NOBLE was one of the earliest settlers in San Bernardino and married into one of the most prominent pioneer families of that section, the Millers. The Miller family had endured the privations and hardships and dangers of crossing the desert and plains to California soon after the original discoveries of gold on the Pacific Coast. The fortitude and vision that carried them to the far West proved sustaining qualities in their lives of industry and honor in all subsequent years, and something in particular should be said of John Noble and his family as a permanent memorial to be published in this history of San Bernardino County.

He was born at Ithaca, New York, August 22, 1837, and was four years old when his father died. He grew up with his mother, and after her second marriage she moved to Illinois. John Noble in 1849 was on his way to California. One winter was spent at Pikes Peak, where he almost perished with cold. He came on to San Bernardino and soon became a clerk in the employ of John Byrne, one of the town's early storekeepers. A strong personal friendship grew up between the employer and clerk.

The late John Noble was for a number of years identified with the Rincon community, locating there about 1882. He conducted for ten years a general store and a postoffice at, what is now known as Greenfield Ranch. In the meantime his family had grown up and left home, and he then retired to Los Angeles. He died April 8, 1912.

In 1867 John Noble married Miss Emily Miller at San Bernardino. She died March 14, 1884, and both were buried at San Bernardino, where they had lived after their marriage. Mrs. Noble was born May 3, 1850, in a wagon of an immigrant train bound for California, and while the party were encamped in the Creek Nation in the old Indian Territory. Her father, Joshua Miller, was a native of Pennsylvania and one of the most prominent of the early settlers of San Bernardino. Mr. and Mrs. Noble were the parents of seven children, four of whom died in infancy. The three surviving are Margaret Louise, Fred and Frank Noble. The two sons are now prosperous business men. Fred was born September 14, 1875, and is now connected with the Oxnard Sugar Refinery at Oxnard, California. Frank, who was born May 25, 1880, is connected with a sugar refinery at Rocky Ford, Colorado.

Margaret Louise Noble, who was born September 15, 1873, is now Mrs. John E. Strong, their home being on Rincon Road, seven miles south of Chino. She acquired her early education in the old school on the Rincon, known today as the Pioneer School House, and finished her education in I^s Angeles. In 1892 she was married to Harry L. Field, a native of Connecticut, and descendant of Cyrus Field.

He died in Rhode Island in 1899. By this marriage Mrs. Strong has a son, Eugene L. Field, who was born in Providence, Rhode Island, May 4, 1895, was educated in Massachusetts, graduated from the high school at Corona, California, and for a time was associated with his uncle in the sugar refining industry at Rocky Ford, Colorado, and also at Oxnard, California, and is now a resident of Los Angeles. Eugene L. Field in 1916 married Miss Anna Valentine, of Rocky Ford, Colorado. They have two children, Eugene Lawrence Field, born March 11, 1918, and Gwendolyn Louise, born February 26, 1920. After her marriage Margaret Louise Field lived for seventeen years in the East, in the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In 1910 she returned to California and in 1911 became the wife of John E. Strong. Mr. Strong was born in Nova Scotia in 1860, and came to California in December, 1886, and soon settled at Rincon. He has built up a prosperous ranching business. By a previous marriage he has a son, Clifford Strong, who was born on the Rincon ranch October 11, 1897, a graduate of the Corona High School. This son in 1918 enlisted in the Aviation Corps, was trained in American fields and was then sent to France, and was there ten months but never got into action. He had just finished his intensive training when the armistice was signed. He now lives with Mr. and Mrs. Strong on the home ranch.


History of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties 
By: John Brown, Jr., Editor for San Bernardino County 
And James Boyd, Editor for Riverside County 
With selected biography of actors and witnesses of the period 
of growth and achievement.
Volume III, the Western Historical Association, 1922, 
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, ILL

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011