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Hermon Nobles

From the time of entering upon the activities of mature years to the present Mr. Nobles had engaged in ranch pursuits and meanwhile has gained a thorough familiarity with agriculture as prosecuted within the limits of Sonoma county, where he makes his home. All of his life has been passed in Northern California. Point Arena is his native town and May 19, 1859, the date of his birth. Reared and educated in Mendocino county, he came from there to Sonoma county and has lived a quiet, busy and useful existence, caring for his land with scrupulous exactness, overseeing his herds of sheep and other stock, and discharging the duties that fall upon him as a neighbor interested in the welfare of others and as a citizen devoted to the progress of his community and commonwealth. His mental outlook is broad, his sympathies large and his discernment keen. Partisan matters appeal little to him, his only association with politics being the casting of a ballot in favor of Democratic candidates. In religious opinions he is broad, without sectarian bias and sympathetic toward all the uplifting influences wrought by the creeds of today.

The family represented by this gentleman comes from southern lineage, his parents, Rector and Adaline (Beeby) Nobles, having been natives respectively of Arkansas and Missouri. They crossed the plains with ox-teams in 1848, first settling in Fresno, Cal., and during the Ď50s located in Bodega, Sonoma county. Subsequently they became pioneer farmers in Mendocino county, but their last years were passed in Sonoma county. Besides Hermon, the parental family comprised three brothers and three sisters, as follows: David, Jefferson, Lee, Susan, Jennie and Hattie. David married Sara Dollar and became the father of four children, Philip, Sarah, Adaline and Lillian. Lee chose as his wife Miss Susan Rasmussen and by that union had two daughters, Nettie and Mabel. Susan is the wife of Isaac Talbot and Hattie married Joseph Irvin, their union resulting in four children, Frederick, Percy, Mildred and Florence. The marriage of Hermon Nobles occurred December 4, 1901, and united him with Mrs. Louisa (Haupt) Marshall, who was born in Sonoma county in the year 1870. They are the parents of three children, Mervin, Grace and Emmet.

In her ancestral lineage Mrs. Nobles traces the family back to a long succession of German progenitors. Charles Haupt, who was born in Germany in 1826, became an immigrant to the United States in young manhood, and with his parents crossed the plains with ox-teams in 1849. They first settled in Napa county, and later in Sonoma county, in which latter county Mr. Hauptís wife was born, and also their three children, Charles, Louisa and Mary. The only son, Charles, Jr., married Julia Patten and had seven children, Melvin, Albert, Lloyd, Lawrence, Louisa, Bessie and Minnie. Mary Haupt became the wife of S. R. Hayden, and their union was blessed with three children, Rodney, Richard and Bertha. During girlhood Mrs. Nobles attended the Sonoma county schools, and shortly after the completion of her education she was married to Robert Marshall, a farmer, whose death occurred a few years after their marriage. Three children were born of this marriage, Sadie, Charles and Robert. Subsequently Mrs. Marshall became the wife of Mr. Nobles. Their home place consists of twelve hundred and two acres, some of which contains a splendid growth of timber, while the balance affords excellent pasturage for the stock as well as large meadows for the making of hay. As a rule six hundred head of sheep are carried on the ranch, as well as ten head of horses and a number of hogs and cattle, the owner finding the sale of live stock an important part of his annual income, while the wooded tracts are especially adapted to the use of sheep. They also have a forty-acre ranch five miles from the home place, where they are raising fruit, principally apples. Haupt creek, which was so named for Mrs. Noblesí father, and is a tributary of Guallala river, waters the ranch. In places the ranch is well wooded with pine, redwood and oak. In the supervision of his large holdings the owner shows thrift, energy and sagacious judgment, and he occupies deservedly a high position among the ranchmen of Sonoma county. He is a member of the board of school trustees of Guallala district, and has been constable of Salt Point township for eight years.

History of Sonoma County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011