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JOHN CHESTER NOBLES after many years of business effort in the Northwest came to California more than twenty-five years ago, acquired property interests in Ontario and other parts ot the state, and lived here highly honored and respected until his death. His family are residents ot Ontario, where Mrs. Nobles and their only daughter reside.

The late Mr. Nobles was born in Indiana, February 25, 1842. His parents were farmers and in rather poor circumstances, so that all the schooling he could get was in the common schools, and the routine of farm duties faced him when only a child. When he was only twelve years of age John C. Nobles drove a team of oxen breaking heavy prairie sod. Under such circumstances he never learned to expect or await any financial assistance, but depended entirely on his own labors and ability for his modest reward. His industry and earnestness brought him eventually to a position of substantial success.

In 1870 Mr. Nobles went to Minnesota, and in the same year at El Dorado he married Miss Sarah Sharratt. Mrs. Nobles was born in Staffordshire, England, May 15, 1848, daughter of Francis and Maria Sharratt, who the following year left England and became pioneer settlers in Wisconsin. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Nobles settled on a farm near Winnebago City, where he put in ten industrious years. He then moved to Amboy, and for a number of years was a leading merchant of that town. His last place t)f residence in Minnesota was Mankato, where he was a manufacturer and wholesaler of candy and confectionery. In these commercial lines he was eminently successful, and it was reasons of ill health that caused him to dispose of his interests in Minnesota and in 1895 come West. For several months he was in Salt Lake City investigating mining projects, but in September, 1896, he came on to Ontario, California. Here he rented a home for sixteen months, and then 1898 built a home at San Diego, where he lived until his death on November 27, 1907.

Mr. Nobles was a member of the Masonic Order, a life long democrat, and is remembered as a man of most charitable and generous disposition, temperate in his habits, and was esteemed for his character as well as for his material achievement.

Soon after coming to California he invested in a magnificent five acre grove on North Vine Avenue in Ontario, and on this he built a modern home now occupied by Mrs. Nobles and their only daughter. The daughter, Myra, was born on a farm near Amboy. Minnesota, November 21, 1871. She was educated in the grammar schools of Amboy, in the Mankato High School, and on September 28, 1895, became the wife of Henry Frisbee. Mr. Frisbee was born in Wisconsin and is now an orange grower at Ontario. Mr. and Mrs. Frisbee have three children. The oldest, Edna Maud, born at Salt Lake City, is a graduate of the Chaffey High School of Ontario and has specialized in Domestic Science. The second child, Ira Nobles Frisbee. born at Ontario November 7, 1897, is a graduate of the Chaffey High School, and graduated with honors and the A. B. degree from Pomona College in 1919. In June 1921 he completed a two years' course in business administration at Harvard University. During the World war he was enrolled as a lieutenant in the Students' Army Training Corps and is now connected with the San Francisco firm of Price Waterhouse Company as an expert accountant. Ira N. Frisbee married, September 1, 1920, Miss Helen Sheets, of Claremont, California, and they have a daughter, Helen Leonora, born in July, 1921. The third child of Mr. and Mrs. Frisbee is Alice Elizabeth, born at San Diego December 3, 1906, a young lady gifted in music and a student in both vocal and instrumental. She attends the Chaffey High School.


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