The Noble County Historical Society was organized in April 1965 when Lloyd Bender and several other interested citizens got together. One hundred members were soon enrolled, see our list of past officers.
An extensive Historical Marker project, under the guidance of Thurlo Holcomb, was undertaken. On November 15, 1965, the first marker was erected to the memory of the first white settler in Noble County, Joel Bristol, who settled April 4, 1827 near what is now Merriam on U.S Highway 33.
The project was very popular and the final count revealed 71 markers erected at historical sites in the county. The project was financed by contributions.
After ninety-three years of use, the old jail building was discarded for a new and modern one. In March of 1968 Sheriff Roy Sayles Jr., with his family and prisoners moved into their new home at the east edge of Albion.
The old jail property, consisting of two
lots containing the jail and a double garage, was auctioned April 1, 1968. Our society purchased it for $2,275.00, obtained through contributions by individuals and organizations. It was purchased to be used as a museum and we
at once named it
The Noble County Historical Society's Old Jail Museum. An attractive sign is at the site.
Artifacts began arriving at an early date. At the present time we have an unbelievable number of antiques, books, pictures, uniforms, dresses, bedding, furniture, dishes, dolls, and various other items of by-gone days. Every item in the museum has been donated. Additional items are welcomed and appreciated.
More than 300 people visit the museum annually. Our most prominent visitors have been; Dr. Earl L. Butz, Congressman Ed Roush, Dr. Harold Urey and Cliff Milnor.
The most widely-known prisoners are well remembered by our readers.
Membership includes subscription to our quarterly Pioneer Echoes, containing many articles on Noble County history. Issued four times each year, it is written by Sarah Knopp and mailed to the members of our society.
Print our membership form, fill it in then mail with check, or money order, to the address on the form.