About Charles John Nobes
Compendium of Biography, 1899
CHARLES J. NOBES, deceased.--Probably no man has been more intimately associated with the business interests of central Nebraska than the gentleman whose name heads this article, and his name is indissolubly connected with the history of the growth and development of the counties in which he operated. He was an old settler of York county, and had become well known to a large circle, and had pursued a career that had won an abundant reward in a financial sense.
Mr. Nobes was born at Joliet, Illinois, May 26, 1849, a son of Isaac and Ann J. (Boy) Nobes, the former a native of the Isle of Wight, and the latter a native of Ireland. The father came to America when a young man and was a sailor for a number of years. He was married in this country, and later located in Joliet, Illinois, where he was employed as a ship carpenter for several years. For thirty years he operated a large stone quarry in that city. They were the parents of a family of five children, three sons and two daughters, of whom our subject was the second child and also the second son in the order of their birth.
The subject of our sketch was educated in the common schools of Joliet. He found his first employment as keeper in the state penitentiary, in that city, and was thus engaged for two years. In 1874 he came to Nebraska and was appointed deputy warden in the state prison, and in 1880 was promoted to the office of warden, and spent, in all, twelve years as an officer in the prison. In 1886 he came to York and opened a farm loan business and also engaged in breeding trotting horses, and followed that line of business until his death, which occurred February 3, 1897.
May 20, 1875, Mr. Nobes was united in marriage to Miss Helen Richardson, also a native of Joliet, Illinois. She is a daughter of Benjamin and Sarah (Ovaitt) Richardson, both of whom are now dead. To this union have been born two children, Jennie R. and Nellie B., both of whom are still living. Mr. Nobes was for a short time vice-president of the City National Bank, of York. In politics he was identified with the Republican party, and was a Knight Templar of the Masonic fraternity.