G: Mary Jane McCUTCHEON (4) (David McCutcheon-3; Samuel McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born in Mulmur Township, Dufferin County, ON on the 6th August 1865 and she died on the 21st February 1920 in Gainsborough, SK. She married James NOBLE (15th November 1862 – 10th September 1941 in Gainsborough) on the 12th January 1887 in Whitfield, ON. They are buried at the Fern Cemetery, Storthoaks, SK. His parents were Archibald Noble and Mary Rutledge. By the 4th June 1891 they were living near Broadview, Saskatchewan with Samuel McCutcheon. ►
► Homestead – Land Grants and Letters Patents were applied for. James Noble applied for 2, encompassing both the NW ¼ and the SE 1/4 of Section 30. They received Letters Patent first for the south east ¼ on the 22nd April 1902 and then the second Letters Patent (pictured) on the 7th July 1904. They arrived in the Gainsborough area in 1892.
MARY JANE’S STORY AS TOLD BY Alice M. Burke:
“Mary Jane McCutcheon was the youngest member of the family of David and Mary Ellen McCutcheon to survive to adulthood. She grew up in Mulmur Township and she married a neighbour, James Noble in January 1887. They remained in Mulmur for a few years after their marriage, but many families were leaving Ontario to take up homesteads in Saskatchewan so James and Mary decided to go also. In the early spring of 1891 they left Ontario by train with a six month old baby (Mary Evelyn – Eve). They took a load of “settlers’ effects” with them which could consist of clothing, provisions, feed, tools, used machinery, seeds, plants and other necessities. James’ parents also left Ontario to go to Saskatchewan and they left their youngest child in Ontario with her grandparents. They never saw her again. The group travelled by train to Deloraine, where the Land Office was located. This was also the end of the line. From there they travelled by team and wagon a distance of 50 to 60 miles to their homestead on SE 30-4-30 W. This was later known as the Fern Community.
During the first few years, times were exceedingly hard and there was no money. Crops failed, there were fires and many other problems to plague the settlers. Mary Jane made home-made butter to provide a little extra income. There were many who were willing to buy it but they had no money. Mary Jane went from door to door and was quite discouraged. Then unknowingly she called on another Mary Jane from the Shelburne area. This second Mary Jane had a husband with steady employment so she was able to buy the butter. She threw her arms around her and told her how glad she was to see her. The two Mary Jane’s became close friends over the years. During these difficult years they preserved and eventually conditions improved. They had a good farm with a creek running through it so there was a good water supply. During the years of World War I and during the 1920’s farming was more prosperous and they were able to improve their property. Then the depression came and during the 1930’sprices were low and they also suffered from drought, dust storms, and poor crops. Fire was always a threat and many lost crops and buildings to the fires. In the late 1930’s prices and weather conditions gradually improved.
The Noble family consisted of a young child who died in Ontario and Eve who was also born in Ontario. Then Alma, Violet, Florence, Dorothy and Fred were born in Saskatchewan. The Noble children attended the Fern School and Fern Church. The Noble family had a great deal of musical ability and they sang in the choir. Florence Noble and Dorothy Noble have both been organists at the church. Fred Noble played the saxophone, violin and mouth organ. The Nobles were also active in Red Cross work and the ladies helped with the Ladies’ Aid at the Fern Church.
Mary Jane Noble passed away in 1920, while still in her fifties and the family carried on at the farm without her. The older girls took their mother’s place. James Noble lived on the farm until his death in 1941.
The oldest member of the Noble family was a son, Joseph who died at the age of two years in Ontario.
Eva, [Mary Evelyn] the second member came to the Fern Community as a baby. She married Alex Gies, a farmer. After a few years on the farm, they moved to the west coast where Alex was a contractor. Then they moved to Port Angeles, Washington, U.S.A. Later some of the family moved to California.
Alma Noble was the third member of the family. She was unmarried and lived on the homestead until her death in 1947. She sang in the choir and was secretary for the Ladies’ Aid and helped with other community organizations.
Violet Noble, the fourth member of the family, married James Mill, a farmer. They lived at 25-4-31-W1. They had one daughter Verna who went to high school in Gainsborough and graduated from Grace Hospital in Winnipeg as a nurse. In 1961, the Mills moved to Melita, Manitoba. Both Violet and Jim are now deceased. Verna and her husband live at Stoney Plain, Alberta.
Florence Noble, the fifth member of the family, married John McLean from Kelvington and they farmed for a number of years. John McLean was a veteran of WWI. They farmed south of Wadena for three years and then moved to a homestead in the Bells Hill District. Their oldest daughter was born near Wadena and the other four daughters and their son were born on the homestead. In 1952, John went to B.C. to work in the lumbering industry. He worked in sawmills. The family then moved to B.C. to Dawson Creek area. He and his wife were able to take a trip to Nova Scotia from where the McLeans had come. Mae married Louis Markling and they live at Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Bernice married Burtis Nelson and they also live near Dawson Creek. Joyce married Wallace McPhee and they live at Tisdale, Saskatchewan. Grace lives in Dawson Creek. Shirley married Dale Ostlund and they live in Cranbrook, B.C. Don married Helen Pitt and they live near Dawson Creek.
Dawson Creek is “mile 0” of the Alaska Highway. Travellers making the journey of the Alaska Highway begin here. The highway is miles and miles of nothing but miles and miles. Homestead grants were issued to settlers here beginning in 1912.
Dorothy Noble, the sixth in the family, married Doug Morrice and they farmed on the home farm. Both are now deceased.
Fred Noble is the youngest and he remained on the farm until 1942. He was in active service during WWII but was discharged for health reasons. He worked at war work and worked with grain firms and then worked at power engineering until retirement. He married Marguerite Cleary and they lived in Winnipeg where they raised two daughters, Janice and Jean.
Fred Noble has written a very fine history of the Noble family in the book “Yesterday’s Prairie Wind”. Further information is available in this book. Fred Noble is now retired and enjoys music. He has played in a musical group called Ragtime Gals and Fred Noble. The group was popular and they were in much demand and did a lot of travelling. However, they have recently decided to reduce their heavy schedule and meet occasionally.
A story about the McLean family is included in the book on Kelvington called “Tears, Toil and Triumph”.”
~CHILDREN OF MARY JANE McCUTCHEON AND JAMES NOBLE WERE~
- Joseph Frederick William NOBLE (5) (Mary Jane McCutcheon-4; David McCutcheon-3; Samuel McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 4th August 1888 and he died on the 7th September 1890 in Mulmur Township.
- Mary Evelyn NOBLE (5). See i following.
- Charlotte Alma NOBLE (5) (Mary Jane McCutcheon-4; David McCutcheon-3; Samuel McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 17th June 1894 and she died on the 7th September 1949 Gainsborough, SK . Charlotte never married.
- Violet May NOBLE (5). See ii following.
- Florence Grace NOBLE (5). See iii following
- Dorothy Lillian NOBLE (5). See iv following.
- Frederick George William NOBLE (5). See v following.
MARY EVELYN NOBLE (1891-1981)
i. Mary Evelyn NOBLE (5) (Mary Jane McCutcheon-4; David McCutcheon-3; Samuel McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 10th March 1891 in Broadview, SK. She died in April 1981 in Long Beach, Ca. She married Alexander George GIES in July 1909 in Ontario. He was born on the 1st August 1974 in Ontario and he died in 1931 in Port Angeles, WA. His parents were Blassius Gies and Magdalena Schaefer. ♣♣ ☺☺
NOTE: Mary Evelyn, Alexander and their 2 older children immigrated to Port Angeles, WA in 1913. Alexander was drafted by the US military in September 1918.
~CHILDREN OF MARY EVELYN NOBLE AND ALEXANDER G GIES WERE~
- Myrtle Henrietta GIES (6) B. 11th December 1910 in Storthoaks, Sk. D. 25th November 1985. She married John William MURRAY (1907-1980) on the 2nd August 1937. His parents were John J Murray and Dora May Sharp. They had 2 daughters.
- Marshall Edward GIES Senior (6) B. 2nd August 1912 in Vancouver, BC. D. 25th March 1968 in King County WA. USA. He is buried at the Washelli Mausoleum, Seattle, WA. He married Dorothea Maria CUTTING (1925-2005) on the 2nd July 1957. Their children: Marshall Edward Junior; second son.
- Clara Helena GIES (6) B. 7th August 1914 in Port Angeles, WA. D. 23rd November 1959. She married Francis Warren HAGERTY (1911-1987) on the 11th February 1936. They are buried at the Washelli Mausoleum, Seattle, WA. In 1940 Francis was employed as a truck driver for the Angeles Creamery.
- Harold Alexander GIES (6) B. 21st August 1916 in Port Angeles, WA. D. 22nd December 2005 in Long Beach, CA. He is buried at the Riverside National Cemetery. He married Maureen Ann NOONAN(1920 – 2008) on the 26th November 1958. Her parents were Bernard and Bessie Noonan. ☺☺
- Irene Lavina GIES (6) B. 14th June 1918 in Port Angeles, WA. She married Charles Franklin SHELL (1918-1985) on the 27th September 1943. His parents were James Russell Shell and Eva Lewis. They had one known son.
Storthoaks Motto: “If ya ain’t from Storthoaks, you ain’t from no wers.” Population 99.
♣♣ Cousins married cousins: NOTE; Two Gies brothers, Alexander and Henry, married two first cousins: Mary Evelyn Noble and Marietta Pearl McCutcheon.
☺☺ Lived to be a Nonagenarian or more.
VIOLET MAY NOBLE (1896-1986)
ii. Violet May NOBLE (5) was born on the 28th April 1896 in Gainsborough, SK and she died circa 1986. She married James Ayre MILL (1891-1968) on the 19th March 1919 in Carieville, SK. James was born in Winnipeg, MB. They are buried at the Fern Cemetery. His parents were William and Isabella Mill. ☺☺
~CHILD OF VIOLET MAY NOBLE AND JAMES MILL WAS~
- Edna Laverna (Verna) MILL (6) B. 31st August 1929. D. 27th September 2014 in St Albert, AB. She married John Hugh (Jack) Paterson (1930-2014) on the 13th October 1951 in Winnipeg, MB. His parents were John PATERSON and Edith Maud Victoria WOOD. They had 3 children.
☺☺ Lived to be a Nonagenarian or more.
FLORENCE GRACE NOBLE (1900-1983)
iii. Florence Grace NOBLE (5) (Mary Jane McCutcheon-4; David McCutcheon-3; Samuel McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 2nd January 1900 in Gainsborough, SK and she died on the 5th January 1983 in Pouce Coupe, British Columbia. She married John McLEAN on the 12th January 1927.
~CHILDREN OF FLORENCE GRACE NOBLE AND JOHN McLEAN WERE~
- Mae McLEAN (6). B. 1927 in Wadena, SK. She married Louis MARKLING (1920-2006). They had two children.
- Bernice McLEAN (6). B. 1929. She married Burtis Earl NELSON (1933-2009). They had 3 Children.
- Joyce McLEAN (6). B. circa 1931. She married Wallace McPHEE.
- Shirley McLEAN (6). B. circa 1935. She married Dale OSTLUND.
- Don McLEAN (6). B. circa 1937. He married Helen PITT.
- Grace Evelyn McLEAN (6). B. circa 1939 in Bellshell, SK. D. 9th January 2001 in Dawson Creek, BC.
DOROTHY LILLIAN NOBLE (1902-1955)
iv. Dorothy Lillian NOBLE (5) (Mary Jane McCutcheon-4; David McCutcheon-3; Samuel McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 19th October 1902 in Gainsborough, SK and she died on the 18th February 1955. She married Charles Douglas MORRICE on the 11th May 1943. He was born on the 15th August 1920 in Carievale, SK. He died on the 20th May 1986.
~CHILDREN OF DOROTHY LILLIAN NOBLE AND CHARLES DOUGLAS MORRICE WERE~
- Female MORRICE (6) B. 1944. D. 1944
FREDERICK GEORGE WILLIAM NOBLE (1907-2001)
v. Frederick George William NOBLE (5) (Mary McCutcheon-4; David-3; Samuel-2; Samuel-1) was born on the 12th October 1907 in Gainsborough, SK. and he died on the 8th April 2001 in Winnipeg, MB. He married Marquerite CLEARY on the 30th September 1941. He is buried at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Winnipeg. ☺☺
Obituary for WILLIAM GEORGE FREDERICK NOBLE (1907 – 2001)
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on April 11, 2001
WILLIAM GEORGE FREDERICK NOBLE October 12, 1907 – April 8, 2001 Peacefully, on April 8, 2001 at the age of 93 years young, our dear father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend passed away at St. Boniface Hospital. Fred Noble, son of James Noble and Mary Jane McCutcheon, was born October 12, 1907 on Pleasantview Farm, approximately 13 miles from Gainsborough, Saskatchewan. Fred developed a love and talent for music at a very early age. His first instrument was the harmonica. While attending country dances in and around Gainsborough, he decided to learn to play the violin and was playing for dances by the time he was 10 years old. Soon after, he began to play the saxophone. Fred led and played for dance bands in the Gainsborough area throughout the 1920s and 1930s. On September 30, 1941, he married Marie Marguerite Cleary on Storthoaks, SK and in February 1942 they moved to Winnipeg to begin a new life together. Fred worked with several Winnipeg grain firms until he began a career in power engineering. He became a Second Class Engineer, and worked 16 years at St. Boniface Hospital until his retirement in October 1972. After his “retirement”, Fred continued working as a power engineer. Then, in 1980, he returned to playing music. Fred Noble and the Ragtime Gals performed in hospitals, care homes, and legions throughout Winnipeg and Manitoba. Among their many gigs were the Osborne Leisure Centre, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Old Spaghetti Factory. They were a big hit for years with customers at the downtown Eaton’s location. Fred was predeceased in 1977 by his wife of 36 years, Marguerite. He is survived and remembered by his daughters, Janice Glatz and Jean Lowe (Denis Leclerc) grandsons, Greg Glatz, Gord Glatz and George Glatz (Debbie) granddaughter-in-law Valerie Glatz, and great-grandchildren Gregory Glatz and Natasha Glatz. He is also fondly remembered by his special friend of 21 years, Caroline Bellon and her loving family. Our heartfelt thanks to all the staff of the Palliative Care Unit at St. Boniface Hospital with special thanks to Tim who did for Fred what he could no longer do for himself, while always preserving Fred’s dignity and pride. A reflection and celebration of Freds life will take place on Thursday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, 1061 Ellice Avenue (corner of Ellice and Wall). Pastor Brenda M. Arndt officiating. After a reception at the church, interment will follow at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Palliative Care Unit of St. Boniface Hospital. Arrangements entrusted to Klassen Funeral Chapel, 338-0331.
~CHILDREN OF FREDERICK GEORGE NOBLE AND MARQUERITE CLEARY ARE~
Janice NOBLE (6). B. 20th February 1942 in SK. She married GLATZ. Their children: George; Gordon; Greg.
Jean Marie NOBLE (6). B. 25th May 1954 in SK. D. 20th September 2005 at the St Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, MB. She worked for 26 years in the Food Services department of St. Boniface Hospital. In addition to trips with her partner Denis, Jean loved her pet birds, shopping, desserts (especially chocolate), discovering new restaurants and creating the perfect Martha Stewart home. Jean was childless.
☺☺ Lived to be a nonagenarian or more.