Charles A. Noble is one of the vital progressive representatives of the real estate and insurance business at
Joliet, where he has been actively engaged in the real estate business since 1900. He was born at Wilmington, Will
County, Illinois, Oct. 12, 1859, and is the youngest of six children born to Royal S. and Ellen N. (Richards) Noble.
His father died in 1862 and his mother died in 1878.
Mr. Noble attended the public schools of Wilmington, Ill., and graduated from the high school His first position
was that of bookkeeper and conveyancer in the real estate office of L. E. Ingalls, at Joliet in 1879. In 1884 he
became chief deputy in the circuit clerk and recorder's office for four years and in 1888 was reappointed. In 1892
he was elected to the office of Recorder of Deeds and served as the first recorder of Will County. He was reelected
to this position in 1896. During 1900-1912 he engaged in real estate having been interested in it as a speculator
while in the circuit clerk's and recorder's offices. In 1912 he was elected county auditor, a new office created
at that time, and served as its first auditor for four years. Was reelected in 1916 and again in 1920. This was
the second office that was created and in which he served as its first officer, viz: Recorder of Deeds and Auditor.
Since December, 1900, he has been actively engaged in the real state and insurance business, which is one of the
leading concerns operating in Will County.
In 1887 Mr. Noble was married to Miss Lillian Reed at St. Paul, Minn. She was born in Waukegan, Ill., and died
in 1888. In June, 1899, Mr. Noble married Florence A. Smith, a daughter of A. H. Smith. To this union two children
were born: Marion, married Arthur J. Stevens, lives at Joliet, and they have a daughter, Barbara; and Albert, a
student at Junior College, Joliet. Mrs. Noble died in 1919.
Mr. Noble's fraternal affiliations are with Mount Joliet Lodge, A. F. and A. M. 42, past master; Joliet Chapter,
R. A. M. 27, past high priest; Joliet Council, R. and S. M. 82, past thrice Illustrious Master; Joliet Commandery,
K. T. 4.; Medinah Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. and B. P. O. Elks, No. 296. He organized the Real Estate Board of Joliet
and served as its president for ten years. He was first secretary of the Union Club, and past president. When the
Silver Cross Hospital was built he was president of the Board of Trustees and continued in that office for some
years, and is now a trustee. In 1891 he organized the Noble Masonic Relief Society, serving as its president, and
has also served as a director of the Joliet Relief Association. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and in
politics is a Republican.
Mr. Noble has always taken an active interest in the civic and social affairs of Joliet and is one of the substantial
citizens of whom Will County is justly proud.
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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