Otis B. NOEL, b. 1859

Otis B. Noel, living an section 21, Union township, was born in Black Oak township, this county, May 1, 1859, a son of James and Mary (Bacon) Noel, whose sketch is given above. In his youth he remained upon his father's farm and attended the district school. At the age of seventeen years he rented his father's farm, which he operated on the shares for three years. He afterward spent three years in Oskaloosa College to further perfect his education and then engaged in teaching for two years. He was afterward connected with the dry-goods and grocery trade in New Sharon for a year and for three years was a hardware merchant of that place, but in 1894 resumed farming, which he has since followed, in that year taking up his abode on the farm where he now resides. He is a wide-awake and progressive agriculturist, thoroughly familiar with all the duties connected with the farm and his capable management and careful work have resulted in making his property very valuable and productive. Mr. Noel was married September 15, 1892, to Miss Julia Ellen Knowlton, who was born in Clinton county, Ohio. January 3, 1864. and is a daughter of Samuel Knowlton, who is mentioned elsewhere in this work in connection with the sketch of Dennis E. Whitehill. Mr. and Mrs. Noel have a son, Homer Otis, born Febuary 20, 1896. Their home is a farm of one hundred and sixty acres of productive land, on which are good buildings and many modern improvements and it is a part of the Samuel Knowlton estate. In his political views Mr. Noel is an earnest republican, keeping well informeded on the questions and issues of the day as every true American citizen should do. He has served as township assessor for two years and as school director. He belongs to the Christian church, while his wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. They are both interested in all good work and their pleasant home is justly celebrated for its hospitality, which is greatly enjoyed by their many friends.


from Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa by Manoah Hedge The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1906

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