Lee County Biography

George T. Noe
Willow Creek Twp.





George T. Noe was born in Willow Creek Township, May 21, 1855, and is today numbered among the substantial, enterprising and intelligent farmers who are so ably conducting the rich agricultural interests of Lee County. He is a son of Cummings Noe, a pioneer of Illinois, who was a factor in developing the resources of the northern part of the State, and for many years before his death was identified with the farming interests of this county.

The grandfather of our subject, Abraham Noe, was born November 27, 1772, in the city of Perth, Amboy, and was married August 10, 1795, to Phoebe Condit, who was born August 7, 1776. Their children were named Hannah D., Aaron A., Jonathan C., Myme C, Jeptha C., Cummings M., Ebenezer C., and Richard H.

Cummings Noe was born at Caldwell, Essex County, N.J., July 20, 1809, and was about eight years old when his parents went from there to the primeval wilds of Ohio, and were early settlers of that section of the country. He attended the rude pioneer schools of those early days of the settlement of the Buckeye State, which were taught in log houses that were without regular windows, greased paper placed over a hole in the wall serving to admit the light instead of glass. In 1834, in the full vigor and flush of manbood, he too became a pioneer, coming to Illinois with his family, journeying hither with teams. He first located in Tazewell County, but a year later he removed to Jo Daviess County, going there with a team. The following year he again pulled up stakes and took up his abode in Ogle County, his wagon being a primitive affair, with wheels made of sections of a log. For eight years he lived there, and then made still another move, and this time came to Lee County, where he dwelt in peace and contentment the remaining days of his life.

For many years Mr. Noe Sr. was a resident of Willow Creek Township, where he bought a tract of govermnent land on section 17, and gave his attention closely to its improvement, his first work being to build a house to shelter his family. He found the surrounding country in a wild condition, with but few attempts at development, and as there were no railways here for some years after his settlement, he had to draw his grain to Chicago, seventy miles distant. Deer and other kinds of game were plentiful.

In 1879 Mr. Noe for the last time changed his dwelling place, removing to Viola Township that year, and settling on a farm that he had previously bought, and there death found him at a ripe age in 1884. His wife survives him and still makes her home in Viola Township. She was also a native of New Jersey, and prior to her marriage her name was Martha Parkhurst, being the daughter of Benjamin and Betsey Parkhurst. She is the mother of eleven children; Mary, Emery, Erastus, William, Phebe, Ruth, Amos, Martha, Nancy, Eli and George. William and Amos were brave soldiers in the late war, members of Company B, Twenty-seventh Illinois Infantry, and both gave up their lives for their country while in her service

The subject of this biographical review was given excellent educational advantages, attending first the local district schools and then having the benefit of eighteen months study in the college at Weston, Iowa, that has since been removed to To­ledo. After leaving college, his taste for agriculture led him to adopt that which Horace Greeley styled the "noblest of professions" for his life work, and he has devoted himself principally 1 to farming. He remained with his parents until his marriage, affording his father valuable assistance in carrying on his farm and he then settled on the farm on which he now resides. This contains two hundred and seven acres of land that is exceedingly fertile, is under good cultivation, and is provided with substantial and roomy buildings for every needed purpose. Mr. Noe is a man of exemplary habits, who is well thought of by the entire community where he has been known as boy and man since his birth. He is a veritable Christian, whose life is guided by principles of honor and honesty, and in him the United Brethren Church has one of its most consistent member, who favors all things that tend to the moral and social elevation of his township. He is especially interested in temperance reform, and is a stanch prohibitionist.

Mr. Noe is happy in his domestic relations, as he secured a good wife by his marriage, in 1878, with Mrs. Caroline Yetter, widow of Philip Jacob Yetter, and a daughter of Gotleib and Rosina Hochstrasser. Seven children have blessed their union, namely: Eda L., Mary M., Carrie B., Laura N. Clarence C., Raymond E. and Inez C. Mrs, Noe has two children living by her first marriage, George H. and Rosina P. Yetter.

Mrs. Noe was born at Troy Grove, this State, of which her father was a pioneer. He was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, November 9, 1820, a son of Jacob Hochstasser. He was reared and educa­ted in the fatherland, whence he came to this country in the prime of manhood in 1847, setting sail from Antwerp and landing at New York in July, after a voyage of forty-two days. He made his way to New Jersey and was employed there on a farm by the month for three years. In 1851 he came to Illinois with his wife, having been married in Philadelphia in October, 1849 to Miss Rosina Dimler, who was also a native of Wurtemberg, Germany, born February 27, 1826, to Michael and Rosina Dimler, likewise natives of Wurtemberg. Her father spent his entire life in the old country, but her mother came to America in 1848, and, settling in Philadelphia, took a second hushand in the City of Brotherly Love,

Mr. Hochstrasser and his bride journeyed to their new home on the broad prairies of Illinois by rail from Philadelphia to Pittsburg, thence by river, canal and lake to Chicago, and from there by canal to LaSalle County, and the ensuing two years were passed in Peru, where he was employed in the warehouses. He then rented a farm at Troy Grove, and a year later came to Lee County. He bought eighty acres of land in what is now Willow Creek Township, paying $325 for it, and at once set about the pioneer work that lay before him in further developing his place, on which a log house had already been erected, and sixteen acres of the land broken. During his many years residence on his old homestead, he made many valuable improvements, including the erection of a good set of frame buildings, and he placed his original purchase of land under good cultivation, besides buy­ing an eighty-acre tract joining, which he also improved. In 1884 he rented his farm, and remov­ing to Lee County, has since lived there in honorable retirement. He and his good wife have been blessed by four children: Caroline (Mrs. Noe), Mary, wife of Jacob Meyer; Sophia, wife of Carl Yetter; and Lucy, wife of Peter Wagner. Mrs. Noe and her parents are devoted members of the Evangelical Church.

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