JAMES K. NOBLE, Constable of McLean County, has his residence at No. 604 East Taylor street, Bloomington, his
office being at No. 221 North Main street. Mr. Noble is a native of Hamilton County, Ohio, and was born June 28,1829.
He is the son of David and Rebecca (Karr) Noble, the father a native of Ohio and the mother of New Jersey. They
came to Illinois in 1831, and settled in Randolph Grove, Randolph Township, this county. Here, David Noble purchased
a farm which was but slightly improved, and carried on the pursuit of agriculture until about 1850. He then sold
out and took possession of 160 acres in another part of the township, this latter being Government land. He built
a comfortable farm house and all necessary out-buildings, planted an orchard and shrubbery, and established a comfortable
home, upon which he spent the remainder of his days, dying in 1865. The mother died in this State in 1838. Their
family of six children are as follows: William C., Sarah J. (Mrs. Munson), Stephen K., Mercy A. (Mrs. Rust), James
K. and Thomas J. David Noble was for many years Postmaster of Randolph Township, and a member of the Masonic fraternity.
He was a man of great personal worth and highly respected wherever he made his home.
The subject of this biography was reared on a farm until twenty-one years of age, receiving a common-school education. After becoming his own man he first rented a farm in Randolph Township, which he operated for a few years, and in 1858 purchased eighty acres in the same township, which he cultivated and occupied until 1870. He then disposed of his farm property and moved into Bloomington, which has since remained his home. He purchased his present residence in 1872.
The marriage of James K. Noble and Miss Sarah A. Johnston took place in this county in 1872. Mrs. N. was a native of New Jersey, and the daughter of William and Rebecca Johnston. Of her union with our subject there were born the following: Mark is a resident of Chicago; Rebecca, Mrs. LaBelle of Bloomington, is the mother of one child, a son, Stanley; Frank is janitor of the county jail in Bloomington; William J. is telegraph operator and press reporter for the Western Union at Bloomington; Charles A., also a telegraph operator, is stationed at Springfield; Lillie, Carrie, Hattie and Clyde are at home.
Mr. Noble in earlier years learned the plasterer's trade, at which he worked a few years after coming to Bloomington. In 1874 he was appointed Deputy Sheriff under James Hoodhart, which position he occupied four years, and was elected County Constable in 1882, holding the position until the present (1887). While in Randolph Township he served as School Director, and has always taken an active interest in whatever was calculated to advance the growth and prosperity of his county. Both Mr. and Mrs. Noble are connected with the Christian Church, and our subject in all respects is rated as a representative citizen and business man.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 412. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.