The 2004 Noble Reunion
Fort Wayne, IN
July 29-July 31, 2004
The 2004 reunion began in Fort Wayne, Indiana on the evening of July 28th, as descendents began to check into the reunion headquarters at the Holiday Inn in downtown Fort Wayne. Each family received a binder, prepared by Carol and Bob Benner, containing the agenda, reviews of past reunions, a letter from England regarding research into Thomas Noble's birth and parentage, a list of the descendents of Thomas and Hannah, descendents of Jonathan Noble and wives Mary Barber and Hannah Buell, the story of the Jonathan Noble log cabin in Westerfield, OH, the story of D.C. Noble and his greenhouses, the story of Fort Wayne, IN, Cemeteries in Indiana and Ohio and current known burials, and a Food Guide. This wonderful work was a great keepsake for reunion attendees.
Day 1 began with attendees meeting in the hotel lobby, and proceeding to the Allen County Public Library, where they were given a guided tour by library staff. The rest of the day was devoted to research. The library has one of the finest genealogical collections in the nation, and very helpful staff. Excellent computer access to various databases augment the collection. Everyone there praised the facility, and much excellent research ensued.
The reunion group assembled for dinner at "The Factory", for good fellowship, and outstanding prime rib, lobster, and other delicious foods. Following are a few photos from dinner.
Day 2 began with everyone meeting in a conference room for an exchange of information, showing of photographs, some of them historic, and others of the last few reunions. The location of the next reunion was discussed, which will tentatively be either in Westfield, MA again, or in central Iowa. We are waiting to see if the book on Noble of the famous Barnes and Noble bookstore is completed before making a decision.
A discussion was held about creating a Noble - Warriner family association. It was agreed that this would be desirable, so initial goals, officers, and dues were agreed upon. The charter members paid their dues, and the association was born. Carol Benner was chosen as the President and Secretary, plus historian. Tom Kneil was elected as Treasurer. Ron Kuhnel will be the Newsletter editor, and Helen Peschau will help maintain the web site.
The rest of the day was spent in more research at the Library, and dinner was held at the Triangle Park Bar & Grill.
Photos from Day 2 follow.
Day 3 was in Westerfield, Ohio. We first visited the Jonathan Noble log cabin in Westerfield, OH. When we arrived on a overcast day, the Johnny Appleseed Society was in the process of planting an apple tree next to the cabin.. Inside the cabin we were treated to a very interesting explanation of the history of the house, its log cabin construction, and some artifacts (such as a log splitter and axe). All are shown in the photos below. Finally the Noble descendents lined up for a group photograph in front on the house. For a larger version of one of the photos with everyone identified click HERE.. Afterwards everyone left for home or other locales, as a violent thunderstorm descended on the region making the drive out of town exciting.