Hugh and Noble Wible
In 1874, Samuel and Sarah Catherine (Coulter) Wible moved to Hutchinson
from Salem, Indiana. Samuel, a Union soldier, was wounded in the Civil War.
He hoped to regain robust health, this prompted their move to Kansas.
Samuel and Sarah had two sons, Hugh McKinnley, born July 21, 1876, and
Samuel Noble born October 12, 1879. Their father Samuel died in 1880, so
Mrs. Wible moved to Hazelton, Kansas with her two sons, to establishe a
home near her sister, Mollie (Charles George). Sarah was a fine seamstress,
tailoring men's suits and overcoats for a livelihood until she married
William George who farmed north of Hazelton. He was a widower with a young
Now the Wible brothers had a step-brother, and in a few years, they
gained four half-brothers and sisters. They were Annie, Essie, Jake and
Bill George, also a foster sister, Ida Swain.
This family of children all attended Maple Grove School, a dut out.
Reading from McGuffey's and learning to figure, write and spell was more
important than comfort.
Hugh and "Nobe" had a scant four years of schooling, when their education
was cut short by the death of their step-father. Then the two elder boys
assumed the responsibilites of adulthood, farming for their mother until
she passed away in 1899.
All the members of the "Three in One" family worked together and maintained
their home. It was the age of "sweat of your brow" and "live off the land."
Food of that era was beef jerky, prairie chicken, sour dough, hominy, cold
clabber milk, sand plums and the luxury of ripe peaches from Sharon Orchards.
When Hugh was 17 years old nad Nobe was 14, they purchased a horse power
thresing machine and corn sheller to do custom work for neighbors. This
successful enterprise led them to purchase a steam threshing outfit.
Nobe, the engineer 0 Hugh the separator man, threshed wheat in Hardtner,
Kiowa, Hazelton and Sharon Communitites. Hugh threshed for 40 consecutive
June 1, 1904 Hugh married Augusta Reynolds from neighborning Cedar Hills
Ranch. They had a livestock and grain farm adjoining Hazelton. They were
active in Eastern Star and the Masonic Order. Augusta worked for Women's
Sufferage and WCTU and Hazelton Library. Their children are: Bertram Kelvin,
Caldwell, Kansas, Maxwell, deceased; Frances Horton, Wellington, Kansas and
Jean McCoy, Argonia, Kansas.
In 1917 the family moved to a farm on the Chikaskia River north of Caldwell.
Their registered Shorthorn cattle were in demand for breeding stock.
Samuel Noble married Ella Cox, Hazelton. They moved to Wichita, established
the Wible Ice Co. and the first ice skating rink in the city.
Their daughters are Noella Riveron, residing in Miami, Florida, and Pearl
Rayle, Sun City, Arizona.
The descendants of these two brothers cannot help but take great pride
in the success of these men, who met all adversities and "made it on their
Source:Chosen Land - Barber County, Kansas, pg. 486