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The History of Nobleford

Turning the first sod for the new factory. C.S. Noble with the shovel.<br><br>ca 1951.Named after Charles Noble, who owned large tracts of land and constructed many of the area’s first buildings, the hamlet of Noble (later Nobleford) was established in 1909. The following year, the C.S. Noble family moved from Claresholm to their new land, situated approximately 32 kilometres from Lethbridge. The same year, the area post office was constructed.

In fairly short order, Noble opened a branch office of the Milnes and Noble Real Estate Company and the area continued to develop. Until 1913, the hamlet was known as Noble, however, in order to differentiate between it and a town in Ontario of the same name, the name was changed to Nobleford.

McDougal House, Nobleford.Because of record-breaking crops in 1915 and 1916, the hamlet was booming. In 1918, with approximately 100 residents, Nobleford was incorporated as a village and Charles Noble elected its first mayor. At that time, the village included a brick bank building, pool hall, restaurant, ice cream parlour, general store, one-room school hall, several blacksmiths and a 30-room hotel called "McDougall House".

Unfortunately, in 1929, McDougall House was ruined in a fire. The community, nevertheless, continued to grow and that same year, the Noble Cultivators Factory.Calgary Power franchise introduced electricity to the area. Noble’s Company was established in the 1930s and quickly became the primary employer in the community. The company, an agricultural manufacturer, later changed its name to New Noble and served the community until 1998. Today, the former Noble company building is occupied by Keho Industries and Agri-Tech Manufacturing.

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