NOYES Josiah Marston[1]

Male 1904 - 1980  (75 years)


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  • Name NOYES Josiah Marston 
    Nickname Si 
    Born 12 Dec 1904  Limestone, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    • (born at home. Gravestone says 1904.)
    Gender Male 
    Census 29 Apr 1910  Limestone, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • (Age 6.)
    Census 28 Jan 1920  Limestone, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • (Age 15.)
    Census 17 Apr 1930  Limestone, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • (Age 25; farmer; age 19 when married.)
    Occupation Limestone, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    farmer 
    Social Security Number 004-32-0506  [9
    _UID 1C5B0D38EB9ED5118A06444553540000EB0F 
    Died 21 Jan 1980  Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 10
    • (OBIT: Limestone - Josiah M. Noyes, 75, died Jan. 21 at Carey Memorial Hospital in Caribou following a brief illness.

      He was born in Limestone Dec. 12, 1904, the son of Alfred and Ethyl (Long) Noyes. He was a well-known retired farmer in the Limestone area and was active in community afffairs. He was president and chairman of the board of directors of the Limestone Water District, president of the Limestone Rotary Club in 1949 and 1950, and treasurer of the Chamber of Commerce for many years. He was active in the Limestone Masonic Lodge 214 and was its treasurer for 10 years. Mr. Noyes was chairman of the Limestone School Building Committee and attended Limestone Methodist Church.

      He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Philip (Barbara) Leighton of Muskegon, Mich. and Mrs. Harold (Betty) Hopkinson of Manlius, N.Y.; two brothers, Gerald Noyes and Philip Noyes, both of Limestone; one sister, Mrs. Donald (Dora) Atwater of Limestone; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

      Funeral services were held Jan. 24 at the Limestone Methodist Church with the Rev. Harold Hurlbert officiating. Serving as pallbearers were members of the Limestone Masonic Lodge 214, Ellsworth Morris, Allen Sloan, Richard Edgecomb, Laurin Finnemore, Floyd Finnemore and Robert Phair. Masonic memorial services were conducted in the funeral home Jan. 23. Friends who wish may contribute to the memorial fund of the Limestone Methodist Church in his memory. Envelopes may be obtained at the Lancaster-Morgan Funeral Home in Caribou.

      Interment will be in the Episcopal Cemetery.)
    Buried Aft 21 Jan 1980  Limestone, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Address:
    Episcopal (Advent) Cemetery 
    Josiah & Merle (Beckwith) Noyes and Richard Noyes gravestone
    Josiah Marston Noyes
    Notes 
    • Josiah, according to a family story, sold cream and eggs and used the money to get married with. The following week they camped at the Presque Isle Fair where Josiah showed his sheep. Merle taught school in Limestone and boarded at the Alfred and Ethel Noyes' home. She taught his younger brothers, Philip and Gerald. They lived with Josiah's parents until after Richard was born and then bought from the "Long Girls" (half sisters of Josiah's mother) Josiah's grandfather Long's farm located on the Long road about one mile out from Limestone center. They built a house on a former house foundation and a shed barn. Josiah farmed at this location until he retired about 1967.

      He was a member of the local Masonic Lodge and the Rotary Club. He received Rotatarian of the Year Award in the 1970's. He was elected Town Councilman for several terms and served as chairman of the school building committee during the construction of Limestone's new High School, the only school in Aroostook County to have an Olympic sized swimming pool. He was a director of the Limestone Water Company for several years and elected selectman for the Town of Limestone He was also a long term member of Rotory Internation and a Mason. Si, as he was known by most people in the town, was widely sought after to help in barn risings and other building projects because of his carpentry expertise. Si was active in getting grants and building the senior housing in Limestone.

      Merle and Josiah were members of the Limestone Methodist church. During the summer of 1947 they built a camp on Cross Lake in Maine (forth camp north of Sandy Point). The camp is now (1996) owned by their daughters Barbara and Betty. Josiah died in 1980. Merle died in 1969. Barbara and Philip Leighton are the present owners of the farm home and out buildings. The farm land was sold during 1991.

      The following is a description by Betty Noyes Hopkinson of her parents: He loved children and was delighted with his children and grand-children and his great grandson, Josiah Leighton. All his life he loved candy and chocolate, chocolate donuts especially. He often had Canada mints and Boston baked beans (candy) in the car and in candy dishes. He liked popcorn, milk and molasses as a Sunday evening supper - something he had as a child.

      After Mama died, he got a reputation for making wonderful lemon pies by taking them to Rotary, Lodge or Church suppers.

      He was difficult to work alongside of as he forgot you were there and might swing a board round and it would hit you. Once, while shingling the end of the house with a hired man, he accidently swung and struck the hired man in the mouth knocking two teeth out. The hired man and he laughed about it and he told Dad the teeth had to come out anyway.

      He designed and built his combination barn and potato house during 1945-1946. It had a stall area for a few cows, a hay loft, a pig pin, a grain bin and a large potato storage area. He was extremely proud of it after going so many years with a shed for a barn.

      While building it, he was on the top of the rafters "tying" them when a slight breeze came up and the rafters that were up fell, he jumped, landing near a saw and saw horse which saved his life as the rafters could have crushed him. No one was hurt but my father came down and was "white as a sheet". He did not go back until the following day.

      He loved Christmas and always decorated the tree himself and was fussy about it - putting each piece of tinsel on separately - their tree was all blue for years with big blue balls and blue lights.

      Mama and Dad loved to entertain and they had large and small parties - large picnics at the camp and at home in the back yard (garage or cellar in event of rain) He loved to take pictures of everyone either from above by the potato house or above on the loft at camp. When his slides came back, he would look them over and if the slide was not good, he'd toss it into the fireplace. He loved taking pictures of the grand-children.

      He and Mama had each of Aunt Louise's three boys come to spend the summer with them and then each of their grand-children spent a summer with them or with Dad after Mama died. An experience each of them cherishes a great deal.

      Mama and Dad were both blue eyed and rather short in stature. Dad had dark almost black hair parted in the middle since high school days. His hair grayed vary gradually and was "salt and pepper" color for many years. Mama had a lot of grey in her dark blond hair from the time they were married and the story was that Grampy (Alfred) said at the time of their marriage that she had more grey than he did. Her hair turned a beautiful silver which softened her sharp facial features. She was considered a beautiful woman and was compared to a Gainsbourgh painting.

      She had many colloquial sayings in her every day speaking - such as "Crazy as a loon", "Awkward as a hog on ice". She belonged and was active in the Women's Civic Club for many years and helped form the library of Limestone through that organization. She loved to play "bridge" as Dad did and they played in a couples bridge club for many years.

      She was a worrier and use to worry when Dad was in town later than she thought he should be and would stand at a window overlooking Limestone center worrying that he might have fallen in the "Brown Building" (a potato storage building). She was watching out a window as a tractor he was driving rolled over. Another time he got caught in a hay rake when they first had the farm. He fell off the seat and into the rake. The horses pulling the rake hauled him along until the rake happened to trip. He was hurt with deep gashes filled with stones and gravel on his back .

      Dad had a little song he sang as he drove and when he sold his pickup, the new owner commented that it might not run without Si's little song.

      Dad was one of the first farmers to divide up his fields with "diversion ditches" and plant on the curves to help with erosion on his hill side farm. He studied and worked with the farm Bureau and extension service to use new and improved methods of farming. Mama loved to read and always had books or magazines at hand. She went back to teaching third graders after we were grown up and was considered an excellent teacher, caring and concerned for her children. She was still teaching at the time she died.

      Dad was a kind and thoughtful man. He played dominos with Si Thompson for many years as Si was blind and enjoyed playing. They were a hard working couple, milking cows, doing much of the farm work alone, tending chickens, caning meat and vegetables they grew themselves, selling cream and the butter Mama made, picking berries and making jams and still enjoying the land, the beauty of the area, the flowers and birds (especially important to Mama), the pond they built from the stream, the camp that they designed and built on Cross Lake and their many friends.
    Person ID I222  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2015 

    Father NOYES Alfred Lovering,   b. 11 Sep 1877, Limestone, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1946, Limestone, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother LONG Ethel Maud,   b. 12 Apr 1882, Limestone, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1973, Limestone, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 20 Jul 1898  Limestone, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 12
    Family ID F105  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family BECKWITH Merle Evelyn,   b. 19 Aug 1903, Fort Fairfield, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1969, Limestone, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 2 Aug 1924  Andover-Perth, Victoria, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Eloped and married.
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. NOYES Richard Irving,   b. 26 Aug 1926, Limestone, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1932, Limestone, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 5 years)
     3. Living
    Last Modified 1 Nov 2017 
    Family ID F27  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Dec 1904 - Limestone, Aroostook, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 29 Apr 1910 - Limestone, Aroostook, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 28 Jan 1920 - Limestone, Aroostook, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 17 Apr 1930 - Limestone, Aroostook, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - farmer - - Limestone, Aroostook, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Jan 1980 - Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Link to Google Earth
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    Episcopal (Advent) Cemetery - Aft 21 Jan 1980 - Limestone, Aroostook, Maine
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  • Photos
    Baby Josiah Noyes - 1
    Baby Josiah Noyes - 1
    Provided by Grace Crone, Freeport. 2000

  • Sources 
    1. [S118] Person-Hopkinson, Harold H., Jr., Word Perfect file 7/14/97.

    2. [S118] Person-Hopkinson, Harold H., Jr., FTW file received 7/14/97.

    3. [S884] Book-Maine A History, p.74.

    4. [S3820] CD-Limestone, Maine Town Records, Record of Births 33/95.

    5. [S1740] Census-1910-ME-Aroostook-Limestone, Series: T624 Roll: 537 Part: 2 Page: 7B.

    6. [S1673] Census-1920-ME-Aroostook-Limestone, Roll: T625_641 Page: 6B ED: 34 Image: 0293.

    7. [S2291] Census-1930-ME-Aroostook-Limestone, Roll: 829; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 42; Image: 181.0.

    8. [S54] Person-Noyes, Ruth (Morgan).

    9. [S915] Death-SSDI (Rootsweb).

    10. [S82] Death-obit, Aroostook Republican (clipping has no date.).

    11. [S86] Death-gravestone, Episcopal Cemetery.

    12. [S35] Marriage-O/L-ME State Archives Marriage Records.