Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
GEORGE H. NOYES was born in Springfield,
Massachusetts, on March 31, 1851. His great grandfathers on both
sides were patriots in the Revolution, and the family was always identified
with the American cause. Both of his grandfathers were in the war
of 1812. The father removed from Stonington, Connecticut to Springfield
in 1830, and was well known as a conductor on the Western Railroad.
Our subject was educated in the public schools of his native place and
commenced business as a newsboy. On account of the great demand for
papers during those war times he did a large business, selling as high
as five hundred papers a day. He sold the Republican at the corner
of the Chestnut street crossing with the railroad and later was employed
on the mailing department of that paper. During his last year of
high school he and A. B. Harris associated themselves in partnership and
opened a job printing office. Later he worked in the Republican job
office and learned the business thoroughly. In 1871 Mr. Noyes entered
partnership with C. W. Atwood in the job printing business and continued
for ten years. Then he sold to his partner and accepted the position
of superintendent of the printing department of the Springfield Printing
Company and three years later resigned on account of ill health.
Three years were spent in recruiting, and in April 1888, in company with
the late J. A. Loomis, Mr. Noyes migrated to Okanogan county and located
a general merchandise store at Loomis, which town they established.
The business increased from seven hundred and seventy-seven dollars in
May, 1888, to over seventy thousand in the year ending March, 1892.
Upon their location here it cost twelve and one-half cents to get letters
from Spokane to Conconully and from that place to Loomis was as much more
until Mr. Noyes succeeded in getting a postoffice established, with himself
as postmaster. On October 1 1894, Mr. Noyes sold his interest to
Mr. Loomis and since then he has been acting as justice of the peace and
notary public, and also was recently appointed United States land commissioner.
He has always been identified with political matters here and has been
five times chosen chairman of the Republican county convention. Roads
were built here by subscription, and Mr. Noyes has always been a liberal
donator to this good purpose as well as laboring for good educational facilities.
He is a member of the A. F. & A. M., and in 1880 became a K. T.
Mr. Noyes is one of the earliest pioneers
and has always maintained a high standing among the people. He has
many friends and is a good substantial citizen.