Nicholas Hartman Noyes

Male 1883 - 1977  (94 years)


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  • Name Nicholas Hartman Noyes  [1
    Born 08 Aug 1883  Dansville, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died Dec 1977  Indianapolis, Marion Co., Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion Co., Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Nicholas was living in Indianapolis,Ind at the time of his mother's death in 1949, he was treasurer of the Eli Lily Pharmaceutical firm.

      Inducted into the Dansville Area Historical Society Hall of Fame in 1995...

      "Sometime around the year 1900, a pair of teenage brothers were spotted in a sheep’s pasture on the outskirts of Dansville, trying to knock little balls into flowerpots with sticks…a game they picked up in college, but which was still largely unfamiliar to most ordinary folks. Within months, the local papers had taken note of the growing popularity of the game, and the owners of the Jackson Sanatorium, who saw the value to their patients of this not-overly-taxing outdoor activity, rushed in to take over what would soon be given the name “Brae Burn.”

      The boys were the Noyes brothers, Jansen and Nicholas, and no one could have imagined that, three-quarters of a century later, one of the lads who had introduced golf to Dansville would see his name on a mllion-dollar hospital, just a wedge shot away from the sheep’s pasture in question.

      The Noyes’ family had been one of Dansville’s most elite families practically from the day that Daniel W. Noyes (Nicholas’ grandfather) arrived in town in 1849 to launch his law practice. Nicholas, born in Dansville in 1883, graduated from Cornell in 1906, married Marguerite Lilly in 1908, and joined the Eli Lilly pharmaceutical company in 1910, headquartered in Indianapolis, where he and his wife would live for most of their lives. He quickly rose in the company’s ranks, becoming vice-president and director in 1913.

      In addition to Eli Lilly, Noyes would become president of the Paper Package Company (1919-1947) and director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (1933-1951). Noyes would become one of the wealthiest people ever to have been born in Dansville; in his later years, he would be enormously generous with his money. Both his own Alma mater, Cornell, and that of his wife, Vassar, would receive generous contributions. A residence hall on the Vassar campus would be named after Nicholas’ mother, Emma Hartman Noyes.

      Nor was his hometown overlooked. He contributed generously to the Dansville Public Library, giving a memorial fund named after his father, Frederick W. Noyes. (Frederick was one of the key figures in the library’s early history.) In 1949, he and his siblings donated the old family residence on Elizabeth Street to the Dansville Red Cross as a headquarters, in memory of their mother Emma Hartman.

      But Noyes’ most noteworthy contribution came in 1970 as Dansville was attempting to raise money for a new hospital building to replace the woefully overcrowded hospital on Main Street, He and Foster Wheeler both contributed $100,000 to the project. That date, they were the largest charitable contributions in Dansville history. His reaction on learning that the hospital would be named after him was (in a letter to attorney Helen Pratt): “I appreciate very greatly the thought of naming the hospital with my name, although I would much prefer that it not be identified just that way.”

      Nicholas Noyes died in 1977 at the age of 94. And he never lost his love of golf."
    Person ID I4039  OurNorthernRoots
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2014 

    Father Frederick W. Noyes,   b. 7 Jun 1852, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1914, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Mother Emma Catherine Hartman,   b. 14 Nov 1857, Dansville, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Jul 1949, Dansville, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 1882 
    Family ID F2716  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 08 Aug 1883 - Dansville, North Dansville, Livingston Co., New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Dec 1977 - Indianapolis, Marion Co., Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion Co., Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S102] Emma H Noyes1949, Obituary.

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      Noyes, Nicholas (310-05-9693) IN, "08Auyg1883;Dec1977" Res. Ind,IN
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    3. [S43] Eaton, Dreisbach Descendants, Doris Pettibone Eaton, (Fayetteville,NY: Doris Eaton, June 1997).

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      Noyes, Nicholas (310-05-9693) IN, "08Aug1883;Dec1977" Res. Ind,IN
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