Noble, Charles Sherwood National Historic Person

Nobleford, Alberta
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(© Parcs Canada / Parks Canada 2011)
Address : Nobleford, Alberta

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 2002-11-01
Life Date: 1873 to 1957

Other Name(s):
  • Noble, Charles Sherwood  (Designation Name)
Research Report Number: 2002-23, 2002-23A, 2002-23B

Importance: Agricultural inventor and entrepreneur, began company which produced much of the machinery required to dry-land farm successfully


Existing plaque:  Nobleford, Alberta

This noted farmer, inventor, and entrepreneur played a key role in demonstrating the agricultural potential of the drought-prone Palliser Triangle. During the Great Depression, Noble worked closely with the Dominion Experimental Farm to promote the latest dry-land farming techniques. In 1936 he invented the Noble Blade, a cultivator that cut weeds off at the roots without disturbing the soil surface, significantly reducing erosion. Noble's implement company became the largest of its kind in Alberta, and produced much of the specialized machinery for dry- land farming in the second half of the 20th century.