Nebraska Authors

Glenn Noble

Born 1902-09-02 Sioux City, IA (USA)

Died 1989
Nebraska City, NE (USA)

Noble was born in Iowa and worked as a journalist in Ohio, Minnesota and Nebraska in the late 1920s. He and his wife came to Nebraska City in 1937, where Noble worked for the state and federal re-employment office later known as the Job Service. He retired from that work in 1967. After retirement, he and his wife (Lillian Peterka Noble), acquired and restored the Wildwood Home and helped establish the Wildwood Cultural Center and Museum.

Noble published numerous pamphlets on local history, wrote weekly columns on local history for the Nebraska City News Press, and assisted in local historical projects including the the Brownville Restoration Project, through the Nebraska State Historical Society. Noble published several local histories focused on southeast Nebraska, Brownville, Nebraska City, and the era of the steamboat.

The Heritage Room is the repository of the Glen Noble papers. Link to Collection Summary.


Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Nebraska City, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction


Local history; Brownville, Nebraska; Nebraska City, Nebraska; Steamboats


Bachelor of Arts Degree, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA
Attended the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


Drugstore proprietor
Employment service manager

Places Worked

Newspapers in OH, IL, MN
Drugstore in Table Rock, NE
Regional Manager of Nebraska Employment Service, 1934-1967 (until retirement)


John Brown and the Jim Lane Trail.
Colorful Old Brownville. 1959.
Historically Eventful Nebraska City. 1981.
Frontier Steamboat Town. 1989.

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