Portsmouth, NH Drowning Rescue, Jun 1909


The Brave Act of Master Robert A. Noble on Monday Afternoon

Master Robert A. Noble, aged twelve years, son of Letter Carrier Mark Noble, distinguished himself on Monday afternoon by the timely rescue of a man from drowning. He displayed judgment that caused much praise from several men who in a way figured in the saving of the life of the strange man.

Young Noble, with two companions, Arnold Leavitt and Albert Staples, was engaged in fishing in a small boat at the Noble's Island end of the Portsmouth and Kittery bridge, when he observed the man fall from the trestle of the Portsmouth and Dover railroad bridge.

He quickly cast loose the boat and hurried to the scene, after putting one of his comrades, Staples, ashore to summon help. He made good time in rwing{sic} to the other bridge, where he found the man nearly exhausted clinging to the piling.

With the assistance of toll collector, John Falvey, and some bridge carpenters, he succeeded in getting the helpless man ashore.

It was a brave deed on the part of the lad, especially in consideration of the fact that the man rescued tipped the scales at 200 pounds and besides the load of flesh he had a good load of conversation water.

The small boat in which the boy performed the gallant work has figured three times before in such rescues.

The man saved from the watery grave refused to give his name and it is thought he was a partner of George Allen, the unfortunate man struck by the Portland passenger train on the Vaughan street crossing, just about the same time on that day.

Whoever he was he will never figure in a more narrow escape.

He said he lived in Dover, and was provided with a ticket to take him up the river, and left on the late afternoon train, pretty well sobered up.

Portsmouth Herald, Portsmouth, NH 22 Jun 1909