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Ernest W. Nobbs
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Ernest W. Nobbs, editor of the Hector Mirror, was born Dec. 30, 1886, in Norwich, Norfolk, England, son of Henry and Annie (Living) Nobbs. At the age of five years he emigrated to the United States with his parents and lived in Anoka County, Minnesota, for eight years. The next two years were spent in Bigstone County and from there the family moved to Annandale, Minn. While living at Annandale he spent his spare time working in a printing office. After the two years the family moved to Hector and while attending High School he spent his spare time in the office of the Hector Mirror and learned the essentials of the printing trade under the direction of the editor, Ralph Prescott. Little did he think at that time that he would at some day be the owner and editor of the same paper. Leaving Hector at the age of nineteen, he went to Minneapolis and worked as fireman in the Northern Pacific railroad. After a short time on the railroad he accepted a position as foreman in the printing department of the McClellan Paper Company of Minneapolis, which he held for two years. The next year was spent in college at Minneapolis and then he became foreman of a three-section farm in Canada. The following two years were spent in printing offices in Minnesota and South Dakota and after a time came back to Hector. Since coming back to Hector he has not only purchased the Hector Mirror and built up a profitable business, but has also been a potent influence in town, having held several important positions, such as secretary of the Commercial Club, Junior Deacon in the Masonic order, member of the Fire Department, member of the Official Board of the Methodist church and superintendent of the Methodist Sunday school.
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