Dr. NOYES LaVerne W.

Dr. NOYES LaVerne W.[1, 2]

Male 1849 - 1919  (70 years)

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  • Name NOYES LaVerne W. 
    Prefix Dr. 
    Born 7 Jan 1849  Genoa, Cayuga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender Male 
    _UID 5D850D38EB9ED5118A064445535400005695 
    Died 24 Jul 1919  [5
    Buried Aft 24 Jul 1919  Chicago, Cook, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • (Graceland Cemetery.)
    Dr. LaVerne W. & Ida Elizabeth (Smith) Noyes monument
    Dr. LaVerne W. & Ida Elizabeth (Smith) Noyes monument
    Dr. LaVerne W. Noyes
    • Author of "Descendents of Rev. William Noyes."

      Lake LaVerne is named for Mr. LaVerne W. Noyes, the inventor and businessman who donated much of the expertise and funding for the construction of the lake. Mr. Noyes was born in Genoa, N.Y. on January 7 1849, the son of Leonard and Jane Noyes. He and his family moved to Springville, Iowa in 1854. He attended ISU and received his B.S. in General Science in 1872. In addition to his interests in science and engineering, he was one of the inaugural members of the Crescent Literary Society he helped form in 1870. At ISU, he met Ida Elizabeth Smith (ISU 1874) of Charles City, and they were married in 1877. He went to work inventing haying tools that were manufactured by U.S. Wind Engine and Pump Co. of Batavia, Illinois. By the early 1880's he had formed a Chicago company to manufacture dictionary stands and farm equipment.

      Through his work with U.S. Wind Engine, Mr. Noyes became acquainted with another inventor, Thomas Perry, who had developed revolutionary wind-power technology while working for this company. Since U.S. Wind Engine rejected Perry's ideas, in 1883 Noyes founded a Chicago company called Aermotor, Co., to manufacture highly efficient wind engines. These "windmills" were developed using meticulous experimentation, and were 87% more efficient than the common wooden wheels in use at the time. This business was very successful, and is still one of the major manufacturers of wind-driven pumps today.

      In 1914, Mr. Noyes wanted to help beautify the ISU campus so donated the services of O.C. Simonds, a famous landscape gardener, to study the needs of the campus. Mr. Simonds recommended damming College Creek to make a lake. The lake was built in 1915, with Mr. Noyes paying the $10,000 price of construction. The lake is now a small impoundment that fills the old valley and bed of College Creek where it crossed into the campus from its source south of the city of Ames.

      "Christian Herald" February 15, 1920:
      "FOR SOLDIERS' EDUCATION" - - - To express his gratitude to those who made the supreme sacrifice, Dr. LaVerne W. Noyes of the class of '72 at Chicago University has given to his Alma Mater $2,500,000 to be used for the education of soldiers of this World War, their children and descendants. Included in the bequest was the elegant Noyes home on Lake Shore Drive, built while Mrs. Noyes was living. Dr. Noyes reserves the home for his life use, and then it will go to the LaVerne Noyes Foundation, as the $2,500,000 gift is called. Mrs. Noyes was a prominent member of the D.A.R. Dr Noyes has already given to the Chicago University the Ida Noyes Hall in memory of his wife, at a cost of a half million dollars. Could any benevolence on earth be more beautiful than this gift for the education of the precious boys who offered their lives to their country? It is noble for such men to leave money by will to benevolent institutions. How much more beautiful it is for them to give their money to these good causes while they are alive and see it do the good, and share the happiness of grateful hearts, and not wait for death to numb their fingers so that they cannot hold the dollar any longer. Dr. Noyes in his princely gifts for education recognized this great fact: 'Wisdon is the principal thing.' Prof. 4:7. Dr. LaVerne Noyes passed away July 24, 1919, aged 72-1/2 years."
    Person ID I11138  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 13 Mar 2010 

    Father NOYES Leonard R.,   b. 30 Dec 1815, Sempronius, Cayuga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1891, Springfield, Keokuk, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother JESSUP Jane,   b. 20 Dec 1820, Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1896, , Linn, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 25 Jun 1837  Genoa, Cayuga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    • The Noyes Descendants, Vol. II says 1837.
    Family ID F4133  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family SMITH Ida Elizabeth,   b. 16 Apr 1853, East Franklin=>Croton=>Treadwell, Delaware, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1912  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 24 May 1877  [3, 4
    • The Noyes Descendants, Vol. II says 1877.
    Last Modified 1 Sep 2020 
    Family ID F4139  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    LaVerne Noyes
    LaVerne Noyes
    LaVerne W. Noyes 1872
    LaVerne W. Noyes 1872

    LaVerne Noyes, Iowa State College class of 1872, was writing to his father in the 1870's about the frequent flooding of the Squaw Creek bottoms near the campus. In 1914-1915, Noyes, a successful Chicago manufacturer donated the development and landscaping of a pond on the ISC campus. The pond was later designated "Lake LaVerne" in his honor. (Photo courtesy Iowa State University Archives)(See also: 174.973.1-3)
    LaVerne W. Noyes
    LaVerne W. Noyes

  • Sources 
    1. [S69] Book-Noyes-Descendants of Rev. Wm. Noyes.

    2. [S106] Internet Online Homepage.

    3. [S69] Book-Noyes-Descendants of Rev. Wm. Noyes, p.29.

    4. [S103] Book-Noyes-The Noyes Descendants, Vol. II, p.141.

    5. [S83] Death-newspaper clipping other than obit, "Christian Herald" February 15, 1920.

    6. [S86] Death-gravestone, Graceland Cemetery; Chicago, IL.

    7. [S69] Book-Noyes-Descendants of Rev. Wm. Noyes, p.26.

    8. [S103] Book-Noyes-The Noyes Descendants, Vol. II, p.108.