John Rose settled in what is now a part of Noble township, in the year 1855, and was the first settler of that particular locality, as near as can at this time be ascertained. Mr. Rose met his death in a singular manner about the year 1857. On a cold day in that year he was in the Lewis flouring mill, wearing a shawl wrapped around his throat. The shawl caught in some of the mill gearing and Mr. Rose was drawn so tightly against the machinery that he was choked to death. Two of Mr. Rose's sons now live in Montgomery county. At one time, a petition was presented to the Board of Supervisors, asking the organization of what is now Noble township, proposing then to call it Rose township, but the prayer of the petition was not granted.
From "History of Cass County, Iowa Together With Brief Mention of Old Settlers," by Lafe Young, Atlantic, Iowa, Telegraph Steam Printing House, 1877, pg. 39.