From Nolan's 1906 obituary: "Mr. Nolan was for many years one of the leading citizens of our county. He was a large, well built, fine appearing gentleman. His companionship was at all times agreeable. He had good business ability and he applied himself methodically, judiciously, and assiduously. His life was most exemplary. He would never stoop to an act that would not bear the light of Christian scrutiny. His influence was at all times for the best in the social and political as well as in the business world. It was his earnest, his heartfelt desire to make them all that the best society would require them to be."