Biography of Harry G. Arnold
Decatur County, IA Biographies





Harry G. Arnold, a traveling salesman residing at Garden Grove, was horn on the 6th of May, 1875, in Decatur county of the marriage of Guy and Elsie (Howes) Arnold. His paternal grandfather, Sylvanus Arnold, who married Miss Lucretia Baker, went to California in 1849 and sought his fortune in the gold fields. In 1852 their son Guy located in Decatur county, Iowa, where he became the owner of large tracts of land and gave his time to agricultural pursuits. Like his father, he felt the fascination of mining and the possibilities of sudden wealth and prospected in both the California and Alaska gold fields. It is said that in 1898 he was the first white man to reach the headwaters of the Pelly and Stewart rivers in Alaska. He made the trip in a boat from Fort Selkirk to Nome, a distance of about twenty six hundred miles. His wife passed away while he was in the north. He then returned home and is now living in Garden Grove township, Decatur county. He was one of the earliest settlers and the oldest living resident of that township. For one term he represented his district in the state legislature, was for some time county supervisor and held a number of township offices, proving at all times able and conscientious in the discharge of his duties. He also served as president of the Decatur County Historical Society and for several years was a member of the school board. Although he still retains his residence in Garden Grove township, he is at present in Texas looking after his landed interests in that state. He is one of the most substantial and most highly esteemed men in Decatur county and his friends are many. To him and his wife were born the following children: Harry G.; Helen K, the wife of Elmer J. Lovett, by whom she has three children, John J., Arnold and Pauline; Esther L., who married Howard J. Culver and has two children, Guy and Alice; Isabella; William; Pauline, a graduate nurse, who took her training in Mercy Hospital of Des Moines and who is now residing in California; and John D., who is a student in the Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts at Ames

Harry G. Arnold was educated in the public and high schools of Garden Grove, and during the period of his minority remained under the parental roof. He continued to farm until 1909, when he became a traveling salesman for the Braucher Manufacturing Company, of St. Joseph, Missouri. The firm manufactures cotton ducking, etc., and Mr. Arnold represents them as salesman in the state of Oklahoma. He also does considerable collecting for the company in the states of Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and Louisiana.

In 1899 Mr. Arnold married Miss Mabel Judd, a daughter of Newton Judd, one of the highly esteemed early settlers of Decatur county. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold have four children, Judd, Elsie, Harriet and Edgar.

Mr. Arnold gives his political allegiance to the democratic party and in 1906 was its candidate for county treasurer. In that year he was elected mayor of Garden Grove, giving the city an efficient and businesslike administration. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Masonic blue lodge, and with the Dramatic Order Knights of Khorassan. His religious faith finds expression in his membership in the Episcopal church and he is glad to cooperate with all movements furthering high moral endeavor.

From:
History of Decatur County, Iowa
And its People
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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