WILLIAM L. ARTHUR.
Louisa county presents an inviting field for agriculture and stock breeding and among the men who are devoting
their talents to those branches in this county are some of the most worthy citizens of the state. In the number
should be named William L. Arthur, who was born on a farm in this county, January 23. 1869, and has here spent
his entire life. He is a son of Hugh and Elizabeth J. (Jones) Arthur, the father a native of Wales and the mother
of Ohio. Mr. Arthur, Sr., was for many years a farmer of Uouisa county. Hem died January 25, 1896, but the mother
is still living and resides at Cotter. There were eight children in their family, six of whom grew to maturity,
namely: Sarah Jane, who is now deceased; William L., of this review; Evan H., John and Richard, all of whom are
living in Louisa county; and Catharine, who makes her home at Cotter.
William L. Arthur received advantages of education in the common schools and grew to manhood in the paternal home.
At the age of twenty two years he began renting land of his father on his own account and continued for twelve
years, at the end of which time the father purchased eighty acres, which he presented his son, later giving ten
acres of timberland. He carries on general farming and, being a fancier of fine stock, raises blooded shorthorn
cattle and also has two registered Percheron horses, named respectively Minnie's Pride and Imperial Brilliant.
His various activities have brought him gratifying success and he is classed among the substantial men in this
section of the county.
On March 5, 1891, Mr. Arthur was married to Miss Nellie B. Davis, a daughter of J. R. and Jane Florence (Word)
Davis. Mr. and Mrs. Davis were the parents of five children. Eleven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur,
two of whom died in infancy, the others being; Hugh, Clifford, Milo, Florence, Edith, Luther, Ludo, Elizabeth Ann
and Richard John, all of whom are living at home.
Mr. Arthur votes in support of the republican party, being of the firm opinion that the principles of this party
are highly importance in promoting the welfare of the nation. He belongs to the Woodmen and the Odd Fellows ands
has taken great interest in the work of the latter organization, having passed through all the chairs of the subordinate
lodge, also being a member of the encampment. His religious faith is indicated by membership in the Methodist church.
Wide awake and enterprising he has been successful as a farmer and breeder and there is scarcely a possibility
of doubt that in years to come he will advance to larger responsibilities in his calling.
History of Louisa County, Iowa
From Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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