Biography of John W. Arnold
Allen County, OH Biographies

JOHN W. ARNOLD, editor, Spencerville, was born in Hampshire County, Va., June 22, 1844; son of Joshua and Martha (Powell) Arnold, who are natives of and still living in West Virginia. Our subject's facilities for attending school were limited, and he has obtained his education by his own efforts. He was raised on a farm and has followed agricultural pursuits most of his life, in connection with which he has done more or less insuring. During the late war of the Rebellion he enlisted in the Confederate Army, in the First Virginia Cavalry, and was taken prisoner December 22. 1862. He took the oath of allegiance at Camp Chase, and has since made the North his home. He came to Auglaize County, Ohio, in November, 1863, and while there served as township clerk for four years. He was married, May 7, 1867, to Miss Matilda Robbins, born April 18, 1849, daughter as James and Celia (Brewer) Robbins. By this union were born ten children, five of whom died in infancy. The living are Albert B., Loretta M., Ray C., Elvin D., and William Clayton. In April, 1878, Mr. Arnold came to Spencerville, and a year later purchased the Spencerville Journal. On January 17, 1883, he lost all his property by fire, but soon after started in business again. He served as mayor of the town one year and then resigned. In politics he is a Democrat. For many years he was an active member of the I. O. O. F.

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