Carroll County Biographies


Salem Township

Joseph Arnold holds an honorable position among the intelligent and enterprising farmers who have been instrumental in advancing the prosperity of Salem Twp. and his farm on section 12 is one of the best-managed and most highly productive estates in this locality. It comprises 160 acres of unsurpassed fertility, under a high state of cultivation, and provided iwth a substantial and well-arranged set of buildings.

Mr. Arnold wasborn in Chambersburg PA Oct. 6, 1835, the seventh of the nine children of Daniel & Elizabeth (Price) Arnold, natives respectively of TN and PA. They came from the latter State to Carroll County in 1840, and becoming pioneers of Freedom Township, continued to reside there until they closed their eyes in death.

Joseph was but four or five years old when his parents removed to Carroll County, and here he grew to a vigorous and manly manhood; his character strengthened by a pioneer life. He remained in the parental home, affording his father valuable assistance in his labors, until he was 23, receiving his education in the common schools of Freedom Twp. He then married and established a home of his own in Cherry Gorve Township. He remained there four years and then came to Salem Twp. where he has since resided, with the exception of 3 years in Lanark, this county. He has met with more than ordinary success in his calling, and is among our most prosperous citizens.

Mr. Arnold has been twice married. First to Miss Susan Stitzel Nov. 11, 1858 in Freedom Twp. a native of PA. She was a woman of great worth, whom none knew but to respect and esteem, and her untimely death, Nov. 6, 1880 was a source of grief to many besides the members of her household. Four children were born to them - Amanda, Oliver, Elma and Millard. Amanda is the wife of Abraham Brennoman. Oliver died at seventten months. Elma is the wife of Edward Dubal. The second marriage of Mr. Arnold was to Miss Margaret Jane Hopson, a native of VA and their union was solemnized in Mt. Carroll Sep. 22, 1881. She is a truly good woman and a consistent member of the German Baptist Church.

Mr. Arnold has been School Director for 12 years and has done much to promote it. In politics, the Republican party finds in him a stanch supporter.

Portraits & Biographical Carroll County IL 1889 Pg 857

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