"A Memorial and Biographical Record of Iowa," published during 1896 by
the Lewis Publishing Co. of Chicago, is one of the great genealogical
resources of Lucas County, providing your ancestor had enough cash on
had when the salesman called to purchase a place in it for his or her biography.
The biographies it include generally are long and extremely detailed, but
subject to the usual cautions: There's nothing objective about them, the
authors' memories were sometimes faulty and typographical errors sometimes
occurred in the publication process.
The biography of Edward Arnold, who is buried in Lot. No. 21 (No. 8 under what
appears to be the cemetery's original numbering system) at Salem, appears on
EDWARD ARNOLD is entitled to distinction as an old settler of Benton township,
Lucas County, Iowa, and to honor as a veteran of the Civil war.
Mr. Arnold is a native of Ohio, a State which has produced many enterprising and
influential men throughout the West. He was born near the Baltimore & Ohio
Railroad, in Guernsey county, August 6, 1832, and belongs to a family in which he
has every reason to take pride. His father, David Arnold (also buried at Salem),
was a native of Herkimer county, New York, of blue Yankee blood, and was a
soldier in the war of 1812. He was married in New York to Miss Alpha Seward,
a relative of the Hon. William H. Seward, and also a native of the Empire State.
After their marriage they moved to Guernsey county, Ohio, where they
maintained their home for forty years, removing thence to Marion county, Iowa.
He died in Marion county, on his farm, at the advanced age of eighty-five years.
He had been a miller in Ohio, but the latter part of his life was devoted to
agricultural pursuits. In his political views he was first a Whig and later a
Republican. His wife died in Chariton, Iowa, at the age of eighty-six years, a true
Christian and a devoted member of the Baptist Church. They had eight children,
viz.: Lucy Parker, Omaha, Nebraska; Samuel, Perry county, Ohio; Lovina,
Rosenburg, Oregon; David, Winterset, Iowa; Stephen, Chariton, Iowa; Edward,
whose name initiates this article; Mary Bonebreak, Rosenburg, Oregon; and
Phoebe Combstock, deceased, formerly of Burlington, Iowa.
The subject of our sketch was reared on a farm in Ohio, and much of his youth
was spent in his father's mill. His education was received during the winter
months in one of the log school-houses of that period, which was furnished with
slab seats and a wide fire-place. In 1856, with a team and wagon, Mr. Arnold came
west to Iowa and settled in Dallas township, Marion county, where he engaged in
farming, and where he was living when the great war cloud gathered and burst upon
the country. When the war was getting under full headway and more men were
needed to protect the old flag, President Lincoln made a call for "300,000 or
more," and it was at this time that Mr. Arnold tendered his services to his country,
enlisting August 15, 1862, in Company G., Fortieth Iowa Infantry, for a term of
three years. He was in a number of prominent engagements, among which were the
siege of Vicksburg, and in Arkansas the battles of Helena, Little Rock, Fort
Smith and Fort Gibson. At Saline river, in Arkansas, he had his cartridge belt cut
by a bullet. The war over, he was honorably discharged, in August, 1865, at Davenport,
Iowa, and returned home, coming out of the service as Quartermaster Sergeant.
In 1872, Mr. Arnold removed from Marion county to Lucas county, first settling in
Liberty township, and in 1875 removing to his present farm in section 26,
Benton township. Here he has 490 acres of excellent land, his farm being
among the best in the county. He has a pretty cottage home, near which is a
grove of four acres and an orchard of three, and everything about the premises -
from the house and its surroundings to the well tilled fields, the broad pastures,
the fine stock, including horses, cattle, and hogs - gives evidence of the prosperity
that has rewarded the earnest efforts of the owner.
Mr. Arnold is a man of family. He was married in Marion county, Iowa, April 17,
1857, to Sophia Barnhart, who was born in Clearfield county, Pennsylvania,
daughter of Andrew and Catherine (Bickley) Barnart, both natives of the
Keystone state. Her father died in Marion county, Iowa, and her mother in
Harrison county, Missouri. She is one of a family of fourteen children, is a most
estimable woman, and in every sense of the word has all these years been a true
helpmate to her husband. They have eight children living and two deceased.
The former are as follows: Mandaville, Morris, Mary, wife of W.H. Holmes, all of
Benton township; Hatty, wife of George D. Redlingshafer, Des Moines, Iowa;
Stella, wife of George Smith, Warren township, Lucas county; Augusta, wife of
Greer Redlingshafer, Benton township; and Della and James W. at home. The two
deceased are Mortimer and Kitty.
Personally, Mr. Arnold is a man of fine physique, is of a generous and jovial
nature, and is one who is held in high esteem by his fellow citizens. A veteran of the
great Civil war, he is, of course, identified with the G.A.R., being a charter
member of the Iseminger Post. No. 18. His political views are in harmony with
the principles advocated by the Republican party and in this party he has for
years been an active and effective worker. Mrs. Arnold is a member of the