The late Elizabeth Tuttle, an amateur Lucas County historian, wrote a
series of articles for the Chariton newspapers during the 1960s and 1970s,
many of them focused on cemeteries. Her account of Salem Cemetery
was published on 6 July 1972 under the heading, "A white country church,
a cemetery - The once-vibrant community known as Salem." Mrs. Tuttle's material
be approached with some caution. Although her contribution was invaluable,
she occasionally was led astray by her sources and sometimes wandered
off course herself. The following portion of her Salem account was devoted
to the Arnold family:
The earliest Arnold of record is Edward, a soldier in the Revolutionary War.
He enlisted at age 17 and served through the entire engagement. He was
present when George Washington took command at Cambridge and also
when he departed from New York in 1783. He was in nearly all the battles
from Bunker Hill to Yorktown. His son David was born in New York in 1792
and was in the War of 1812. David was the great-grandfather of Mrs. Claude
Burley. He is buried at Salem.
David Arnold had a son who was a bodyguard to President Zachary Taylor.
He served in the Mexican War in 1846 and lived to age 99. The name
Edward has been carried down through many generations. David's son Edward
was born on a farm in Ohio and at age 23 came to Marion County, Iowa,
in a covered wagon. He enlisted in the Civil War (Co. G 40 Ia Inf. Q.M.S.)
and was in the siege of Vicksburg. He came to Lucas County in 1872 and is
buried at Salem.
The late Emory Arnold was in this line of descent. He was the father of
Max and Dean Arnold, businessmen of Russell. This history was given by
the granddaughter of Mrs. Claude Burley, Mrs. Ilene Church, who has the
complete Arnold history.