Born 9 January 1843
||HIRAM ARNOLD, for a number of years actively engaged in agricultural pursuits, at present devotes his attention to the buying, selling and shipping of stock, in which line of business he displays great energy, capability and force of character. Since the close of the war he has been a resident of Jones County, and during much of this time has made his home in Wyoming, where he now resides. He is numbered among the influential citizens of the place, and by his marked public spirit has enhanced the material development and growth of the city.
The Empire State has given to Iowa many of her best citizens, and Mr. Arnold is one of this class. He was born in Jefferson County, N.Y., January 9, 1843, and is of Scotch-lrish descent. The family has been represented in America for several generations, and Jacob Arnold, our subject's grandfather, himself a native of Jefferson County, N.Y., was one of the brave men who defended the interests of the Government against the encroachments of the British that resulted in the War of 1812.
The father of our subject, Nathan Arnold, was born in Jefferson County and was trained to farming pursuits. In 1850 he removed westward as far as Illinois, whence in 1854 he came to Jones County, Iowa, and with the early history of this part of the state his name was closely associated. He took a prominent part in the opening of roads and building of schoolhouses, and was instrumental in securing many improvements of a substantial nature. His death occurred in Rome Township, September 20, 1890, when one of the pioneers of the county was removed from the scenes of his former activity. Politically he had been prominent as a local leader of the Republican party. His wife, whose maiden name was Nancy Calkin, was born in Jefferson County, N.Y., and was a daughter of Seth Calkin, likewise born in that county. She is still living, and at the age of seventy-six years (1894), resides in Iowa.
When the family came to Illinois the subject of this sketch was a lad of seven years, and the rudiments of his education were received in the schools of Rockford. In 1854 he came to Jones County, where he grew to manhood. When the war broke out he was only eighteen years of age, but fired with the ardor of youth and the patriotic impulses of a loyal citizen, he enlisted in the defense of the Old Flag. July 28, 1862, his name was enrolled as a member of Company K, Twenty-fourth Iowa Infantry, which was assigned to the Thirteenth Army Corps. With his regiment he participated in several of the most decisive engagements of the conflict, as well as many battles of lesser note. At the battle of Sabine Cross Roads he distinguished himself by carrying ammunition and distributing it all along the lines, where he was exposed to the hottest fire of the enemy.
At the close of the Rebellion, with a record as a brave and gallant soldier, Mr. Arnold was honorably discharged from the service. Coming to Iowa, he settled on a farm near Wyoming, and for four years engaged as a tiller of the soil. Since that time he has been a dealer in stock, which he buys extensively and ships to the large markets. In politics he is a Republican, and takes an interest in the success of his party. He is a member of the City Council and for nine years, beginning in 1878, filled the position of Deputy Sheriff of Jones County.
The marriage of Mr. Arnold, occurring in 1868, united him with Miss Armella Newell, who was born near Towanda, Bradford County, Pa. Her father, Elisha Newell, removed from Pennsylvania to Iowa and died in Jones County. Two sons and one daughter have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Arnold, namely: Frederick H.; Letta M., wife of R. B. Curtis, of Anamosa, Iowa; and Arthur J. In religious connections the family is identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church of Wyoming, to the support of which, as well as all truly benevolent projects. Mr. Arnold is a generous contributor. Mr. Arnold is also engaged in raising sheep and furnishes numerous farmers with flocks to keep on shares.
Source: Dubuque, Jones, and Clayton Counties History, 1894, pgs. 375-376
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