|Elting Arganbright, Sr|
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|Birth: ||Oct. 10, 1863|
|Death: ||Jul. 13, 1941|
Son of Abraham & Susanah (Tweed) Arganbright. First cousin of Clark Arganbright. Husband of 1) Jennie S. Jordan, m. May 1, 1889, & 2) Nelle L. Eaton Dunlap, m. Oct 10, 1894.
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Stark County, Illinois and its People: A record of settlement, organization, progress and achievement, published 1916, p. 155-157.
Elting Arganbright, a prominent general merchant of Wyoming, owes his success largely to his determination and his self-reliance, which have enabled him to surmount all obstacles and prosper in his undertakings. He was born in Vinton county, Ohio, October 10, 1863, of the marriage of Abraham of Susanna (Tweed) Arganbright, also natives of Ohio. His paternal grandfather, Phillip Arganbright, was born in Germany. Abraham Arganbright devoted his life to farming and passed away in his native state as did his wife.
Elting Arganbright remained at home until he was sixteen years of age and attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education. He then began providing for his own support and, thinking to find better opportunities farther west, came to Stark county, Illinois. He had to spend all of his money for railroad fare but he had two sisters living in this county and found work on a farm almost immediately after his arrival here. As there was little farm work to be done during the cold season he attended school in the country during the first winter and during the two following winters was a student in the Wyoming schools, walking in every day from the country. He completed the course taught in Wyoming at that time, which was before the schools were graded, and he is an honorary member of the High School Alumni Association. He decided that busines pursuits would be more congenial than farming and secured a position with King Brothers, merchants, as delivery boy at a wage of five dollars per month. He remained with that firm for thirteen years and during that time learned thoroughly the principles of successful merchandising in a small town. He carefully saved his wages, which were advanced from time to time, and on severing his connection with that firm purchased a bankrupt stock of goods for twenty-five hundred dollars. In order to do so he had to sell his house and lot and borrow nine hundred dollars. At the end of three months he sold out and purchased an interest in the store owned by H. A. Galbraith and A. G. Hammond, and the firm of Hammond & Arganbright was established. Eleven years later he bought out his partner and for nine years has been sole owner of the store. He carries a complete line of general merchandise, selected with a view to the especial needs of his community, and his liberal business policy, coupled with the high quality of his goods, has commended him to a large patronage. The volume of his trade has increased steadily and his enterprise has not only resulted in his attaining financial independence but has also been a factor in the commercial advancement of Wyoming. He also owns a third interest in the Scott & Hammond block and his residence, which is the old Hammond homestead, is one of the most attractive in the city. His motto has always been "I will" and he has succeeded in carrying it out, his enterprise and confidence in his ability enabling him to work out plans and projects which a less determined man would have hesitated to attempt.
Mr. Arganbright was married in 1894 to Miss Nellie Dunlap, a native of Canton, Illinois, and a daughter of T. C. Dunlap. They have become the parents of six children, namely: Ernest E., Julia L., Elting, Jr., Robert and Ruth, twins, and Myron.
Mr. Arganbright supports the republican party at the polls and has long been recognized as a leader in public affairs in Wyoming. His influence is due not only to his courage in standing firmly and openly for what he believe to be right but also to his insight into conditions and his sound judgment. He has served on the city council for two years and is now a member of the school board. Fraternally he is connected with the Masons, the Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen, and he attends and contributes to the support of the Congregational church. His integrity and honesty have never been questioned and he has done much to promote the moral progress of his community. He has seen clearly the relation between the development of the agricultural resources of the county and the prosperity of the merchants of the county and has been a leader in movements to promote more scientific farming and served for a considerable period as secretary of the Central Agricultural Society, or, as it is sometimes known, the Wyoming Fair Association.
Abraham Arganbright (1822 - 1908)
Susannah Tweed Arganbright (1820 - 1876)
Nelle Eaton Dunlap Arganbright (1871 - 1956)
Julia Louise Arganbright Church (1897 - 1980)*
Elting Arganbright (1900 - 1965)*
Robert Arganbright (1906 - 1952)*
Myron Dunlap Arganbright (1910 - 1990)*
Sylvester Arganbright (1842 - 1924)*
Jessie A. Arganbright (1844 - 1911)*
Mahlon Arganbright (1846 - 1918)*
Mary Arganbright Timmons (1848 - 1928)*
Elting Arganbright (1863 - 1941)
Maintained by: Bill Williams
Originally Created by: John Melton
Record added: May 24, 2010
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