Jul. 16, 1925 Sonora Tuolumne County California, USA
George J. Arentsen was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin to George and Barbara Arentsen. He had an older sister, Emma, and younger siblings, Magdalena "Lena", John and Catherine (Kate). At the time of his death, only John was listed in his obituary as surviving him.
News of the death of George J. Arentsen at the County hospital in Sonora reached Columbia on a Thursday afternoon. He was 68.
For a number of years, Mr. Arentsen suffered from a paralytic stroke which caused increasing feebleness and digression over time.
George left home early to start his career in mining. He was a miner in Idaho for more than a decade before he and his brother, John Arentsen, came to California during the Midwinter Fair, a World's Fair that operated from January 27 to July 5 in 1894, in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. They eventually arrived in this county where George engaged in pocket mining in the vicinity of Jackass Hill for many years.
Mr. Arentsen lived in Columbia where he worked in various capacities when his health, never very good, permitted. He was a quiet, respected citizen who had many friends in the area.
He had been a member of Tuolumne Lodge No. 21, I.O.O.F. and of the Encampment by which fraternity last rights were celebrated.
Interment was in Columbia Cemetery.
Note: Countries in Europe have constantly changed their names and boarders over the years. The parents' birthplaces can be confusing when comparing the entries of census of different decades, but it is because of those changes that occurred over time.
1860 United States Federal Census about George Arentsen Name: George Arentsen Age in 1860: 3 Birth Year: 1857 Birthplace: Wisconsin Home in 1860: Kenosha Ward 2, Kenosha County, Wisconsin Gender: Male Post Office: Kenosha Occupation of Father: Laborer Household Members' Names, Ages, & Birthplace: John Arentsen 26, Holland Barbara Arentsen 34, Prussia Emma Arentsen 4, Wisconsin George Arentsen 3, Wisconsin Magdalena "Lena" Arentsen 1, Wisconsin
1870 United States Federal Census Name: George Johnson Birth Year: 1857 Age in 1870: 13 Birthplace: Wisconsin Home in 1870: Spring Lake, Ottawa County, Michigan Race: White Gender: Male Father's Occupation: billiard saloonkeeper Household Members: Name Age John Arentsen 39, Holland Barbara Arentsen 39, Prussia Emma Arentsen 15, Wisconsin George Arentsen 13, Wisconsin Lina Arentsen 12, Wisconsin John Arentsen 8, Wisconsin Catherine "Kate" Arentsen 6, Wisconsin "Kate" is buried in Michigan: Memorial# 45807011
1880 United States Federal Census George was not living with his parents at the time of this census. He was living in Idaho. The rest of his family still lived in Spring Lake, Michigan and are as follows: Name: John A. Arentsen Home in 1880: Spring Lake, Ottawa County, Michigan Age: 48 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1832 Birthplace: Holland Relation to Head of Household: Self Spouse's Name: Barbara Arentsen Father's birthplace: Holland Mother's birthplace: Holland Occupation: Keeping Hotel Marital Status: Married Race: White Gender: Male Household Members' Names, Ages, & Birthplaces: John A. Arentsen 48, Holland Barbara Arentsen 52, Germany Emma Arentsen 24, Wisconsin Lena Arentsen 21, Wisconsin John Arentsen 19, Wisconsin Caspar M. Caswell 45, a farmer boarding with the family, who was born in Michigan
1880 United States Federal Census George Arentsen was boarding with a family in Idaho and working as a miner. Name: George Arentsen Home in 1880: Glenns Ferry, Alturas County, Idaho Age: 23 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1857 Birthplace: Wisconsin Father's birthplace: Holland/Germany Mother's birthplace: Germany/Prussia Occupation: Miner Marital Status: Single Race: White Gender: Male Household Members' Names & Ages: William Garrard 29 Augusta Garrard 20 Guy Garrard 1 George Arentsen 23 Samuel Houston 50
1900 United States Federal Census Name: George Arentsen Home in 1900: Township 4, Tuolumne County, California – Area of Tuttletown & Jackass Hill Age: 43 Birth Date: May 1857 Birthplace: Wisconsin Race: White Gender: Male Relationship to head-of-house: Boarder Father's Birthplace: Germany Mother's Birthplace: Germany Marital Status: Single Household Members' Names, Ages and Occupations and Relationship to Head of House George Warenken 32, Mining Superintendant Olive Warenken 31, Cook - Wife Bertha Warenken 20, Cook - Sister H D Mckensie 41, Gold Miner - Boarder Louis L Coffer 21, Gold Miner - Boarder George Arentsen 43, Gold Miner - Boarder John Edwards 38, Gold Miner – Boarder
1910 United States Federal Census Name: George J Arentsen Age in 1910: 50 Estimated Birth Year: 1860 Birthplace: Wisconsin Relation to Head of House: Head Father's Birth Place: Germany Mother's Birth Place: Germany Home in 1910: Stanislaus, Tuolumne County, California – North of Columbia on the Stanislaus River and Stanislaus National Forest. Marital Status: Single Race: White Gender: Male Household Members' Names, Ages & Occupation: George J Arentsen 50, Gold Miner C. Abello 33, Gold Miner
1920 United States Federal Census Name: George J Arentsen Home in 1920: Township 2, Tuolumne County, California – Columbia area Age: 62 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1858 Birthplace: Wisconsin Relation to Head of House: Brother Father's Birth Place: Holland Mother's Birth Place: France Marital Status: Single Race: White Sex: Male Able to read: Yes Able to Write: Yes Household Members' Names, Ages and Occupations: John Arentsen 58, Gold Miner George J Arensten 62, Gold Miner
Both brothers were born in Wisconsin and were single men. It is possible that John was married for a time, but I have not yet found solid evidence confirming a marriage, only clues.