From the 1911 book Past and Present of Hardin County Iowa, pp. 943-944:
Elkanah B. Arney
One of the best farming regions of Hardin County is Union Township, and in that township one of the best and most productive farms is that owned by E. B. Arney whose care has greatly improved his land, and who is one of the most capable and progressive farmers of his community and a man who takes a deep interest in the public welfare.
E. B. Arney was born in Marshall County, Iowa, on February 24, 1860. He is the son of William and Elizabeth (Boyles) Arney. who came to Marshall County with the Hauser family and lived for several years there on a farm, where his mother died at the age of sixty-eight and was buried in Bethel Cemetery. His father was born in Indiana, the son of John Arney, and is now living at the age of eighty. William and Elizabeth Arney were the parents of seven children: Alice married Elias Hullett, and she and her husband are both dead; Hannah married Benjamin Wiley; Eliza married John Edwards, and lives in California; Elkanah B., the subject; Elmer, deceased, who married Hannah Wheelan, and after her death Sarah Helsibeck, who lives south of Marshalltown, Iowa; Julia, who died at the age of twenty-eight and is buried in Bethel Cemetery; Wilkie married Minnie Helsibeck.
E. B. Arney came to Hardin County, Iowa, in 1884, and located in the southeast quarter of section 24, where his father had purchased a quarter section of land. On this farm he made many improvements, and he resided until a few years ago. Not content to follow the ordinary rut in farming, he gave to the needs and cultivation of his soil especial care and attention, and was proportionately rewarded for his labor spent. He is now living retired in Whitten, in a commodious and handsome modern home which he built. Mr. Arney never aspired to public office, and in his politics is a Democrat. He is a member of the Christian church.
Mr. Arney was married in 1884 to Grace Crider, the daughter of Capt. H. S. Crider, whose sketch see. To this marriage one son was born, Nelson William. Mr. Arney is recognized in the community as one of its sterling citizens, a man of character and strength, and is respected by those who know him.
Grace Crider Arney (1863 - 1947)*
Nelson William Arney (1884 - 1936)*
Created by: Wayne Hartman
Record added: Jul 20, 2011
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