|Birth: ||May 2, 1845|
County Galway, Ireland
|Death: ||Jun. 7, 1937|
Los Angeles County
Ellen was born in 1845 in County Galway, Ireland and emigrated in 1866 with her mother Catherine (Fogarty) Flannery. They stayed in Nebraska for awhile to visit with the Fogartys, then traveled to Montana via stagecoach. 21 year old Ellen came to the Bozeman area to keep house for her brother William (Billy), and their sister Anne, who was a school teacher in 1869.
One day while walking the streets of Virginia City, Billy and would meet William Arnold and their friendship would last a lifetime. Both had tried their luck at gold mining there in Alder Gulch, MT and decided that was not for any of them. They decided to pursue other means of income. William acquired a government track of land near Ross Peak about 7 miles NE of Bozeman, which is now known as Springhill. Billy and William would also operated a saw mill there.
William would come to meet Billy's sister Ellen and marry her on May 21, 1870. They lived in a log cabin 18 by 24 feet and grew wheat on 560 acres, which would grow to 640 in 1892. They also raised cows, pigs, horses and poultry. The Arnolds also raised 10 children to maturity and an additional 2 dying in infancy on that farm. They would later build a beautiful 2 story home there in the early 1880s, which 100 years later in 1980 was still standing.
There was always an element of danger in those early years, especially around the time of the Custer Massacre in 1876. There was a Native America grave on the Arnold property and every year a group of Indians would return to the grave and have a ceremony, but never interacted with the Arnolds.
A remarkable thing about William and Ellen is that they believed in the highest education for all of their children. All the children, at a time when education was deemed sufficient up to elementary school, attended the Nelson School and then went on to high school as well. A majority of the Arnold children also would go on to college right there in Bozeman. This was in the 1880s and 90s, when on a farm, all hands were important to run the day to day operations. Yet the Arnolds wanted their children to have the best education that they could, and sent them every day to school.
The Arnolds would move into Bozeman in the early 1900s and would visit Long Beach, CA every winter from 1912- 1920s In 1920 William died there but was buried up in Bozeman.
A short time later in the early 1920s, Ellen purchase a home there in Long Beach, and would leave the running of the farm to their daughter Alberta and son-in-law Conrad Wipf. Ellen would make her home there in Southern California with three of her children Alice Anderson, Anne Arnold and Louis and also with her granddaughter Roberta Anderson. Two more of her children would come to live there as well. William for a time and her daughter Josephine Cush after the death of Josephine's teenage son and husband in the 1930s.
Ellen would live until 1937 dying at the age of 93.
Compiled from "The Arnolds" by granddaughter Roberta Anderson in 1982, and additional research by great great granddaughter Chris Forest.
William H Arnold (1842 - 1920)*
William H Arnold (1871 - 1937)*
Mary K Arnold Waterman (1873 - 1955)*
Elizabeth A Arnold Friel (1874 - 1948)*
Louis Matthew Arnold (1876 - 1953)*
Anne Gertrude Arnold (1878 - 1960)*
James Wesley Arnold (1879 - 1957)*
Ella Delia Arnold Parsons (1881 - 1971)*
Alice A. Arnold Anderson (1882 - 1960)*
Alberta Arnold Wipf (1887 - 1983)*
Josephine Maggie Arnold Cush (1890 - 1959)*
Los Angeles County
Created by: Chris Forest
Record added: Jul 22, 2009
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