|Birth: ||Feb. 22, 1830|
|Death: ||Jul. 25, 1888|
Joel Arendal's son Thomas elected to build a home from cedar which he had hauled from Galveston by ox wagon, but before construction of this cedar house could begin, Thomas had to go serve in the Confederate Army and he left the lumber piled up near their home. During the Civil War, Yankee soldiers came and rested in the shade of the lumber and went to Mrs. Arendal's home and demanded that she cook for them. She and the Negro slaves fried chickhen for the Yankee soldiers.
Thomas Arendal served as Justice of the Peace in Burleson County when Lexington was part of that county. He married Martha Pool. They had six daughters and one son (that lived to adulthood).
Perhaps Mr. Arendal is best remembered because he donated the land on which a school known as the 'Arendal School' was established. This school was located on the north side of the present FM 696 across for the Murdock Williams place now owned by Clifton Perry. A new school building was constructed and the building served as a dwelling for the Antone Seiferts since Arendal consolidated with Lexington. This is the Scholl where may received all or part of their formal education.
Another point of interest about the Arendal family is that the well on their property served as a 'public well.' All were welcom to help themselves to fresh cool water. There was a twenty acre peach orchard near the well and as preach season approached the neighbors looked forward to the lovely peaches which Mr. Arendal would share with all who stopped for water.
Thmas was born in Tennessee and died in Lee County, Texas
Martha Pool Arendal (1826 - 1909)*
B. A. Arendal (1850 - 1868)*
Emily H. Arendal (1854 - 1862)*
Elizabeth G. Arendal (1857 - 1862)*
William A. Arendal (1859 - 1862)*
Minnie Aminda Arendal Stockton (1873 - 1889)*
Created by: sonofmitch
Record added: Jun 09, 2009
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