|Birth: ||Sep. 9, 1838|
|Death: ||Oct. 23, 1914|
Pvt.,Co.K,3rd Tenn.(Lillard's)Mounted Inf.;2md Lt.,Co.E,63rd Tenn.Inf.Regt.CSA. (One of the "Immortal 600")
John G. S. Arrants was born in Sullivan County, Tenn., on September 9, 1838, and died in Selma, Cal.. on October 23, 1914. W'ithin his seventy-six years there were many accomplishments to the benefit of his fellow citizens and to the City of Selma, CA.
Mr. Arrants came from a prominent Scotch family which settled in eastern Tennessee. He grew to manhood in his native state and was educated through subscription schools. When the Civil War broke out, he joined the Confederate Army. He became captain of a company and served until the end of the war. In 1870, he left Tennessee for Missouri, and engaged in the mercantile business for the next ten years. Thereafter, he ended his interests in Missouri and came to California; locating in Selma. In this then small village, he started the first grocery store. He formed a partnership with a cousin, under the firm name of Arrants & Longacre. As the population base increased, the business expanded to meet every demand.
Mr. Arrants laid out the "Arrants Subdivision" in Selma; one of the main residential sections of the city, and Arrants Street was named in his honor. He promoted the Selma Gas Works, and became interested in organizing the First National Bank of Selma; becoming a director and then serving as its president to the time of his death.
Mr. Arrants was a prominent factor in the growth of Selma. He was one of the first men in the Valley to appreciate the value of cooperation among the peach and raisin growers, and helped to establish the first Cooperative Fruit-Packing House at Selma; later incorporated as the Selma Fruit Company.
Mr. Arrants was twice married. His first wife was Miss Mary Alice Gray, was born in Nashville, TN., September 1, 1855. and died in Selma, CA. on November 2, 1904. Three children were born of this marriage: Lulu, who died at the age of four; Annie, and Elizabeth..His second marriage was to Mrs. Mary A. Freeland
Mary Alice Gray Arrants (1855 - 1904)*
Mary A. Cunningham Arrants (1851 - 1927)*
Lulu E. Arrants (1887 - 1931)*
Anne Arrants (1891 - 1953)*
Elizabeth Arrants (1893 - 1979)*
West Selma Cemetery
Plot: Section B,Row 15.
Created by: Scott Hutchison
Record added: Jan 19, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10346386
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