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Arden Sherman Chatfield
Birth: Aug. 29, 1910
Rosebud County
Montana, USA
Death: Oct. 3, 1981
Butte County
California, USA


Born: Sanders, Rosebud (now Treasure) Co., Montana

Died: at age 71; heart failure

Military: WWII, U.S. Army Private, Co. G Infantry Division 184th Reg; cook

Occupation: Farm laborer, Chico Ice Company, cook, waiter, busboy

Avocation: Hobo, traveled USA hopping trains

Married: no

Children: none

Arden was the wanderer in the family, a vagabond of sorts; he traveled the country by rails or by hitchhiking, seeing every state (except Oklahoma) through his dark glasses. He dressed immaculately (favoring light colored slacks and shirts), even on the road, with his shoes always shined. Story has it that he wore two shirts, two pair of pants, and two pairs of socks so he could travel empty handed.

He habitually disappeared for a few days, occasionally for a few weeks, often for a few months, and sometimes for a couple of years. One early Sunday afternoon he got up in the middle of a conversation with his mother, walked out the front door, and no one saw him again for three years. When he returned, he walked back in, sat back down, and finished his sentence as if he'd never left. Years before he'd been hit on the head with a fifty-pound block of ice while working at the ice company. It must have affected him.

Arden broke the rules—and sometimes he broke the law. He was once hauled into court in front of a judge who had lost all patience with him. "You sir," the judge shouted, "are a bum," implying Arden was someone too lazy to work and wasted his life wandering. "I sir," Arden replied with dignity, "am not a bum. I am a hobo." He had deliberately chosen a wandering life.

To the embarrassment of his family, he often made the Chico Enterprise.

Family links: 
  Charles Henry Chatfield (1870 - 1942)
  Nellie Belle Chamberlin Chatfield (1873 - 1956)
  Charles Joseph Chatfield (1895 - 1986)*
  Leo Willard Chatfield (1897 - 1956)*
  Howard Francis Chatfield (1899 - 1953)*
  Roy Elmer Chatfield (1901 - 1978)*
  Nellie Mary Chatfield McElhiney (1903 - 1983)*
  Gordon Gregory Chatfield (1905 - 1948)*
  Verda Agnes Chatfield Day (1908 - 1978)*
  Arden Sherman Chatfield (1910 - 1981)
  Ina Jacqueline Chatfield Fouch (1913 - 1993)*
  Noreen Ellen Chatfield Clemens (1915 - 1968)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Buried Oct 7, 1981
Chico Cemetery
Butte County
California, USA
Plot: Sec 30, Row 18 gr 2043, Veterans area
Created by: Catherine Clemens...
Record added: Dec 28, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32458904
Arden Sherman Chatfield
Added by: Catherine Clemens Sevenau
Arden Sherman Chatfield
Added by: Catherine Clemens Sevenau
Arden Sherman Chatfield
Added by: Catherine Clemens Sevenau
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- Mary
 Added: Jan. 28, 2013

- Edith Roberts
 Added: Nov. 22, 2009
What stories you could have told. God bless you, Sir. I know you are at peace.
- Barbara Hammons Davis, Dalt
 Added: Apr. 10, 2009
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