Wilford Paddock Arms

Wilford Paddock Arms

Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
Death 23 Apr 1947 (aged 85)
Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio, USA
Burial Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio, USA
Plot Arms Mausoleum
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Wilford Paddock Arms, president of The Realty Co. since 1941 and prominent figure in Youngstown district business circles since 1909, died at 5:30 pm Wednesday at his residence, 648 Wick Ave., at the age of 86.

Mr. Arms was a member of a family which dates back to Revolutionary War days. During World War I he became well known to Mahoning County residents when he served as county fuel administrator, a federal government appointment.

He was chairman of the boards of The Palace Realty Co. here and McCaskey Register Co. in Alliance. He was also a director of Central Store Co. of Youngstown.

Other business affiliations were with Brier Hill Iron and Coal Co., the Falcon Iron and Nail Co. of Niles, Warren Rolling Mill Co., and the Trumbull Iron Co. of Girard.

Mr. Arms came to Youngstown in 1888 and had lived here ever since except for two years he spent in Pittsburgh where he was identified with the organization of the Pittsburgh Coal Co.

For many years it was a familiar sight for North Side residents to see Mr. Arms walking to or from his office in the Realty Building in Central Square. He followed this practice in bad and good weather until about a year ago when he was injured slightly in a fall at his home.

Although he apparently recovered from the minor injuries, friends said the fall was one of the greatest contributing factors to his failing health. He had not gone to the office for about three months before he died.

Mr. Arms was born Dec. 14, 1861 in Jersey City, N.J., eldest son of Mr & Mrs Lawson Arms of Sodus, N.Y. After 10 years in Jersey City the family returned to their native Sodus, where Mr. Arms attended public schools and Sodus Academy.

He remained on his father's farm until 1881, when he was employed by Powers, Brown and Co., Youngstown corporation operating coal mines at Reynoldsville, Pa. Before coming to Youngstown seven years later he was also employed by a marble-quarrying company near Knoxville, Tenn.

In 1899 Mr. Arms married Olive Freeman Arms of Youngstown, a distant relative. Mrs. Arms is the only living daughter of six daughters of Mr & Mrs Charles D. Arms, whose home in Wick Ave. was recently rebuilt into the Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church. Mrs. Katherine Arms Rice, one of the six daughters, died several weeks ago.

Most Youngstowners had become familiar with the Arms Estate at Sodom on Logan Road Ext. The farm of some 200 acres owned by Mrs. Arms was to have been developed into a residence property. The garage had been built and the apartment above it had been used as a summer residence by Mr & Mrs Arms on several occcasions in recent years.

The climbing roses that grew along the high iron fence separateing the estate from the highway were a signal to most Youngstown people that summer was here. The roses, covering a mile along the highway, were a source of great pride to Mr. Arms.

Funeral services will be held at 3pm Saturday at the residence.

Rev. Samuel J. Purvis of the Memorial Presbyterian Churhc will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Vindicator 24 April 1947


Wilford P. Arms was one of the group of men which early in this century played a leading part in the building of Youngstown. He and his associates contributed a great deal to the development of this city in the period of its most vigorous expansion. The rebuilding of its downtown business section, the creation of new residence districts, and the launching of new enterprises which now give employment to thousands of workers, are largely the result to their faith in this city, their enterprise, and their willingness to risk their money and effort to make their vision of Youngstown's future a reality.

Mr. Arms was a gentleman of the old school, the sould fo courtesy and consideration for others. In this day of free and easy manners there was something refreshing and uplifting in his lifelong predilection for formality and the proprieties. It was good to have him remind us that careful attention to the graces and amenities of life adds much to one's own and others' enjoyment of it.
Vindicator 28 April 1947

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 180534713
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wilford Paddock Arms (14 Dec 1861–23 Apr 1947), Find a Grave Memorial no. 180534713, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by J. Rupert (contributor 48523021) .