Arnold Wapelhorst

Arnold Wapelhorst

Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Death 17 Apr 1877 (aged 33–34)
Darwin, Inyo County, California, USA
Burial Independence, Inyo County, California, USA
Memorial ID 19340538 · View Source
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Aged 34 years
Arnold Wapelhorst a German immigrant from Borghorst in Nordrhein-Westfalen area of Prussia, came to the Owens Valley with an interest in mining. Records indicate he enlisted into the First Battalion Nevada Cavalry in 1864 before coming to the Owens Valley which was a period of violent conflict between Federal forces and local Indian tribes.
He was naturalized in 1875, ran the American Hotel in Cerro Gordo, and in August 1875 married Mary Louise "Lulu" Lewis the daughter of Margaret Lewis who ran the hospital at Camp Independence. Arnold and Lulu moved to Darwin where they ran the Darwin Hotel and had a daughter Marguerite in 1876 but tragically he died on April 17, 1877. The 1880 census has Lulu and 3 year old Marguerite living at or near Camp Independence with her mother Margaret Lewis who ran the camp hospital.
In Oct 11, 1881 Lulu married John Gorman of Independence and had 5 children together. Marguerite eventually married John Ellison Bell March 11 1906 and settled in Sutter County after 1930.Married Lulu Lewis at the American Hotel in Cerro Gordo, Ca. The couple eventually settled in Darwin where they ran the Darwin Hotel.

The grave marker was removed from the concrete base and re-installed in the correct orientation around 2008 by the memorial owner based on historic photos of the cemetery. It could never be determined why or when the marker was installed with the inscription facing west, possibly by accident during one of the many repairs over the years but photos from the early 1900s show the marker inscription facing east like all the other cemetery markers.

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  • Maintained by: Paul
  • Originally Created by: ca
  • Added: 11 May 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 19340538
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Arnold Wapelhorst (1843–17 Apr 1877), Find a Grave Memorial no. 19340538, citing Camp Independence Cemetery, Independence, Inyo County, California, USA ; Maintained by Paul (contributor 47009728) .