James Watson Arnsberger, Sr

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James Watson Arnsberger, Sr

  • Birth 8 Sep 1843 Wayne County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 19 Apr 1910 Fremont County, Idaho, USA
  • Burial Rigby, Jefferson County, Idaho, USA
  • Memorial ID 62033090

2nd of 5 children of JACOB ARNSBERGER & ELIZABETH ___

Military: Civil War, Union Army, Ohio, 86th Volunteer Infantry, Co. E, private

Occupation: Farmer, stock grower

Married: Nov 2, 1869, EMMA MYCOCK, Nebraska City, Otoe Co., Nebraska

Four or five children:
1. Letitia Jane ARNSBERGER
1870 - 1953
2. Sara Elizabeth ARNSBARGER
1874 - 1946
3. Jacob Richard ARNSBERGER
1879 - 1966
4. James Watson ARNSBERGER, Jr.
1885 - 1973
5. Gilbert M. ARNSBERGER
1889 - aft 1900 & bef 1922

Note: Records reflect James & Emma having four children, however a 5th child, Gilbert (born in Utah), appears as their 11 year-old son on the Idaho Falls, Bingham Co., Idaho 1900 Federal Census.

May 5, 1910 RIGBY STAR, Rigby, Fremont Co., Idaho, pg 1:
James Watson Arnsberger
The above named well known citizens died at his home on Butler Island, Wednesday morning, April 20th, after a short illness. Deceased was born in Wayne county, Ohio, September 8th, 1843, where he resided with his parents until the civil war broke out, when he enlisted under Captain Yeager, in company E, 86th Ohio volunteer infantry, in which regiment he served until the close of the war, when he received an honorable discharge. Shortly after returning to his Ohio home from the war, he concluded to try his fortune in the west and moved to Nebraska, where he took up land and was one of the pioneers of that state. In 1869 he was united in marriage to Miss Emma Starrh, of Nebraska City, and to them were born four children, two sons and two daughters. In 1894 the family moved to Wyoming, remaining there until the spring of 1900, when he moved to Fremont county, Idaho, locating on the farm where he resided until death called him to his reward on the date above mentioned, being at the time aged 66 years, three months and 19 days old.
The family wish to extend their thanks to neighbors and friends who came to their assistance during the time of Mr. Arensberger's illness and who rendered aid and sympathy after his death.

As a member of the grand army who marched to the defense of our country, during the days of 1860-4, it was Mr. Arensberger's pleasure to attend the grand encampment held at Salt Lake last summer and the pleasure of that trip was a delight that few are permitted to enjoy. The ranks of that grand army, an army that was composed of the youth of the north, the very flower of its citizenship, hundreds of thousands of whom had not attained the age of 21 when they enlisted, is rapidly diminishing and in a few years at the most all will have been called to the great beyond. It was the pride of Mr. Arensberger's life that he belonged to that grand army, and he could have left no greater heritage to his posterity than the honorable discharge from the volunteer army which he cherished so much and in which he took justifiable pride in showing his friends.

A patriot in time of war; good citizen and pioneer, James Watson Arensberger, has been called to his reward.

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  • Originally Created by: RigbyTnT
  • Added: 22 Nov 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 62033090
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Watson Arnsberger, Sr (8 Sep 1843–19 Apr 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62033090, citing Rigby Pioneer Cemetery, Rigby, Jefferson County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by Catherine <i>Clemens</i> Sevenau (contributor 47082189) .