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Charles Henry Adams Arnold

  • Birth 25 Dec 1847 Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine, USA
  • Death 21 Nov 1915 Loon Lake, Stevens County, Washington, USA
  • Burial Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA
  • Plot Sp. 2 - Lot 2 Lawn 21
  • Memorial ID 93614205

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The Colville Examiner, December 4, 1915 (excerpts)

Charles Henry Arnold, soldier, citizen and pioneer, and for more than 30 years a resident of Stevens county, in the peace and satisfaction of a well spent life, on Sunday, November 21, 1915, relinquished all earth's ties and passed to his last reward...

Mr. Arnold was born the son of John H. and Almeda (Butts) Arnold at Augusta, Maine, December 25, 1847, and would have been 68 years of age on next Christmas day. His early life was spent on the farm two miles out of Augusta. It was there that he passed his school days, and by diligent application acquired a high school education, but ere he had finished he was fired by the spirit of loyalty to his country and at the age of 17 quickly responded to the call of his country, enlisted January 1, 1864, in Company E 14th Maine infantry, and saw active service under the stars and stripes in many of the hard fought battles of the civil war. Honorably discharged at the close of hostilities he returned to Augusta and finished his education. In 1867 he left the old home for the more exciting activities of the west, and took employment with a fur company at Helena, Montana. At the age of 21 he entered the government service in the pony express between Helena and Laramie, Wyoming, and later he established a trading post and engaged in trading with the Ute and other tribes of Indians in southern Wyoming with considerable success. From thence he went to southern California, where he entered the railway service and there met with his first physical misfortune in the loss of a limb at San Diego. In 1879, with the beginning of the Northern Pacific railway he took employment as manager of the commissary on construction at Ainsworth (now Pasco) and remained with the work until the road was finished in 1883, when he came to Spokane. In the same year he became the first white settler on the Little Spokane river, where he periled the displeasure of the Indians in the selection of a homestead. To better his condition he purchased a half section of land at the head of Loon Lake which has been his home, where he reared his family, since 1886. This has become the Great Western Hay and Dairy Farm, and is perhaps the most highly prized country estate in eastern Washington, combining its wonderful fertility with a beauty and grandeur of scenery unsurpassed in the northwest.

On September 13, 1880, the first wedding was celebrated in the city of Spokane in which a white couple plighted their vows in the bonds of wedlock, and the contracting parties on this occasion wre Charles H. Arnold and Miss Laura E. Dyer. The bride was the daughter of Abraham and Minerva Dyer, natives of Kansas, and she has lived to survive her husband. To them were born Charles Fred Arnold, John Herbert Arnold and Earl Edwin Arnold of Loon Lake, and Ralph H. Arnold of Spokane, all of whom have attained their majority....

Mr. Arnold was a man of strong personality, indeed a positive character, quick and decisive in his judgment, seldom miscalculating results and alert in his duty when service was demanded. His social alliances were formed in the light "That all men are created free and equal," and the opinions of well meaning people should not be interfered with. His sympathies were with the cause of the Christian religion, and he was an affiliate of the Methodist Episcopal church of which Mrs. Arnold was a devout and lifelong member, and it was the Rev. Francis B. Short, pastor of the First M. E. church of Spokane, who conducted the impressive services at the funeral. He was a member of Reno Post, G. A. R., Spokane.

During his whole life Mr. Arnold took an active interest in public affairs. In his younger days he was a republican, but in 1881 he espoused the principles of the democratic party and was fearly in his demand for good government economically administered. To help rather than master was his motto in the conduct of public affairs. He was frequently a delegate to his party conventions, but refused the office of a public trust, save and except that for many years he served on his home public school board and was an ardent advocate of the free educational institutions....

Courtesy of Denise Ottoson

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  • Created by: JAKE
  • Added: 15 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 93614205
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Henry Adams Arnold (25 Dec 1847–21 Nov 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 93614205, citing Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by JAKE (contributor 47196441) .