John J. Arnold


The advanced and scientific methods which have of late years practically revolutionized agricultural pursuits find a progressive and worthy representative in John J. Arnold, one of the extensive landowners and most prominent stock breeders and shippers in Allamakee county. In association with his brother he owns one hundred and eighty-five acres of land in Jefferson township, another tract of one hundred and thirty acres, and another tract of one hundred and sixty acres, and has proven far-sighted and practical in the conduct of his important interests. For the past fifteen years he has bred stock on an extensive scale and also devotes a great deal of time of buying, selling and shipping, and his business affairs, being carefully conducted, have resulted in a success which places him among the leading men engaged in this line of work in this part of Iowa. He was born in Mitchell county, this state, July 6, 1870, and is a son of A. P. Arnold, a well known farmer and bridge contractor, of whom more extended mention is made elsewhere in this work.

John J. Arnold was three years of age when he came with his parents to Allamakee county. He was reared in Waukon and in Ludlow township. He acquired his primary education in district school, supplementing this by a term in the Waukon high school, after which he devoted practically all of his time to assisting his father with the cultivation of the homestead and in his bridgebuilding operations. After three years, however, he turned his attention to buying and shipping stock, and he has been connected with this line of work for the past fifteen years. His land holdings are today extensive and important, comprising three fine farms, one of one hundred and eighty-five acres, another of one hundred and thirty, and another of one hundred and sixty, lying principally in Jefferson township. In connection with his brother he operates these as model stock farms, and upon the one hundred and eighty-five acre tract has erected a fine residence and a modern silo with a capacity of one hundred and sixty tons. His barns house fifty cows and a fine herd of high-grade cattle. His property here is today one of the finest and best equipped in the township. Mr. Arnold however, makes his home in the vicinity of Waukon, where he has rented eighty acres of land, upon which is a comfortable and attractive residence. Mr. Arnold makes his home upon this property because of its proximity to the Waukon stock yards, and he is well known in business circles of that city, owning a half interest in a local meat market and a half interest in an ice business there.

In Waukon, on the 21st of June, 1910, Mr. Arnold was united in marriage to Mrs. Elsie Ashbacher, who was born and reared in Allamakee county, and a daughter of James Thompson. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold have become the parents of a daughter, Florence, and Mrs. Arnold has two children by her former marriage, Leora and Harriet.

Mr. Arnold is a member of the Presbyterian church of Waukon , to which he is a liberal contributor. He is connected fraternally with the Knights of Pythias, taking an active interest in the affairs of that organization. He has constantly and earnestly labored to stimulate the interest of his neighbors in all that tends to promotes progress along agricultural lines, demonstrating in his own success the result of practical methods and well directed industry. His prosperity is well deserved and Allamakee county numbers him among her most progressive, prominent and desirable citizens. 

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich

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