Carroll County Biographies


Freedom Township

Joseph S. Arnold, Supervisor of Freedom Township, may be properly numbered among its most prominent and successful men, an dis the owner of a good farm, comprising 220 acres on section 9. He is a son of one of the earliest pioneers of this county, and was born at the homestead where he now resides,June 8, 1857. The common schools furnished his early education and he was reared to man's estate amid the quiet scenes of farm life in a new country, becoming familiar with its various employments and finally, wisely choosing this for his vocation. Although a man of much force of character,he has been content ot live quietly and unostentatiously, while at the same time has had an undoubted influence in his community, giving his encouragement and support.

Mr. Arnold is an offspring of excellent Pennsylvania stock, being the son of John & Hannah (Strickler) Arnold who were natives of that State, and came here before their marriage. The paternal grandfather, Daniel Arnold, removed from Pennsylvania to Ogle county IL when his son John was a lad of 10 years. Later they changed their residence to Carroll County, settling in Freedom Twp. where Johnw as reared to man's estate and was married. His wife, Hannah was also born in PA and was about 6 years when her father, the late Samuel Strickler, took up his residence in Savanna, this county, where he sojourned a short time, then removed to Mt. Carrollll where he spent his last days.

After their marriage the parents of our subject settled on a farm in Freedom Twp. where they lived until the spring of 1882; then removed across the Mississippi into Davis County MO which remains their home. Their family consisted of 12 children, of whome the record is: Susan became the wife of George Rowley and they live in Davis Co. MO; William Wallace is practicing law in Winston MO; Samuel is in MO; Joseph S. our subject is the fourth; Libby is the wife of Ellis Mitchell of Horton KS; Ira E. is farming in Davis Co MO and Simon E a resident of the same place, is engaged in the insurance business there; Willis is a farmer and teacher combined and makes his home in MO with his father; Hannah M., Della and Charles are at home; John died when 6 months old.

The father of our subject, while a resident of Freedom Twp. was quite prominent in local affairs, and held the various twp. offices. He is a steady-going, upright citizen, and the entire family is of that character which will command respect. Joseph S. although comparatively young in years, has already made his mark in his community,and, if spared, thee is no doubt will reflect still further honor upon the family name.

The marriage which united our subject with Agnes Patton was at the home of the bride, in Jo Daviess County IL March 20, 1882. This lady is the daughter of the late William Patton. Her mother, who was formerly Agnes Berry, still resides there. Mrs. Agnes Arnold was born in Loran, Stephenson County IL July 31, 1861 and is now the mother of one child, a daughter Edna May born Jan. 26, 1885.

Mr. Arnold has always taken an interest in political affairs and gives his support to the Republican party. He was elected to his present office in the spring of 1888. As an agriculturist he is skillful and thorough. It is hardly necessary to say that his farm, having been first eliminated from the uncultivated land by his honored father, possesses for him a far more than moneyed value. He keeps good grades of horses, cattle and swine, and is of that economical and industrious character and habits which will enable him to provide for the future.

Portraits & Biographical Carroll County IL 1889 Pg 848

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