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Transcribed biography of E. V. Arnold


It is a notable fact which speaks volumes for the high grade of our civilization, that in no laud the world over, is more care and attention given to all the details of the burial of the dead than in our own favored one. Of the many persons who are engaged in the duties of the calling of an undertaker no more considerate one can be found than E. V. Arnold. This gentlemen is a product of Geneva, Ashtabula County, Ohio, born in 1840, and his parents, Nathan and Laura (Bartholomew) Arnold, were natives of the same State. The paternal grandfather was a soldier in the war of 1812, and he had a son in the same service. The father of our subject was a mechanic by trade, but in his younger days he followed milling. At an early date he went from Ohio to Berrien County, Michigan, and thence to LaPorte County, Indiana, about 1852, where he followed his trade for some time. At the time of his death he was living in Michigan City. The mother is still living. To their union were born seven children, six of whom are living. Of these our subject is the eldest. He was reared in Indiana principally, received his education in the public schools of the state, and subsequently became a mechanic, learning the trade of his father. This he followed for the most part until the breaking out of the Civil war, and in August, 1861, he enlisted at Valparaiso in Company H, Ninth Indiana Infantry. A month later he was mustered into the Fourth Indiana Battery. His first engagement was the siege of Corinth. Afterwards he was at Gallatin, Tennessee, then marched with Gen. Buell back to Louisville, thence after Gen. Bragg. He was in the battles of Perryville, Stone River, Tallahoma/Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, and then went to Chattanooga, where the battery went into garrison until their term of enlistment was out. Our subject was mustered out at Indianapolis in October, 1864, after a little over three years' service. At Stone River he received a gun shot wound in the left thigh, and again was wounded by concussion of gun at Chickamauga. After being mustered out he returned to Valparaiso, where he remained until January, 1865, when he went to Momence, Illinois, and engaged in merchandising. There he continued until 1875, when he went to Union Mills, LaPorte County, and engaged in the furniture and undertaker's business, carrying on the same until 1884, when he came to Valparaiso. Since coming here he has been engaged in undertaking and embalming, and few concerns in this connection have acquired a higher position than his. While a resident of LaPorte County, Indiana, our subject held the office of justice of the peace, and discharged the duties incumbent upon that position in a very satisfactory manner. He is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, being a K. T. in the same, and he is also an Odd Fellow, having passed all the chairs. At present he is master of Porter Lodge No. 187, and secretary of the chapter and commandery. Mr. Arnold is also a charter member and past chancellor of Valparaiso Lodge, No. 184, K. of P., and captain of the Uniformed Rank, and a member of the G. A. R., serving his third term as adjutant of his post. In the year 1861 he was married to Miss Elizabeth Chipman, a native of Canada, and they have two interesting children - Edith E. and Mabel C. The eldest daughter, Edith, is the wife of John B. Hogan. She has won quite an enviable position as an actress, and has been engaged with some of the well known companies. Her husband, Mr. Hogan, is manager of the play entitled "Fast Mail".

Source: Goodspeed Brothers. 1894. Pictorial and Biographical Record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke Counties, Indiana. Chicago, Illinois: Goodspeed Brothers. 569 p.
Page(s) in Source: 181-182

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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