Cedar County, and located near
Clarence, and was actively engaged in agriculture
until the spring of 1884. At that time he came to his
present place of residence in Plum Creek Precinct.
There are in his farm 160 acres of exceedingly fertile
soil, and our subject has completed the improvements
begun before his purchase.
Mr. Arneal has been twice married,
the first time in Cambridge, Ohio, Aug. 30, 1871, to
Miss Margaret Mackey. She was born in Cambridge, Aug.
1, 1847, and died Feb. 15, 1876, leaving many friends,
in whose hearts her kind disposition had won her a
warm place to sorrow with her family in their loss. Of
that union three children were born--Luella M., Albert
H. and Elmer J., the latter two being twins. Elmer is
in Cambridge, Ohio; the others are at home.
Mr, Arneal was married to his
present estimable wife, formerly Miss Agnes M. Duff,
in Muskingum County, Ohio, Jan. 8, 1878. Mrs. Arneal
is a lady in every way, is a good housekeeper, and
cordially seconds her husband's bounteous hospitality.
Her parents are William and Julia (Paul) Duff, natives
of Ohio. Her paternal grandfather, David Duff, was
born in Pennsylvania, and was of Irish descent. He
moved to Muskingum County, Ohio, in the early years of
its settlement, and there spent the rest of his life,
engaging in farming until his death in 1865. Andrew
Paul, Mrs. Arneal's maternal grandfather, was a native
of Ireland, and coming to America, located in Belmont
County, Ohio. He subsequently moved to Guernsey
County, the same State, and farmed there until 1859,
when he went to Scott County, Iowa, where he died.
Mrs. Arneal's father was a farmer in Muskingum County.
In the fall of 1885 he sold his property in Ohio, and
coming to this State with his family, is now living in
retirement in Pawnee City. He is sixty-five years old,
and his wife is sixty-three. They are devoted members
of the United Presbyterian Church, and lead exemplary
lives. They have eight children, namely: David K.
(deceased), Agnes M., Jane, Eliza M., Andrew P., Sadie
A., Clarissa, and James W. (deceased.) The marriage of
our subject and his wife has been blessed to them by
the birth of five children, as follows: Annie M.,
William C., Jessie A., Robert B. and John F. Mrs.
Arneal was born in Sago, Muskingum Co., Ohio, Aug. 1,
1850, and there she grew to maturity. After reaching
womanhood she was engaged in business in Bloomfield,
Ohio, as a dressmaker and milliner until her
Mr. Arneal is a man of unexceptional
habits and high principles, and he has had the
confidence of the people among whom he has come to
make his home from the very first. He is connected
with the G. A. R., belonging to W. A. Butler Post No.
172, at Burchard. He is influential in local politics,
giving his support to the Republican party, and has
been a delegate to County and State Conventions. Both
he and his wife are active members of the United
Presbyterian Church at Liberty, of which he is an
Elder, and has been so ever since he was twenty-four
BUSH. The farming and stock-raising interests of
Pawnee County have recognized Mr. Bush as one of their
most industrious and successful representatives. In
the prosecution of his calling he has accumulated a
good property, and forms one of the solid factors
among the most important interests of this section. He
was born near the city of Bristol, in Gloucestershire,
England, Nov. 23, 1829, and is the son of Thomas Bush,
who for many years was occupied as a book-keeper for
one of the most extensive coal companies in his
The early life of young Bush was
spent in his native place with his parents, whose
family consisted of two sons and one daughter. The
mother in her girlhood was Miss Hannah Colburn. George
was the second child, and the family lived a number of
years on a small piece of land one and a half miles
from the coal works. He was subjected to careful home
training, and pursued his studies for a time in a
select school. He remained a member of the parental
family until twenty-three years of age, and was then
married to Miss Elizabeth Sheppeard, who, like
himself, was a native of Bristol, and the daughter of
Thomas Sheppeard. They lived for a short time in their
native county, our subject making arrangements to
start for America.