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Emma Grush ARNOLD

Mrs. Emma Grush Arnold, widow of John D. Arnold, passed away April 3, 1929 at 11:15 A. M. at the home of her son, Dr. B. A. Arnold, 320 North Galena Avenue, Freeport. Her death was caused by old age. Interment was in Fairmount Cemetery. Emma Grush Arnold was born in Lancaster County, near Lancaster Pa., June 17, 1840. Had she lived two and one-half months longer she would have reached the age of 89 years. She was the daughter of Isaac and Catherine Grush. In the spring of 1845 she moved with her family westward. They traveled by team and boat on the Ohio river and along the Mississippi to Savanna, Ill., and settled in Ogle county, in Pine Creek Township. Here Emma Grush grew to womanhood. In 1860 she became the wife of John D. Arnold, deceased Jan 2nd, 1919. The young couple made their home near Mount Morris, Ill. Of this union four children were born: Dr. B. A. Arnold, A. J. Arnold of Freeport, Ill., Dr. W. D. Arnold of Spokane, Wash., and one daughter who passed away in infancy. One sister also survives, Mrs. Catherine Palmatier, Thornberg, Ia., and a half sister, Mrs. Vernie Johnson, Meeker, Okla., and two step sisters, Mrs. N. D. Hersch, Waterloo, Ia., and Mrs. Elsie Reed, Kansas City, Mo. Many nieces and nephews of the deceased are also surviving. For 33 years this family lived in Ogle county. In 1893 they moved to Chicago. In 1895 they and their three sons located in Freeport. For the last few years Mrs. Arnold made her home with Sr. and Mrs. B. A. Arnold at 320 N. Galena Avenue. She was a faithful member of Second Presbyterian Church and was a woman of sterling worth, a kind neighbor and faithful friend. In pioneer days when doctors and nurses were few she gave unselfish service in her community. Until about ten days before her passing on, Mrs. Arnold enjoyed excellent health and was unusually active for a woman of her age.

Contributed by Julie Bartimus (source unknown)

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