biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
ISHAM ARNOLD, farmer and stock-raiser, of White Oak Township, resides on section 1. He was born in Harrison County, Ky., Oct. 11, 1828, and is the son of Archibald and Jemima (Scott) Arnold, both of whom were natives of Virginia. They removed to the State of Iowa in 1871, locating in this county, where the former died in 1875, his wife having departed this life in Kentucky about the year 1848. The subject of this sketch, Isham Arnold, removed from the old home in Kentucky in 1852, coming directly to this county, and was married in 1853 to Miss Drucilla Simpkins, a daughter of Milton and Sally Simpkins, and to them ten children have been born: Elizabeth is the wife of Morris Lister, residing in this township; Nancy E. is deceased; Sarah J. is the wife of Sanford Ewing, and resides in Rose Hill, Iowa; Joseph is married to Louie Rose, and lives in this township; Emma M. is deceased; Alberta, William, and three children died in infancy. Politically Mr. Arnold is a Greenbacker, and has held several local offices in his township. He pursues the occupation of general farming and stock-raising, and owns 235 acres of excellent land in fine cultivation and well improved. He has elegant home, commodious, comfortable and well arranged, two good barns, and all necessary sheds, cribs and other appurtenances for his well regulated farm. It is, in fact, one of the neatest and best cultivated farms in this section of the county; In his business Mr. Arnold has been more than ordinarily successful. He is careful, painstaking energetic and industrious, withal prudent and economical, but not sparing his means where the investment of them would indicate a fair return of profit, and is very deserving the esteem in which he is held by his friends and acquaintances.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy