ARNOLD, GEORGE WASHINGTON, cashier of the
First National Bank of Clarion, was born on a farm in York county, Pa.,
November 5, 1820. At the age of seven years he was entrusted with the
marketing at the neighboring stores of the lighter products of the farm.
About the same time he began his school life, attending such schools as
were at that time maintained in the county by individual subscription,
before the establishment of the common school system of the State. As
there were but three months school in the year, young Arnolds
educational advantages were very much limited, nevertheless by energy and
perseverance, he acquired in a few years a good English education. The
nine months of the year out of school were spent in the usual occupations
of a farmers son. At the age of twelve years he followed the plow day
after day in season. Thus alternating between three months schooling and
nine months hard work, he remained on his fathers farm until sixteen
years of age. In the fall of 1836 he became assistant teacher in the
common schools, and receiving as recompense therefor the sum of three
dollars per week. He paid for his boarding by working morning and evening.
In the spring of 1837 he removed with his parents to
Clearfield county, Pa., and the following summer worked on the Musshannan
and Packersville turnpike at one dollar per day and board. On the 7th of
February, 1838, he left his home and went to Karthaus furnace in the
northwestern part of Clearfield county, and engaged with Peter Ritner, the
then superintendent of the furnace, as teamster and expressman. In July of
the same year he was promoted to the position of weighmaster, and in the
following December to that of salesman for the same firm. In February,
1840, he came to the village of Strattanville, Clarion county, and entered
the employ of W. H. Lowry, with whom he remained until 1843.
In March, 1843 he married Hannah Smith, of
Strattanville. They had born to them two sons and one daughter. The eldest
son, James Turnar Arnold died July 18, 1877. Mrs. Arnold died January,
1879. From the date of his marriage in 1843, Mr. Arnold engaged in the
hotel business at Strattanville. He removed to Clarion March, 1846, where
he followed the mercantile business until January, 1865, when the First
National Bank of Clarion was organized and chartered. Mr. Arnold was
elected a director, and appointed cashier, a position which he has held
continuously ever since. By his efforts and financial ability the
institution has prospered, has paid five per cent. semi-annually on the
capital stock, and has the confidence of its depositors and the public in
In the year 1867 the Carrier Seminary of Western
Pennsylvania. was chartered, and Mr. Arnold appointed one of the trustees,
and made treasurer. He was largely instrumental in the procuring of fine
grounds and the erection of a large and commodious building for the
seminary, and still takes an active interest in the educational and
material interests of the town. The extension of the Pittsburgh and
Western Railroad from Edenburg to Clarion was largely due to the energy
and financial aid of Mr. Arnold. In June, 1883 he married Mrs. Maggie E.
Barnett, of Pittsburgh, Pa., with whom he is still living.
History of Clarion Co., Pennsylvania: with
illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and
pioneers, Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason & Co., 1887, pages
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