|Earl Jerome Arnold ~1960|
b1884 (Bristol CT) - d1978 (North Branford CT)
Not everyone overcomes these obstacles to a successful life--even if they are the only ones. Yet, Earl did.What did Earl have going for him?
On 18 June 1880, Hobart A. Warner, Enumerator, recorded the Arnold family for the U.S. census. Earl J. Arnold's father is recorded in family records as Robert Earle Arnold, but he was known as "Earl Arnold," and that is what is recorded on his gravestone and as part of this census. I did not see a street address for the Arnolds, but I suspect it was probably Main St. Bristol CT.
|1880 Census, Bristol CT|
|"Arnold, Earl W,M,34 work in clock shop; Emma W,F,30 wife, keeping house; Walter, W,M,5 son, At home; Grace W,F,2, daughter At home; Ray W,M,6/12, son, At home"|
|1900 Census, Bristol CT|
|"no.29--18939--pub. by the Aug. Schmelzer Co., Meriden, Conn."|
This is probably the way things looked when Earl J. Arnold was Vice President and Treasurer of the Bristol Furniture Company.
Title: An Historic Record and Pictorial Description of the Town of Meriden, Connecticut: And Men who Have Made It... A Century of Meriden "The Silver City."
Authors: Charles Bancroft Gillespie, George Munsor Curtis
Publisher: Journal Publishing Company, 1906
Original from the New York Public LibraryDigitized Feb 26, 2008
Length1226 pages; p. 488-490
"August Schmelzer, a leading German resident, manufacturer, merchant and president and treasurer of the August Schmelzer Co., was born in Werdau, Saxony, Germany in 1841 and came to this country in 1870. In 1873 he began business in this city, opening a stationery store at the corner of Pratt and East Main streets. In 1884 he purchased the trucking business of James H. Chapman, which he has continued ever since with growing success.
"He went into the coal and wood business in 1889 when he purchased the business and property of George C. Beadle, which he afterwards enlarged materially; and in 1893 purchased the land on South Colony and Cooper streets where he had constructed for him coal pockets adjoining the trade of the Consolidated railroad of 2,000 tons capacity and where 350 tons can be unloaded daily. At the coal yard is all modern machinery for cutting and splitting wood; and in the conducting of his coal business as well as other enterprises he has been assisted by his son, Edgar E. now secretary and treasurer. In 1895 he removed his stationery and periodical store to Morse & Cook's block where he added cigars nd tobacco; and in 1896 began the manufacture of cigars which he now conducts on a large scale, his factory adjoining the coal pockets.
"Mr Schmelzer was one of the pioneers of the German-American school association, and since its organization, he has been one of the prominent members of the school board. He is also a member of Teutonia Lodge, I.O.O.F., Meriden lodge, D.O.H., Merien Turn Verein, Cosmopolitan club and the Meriden Saengerbund. And not alone as a prosperous and an energetic business man is Mr. Schmelzer well known to the public, for, with his manifold responsibilities, he has found time to devote eight years in the faithful service of the city government, six years of which he was a member of the common council. On committee work and in the council his honesty of purpose was never questioned; for it was always his aim to exercise the same business care with the city's interests that he did in conducting his own private affairs. He serves on the committee of reception and entertainment of the coming Centennial Celebration."
Google Street View cameras went by the Bristol Furniture corner in 2015. Only the angles are preserved (below).
|3 Arnold Court is a multi-family residence with a dried up lawn in September, 2007.|
Earl's career path was not as focused as those of his siblings. His interests were wide-ranging. For a time he worked with a friend painting houses. He had experience as a newspaper reporter, working for the Hartford Times, the Connecticut (later Hartford) Courant and the Bristol Press. Later, he handled publicity for the New Departure Co.
In 1918, at the time of his draft registration (at age 34), Earl J. Arnold was general manager of a very successful garage. The Manross Garage became widely known due to Earl's advertising efforts, as recorded in the 11 December 1918 issue of Motor World:
|Remind you of anything? If not, try this|
he had the flat
but she felt his chin
I remember my grandfather as a kind and generous person whose most frequent expletive, when one was necessary, was "George!" I never knew who "George" was, but it could have been any of a number of people who opposed the prosperous future that he clearly envisioned for the communities he served. One of his favorite quotations was from Maltbie Babcock:
ashes interred in Clow plot, Terryville CT